Stress is the silent killer in our society; it causes imbalances in our brain chemistry and endocrine system, increases the risk of heart attack and stroke, and contributes to obesity and mental illness. Stress affects all aspects of one’s life, and unless you get it under control, it will ruin you. Paul Huljich learned that lesson the hard way, after suffering a nervous breakdown, a bipolar disorder diagnosis, and dependence on psychotropic medication to keep him stable.
The former CEO of Best Corporation, a successful organic foods company in New Zealand, had enjoyed the best of life that money could buy…but it couldn’t buy back his failing health that years of high stress had destroyed. Huljich spent several years searching for treatment that would reverse the damage to his body and psyche, and finally found a way to restore his life and his health – after the Mayo Clinic said that was impossible.
Stress Pandemic is Huljich’s response to the impossible. He outlines the causes and effects of stress, and then shares the nine changes he made to save his life and his mind. By following his advice on diet, exercise, and mental wellness, Huljich states that you master the tools “that enable you to shift your attitudes and overcome the causes of stress,” giving you much-needed life skills that seem to elude us all.
His advice is absolutely sound, and Stress Pandemic is an easy read that everyone can relate to. Huljich covers the most important elements of a holistic, stress-free life, and key concepts are set apart and highlighted to ensure they stay prominent in your mind. A bit of humor is included as well; cartoon vignettes punctuate the chapters as a visual reminder of his nine-step plan. Humor aside, the book also contains valuable resources on food and nutrition, exercise, and a section devoted to brain and body chemistry.
For those looking to cure their depression or health issues overnight, be forewarned – the nine steps in Stress Pandemic are a process, not a pill. Huljich emphasizes that change must come from within, and that change is a process of re-inventing and re-building oneself, and replacing bad habits with positive new ones so the change in yourself and your life will be permanent. But, Huljich guides you step-by-step from beginning to end, and gives you tools to continue your evolution from stressed to stress-free and healthy. Stress Pandemic is a must for those who don’t know where to begin to fix their life.
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