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Less Stress Life: How I Went from Crazed to Calm and You Can Too is a nonfiction self-help book written by Jamie Sussel Turner, an author, professional coach and inspirational speaker who previously served as a school principal and educator. Turner’s approach to stress and stress management is radically different from those espoused by the authors of many self-help books on the subject. Rather than focusing on stress management, Turner shows how one can change their attitudes, practices and lifestyles to create a less stressful environment. She shows how becoming more self-aware and mindful can be the key to creating a happy and stress-free life without the obsessions, urgency and angst that often create stress in the first place. The first part of her book shows readers how to “Let it Go.” Other sections illustrate how to concentrate one’s mind on what really matters and train oneself to see the opportunities and options available. Turner also gives tips on how to recognize your triggers, how to say no and how to gain mastery over your emotions.
Jamie Sussel Turner shares her own experiences during her self-imposed Less Stress Year as well as the experiences of her friends and professional coaching clients. I was most impressed by her approach to stress and found myself quickly recognizing changes I could make in my own approach to life and its everyday stresses and stressors. Turner’s writing style is smooth and conversational, making reading her book feel like a series of sessions with her as a coach. The experiences she shared go a long way to helping the reader fully get the gist of her knowledge and advice. I also loved how she gives a capsulized summary of her work in the section entitled “Less Stress Strategies and Tools” and appreciated her list of recommended readings. Less Stress Life: How I Went from Crazed to Calm and You Can Too is most highly recommended.