Solving Stress

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2017-10-27
  • Publisher: Crystal Clarity Pubs

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Stress—and its many debilitating consequences on health and well-being—has been for many years one of the most pressing problems in modern culture. But because people generally accept that stress is inevitable, even desirable in some cases, they focus on merely managing stress. Unfortunately, most stress-management methods merely exchange one type of stress for another, and although they can buy time and perhaps avoid some immediate issues, they do not provide a long-term solution to the harmful effects of stress.

Solving Stress takes a different approach. Although you will inevitably encounter potential stressors throughout life, and will inevitably react to those stressors, it's not inevitable that you must react with stress and tension. Instead, Solving Stress teaches you simple and effective tools to retrain the nature of your reaction to one of calmness and relaxation, giving you direct, individual control over your stress. These same tools also induce the physiological counter-effects of stress, activating your body's self-healing processes.

With Solving Stress, you'll be able to reduce present stress, reverse harmful effects of past stress, and prevent most future stress. You'll step out of the cycle of stress, recover your personal well-being, and truly transform your relationship with the demands of an active life.

Author Biography

Kraig Brockschmidt holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Washington. In 1988 he began working for Microsoft Corporation and continued there after graduation. During his time with the company, he worked closely with other software developers to help them understand the intricacies of the Windows operating system. In that role he became a widely-known industry expert, speaking at many conferences, publishing books and articles, and provided counsel and insight to countless engineers inside and outside of Microsoft.

Gradually, as his spiritual yearnings grew, Kraig retired from Microsoft to focus on a variety of service activities. He found opportunities to engage in everything from construction and music to photography, forest management, and childhood education. In this latter role he appeared in a program on National Public Radio. Kraig is also a nationally certified yoga and meditation instructor, has taught a variety of classes and seminars, and has published additional books such as Mystic Microsoft and The Harmonium Handbook.

In 2003 he helped to found the Ananda College of Living Wisdom where he presently serves on the Board of Directors. Kraig returned to Microsoft in 2008 and is presently focused once again on helping other developers through his role as Senior Program Manager in the Windows team.

Table of Contents


1. Life in the Cycle
The External Cycle
The Internal Cycle: The Fight-or-Flight Response
Is Stress Necessary?
Motivation Is Necessary
Insert (table): Physiological Effects of Stress
Insert: The Skyrocketing Cost of Stress
The Cost of Stress to Personal Health
The Cost of Stress to Business and Industry

2. The Search for Solutions
Relief but Not Cure: The Great Stress Exchange
Exchanging Buys Time
You Can't Beat Out the Darkness

3. The Origin of Stress

4. Breaking the Cycle
Responding with Calmness and Relaxation
The Relaxation Response
Training a New Reaction

5. Methods of Practice
Physical Exercises
Squeeze-and-Relax Exercises
Breathing Exercises
Meditation Exercise
Putting It All Together
Martial Arts for the Mind
Insert: The Effectiveness of Meditation

6. Choosing Your Influences
Planting vs. Weeding
Increasing Your Stress Threshold
Changes Come Naturally
Work from Your Center
The “Quality Diet”
Insert: But What If I Have Restless Children?
The Inner Environment
Changing the Changes

7. Living on Purpose
Simple Living
Discovering Your Underlying Priorities
Living on Purpose
Money, Stuff, and a New Cycle

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