Put Stress to Work

Turning Headaches into Advantages

Non-Fiction - Self Help
278 Pages
Reviewed on 11/22/2017
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Reviewed by Bruce Arrington for Readers' Favorite

Put Stress to Work:Turning Headaches into Advantages, by J. Michael Godfrey, is a comprehensive dissection of stress in people’s lives today, as well as a complete guide directing the reader to reduce and/or eliminate stress on a daily basis. The book describes where stress comes from (most often ourselves!), how our physiology reacts to the stress and the negative effects it can produce over time. Starting from our own personal goals and moving outward, it provides the blueprint for a healthy lifestyle. The book also provides numerous references, helping to base the book in research instead of simply one writer’s opinion.

This is a marvelous book, one which I wish I had read years ago. If ever there could be a book attached to a human being at birth, this should be it. There are many lessons about stress I’ve had to learn along the way without formal instruction, but here it is, readily available to anyone. I found myself reading slowly and carefully to absorb the areas I still need to learn about. Suffice it to say, this is one book I’ll be referring to again and again, and recommending to (or purchasing for) friends and family. Put Stress to Work: Turning Headaches into Advantages by J. Michael Godfrey is a book which will benefit any reader, but I also suggest that for teenagers, trying to gain traction in their lives, this would be a great gift. Starting out with this sort of knowledge could help many young people avoid numerous problems throughout their lifetimes. Highly recommended.

Divine Zape

Put Stress to Work: Turning Headaches into Advantages by J. Michael Godfrey is a great book for mental health professionals and readers who are suffering from stress — and that could also include people with no or less stress because stress comes into our lives unannounced. This book came to me as a timely gift because I am undergoing a very stressful period of my life and I discovered very useful tips and strategies that I can’t wait to start implementing. It is easy to complain that we are stressed out, to indulge in things that cause more stress, hoping that we are eliminating stress from our life. J. Michael Godfrey offers readers a tool that will not only help them handle stress, but make it work for them. It’s how he does it that is interesting.

I don't doubt that this author has done his research and unearthed facts that will interest readers, including the very nature of stress and how it affects our life and work, the moments when stress easily enters into our life and things we can do to trump it. The idea of making stress work for us was a powerful hook for me, and in this book the author conveys a compelling message to the reader: “You can be on top of things. You can handle stress. You can become its master.” He doesn’t stop there, but moves on to show readers how to employ stress instead of allowing it to run their lives. Put Stress to Work: Turning Headaches into Advantages is a godsend, a book that will undoubtedly change many lives. It’s your tool to regaining your freedom.

Arya Fomonyuy

Put Stress to Work: Turning Headaches into Advantages by J. Michael Godfrey is a timely and revolutionary book that has the potential to transform the lives of contemporary men and women who are overburdened by one of the common problems of our age — stress. A book about stress management couldn’t be more welcome in this time, given that our competitive and fast-paced work environments put millions of people under stress. It is no secret that stress can break people in various ways, making other areas of their lives such as career, relationships, and family suffer its effects. But it needn’t be so. In his book, J. Michael Godfrey offers readers the tips they need to transform stress into a tool that works for them.

In Put Stress to Work, the author leads the reader into a better understanding of the basic nature of stress and what causes it. He deftly demonstrates how it works, how it looks, and when it shows up. From this point, the author shows readers the in-the-moment stress management techniques that will undoubtedly benefit them. But what is most interesting is his take on how to proactively manage stress, turning it to one’s advantage and making it a tool that serves one’s purpose. It wasn’t hard for me to connect with the message in Put Stress to Work: Turning Headaches into Advantages. With relevant examples from real life scenarios, the author delivers a message of hope for anyone beset by stress, and anyone who finds it difficult living the life they want because of stress. Readers will find surprising answers in this book and the simplicity of style makes it an easy read.

Romuald Dzemo

Put Stress to Work: Turning Headaches into Advantages by J. Michael Godfrey is a tool that will help readers take control of stress and turn it into energy to change and improve their lives, a powerful guide to the art of proactively managing stress and eliminating its destructive effects in the lives of readers. In this book, readers gain a deeper understanding of stress and how it affects their lives. The author offers a simplified and clear anatomy of stress, unveiling when it often gets into one’s life, offering strategies to immediately take control, and showing how readers can transform stress into something that works for them.

There could be no better time for this book than today. Many studies indicate that contemporary man is greatly driven by stress and that stress is one of the top reasons why people visit their doctors. Instead of letting stress take control of your life, you can take the lead and make it an “employee,” something that works for you and that allows you to reach deeper levels of success and health. Put Stress to Work: Turning Headaches into Advantages is one of the best gifts you can give yourself and those you care about. It is intelligently written and readers will enjoy J. Michael Godfrey’s friendly style. The book is filled with practical examples and insightful thoughts that allow readers to create the kind of awareness and mindset that will help them beat stress and improve their lives. You will appreciate the confident, authoritative voice behind the writing and you’ll find the message of this book relevant.

Mamta Madhavan

Put Stress to Work: Turning Headaches into Advantages by J. Michael Godfrey is a helpful tool for all readers as it speaks about a relevant topic called stress. The author discusses the realities of stress, which is a part of our daily lives, and makes the distinction between good stress and bad stress, stress we can control, and stress we cannot. His techniques and advice help readers to manage their choices, beliefs, and perceptions so that they can handle stress in a healthy way. The author shares his years of experience to help readers understand the different types of stress and how to use this to their advantage.

I like the author’s positive approach to stress and the way in which he talks readers out of falling prey to stress. Reading this book will help readers get to know stress and understand how it works, how it can help, and how it can block your progress toward achieving life’s purpose and mission. The idea of sharing real stories is helpful to many readers in connecting with the author’s words and understanding how the tools suggested in the book can work in real life.

I recommend everyone get a copy of this book as it can be used in daily life to handle situations that cause stress. The processes for managing stress and establishing a personal strategy are rewarding and safe and will leave readers with the choices of leaving the stress situation as it is, allowing stress to manage them, or putting stress to work to achieve what really matters.