Less Stress Life

How I Went from Crazed to Calm and You Can Too

Non-Fiction - Self Help
221 Pages
Reviewed on 01/05/2019
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Author Biography

Jamie Sussel Turner, M.Ed, PCC, is a professional coach, speaker, and award-winning author of Less Stress Business: A Guide for Hiring, Coaching and Leading Great Employees. She has been featured in The New York Times, received an ATHENA Leadership Award nomination, and served as a speaker curator for TEDxAsburyPark, the largest TEDx on the East Coast. Before becoming a professional coach, Jamie served as a public school educator, including twelve years as a school principal. She holds Master's degrees in both Educational Leadership and Elementary Education, and is a credentialed coach by the International Coach Federation (ICF), Coaching for Results Global, Inc., and The Institute for Social + Emotional Intelligence(R). She is also a certified facilitator of Fierce Conversations(R). Less Stress Life: How I Went from Crazed to Calm and You Can Too is based on the unique successes of Jamie's Less Stress Life Method, which has helped many transform stress into power. The book began prior to Jamie's third cancer diagnosis. Aware of the need for greater calm, Jamie decided to scrutinize her personal stresses every day for a year, treating them with insights based on her professional expertise. Less Stress Life is her second book. Jamie lives her more serene life in coastal Sea Bright, New Jersey, with her husband, Wayne. Ever grateful for her magnificent sunset views over the water, she is passionate about her grandchildren, working out, reading, travel, and her daily dose of dark chocolate.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

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.