Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Gary R. Bickford, PhD, FNP-BC
Publisher: Healthy Life Clinic, Inc Press
“The problem is when our stress is too great and is not dealt with adequately. This undue stress is damaging our health, emotions, and personal relationships and can negatively impact our careers,” Gary R. Bickford states in his book, Our Stress is Killing Us: Money-back Guaranteed Solutions.
At two hundred and sixty pages, this paperback book’s initial page states graciously that, if after thirty days using the writer’s stress-reducing techniques and you are not able to deal with stress better, you can send the book back for a full refund. Targeted to those who are at their wits’ end dealing with an over-load of stress, the book is set up somewhat sporadically with no chapter divisions, only simplistic topic titles covering from one paragraph to twenty-eight pages in length.
Bickford, a family nurse practitioner who has spent forty years in healthcare and almost thirty years studying how to deal with stress, gives his theories and suggestions on how to enjoy the good stress and overcome the bad or undue stress in our lives. Most of his recommendations are reminders to use common logic when facing a stressful challenge.
With short subjects such as job insecurity, ailments, mental fatigue and legal problems, he expounds more on balancing activities, exercise, forgiving others and health issues. The famous Holmes-Rahe Stress Scale is mentioned along with diet tips, not making work the number one priority and having a grounded support system as the ideas jump back and forth from negative stress “triggers” to ways to keep stress in check.
Often mentioning personal experiences of his divorce, raising children, employment at DuPont, developing migraines, having a skin cancer scare and being hypoglycemic along with patients’ stories, it is not until page fifty-three that the author states the first step is to get a physical examination to determine if it is undue stress. With no index, notes or references, the unorganized book reads like a devotional topical journal instead of a clinical, methodical resource textbook.
Stress affects our body, mood and behavior and is handled differently between the sexes. It is vital that one recognizes how too much eustress or distress can manifest into alarming health, mental and psychological issues. By looking to God, reaching out to others, having a positive outlook and being good to oneself, he or she can reduce undue stress.
This book was furnished by the author for review purposes.