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Believe it or not, stress does serve a purpose for humans. At some point, we needed the combination of cortisol and adrenaline to either find something to eat or risk starving or run away as something wanted to eat us or it will risk starving. These days the Sabre Tooth Tiger has gone extinct while our to-do lists sadly can’t find itself on the endangered species list. While none of us want to make friends with stress, it’s worth understanding what happens to the body under the constant stresses in day-to-day life like assignment deadlines, grading papers for feedback, all while dealing with family or loved ones.
The key to understanding stress? Finding information on what it does, how to keep it under control, and applying it to our everyday life. Red River Library has a number of resources to tackle a vast subject, some might say stress-inducing, but a few key titles may help to make stress work for as a benefit than as an impediment.
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Stanford University neurobiologist, Robert Sapolsky, has been advancing our understanding of stress – how it impacts our bodies and how our social standing can make us more or less susceptible. Research reveals that the impact of stress can be found deep within us, shrinking our brains, adding fat to our bellies, even unraveling our chromosomes. Yet understanding how stress works can help us figure out a ways to combat it and how to live a life free of the tyranny of this contemporary plague.
Stress is an individual reaction; it can be fantastic or it can be fatal! The choice of how we respond is ultimately up to each of us. In this program, you will explore the concept of stress and how it affects your body, mind, and spirit. You will learn how you can use humor to break the negative and irrational thought patterns that cause stress and reframe them into positive, powerful and productive tools for change.
The titles below deal with stress and stress management. Click on the call numbers to take you directly to the record in the online catalog. For subjects related to stress, or to take the stress out of research in general, talk to library staff about book and database searches.
Is Work Killing You?: A Doctor’s Prescription For Treating Workplace Stress
Author: David Posen
Call Number: RC 963.48 .P68 2013
Controlling Stress and Tension
Authors: Daniel Girdano, Dorothy Dusek, George S. Everly, Jr.
Call Number: RA 785 .G57 2009
Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers
Author: Robert M. Sapolsky
Call Number: QP 82.2 .S8 S266 2004
Preventive Stress Management in Organizations
Author: James C. Quick
Call Number: HF 5548.85 .P762 2013
Calming Your Anxious Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Free You From Anxiety, Fear and Panic
Author: Jeffrey Brantley
Call Number: BF 575 .A6 .B73 2003