Master Stress

Tame Your Inner Monster: My Guide

Non-Fiction - Health - Fitness
312 Pages
Reviewed on 02/28/2015
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Author Biography

Having experienced a difficult childhood Rebecca suffered from prolonged periods of immense stress. Eventually, she developed the debilitating condition of fibromyalgia until she overcame it by creating a protocol of techniques, which included several methods to overcome stress. She was also able to use the techniques to ensure she managed it effectively following surgery to remove a pancreatic tumour and a malignant melanoma. For many years she has since lived an active and healthy life. As a qualified coach and master practitioner of NLP, Timeline Therapy™ and hypnosis, Rebecca is ideally suited to help her readers overcome stress and enjoy life.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite

Master Stress: Tame Your Inner Monster (My Guide) by Rebecca Richmond is a comprehensive, all-in-one guide for a calmer, more peaceful, stress-free life. This book includes literally hundreds of tips and techniques to soothe your inner self and reduce stress in your life. Master Stress: Tame Your Inner Monster is neatly divided into chapters on all aspects of life, including work, study, relationships, finances, sleep, diet, and exercise. Each of these areas is carefully discussed and Rebecca Richmond provides several exercises throughout the book to reduce or eliminate stress, accompanied by simple, practical suggestions for better life management. The book also covers aspects of self-awareness and personal development, and helps readers to understand that working on the internal aspects such as one’s health and self-esteem is just as important as, or even more important than managing the external aspects such as work and finances.

I have read many books on the subject of stress and self-improvement, and I found that this is definitely one of the better books in this genre. I found it to be all-encompassing because every subject related to life and stress was discussed in a very pleasant, easy-to-understand way. I also loved the various techniques described in the book such as breathing exercises, meditation, the concept of mindfulness, etc. that I felt were so simple to do and practice. I would highly recommend this book to everyone. In the fast-paced world we usually live in, I believe everyone can benefit from a more peaceful way of life, and this book may provide some guidance in the right direction.

Samantha Coville

Imagine this: within the next few hours you need to do the laundry, prepare the dinner ingredients, clean the bedrooms and sweep the living room. In the background, your children are screaming at ear-piercing levels. The reaction to your hectic life is pretty understandable: stress. But that stress can eat away at you, tear you down and take away the energy that makes you you. Learning to manage your stress could lighten your mental load and bring a peace to your life that you much deserve. Rebecca Richmond has done exactly this with her book, Master Stress: Tame Your Inner Monster. In easy-to-comprehend sections, that don't take too much of your precious time, you can learn how to control the monster that is your stress and regain control of the life you are blessed to be living.

There's one thing that I require from a book that claims to teach me how to be stress-free: ease. I don't want to stress over learning to control stress. Rebecca Richmond has laid out her book in the perfect manner to make this a simple read with a big impact. I can tell you from experience that putting her words into action really works. Results aren't immediate; it does take a little time. But once it starts, it doesn't stop. I am a ball of stress and this has been a salvation guide. Master Stress: Tame Your Inner Monster is a beautiful work that will surely help many. Bravo and thank you!

Vernita Naylor

Stress – we all experience it. Whether you are rich or poor, stress has visited you. In the lives of some, stress stays longer. Stress comes in various forms and affects everything around us from economics to families, children, work, environment and culturally. How one deals with their level of stress is the question. Master Stress: Tame Your Inner Monster (My Guide) by Rebecca Richmond is designed to help you to better understand the various types of stressors and the best practices into how to avoid and/or overcome these stressors. This is done by identifying its causes before it overtakes you.

In Master Stress: Tame Your Inner Monster (My Guide), Rebecca Richmond knows first-hand about how stress can affect your life and body. From having a difficult childhood to a debilitating condition of fibromyalgia, she was able to overcome these issues with the techniques outlined in this guide. Rebecca provides several tools like a therapist would in helping you in your journey called life. In the guide, you will find a wealth of information from identifying the four different areas of stress to challenges, identifying and rating your stress triggers, and practical ways for reducing stress, with inspirational quotes and stories to help you see your stresses in different ways. She has taken what worked in her life and created this wonderful guide, from channeling your energy into something positive to writing down your thoughts, guiding how you are feeling and enabling you to gain an understanding of where these feelings came from.

A book like Master Stress: Tame Your Inner Monster (My Guide) by Rebecca Richmond is extremely valuable because stress is the leading cause of a lot of the world’s health scares, from high blood pressure to heart attacks. While some stress is healthy because it causes us to become motivated and helps us to accomplish things in life, when it becomes excessive it becomes harmful. Under Powers of Beliefs, Rebecca Richmond states something profound: “Beliefs are the starting point from which we make all decisions. When we feel threatened in some way beliefs provide certainty, which makes us feel more secure, even if it is in a negative way.” This statement is profound because where do the beliefs come from? Our beliefs come from our childhood, our upbringing, so there is a lot of decluttering that needs to be done if we are to live our lives with less stress. When we are stressed, we may internalize it or turn on others either through drinking excessively, drugs, depression, co-dependency on medications, abuse, you name it.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could instead adopt a simpler way of living and expressing ourselves that could help us not to become ‘so’ stressed? Your answer is in Master Stress: Tame Your Inner Monster (My Guide) by Rebecca Richmond – she has everything covered.

Jack Magnus

Master Stress: Tame Your Inner Monster is a My Guide self-improvement book written by Rebecca Richmond. The author discusses the physiological effects of stress and explains why some stress is necessary for coping with emergencies and trying situations. She shows how the reader can gauge the severity of the stress they feel and quantify it for comparison and tracking. Some stresses are major, such as the loss of a loved one, while others are the result of minor inconveniences such as missing a train. Rebecca Richmond helps the reader figure out what his/her particular stress triggers are and offers solutions for defusing them. She also describes techniques to empower oneself rather than yield to the stress caused by feeling helpless or trapped. There is also a wealth of relaxation and visualization exercises included to help the reader foster a positive outlook and reduce the impact of stressors.

Rebecca Richmond's motivational health and fitness book, Master Stress: Tame Your Inner Monster, offers solid and accessible ways to manage and control stress and stressful situations. I was especially interested in the sections on relaxation techniques such as tapping, breathing and visualization. The assignments at the end of each chapter are useful for making something you’ve read become something you do, and are thoughtful and perceptive. Rebecca Richmond inserts allegories and quotes throughout the work, and I found myself looking forward to reading each of them. This is a comprehensive and very well-written work on what turns out to be a much more complicated topic than one might imagine. Master Stress: Tame Your Inner Monster gives you the tools to craft your own stress-taming strategies. It’s most highly recommended.

Faridah Nassozi

In this very dynamic world that we live, stress is a part of our day-to-day lives. However, we need to learn to manage our stress so that it does not get out of hand because if it does, the results can be very tragic. In her book titled Master Stress: Tame Your Inner Monster (My Guide), Rebecca Richmond guides us on how to control our stress levels while still living a dynamic lifestyle. The book is intended for all those who live a hectic lifestyle, but wish to avoid the negative effects of the stress caused by such a lifestyle. In so doing, they will attain all-around success and fulfillment while staying happy and healthy. In the book, readers will find several useful techniques on how to keep their stress levels under control.

Master Stress: Tame Your Inner Monster (My Guide) by Rebecca Richmond is an informative and very practical book with techniques that can easily be incorporated into one's daily life. The way Rebecca Richmond wrote this book makes it easy to read and understand. Her style of writing is approachable and makes her work feel easily relatable; like the stories that she included that turn theories into real life situations. I liked the fact that she acknowledges the external factors that cause stress, and agrees that these factors will always be there, and sometimes there might be very little or even nothing you can do to control them - but that does not mean you cannot control the stress they bring into your life.

The book empowers you to control your stress levels by learning the art of identifying and controlling your stress triggers. I found the stress management techniques to be handy and easy to practice. The book would be of great value to someone currently dealing with high stress levels or someone just looking to learn to manage their stress so it does not get out of hand.