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The Smart Guide to Managing Stress

Discover the smart way to recognize your stressors and stress-proof your life. Do little things set you off more than usual? Have you turned yourself into a pretzel at work? Do you have more on your plate than you can accomplish as the hours in the day seem to shrink? Maybe you’re stressed, but you’re also smart. And that’s why leading authority, Bryan Robinson, wrote The Smart Guide to Managing Stress, for smart people like you.

This action-packed book is brimming with chunks of practical tips and exercises on the nature of stress, what you can do to reduce most of it, manage the rest, and live a healthy, productive, stress-free life. Bryan Robinson walks you step-by-step through practical solutions to stress-proof your everyday life. Sprinkled throughout the book, you’ll find quizzes, action-oriented exercises, bite-sized tips, real-life stories, stress statistics, highlights from stress research, and the doctor’s prescriptions for stress reduction. This common-sense guide-based on the latest scientific findings-gives you simple stress-busting tools and shows you how to apply them.

With this comprehensive guide, you’ll discover how to:

  • Identify the stressors that flip you out;
  • Take and reduce your “stress temperature”;
  • Break your stress cycle;
  • Relieve work stress, job uncertainty, and unemployment woes;
  • Power down and relax with deep breathing, mindfulness meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, and yoga;
  • Tame your worries and fears;
  • Handle unreasonable people who stress you out;
  • Avoid falling into stressful mind traps

Other topics covered in this multi-faceted guide include:

  • Mastering Negative Self-Talk and Standing up to Your “Inner Drill Sergeant” Beefing up Your Resistance to Stress
  • Tracking your Progress as You Move from Being Uptight to Feeling Stress-Free Re-engineering your Brain to Stay Cool under Pressure
  • Becoming Master instead of Slave to Your Electronic Devices
  • Applying the Trifecta of Stress Reduction: Exercise, Sleep, and Good Nutrition
  • Turning Positivity, Optimism, and Self-Compassion into Stress-Busting Tools
  • Distinguishing between Circumstantial Stress Versus Self-Created Stress
  • Saying “No Instead of Yo” to Unreasonable Job Demands

Praise for The Smart Guide to Managing Stress

“Dr. Robinson provides a detailed roadmap to understanding the nature of mild to severe stresses, the many sources of internal and external stress and effective processes to deal successfully with them all. This book should be by the bedside of everyone.”

Harville Hendrix, Ph.D., author of Getting the Love You Want: A Guide for Couples

“This guide for managing stress gives us powerful tools for navigating anxiety and reactivity. With great clarity and warmth, Bryan Robinson opens us to the possibility of living with an increasing sense of balance, happiness, and ease. This book is an accomplishment! It will be deeply helpful to many.”

Tara Brach, Ph.D., author of Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha

“Using easy-to-understand language, this practical book can help virtually anyone to become less stressed. Chock full of useful examples and exercises, it provides insight into the many causes of stress in modern life and offers wide-ranging solutions based on the latest research and clinical practices. Rather than just provide a few techniques, Dr. Robinson helps us deal more effectively with all aspects of our lives, showing us how to be happier, healthier, and more content, regardless of our circumstances.”

Ronald D. Siegel, Psy.D., Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School and author of the The Mindfulness Solution: Everyday Practices for Everyday Problems

“Bryan Robinson’s Guide offers many helpful and creative suggestions for living more sanely–and even thriving–in the midst of the ever-escalating pressures of 21st Century life. He is truly a Doctor of Calm!”

Sharon Salzberg, Ph.D., author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation, a 28-Day Program

“A rich and thorough guide–the insights on workaholism, addiction, and stress offer especially valuable insights for getting our most critical and insidious risk factors under control.”

Martin Rossman, M.D., author of The Worry Solution: Using Breakthrough Brain Science to Turn Stress and Anxiety into Confidence and Happiness

The Smart Guide to Managing Stress is sure to become another best-seller for Bryan Robinson. Readers will love the special features, and Robinson is always the master who can create a step-by-step approach to life-changing actions.”

Joy Miller, Ph.D., CEO of Joy Miller & Associates, Counseling and Wellness, and author and motivational speaker

The Smart Guide to Managing Stress is sure to become the go-to-source for busy individuals seeking a healthier, more productive and contented life. Dr. Robinson provides an eye-opening and thoughtful 360 degree view on how stress impacts every facet of one’s life. So, if you’re looking to recharge your batteries and live a life free from stress, pick up your copy today.”

Chuck Runyon, Co-founder & CEO of Anytime Fitness and coauthor of Working Out Sucks

“This simple yet profound guide takes the stress out of managing stress, offering clear information and concrete advice on how to have a calmer, more peaceful life.”

Kristin Neff, Ph.D., author of Self Compassion

The Smart Guide to Managing Stress is an outstanding and exhaustive “must-read” resource for anyone trying to deal more effectively with stress. It provides thorough review of the research and gives excellent and easy-to-follow advice on managing stress.”

Andrew Newberg, M.D., coauthor of How God Changes Your Brain

Chained to the Desk

A Guidebook for Workaholics, Their Partners and Children, and the Clinicians Who Treat Them

Thousands have benefited from best-selling author and widely respected family therapist Bryan Robinson’s groundbreaking book. This innovative volume profiles the myths behind this greatly misunderstood disorder and the inner psychological battle that work addicts wage against themselves.

Intended for anyone touched by what Robinson calls “the best dressed problem of the twenty first century,” the author also provides an inside look into the impact on those who live and work with them—partners, spouses, children, and colleagues—as well as the appropriate techniques for clinicians who treat them.

In this new and updated edition, Robinson portrays the many different kinds of workaholism, drawing on hundreds of case reports from his own original research and years of clinical practice. He provides a step-by-step guide to help readers spot workaholism, understand it, and recover, and presents strategies for people in the workplace on how to distinguish between work efficiency and workaholism.

Praise for Chained to the Desk:

“Robinson approaches workaholism with pragmatic and effective strategies designed to overcome the resistance with which most workaholics greet attempts to change them. This is the first book I know of to look closely at the effect of workaholism on family members and children, the people who often feel most strongly its effects.”

John Bradshaw, author of Homecoming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child

“This useful, well-turned guide will serve therapists and the many people affected by the disease equally well.”

Publishers Weekly

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The Art of Confident Living

Reclaim Your Life and Find Your Confident Self

Do you wake up feeling afraid of facing challenges, doubting yourself, going through the motions, and lacking a zest for life? The Art of Confident Living will help you break away from this painful lifestyle and understand why you feel this way, change your perspective, and find your Confident Self.

Bestselling author and psychotherapist Bryan Robinson, Ph.D., has revised his breakthrough book Heal Your Self-Esteem to reveal how to find the Confident Self that exists naturally in all of us. He shows you how to uncover this inner resource so that you can redirect the way you handle painful past experiences, insecurities, social interactions, and personal relationships. Through his 10 easy practices and new scientific research, you will discover how to keep the confidence you find and live a more fulfilling personal, professional, and social life. The Art of Confident Living helps you discover happiness through:

  • A quiz to help determine your self-confidence level—and how it most affects you
  • New techniques based on brain-chemistry research to help you achieve a higher level of confidence
  • Updated examples, new exercises, and case studies that illustrate productive, non-addictive behaviors that can lead you to a more self-fulfilling life

The Art of Confident Living is your guide to becoming confident, at peace, and turned on and tuned in to life.

Praise for The Art of Confident Living

“This step-by-step guide to a better Self will change your life in ways that will surprise and delight you! This can easily be the most important book you read!”

–Dr. Patricia Love, author of Never Be Lonely Again

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611 Ways to Boost Your Self-Esteem

Accept your love handles and everything about yourself

Life is full of ups and downs and, at one time or another, all of us feel downtrodden or blue. Everyone wants to live a happy life. But why are so many of us miserable so much of the time, constantly searching for inner peace with little success? It’s because we’re looking for it in all the wrong places.

Some of us spend our lives looking in the wrong places for our self-esteem. Self-esteem is a state of mind. When we have negative attitudes toward ourselves, we limit our lives without even realizing it. But by changing our thinking we can boost our self-esteem.

These 611 self-esteem builders will give you new direction and guide you through each day with easy-to-apply reminders that show you how to empower yourself and restore the meaning and quality that bring balance to your life.

  • Include yourself when you’re thinking of some of your favorite people.
  • Surround yourself with people who affirm and respect you.
  • Love yourself with no strings attached.
  • Look for the upside of your life when all you can see is the downside.
  • Throw a party instead of a fit!