Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Stressed Out?

April : National Stress Awareness Month
We all react differently to day-to-day events. What is no more than a teeny-tiny nuisance to someone else can be a big stress inducer for you and vice versa. For National Stress Awareness Month, and no matter what pushes your buttons, we hope you find the following resource lists helpful.

Play Time!
Have fun as your adult self and with your kids.

Play : How It Shapes Your Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul by Stuart Brown, M.D.
The Art of Roughhousing : Good Old-fashioned Horseplay and Why Every Kid Needs It by Anthony T. DeBenedet and Lawrence J. Cohen
Tag, Toss & Run : 40 Classic Lawn Games by Paul Tukey & Victoria Rowell
The Kids' Summer Fun Book : Great Games, Activities and Adventures for the Entire Family by Claire Gillman & Sam Martin
Unbored : the Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun by Joshua Glenn & Elizabeth Foy Larsen

Stress Reduction Techniques
Exercise, meditation, lifestyle adjustments... something for everyone here.

Mindfulness in Plain English by Henepola Gunaratana
Calming the Rush of Panic : a Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Guide... by Bob Stahl
The Healing Power of the Breath : Simple Techniques to Reduce Stress and Anxiety... by Richard Brown and Patricia Gerbarg
Getting Things Done : the Art of Stress-free Productivity by David Allen
Stress Pandemic : the Lifestyle Solution : 9 Natural Steps to Survive, Master Stress, and Live Well by Paul Huljich
Wabi Sabi : Timeless Wisdom for a Stress-free Life by Agneta Nyholm Winqvist
The Secret of Vigor : How to Overcome Burnout, Restore Metabolic Balance and Reclaim Your Natural Energy by Shawn M. Talbott
The Art of Doing Nothing : Simple Ways to Make Time for Yourself by Veronique Vienne
Healing Walks for Hard Times : Quiet Your Mind, Strengthen Your Body, and Get Your Life Back by Carolyn Scott Kortge
High-octane Women : How Superachievers Can Avoid Burnout by Sherrie Bourg Carter
Pressure : True Stories by Teens About Stress, edited by Al Desetta
Chill : Stress-reducing Techniques for a More Balanced, Peaceful You by Deborah Reber

Surf's Up
A quick roundup of resources on the web.

Connecticut's research Engine
Check out a variety of resources about health and wellness topics. Free access with your local library card.

American Institute of Stress
Federal Occupational Health (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Institute for Play
Forbes Online
American Psychological Association
Huffington Post Lifestyle