The Stress Relief Guided Journal
Your Space to Let Go of Tension and Relax in 5 Minutes a Day
The New Harbinger Journals for Change Series
Published by: New Harbinger Publications
Imprint: New Harbinger Publications
176 Pages, 6.00 x 8.00 x 0.40 in
- Published: September 2023
Create your own calming space to let go of tension and feel more peaceful in body and mind—in just minutes a day.
From balancing work and relationships to navigating financial challenges and health issues—in our hectic and busy lives, stress is simply unavoidable. Fortunately, there are proven-effective techniques you can use every day to combat the negative effects of stress and integrate healthy relaxation habits into your life. The powerful yet simple writing practices in this guided journal can help you get started today.
In The Stress Relief Guided Journal, you’ll explore your own stress response and triggers, and create a personalized action plan for stress reduction. Grounded in evidence-based acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), the prompts in this journal integrate a variety of stress-relieving methods you can implement in your life when stress becomes overwhelming—including progressive relaxation, self‑hypnosis, visualization, and mindfulness.
If you’re looking to find a place of calm and respite in the midst of our busy world, this journal can be that place. Just write, explore, and make it yours.
Written by renowned mental health and wellness experts, New Harbinger’s Journals for Change combine evidence-based psychology with proven-effective guided journaling techniques to help you make lasting personal change—one page at a time.
“The Stress Relief Journal is a friendly and empowering aid for anyone who wishes to do more to help themselves. By inviting the reader to use their natural mindfulness to notice and record their present-moment experience while engaging in a variety of mind-body practices, the authors have provided an accessible, helpful, and transformative path into the realm of mindful awareness and mind-body healing.”
—Jeffrey Brantley, MD, emeritus professor in the department of psychiatry at Duke Medical Center, founder of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program at Duke Integrative Medicine, and coauthor of 5 Good Minutes of Mindfulness ~Jeffrey Brantley, MD
“This is a book that should be on every adult’s reading list and handed out to every child in school. Let’s face it, the world is a stressful place, and we all need to learn to relax. This book will show you how with a fun, easy-to-use journal.”
—Jeffrey C. Wood, PsD, coauthor of The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook and The New Happiness ~Jeffrey C. Wood, PsD
“The Stress Relief Guided Journal provides research-backed tools in an approachable and user-friendly tone. Actively managing stress has huge health and mental health benefits, and this journal is an easy way to get started.”
—Elena Welsh, PhD, author of 5-Minute Stress Relief and The Panic Deck ~Elena Welsh, PhD
“The Stress Relief Guided Journal provides readers with a plethora of fast and effective stress management strategies, and is sure to become a go-to source for those wanting to improve self-awareness and reduce stress. Whether you’re a mental health professional working with clients, or someone looking to quickly regulate your stress response, this workbook will be a valuable resource for years to come.”
—Jennifer Sweeton, PsyD, clinical psychologist, and author of four books on trauma treatment ~Jennifer Sweeton, PsyD
“Stress affects every single human—that’s why this handy journal needs to find its way into everyone’s hands! The authors do a terrific job of putting together exercises that can be done in five-minute sit-downs, so that our self-help doesn’t add more to our plate. This book will definitely find its way to my recommendation shelf for clients!”
—Katie Krimer, MA, LCSW, psychotherapist at Union Square Practice, self-growth coach at Moxie, and author of The Sh*t I Say to Myself ~Katie Krimer, MA, LCSW
“The Stress-Relief Guided Journal is an inspirational, easily digestible guide to reducing your stress. It focuses on your body, mind, and emotions using well-researched techniques like breathing and muscle relaxation, and innovative strategies based on mental imagery and hypnosis. It is written in a clear, positive, and simple style, and can help you understand the different facets of your stress and give you concrete stress-relief skills. I highly recommend it.”
—Melanie Greenberg, PhD, author of The Stress-Proof Brain, clinical psychologist specializing in stress and trauma, and international trainer and speaker ~Melanie Greenberg, PhD
“Stress and pain are nearly unavoidable in our daily lives; to be human is to be stressed. Learning to manage stress is a key life skill to avoid hours of frustration, self-criticism, and inaction. This guide shows readers a wide range of micro-skills to permanently change the way you handle stress.”
—Patricia E. Zurita Ona, PsyD, director of the East Bay Behavior Therapy Center, and author of Living Beyond OCD Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Skills for Perfectionism and High-Achieving Behaviors ~Patricia E. Zurita Ona, PsyD