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Overcoming Anxiety, Second Edition by O. Joseph Bienvenu, Joni E. Johnston

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CHAPTER13

Reducing Stress

In This Chapter

  • Learning the definition of stress
  • Recognizing the symptoms of stress
  • Taking an inventory of your coping mechanisms
  • Buffering yourself from stress
  • Finding out how severe traumas can affect you

Monday—I’m stuck in traffic on my way to work. I’m running 15 minutes late. I can feel my heartbeat speeding up and my chest tightening. The minute I get to work, the boss dumps a ton of work on my desk and—oh great, my computer has crashed!

I try taking some deep breaths, and it helps a little. I have to keep taking breaks during the day because it’s hard to concentrate.

Home isn’t much better. My kids are unusually ...

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