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Is it possible to be addicted to stress? Author Heidi Hanna, Ph.D., shows that the answer is yes. In her fascinating book Stressaholic, Dr. Hanna explains that stress is both additive and accumulative, meaning that the quantity of stressors, the intensity of each, and the frequency of their occurrence all combine to create the total effect on your system. And it isn’t a pretty picture.

If we are not mindful of our stress and recovery balance, Dr. Hanna says, we can easily find ourselves fighting off fatigue, drawn to even greater amounts of stress in order to feel energized. At the same time the way we perceive our current stress load often leads to the feeling of being overwhelmed. As a result we can experience adrenal dysfunction, exhaustion, or burnout.

Dr. Hanna’s engaging explanations and her innovative five-step program provide a solid foundation for stressaholics seeking a happier, more fulfilling way to live.

From the book jacket:

“Chronic multitasking and ever-increasing demands on our time and energy have caused a neurochemically-based dependence on sources of stress and stimulation to provide fuel for our chaotic lifestyles. While this may boost performance in the short term, studies have consistently shown that when stress hormones are elevated over time they create the worst form of internal wear and tear, decreasing productivity, wasting time, and even killing brain cells. As a result, modern society is tired and wired, suffering from physical exhaustion while mentally amped up and unable to get adequate rest.

“Stressaholic explains the impact of chronic stress on the body, mind, and spirit, and shows how a simple shift in mindset can dramatically alter the body’s response to stress. The Stressaholic Recovery Process restores system-wide resilience toward stress in five simple steps, which include:

  • Rest to balance brain chemistry with strategic relaxation and recovery
  • Repair to calm and nourish cells with energy-enhancing nutrients
  • Rebuild to strengthen mental and physical fitness to optimize energy
  • Rethink to optimize your perspective to see stress as a challenge instead of a threat
  • Redesign to develop “BEATS”  that provide structure for ongoing energy management

“Stressaholic shows you how to win the war on stress without limiting your progress by creating an optimal performance pulse of stress and recovery for your life. With easy-to-implement tips and real world examples of individuals and organizations that have turned stress into sustainable drive, Stressaholic will guide you on your journey from exhaustion to enlightenment.”

About the author:

Heidi Hanna, Ph.D., has trained thousands of individuals on practical ways to incorporate nutrition, fitness, and positive psychology strategies to improve productivity and performance. Heidi is CEO and founder of SYNERGY, a coaching and consulting company that specializes in customized health and wellness solutions for individuals and organizations. As an experienced speaker, Heidi has been featured at many national and global conferences including the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit and the ESPN Women’s Leadership Summit.

Hardcover, 183 pp.

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