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A Final Frenzy

It's crunch time for students around the midlands: University of South Carolina is winding up exams and final grades are rolling in, PASS testing is being conducted in elementary schools, and high school students are prepping for the final crush of projects and exams. That thing that everyone is feeling? Stress.

And it's not just students. Young professionals are stressed out about their careers and finding their path. Parents are stressed out about summer plans and childcare while their kids are out of school.

So, what's a stressed person to do? Depends on the person. I know what keeps my stress under control most of the time, but what works for me certainly won't work for others. If you've hit a roadblock for how to deal with stress, check out some of the resources below.


Amazon Says: Have you ever driven several miles without noticing anything on the road, or read a page in a book without registering any of it? Do the day's worries and disappointments crow more...
Amazon Says: Have you ever driven several miles without noticing anything on the road, or read a page in a book without registering any of it? Do the day's worries and disappointments crowd your mind as you're trying to fall asleep at night? Do you feel stressed much of the time and aren’t sure how to find peace? In this book, Amit Sood, M.D., M.Sc., a Mayo Clinic specialist in stress and resiliency, reveals how the mind’s instinctive restlessness and shortsightedness generate stress and anxiety and presents strategies for living a more peaceful life. The book is based on the highly popular stress management program offered at Mayo Clinic that Dr. Sood developed after two decades of work with tens of thousands of people. Drawing on groundbreaking brain research, Dr. Sood helps you understand the brain's two modes and how an imbalance between them produces unwanted stress. From this basis, you learn skills that will help you: Develop deep and sustained attention Practice gratitude, compassion and acceptance Live a meaningful life Cultivate nurturing relationships Achieve your highest potential All of these concepts are weaved into a practical and fun journey that has been tested in numerous scientific studies, with consistently positive results. Take the first step to discover greater peace and joy for you and your loved ones. "Dr. Sood has put together a simple, secular and structured program that is anchored in science, is free of rituals and dogmas, and is accessible to everyone. This book can change your life."--Dr. Andrew Weil "An important innovative approach to well-being, one we all should know about."--Dr. Daniel Goleman less...
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Amazon Says: Are you among the 95 million Americans who suffer from stress during these trying times? Revised and comprehensive, this invaluable guide helps you identify the specific areas more...
Amazon Says: Are you among the 95 million Americans who suffer from stress during these trying times? Revised and comprehensive, this invaluable guide helps you identify the specific areas of stress in your life–familial, work-related, social, emotional–and offers proven techniques for dealing with every one of them. New material includes information on how men and women differ in response to stress, updated statistics on disorders and drugs, the ways terrorism and the information age impact stress, the key benefits of spirituality, alternative medicine, exercise, and nutrition. Stress Management will help you • test your personal responses to daily stress– and chart your progress in controlling it • learn specific techniques for relaxation– from “scanning” to “imagery training” • discover how to deal with life’s critical moments without stress • embark on a program to improve your physical health as a major step toward stress management • discern which types of stress must be reduced and which kinds you can turn into positive motivation less...
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