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"Past Tense: 365 Daily Tools for Putting Stress Behind You--for Good" by Shawn Kilgarlin, with wisdom from her husband Ron Kilgarlin, provides daily advice for overcoming stress in a variety of practical ways. In a methodically organized order, Kilgarlin approaches the overall health and well-being of a person with concrete suggestions that are easily accessible and readily incorporated into almost everyone's lifestyle. Simple techniques such as diet modifications, personal organization, exercise, the value of smiling or talking, the benefits of keeping a journal or learning to say "No", permeate this book with sound advice for beating stress. Besides the everyday wisdom, there are tips interspersed among the various sections; for instance, 10 keys to success, or 5 ways to overcome anxiety, among others. Each day begins with a pithy aphorism, usually by a well-known person, and inspiring quotes abound. "Stress has a hard time living in a clean environment . . ." or "Home is not where you live but where they understand you."
I cannot imagine any reader not finding some truism to personally relate to in this information packed book. The author has poured herself into giving others sound guidelines for reducing stress in life and finding elusive peace of mind in the process. Who could argue with statements like this one: "A bad instant decision can lead to a lifetime of stressful regret," or "nature is God's most readily available stress reliever?" I like this quote by Norman Vincent Peale, "The cyclone derives its power from a calm center. So does a person." You will discover how to have a "calm center" as you read this insightful guide to putting your stress in the "Past Tense."