I was pretty curious when I saw the title: "Stress Free in 30 Days", by Charles Linden. I had been looking for some direction to addressing my stress and low-grade anxiety that had set in this year. I wanted something I could work my way through at my own pace; something I could pick up and work with a while, then come back to again as needed. This book and the accompanying CD turned out to be exactly what I needed.
The book introduced me to Charles Linden, the creator of "The Linden Method", a Anxiety Recovery Program that is widely considered to be the most successful, curative anxiety-elimination program available. From his own experiences with anxiety, he developed a method of eliminating stress from his life, and adapted it to use as a self help program. The book comes with an audio CD which contains visualizations for deep relaxation, confidence, and sleep. Using this CD in conjunction with the book will help speed up your progress and recovery.
The book is broken into chapters that are based on a 30 day "topic-a-day" approach. You learn what stress is, and how it affects us on all levels. The chapters deal with elements of our lives that affect our stress and anxiety levels: Diet, Alcohol, Exercise, Panic Attacks, Sleep and Insomnia, Money and Stress, Relationships, Avoiding Confrontation, Goal Setting, Confidence, Conscious Choices, for example. Each day's chapter is packed with discussion of the topic, and practical, useable information for making immediate changes for the better. Each chapter ends with "Foundations for Stress Free Living", a "to do" list of specific things to try, actions to take that day that are fast, targeted guidance to get you moving towards healing.
The CD is a great bonus tool; I found it to be a welcome relaxation method which helped me embrace the changes and steps I was working with in the book itself. This combination of book and CD helps the material to become incorporated into your understanding and daily practice. I highly recommend this book as a very worthwhile read, and a good self-help resource.
I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinions are completely my own, based upon my own experience.
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