Stress seems to affect so many of us in so many ways in so many aspects of our lives! I think we would all love to have more success in our battles with life's stresses. I recently had the opportunity to read and review Success with Stress, the latest book from author and speaker, Jae Ellard. I am pleased to share a review today--and offer readers the opportunity to enter for a chance to win a copy of the book in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author or publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Book
Believe it or not, stress isn't all bad; in fact, it's an important part of the natural world. Stress helps us survive as a species - because of that we want the ability to be stressed. That said, being able to manage stress with greater success is the difference between surviving and THRIVING. Success with Stress explores five simple ideas to spark your personal power to change the level, duration, and frequency of the stress in your life. With workplace stress being linked to quality of life, health, and workplace morale, this is a must-read for any team looking to improve morale and individuals looking to improve their quality of life.
Success With Stress Should be Read Differently. Initially, I was surprised that the book held so much blank space. The author keeps things pretty simple. A page is dedicated to a thought or a simple idea. She asks the reader a lot of questions--and sometimes a question may be the only content of a page. I read the book from cover to cover in about 40 minutes and sat there feeling a little "let down". What did I miss? I missed the opportunities to actually consider each page and each thought of the book. So. After the first reading--I decided to read it again--as more of a workbook than a traditional book. I knew what the author's content was about--it was time to apply it. I began reading again--page by page--answering the questions, making notes and actually working through the author's ideas as they apply to my life. I found the blank space useful for making notes, highlighting ideas, and working through my thoughts.
Would I recommend Success with Stress by Jae Ellard? This book is short, concise, straight to the point, easy to read and offers realistic, practical suggestions for readers. Everyone's path to finding success with stress is different and this book really does allow readers to customize their reading experience. It is just necessary to slow down and consider how the author's thoughts and suggestions apply to the reader's personal situation. If you aren't a fan of writing inside your books, as I did, jot things down in a notebook or journal. (The giveaway below is for both the book and a companion notebook!) I would recommend this book to someone seeking to root out the basics of stress and apply some simple techniques and practices toward personal stress management.
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Meet the Author
Jae Ellard is an author, speaker, and expert on developing the skill of awareness in the workplace. After years in senior communication roles crafting content for executives, Jae collapsed from stress-related adrenal fatigue. This life-altering experience propelled her to research human behavior, neuroscience, mindfulness, and organizational relationship systems. In 2008, Jae founded Simple Intentions and developed the Mindful Life™ Program to generate intentional conversations to disrupt patterns and create awareness, accountability and action at team and individual levels. Jae has taught the skill of awareness in more than 50 countries to thousands of employees at multinational corporations such as Microsoft, Amazon and Expedia.
Jae is a columnist on workplace awareness for Mindful Magazine, as well as the author of 7 books on the topic. She contributes to the Healthy Living section on Huffington Post as well as the Simple Intentions blog. In 2013, she founded Seattle Wisdom, a community organization working to create and support conscious conversations in professional spaces in the Pacific Northwest. Jae has a master’s degree in Communication Management from Colorado State University and a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Communication from Metropolitan State College of Denver. She holds certificates in co-active coaching and organizational relationship systems coaching.
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