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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook

By Therese J. Borchard
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mindfulness-based stress reduction.jpgAbout once a year I discover a workbook that allows me to put all the steps that I learn in therapy into practice. I’ve mentioned in past blog posts David Burns’s 10 Days to Self-Esteem, and how the exercises in that workbook allowed me to recognize distorted thought patterns and practice ways of untwisting them. Two years or so ago, when I didn’t know whether or not I should have my son treated for anxiety, my therapist recommended I read Understanding Your Child’s Puzzling Behavior, which was very, very helpful. And now fellow blogger and mindfulness expert Elisha Goldstein has published, with co-author Bob Stahl, a comprehensive workbook — A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook — that teaches the art of mindfulness in relieving and reducing stress.

If I had to identify one quality that separates this book from the rest of the mindfulness resources in the self-help aisle, it’s that these pages are so practical and can’t help but provide the reader with plenty of “A-ha!” moments. Reading through the chapters and exercises, I appreciate all the research that Goldstein and Stahl studied, material that illuminates how mindfulness exercises can alter and help shape your brain to be more optimistic and resilient. But what won my trust is that they have both been stress cases themselves at certain points in their lives, and can therefore communicate with empathetic language. They both know, on a very personal level, how stress can disable a person. So much like Kay Redfield Jamison, the famous psychologist who suffers from bipolar disorder, they speak both as expert and patient.

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook

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  1. I love this book too and only today I was writing about mindfulness for stress relief and promoting this book too. http://www.stress-relief-workshop.com/mindfulness-based-stress-reduction.html

    I have only been into mindfulness myself for about a year and am still learning so much about it. I find it a wonderful technique and so beneficial in my day to day life.

  2. I recommend the books by Yon Kabat Zinn. Those are the most basics books on mindfullness.

  3. Thank you for writing about this book. It sounds like it offers some very useful practical tools to reducing stress.

    Although medication is sometimes appropriate in stressful traumatic situations, there is so much which we can all do to relieve stress naturally and inexpensively.

    So much of our stress is self generated buy our resentments about the past and fears about the future. So it makes sense that mindfulness exercises which focus our attention on the here and now relieve stress.

  4. Thank you for all the information. I found it very useful in my work.

  5. Thank you for such a detailed review. Stress is really a byproduct of our thoughts and perceptions from past experience. But the past no longer exists. Living in the present which is all we have really does eliminate much of the worry and fear and by extension stress in our lives. Mindfulness is really a helpful practice for effective stress reduction

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