Stress, especially excessive one, occupies a pivotal position within public health all over the world. At the end of 1970s it has been declared that when an individual achieves the threshold of excessive stress, he/she might experience dramatic psychological changes related to either mental or physical health problems (U.S. Public Health Service, 1979). One of the recent reports, that touched the issue of stress as mental illness, introduced the notion of the disability-adjusted year (DALY) for calculating the number of years of life lost to premature death and disability. Thus, it becomes essential to comprehend in which ways psychological processes might have an impact on physical health and overall well-being.
We are coping with stress based on our life experiences choosing the mechanisms which worked best for us without knowing whether they were healthful or harmful to our body.
Most of the self-help books are focusing on describing techniques for stress reduction and relaxation, without explaining the processes happening in our body when the person is experiencing stress. Most authors emphasize the importance of practicing a 20-minute deep relaxation through using meditation or visualisation, arguing that this approach is enough for mental growth, improvement of physical health, and emotional stability. This approach is quite useful as a proactive action for maintaining your health, but is insufficient at the moments you are experiencing a stressful life event, especially a prolonged one. What do we need to know to deal with them?
I am working on this book and hope to bring it for your reading in spring 2018.