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Discover simple, science-based strategies for beating stress at its own game When's the best time to exercise - and how much is too much? Which foods fortify the brain, and which do the opposite? How can we use music, movement, and motivation to boost our rational brain and keep our cool no matter what life throws our way? Short bursts of stress are an inevitable part of mod Discover simple, science-based strategies for beating stress at its own game When's the best time to exercise - and how much is too much? Which foods fortify the brain, and which do the opposite? How can we use music, movement, and motivation to boost our rational brain and keep our cool no matter what life throws our way? Short bursts of stress are an inevitable part of modern life. But how much is too much? Research is uncovering the delicate balance that can turn a brief stressful episode into systemic overload, eventually leading to inflammation, anxiety, depression, and other chronic health issues. This practical and groundbreaking guide reveals seven paths to fighting the effects of stress--to strengthen our natural defenses so that our minds remain sharp, and our bodies resilient, no matter what life throws at us. Each chapter examines a common stress agent--including inflammation, an out-of-sync body clock, cortisol levels, and emotional triggers--and presents simple ways to minimize its harmful effects with changes in diet, exercise, and other daily habits--including surprising hacks involving music, eye movements, body temperature, daily routine, and more. Translating cutting-edge scientific findings into clear and simple advice, Stress-Proof is the ultimate user's guide for body, mind and well-being. **Winner, Best Stress Management Books of All Time, BookAuthority**


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Discover simple, science-based strategies for beating stress at its own game When's the best time to exercise - and how much is too much? Which foods fortify the brain, and which do the opposite? How can we use music, movement, and motivation to boost our rational brain and keep our cool no matter what life throws our way? Short bursts of stress are an inevitable part of mod Discover simple, science-based strategies for beating stress at its own game When's the best time to exercise - and how much is too much? Which foods fortify the brain, and which do the opposite? How can we use music, movement, and motivation to boost our rational brain and keep our cool no matter what life throws our way? Short bursts of stress are an inevitable part of modern life. But how much is too much? Research is uncovering the delicate balance that can turn a brief stressful episode into systemic overload, eventually leading to inflammation, anxiety, depression, and other chronic health issues. This practical and groundbreaking guide reveals seven paths to fighting the effects of stress--to strengthen our natural defenses so that our minds remain sharp, and our bodies resilient, no matter what life throws at us. Each chapter examines a common stress agent--including inflammation, an out-of-sync body clock, cortisol levels, and emotional triggers--and presents simple ways to minimize its harmful effects with changes in diet, exercise, and other daily habits--including surprising hacks involving music, eye movements, body temperature, daily routine, and more. Translating cutting-edge scientific findings into clear and simple advice, Stress-Proof is the ultimate user's guide for body, mind and well-being. **Winner, Best Stress Management Books of All Time, BookAuthority**

30 review for Stress-Proof: The Scientific Solution to Protect Your Brain and Body--And Be More Resilient Every Day

  1. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    This is a surprisingly good and rather unique book containing many strategies for managing a lifestyle which is constantly under stress. It covers food, exercise, pleasure, addiction, social interaction, and much more. Definitely recommended.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    Eh. Good information but kind of boring. Also felt a little homiletic at times—do this for 30 minutes a day, do this for 1 hour a day, do this for 5 minutes a day, do this every 30 minutes... if I did everything she suggested for the amount of time she says every day, I'd have no time to get anything else done. Just doesn't seem very practical. Eh. Good information but kind of boring. Also felt a little homiletic at times—do this for 30 minutes a day, do this for 1 hour a day, do this for 5 minutes a day, do this every 30 minutes... if I did everything she suggested for the amount of time she says every day, I'd have no time to get anything else done. Just doesn't seem very practical.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ben H

    Absolutely brilliant read. This book is not only relevant for those of us who are stressed - it also educates us on living happier and healthier lives by making small, manageable changes to every day behaviours. Before reading this book, I was suffering from an autonomic nervous system condition that is not well known about. I was told by doctors and specialists that my condition was likely permanent, but by strictly following the advice given in this book, I was able to make a full recovery. I c Absolutely brilliant read. This book is not only relevant for those of us who are stressed - it also educates us on living happier and healthier lives by making small, manageable changes to every day behaviours. Before reading this book, I was suffering from an autonomic nervous system condition that is not well known about. I was told by doctors and specialists that my condition was likely permanent, but by strictly following the advice given in this book, I was able to make a full recovery. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jenna M

    A good shopping list of strategies but doesn't try to tackle the deeper systemic issues. Also, science, I love you, but why you gotta keep torturing tiny furry animals? A good shopping list of strategies but doesn't try to tackle the deeper systemic issues. Also, science, I love you, but why you gotta keep torturing tiny furry animals?

  5. 4 out of 5

    Andreas Kamile

    A fascinating read about stress, how it affects your body and mind, and most importantly, what you can do about it. Storoni manages to explain tons of new and exciting research in a down-to-earth manner and offers easy ways of implementing abovementioned findings. I love it and can wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who wants to take better care of him- or herself!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kristel

    A must read for anyone who ever feels stress. Well written scientific studies support easy to make life changes.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sina

    This book gives a lot of advice to manage your stress and anxiety. One may read it over a long period of time to have time to implement all the advices.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Anna Svagr

    Clear medical approach based on research studies on how to improve your well-being. Love it!

  9. 4 out of 5

    A.Archer

    A unique book: both thoroughly researched & evidence-based and an entertaining read. Highly recommended.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Marsha

    I won this through Goodreads Giveaway - I found this book very interesting and well written. I would recommend this book to others.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    The next time you purchase a dairy product, be sure to ask the vendor if the cows were milked at night. Then, you'll have better melatonin production, which means you'll sleep better, which means you'll be less stressed. The next time you are fixating on a negative feeling or sensation, just think of something positive instead. Then your cortisol levels will balance, which means you'll be less stressed. The next time you are listening intently to music and doing nothing else, make sure it's a Mo The next time you purchase a dairy product, be sure to ask the vendor if the cows were milked at night. Then, you'll have better melatonin production, which means you'll sleep better, which means you'll be less stressed. The next time you are fixating on a negative feeling or sensation, just think of something positive instead. Then your cortisol levels will balance, which means you'll be less stressed. The next time you are listening intently to music and doing nothing else, make sure it's a Mozart composition. Then, you'll activate your parasympathetic nervous system, which means you'll be less stressed. Also, lots of stuff about rats in enriched environments and calorie restrictions. So anyway, if you want tons of information (literally, all the paper behind the hundreds of scientific studies cited here probably weighs a ton) about stress, then read this. If you want to experience less stress, skip the book and just go for a hike (or other analogous thing you already know is good for you and don't really need a scientific study to prove it). Also, you might want to consider quitting your thankless corporate job.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This book was awesome and very relevant for me as someone who tends to favor the “emotional brain” and can think negatively more than I’d like. There’s some really eye-opening information (and some I know but learned a lot more about). The current research on areas related to how the brain and body handle stress along with practical advice for improvement made this fascinating and accessible. I liked the formatting of the book as well. This is probably the best book I’ve read on mind-body connec This book was awesome and very relevant for me as someone who tends to favor the “emotional brain” and can think negatively more than I’d like. There’s some really eye-opening information (and some I know but learned a lot more about). The current research on areas related to how the brain and body handle stress along with practical advice for improvement made this fascinating and accessible. I liked the formatting of the book as well. This is probably the best book I’ve read on mind-body connection. Main subjects: the brain, emotional regulation, cortisol, fostering growth in the rational brain, tuning your body clock, extinguishing inflammation, modulating insulin resistance, motivation, aligning beliefs and goals, and resilience. *thanks to Goodreads for the giveaway!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Russell

    Jammed packed with research findings and ideas to help prevent or reduce stress in your life! The subtitle says “The scientific solution...” but it should be “solutions” because there’s not just one, there are many. The last line of the book says something like “If you can’t do everything, do what you can. It will go a long way.” I have gleaned a few things, made some changes and definitely see a difference. Highly recommend to anyone who realizes stress plays a big part in their overall well be Jammed packed with research findings and ideas to help prevent or reduce stress in your life! The subtitle says “The scientific solution...” but it should be “solutions” because there’s not just one, there are many. The last line of the book says something like “If you can’t do everything, do what you can. It will go a long way.” I have gleaned a few things, made some changes and definitely see a difference. Highly recommend to anyone who realizes stress plays a big part in their overall well being.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sergey Shishkin

    The book is packed with tips and tricks to reduce stress symptoms and improve recovery from chronic stress. The tips are all based on scientific research, although most areas covered in the book are still understudied. This results in dozens generally making sense suggestions that have potential to improve one's life, although without any certainty. The most obvious areas are sleep, diet and self-control. I found the suggestions useful and practical, although I would not give the book such a def The book is packed with tips and tricks to reduce stress symptoms and improve recovery from chronic stress. The tips are all based on scientific research, although most areas covered in the book are still understudied. This results in dozens generally making sense suggestions that have potential to improve one's life, although without any certainty. The most obvious areas are sleep, diet and self-control. I found the suggestions useful and practical, although I would not give the book such a definitive title as "stress-proof", maybe just "less stress".

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jimmy Tu

    A great reference book for a variety of methods of maintaining stress. Mithu goes through a variety of research which goes from common themes like live healthy and mediate to more esoteric research like force flow in order to break negative emotional loops, eat less ripe bananas to reduce your inflammation levels and music with a fun rhythm you can tap your feet to increase happiness.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Juliana

    The main confirmation I got from this book was that food is deeply connected with your brain function and stress level. Eat well to release stress better, hug people you love at every opportunity (virtual groups don't work the same), don't dwell on negative thoughts, exercise and enjoy your favourite hobby. Was listening as an audio book, and it went well with this one. The main confirmation I got from this book was that food is deeply connected with your brain function and stress level. Eat well to release stress better, hug people you love at every opportunity (virtual groups don't work the same), don't dwell on negative thoughts, exercise and enjoy your favourite hobby. Was listening as an audio book, and it went well with this one.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    Overview of scientific studies on impacts of stress, and ways to better handle stress. It can be repetitive because of the writing style - each chapter focusing on different ways stress can impact the body, and giving ways to address that harm. So for example, sleep habits come up repeatedly. It covers mental techniques, individual foods and habits such as eating times, as well as a great deal on what stresses our body. There's things we can do to cope with immediate stressful situations and way Overview of scientific studies on impacts of stress, and ways to better handle stress. It can be repetitive because of the writing style - each chapter focusing on different ways stress can impact the body, and giving ways to address that harm. So for example, sleep habits come up repeatedly. It covers mental techniques, individual foods and habits such as eating times, as well as a great deal on what stresses our body. There's things we can do to cope with immediate stressful situations and ways we can prepare ourselves for long-term stress of things like shift work. Worth a quick read, my main takeaways are: more soluble fiber, eat during daylight, healthy habit formation techniques, times it's useful to play video games.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Pranav Sirvaiya

    There are many good Psychology, Self-help & medical books for an average reader. This book is about how health, psychology and self-help are connected. And how by managing our attitude, health, sleep, psychology, etc. we can grow ourselves & be better. I highly recommend this book. It is an awesome read. Also, this is one of the book which is from a doctor & is in plain (easy to grasp) language. Thanks Mithu for sharing the knowledge. Hope to see a sequel with some more easy to understand concept There are many good Psychology, Self-help & medical books for an average reader. This book is about how health, psychology and self-help are connected. And how by managing our attitude, health, sleep, psychology, etc. we can grow ourselves & be better. I highly recommend this book. It is an awesome read. Also, this is one of the book which is from a doctor & is in plain (easy to grasp) language. Thanks Mithu for sharing the knowledge. Hope to see a sequel with some more easy to understand concepts (with diagrams :).

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mike Mcbride

    Reasoning, research, and mindset were fantastically orchestrated in this book. The author showcases the effects and importance of using growth mindset, outlook, and breath as means to influence stress, giving the strategies and effects of both positive and negative means. This research was clearly and succinctly referenced and was stated in ways that readers who aren't specialists can see the results and connections. The connections and writing flowed throughout the book as the concepts were intr Reasoning, research, and mindset were fantastically orchestrated in this book. The author showcases the effects and importance of using growth mindset, outlook, and breath as means to influence stress, giving the strategies and effects of both positive and negative means. This research was clearly and succinctly referenced and was stated in ways that readers who aren't specialists can see the results and connections. The connections and writing flowed throughout the book as the concepts were introduced, supported/proven, and modeled through practical strategies that often related to or directly supported other concepts discussed previously. This may become an annual read along with Mindset, into which this book beautifully segues.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Elisabeth Bjuro

    Wonderful, very comprehensive book with tips I have greatly benefitted from! I keep going back to this book as it's so dense with knowledge and to remind myself of things to implement in my routine. The market is so saturated with tips and tricks for your health, it's great to have this collection of advice all from a professional in the field. I recommend this to all busy people in my life! Wonderful, very comprehensive book with tips I have greatly benefitted from! I keep going back to this book as it's so dense with knowledge and to remind myself of things to implement in my routine. The market is so saturated with tips and tricks for your health, it's great to have this collection of advice all from a professional in the field. I recommend this to all busy people in my life!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I am going to try *reading* this book, and then I plan to update my review. But I do *not* recommend the audiobook. This book is dense with science, and I personally find those hard to absorb on an audiobook but I gave it a shot. I also think this narrator wasn't a good choice for a book like this: I found her reading sort of . . . boring (sorry!). Anyway, I have already started *reading* the book, and I have high hopes for it. :-) I am going to try *reading* this book, and then I plan to update my review. But I do *not* recommend the audiobook. This book is dense with science, and I personally find those hard to absorb on an audiobook but I gave it a shot. I also think this narrator wasn't a good choice for a book like this: I found her reading sort of . . . boring (sorry!). Anyway, I have already started *reading* the book, and I have high hopes for it. :-)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Simone Tumolo

    This book is a gem! This unique and practical guide show us step by step how to move beyond the limit of the known and into a beatiful stress free life! The author has done an outstanding job of creating a manual for human body and mind. Looking forward to next books covering yoga and meditation. I k grateful for this book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kasie G

    Stress Proof offers incredible insight on how to manage stress in effective scientifically proven ways. I was really impressed by the number of recommendations, some of which I will be trying to employ during my daily/weekly routine. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to gain more stress management strategies.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Wendelle

    The author is a formidable MD-Phd from Cambridge, yet remarkably she is not showing off in this book. Rather, in bullet-proof-ready short paragraphs, she identifies specific methods and solutions to deal with stress, backed by study after study and an intricate understanding of the workings of the brain.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Deanna

    I really enjoyed this book. It was a great mix of science and self-help. The author offered detailed suggestions on ways to increase your ability to deal with stress which have been backed by science.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Chris Wilby

    Very mind inspiring

  27. 4 out of 5

    Anna Thomas

    Contains lots of great ways to help yourself be resilient to stress as well as relieve stress. Some simple everyday ways to live a happier healthier life.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Martin Belev

    I would recommend this book to everyone. It is explaining how our brain works in stressful situations, when we are under chronic stress, what is happening in our bodies in terms of hormones, reactions between the brain and the body. There are a lot of helpful suggestions how we can reduce the stress levels and be more happy. As expected we should focus a lot on fundamental things - sleep, eating habits and physical activity.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Joseph Michael

    Excellent practical advice that worked for me.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nixie

    To the point, with references to tons of studies and whitepapers. Great source to pick up a few new habits.

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