Stress management resource list
Counsellors at Queen’s Student Wellness Services (SWS) recently created a self-help workbook entitled Your Best You: Improving Your Mood specifically for Queen’s students experiencing low mood.
You can download it for free by accessing the Student Wellness Services website, or you can pay a small fee for a print copy.
Stress.org. Links between stress and your health.
Holistic Online. Information on stress and in depth strategies for coping with stress including alternative therapies.
David Posen, MD. Key Porter Books Ltd, Toronto. The Little Book of Stress Relief (2003) and Staying Afloat When the Water Gets Rough (1998)
Mind over Mood by Dennis Greenberger & Christine Padesky (1995). Includes many hands-on exercises and tools including the ‘Thought Record’.
The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook by M. Davis, E. Eshelman, & M. McKay. Now in its 5th edition (2000) this is still one of the best self-help books around.
Stress Less: Break the Power of Worry, Fear And Other Unhealthy Habits by Don Colbert, MD (2008). Latest information on the effects of stress on your body and ways to help you de-stress.
The Stress of Life by Hans Selye. The father of stress theory, Selye explains the medical effects of stress in his seminal work.
Learn to Unwind developed by local psychologist, Dr. Edward Leyton, $25.00 at Chapters, Indigo, Novel Idea, Queen‘s University Bookstores.
Relaxation techniques including progressive muscle relaxation by Eli Bay.
You can find lots of cheap CDs with relaxing sounds in most music stores.
Resources on mindfulness
Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, the creator of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, outlines how to use ‘mindfulness meditation’ to reduce stress in the following books:
- Full Catastrophe Living Using The Wisdom Of Your Body And Mind To Face Stress, Pain, And Illness (1991)
- Wherever You Go There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in everyday life (1995)
- The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety by Forsyth, J.P. & Eifert, G.H. (2007). Great self-directed book filled with practical exercises and a CD with scripted meditations.
Also see the Centre for Mindfulness (site uses Flash) and Mindfulness Meditation.
There are many others, too!