I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Superstress Solution by Roberta Lee
Published by Random House LLC on 2010-01-12
Genres: Nonfiction, Healthy Living
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We live on little sleep and exercise but a lot of work. We eat junk and processed foods on the run and fuel up with caffeine and sugar. We are chronically overcommitted, subjected to a 24/7 news cycle, and can’t take our eyes off our computers and PDAs. Is it any wonder that anxious is the new normal?
Our bodies are hardwired to cope with stress, but we are biologically ill-equipped to handle the kind that we endure today.
The human brain, in all its majesty, can’t distinguish true physical emergencies from daily hassles, deadlines, information overload, difficult decisions, guilt, and worries. The physiological reaction is the same: a chronic hormonal surge born of our instinctive fight-or-flight response. The result is a cluster of dangerous symptoms: immune deficiencies, high blood pressure, weight gain, insomnia, and a wide range of other ailments. This is what world-renowned integrative physician Dr. Roberta Lee has defined as the SuperStress syndrome, which is caused by our overstimulated, undernourished lifestyle.
In this empowering, life-changing book, Dr. Lee presents the solution to SuperStress. She shows how you can build stress resistance and resilience into your life with a unique prescription for recognizing, rebalancing, and protecting against stresses small and large. Starting with a comprehensive, informative questionnaire to determine your stress level and stress personality type, The SuperStress Solution then guides you through a 4-week healing program to reset your rattled nervous system to a default state of rest rather than high alert. Discover how to
• Nourish your body with nutrient-rich foods, herbs, and supplements that repair stress damage
• Detox your system and jump-start your body’s healing with an easy-to-follow eating plan
• Sleep well again by following simple steps to protect and promote the rest your body needs
• Move to simple, low-impact exercises that can be done in five-minute to one-hour increments
• Retrain your mind so you can access a sense of peace and calm even in your most stressed-out moments
The SuperStress Solution will do more than help you beat back the overload that is making you sick; it will restore physical harmony and balance. More than a program that makes you feel better, it is a program that will make you truly well.
Let me be honest here, I was probably the most irritating person ever while I was reading The SuperStress Solution by Roberta Lee. I would stop my reading and point out to whoever was in the room, be it my boyfriend, his mom, or even the dogs, oh did you know…scents cause people to be relaxed, cell phones make you anxious, or peanuts are good for you, etc. I know, reading those examples probably makes me sound like an airhead, but really, I have a crap diet (i.e. I only eat bread and meat and cheese), I don’t know much about aroma therapy, and I am quite smug about cellphones because I don’t have one (thanks mom and dad for cutting me off!).
The SuperStress Solution basically starts off with some anecdotes and examples of SuperStress which I could definitely relate to, because hello, I student teach which is the most stressful thing I’ve ever done — seriously I spend all my time grading crappy papers (yes moron, there is a spell-check, USE IT!), making power points, planning lessons, or designing assignments. I get up at the crack of dawn, and get what seems like an hour of reading in per day. I need longer than an hour!! But I digress, after the anecdotes, there’s a long nifty quiz where you can see what kind of super-stressed you are. I am agitated,overwhelmed by life and driven stressed, which is a bit interesting, because I can be a rather lazy person, but I know the littlest things irritate me, such as the sound of my ex-roommate’s voice (hey moron, if you really want to be an English teacher, shouldn’t you enjoy reading a bit more?!), so I can see where agitated comes from.
After you diagnose yourself with the quiz, there are plenty of solutions and ideas to reduce your stress, such as relaxing, and get this, one of Lee’s top relaxing recommendations is reading a good book, so no wonder I feel I’m under so much stress, I’m not making enough time to relax with a good book! Aside from books, she gives tips on what you eat, how to exercise, aromatherapy, and journaling activities. At the very end is a four-week plan tailored to your type of super stress. I’m too “overwhelmed and agitated” to follow a plan though, so I didn’t actually do what she said, but gleaned some cool tips and may try her recipes which were at the end. The recipes are basically a meal plan for 4 weeks which is awesome, because I never know what to eat besides meat and cheese and candy, so who knows maybe I will actually see some results from eating like a regular normal person.
I would definitely recommend this book if you want to annoy everyone around you with stress-related tidbits, and yes I do enjoy irritating people. I’d also say if you are stressed out, you really need to read this book, so you know how to handle your problem in a healthy manner. While reading this book, I absolutely recommend red wine, Lee states a glass of red wine per day is good for you, but don’t overdo it, therefore, perhaps you should enjoy your one glass while reading her book!
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