5 Minutes to Stress Relief by Lauren Miller – Book Review

Title and Author:  5 Minutes to Stress Relief – Book Review by Daniel R. Murphy

How to Release Fear, Worry, and Doubt… Instantly

by Lauren E. Miller

Synopsis of Content:

The author draws on spiritual wisdom, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Emotional Freedom Technique (ETF) to teach us how to reduce stress. She tells us what stress is and what causes it. She teaches us to choose our perspective and attitude through our thinking and our words to reduce our stress levels.

These techniqus stress forgoing judgment – she alls is “no judgment day” and focusing the causes of behavior that might be a problem. You can then empathize with yourself and others to become more effective at positively eliminating problems without being personally judgmental.

The book provides some interesting insight into the physical and psychological aspects of stress and how it is manifested. This leads to a discussio of the impact of stress and its negative effects. Once we understand the emotional bases for our stress reactions we are in a better position to manage it and even minimize it.

Miller poses and interesting question: when will you be happy? People often externalize happiness, waiting to achieve something such as weight loss or success in business to achieve happiness. She suggests this is self defeating. Rather we should practice acceptance while still striving to improve things. The acceptance reduces stress and gets that stress out of the way of progress because stress is a barrier to genuiine progress. These techniques come largely from NLP and ETF pracices.

Miller than offers some stress reduction techniques which you can in five minutes or less to clear these stress induced roadblocks. Sticking with this process brings a feeling of peace and contentment which then empowers you to achieve far more and break through other barriers to your own success.

While the terminology may sound a little out there in fact this book suggests some very concrete things you can do to reduce stress and attain a greater sense of peace and stability. In today’s stressful world these are welcomed insights.

What I found useful about this book:

This book provides some insight into what causes stress and how to deal with that in very practical terms. It does not take a lot of time – it more about approaching life in a different way than we may be conditioned to.

Readability/Writing Quality:  

This book is very readable. It is well organized.

Notes on Author:

Laura Miller is a stress reduction expert and bestselling author. She has appeared on a number of television shows including MSNBC and The Discovery Channel. She is also a busy public speaker.

Three Great Ideas You Can Use:

1. Learn to identify what stresses you and when you are stressed. Learn to identify what stress feels like for you.

2. Learn techniques to reframe your attitude and perception of the things that stress you to reduce that stress reaction.

3. Take a “no judgment day” – refrain from judging others or yourself and examine what is really going on. Focus on causes. It is not as important to dwell on the fact that someone is angry with you but more important to determine why they are angry and what could be done about that.

Publication Information:  

Title and Author: 5 Minutes to Stress Relief

Copyright holder: Lauren E. Miller 2013

Publisher: The Career Press

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Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.