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Book Reviews: 'Coping with Stress and Adversity: Inspirational Stories' by Raj Soren

Below are some reviews written by readers of 'Coping with Stress and Adversity: Inspirational Stories' by Raj Soren. Raj is a lifecoach and author whose recent publication explores some everyday factors that can contribute to a stressful lifestyle, as well as sharing real-life experiences demonstrating how people have overcome their struggles with stress. 

'Coping with Stress and Adversity' is available to buy exclusively from the Studio 3 online shop. 

Gordon Milward - Chief Superintendent at Northumbria Police, Newcastle upon Tyne, England

This publication is an end to end digest of stress and anxiety, the causes and effects and, through real-life examples from an extensive range of human experiences, coping mechanisms are provided. In a hectic and demanding world where mental well being is paramount, this book is a must-read.

Jim Bass - Director Of Operations at L3, Commercial Aviation

Really accessible and interesting read.

Amanda Plumb - Managing Director at Combrailleurs, France

'Coping with Stress and Adversity' by Raj Soren, is a very useful read that you can pick up and put down, taking in easy snippets when it’s convenient.  The beauty of it is that it uses real life stories and experiences to illustrate the advice for dealing with difficult times in your life.  I would thoroughly recommend you have it on your bookshelf even if you don’t need it right now….. you never know when it will come in handy!

Andreas Lerch  - Economic Specialist, U.S. Embassy, Vienna

'Coping with Stress and Adversity' offers a great overview of different sources of stress and some basic strategies on how to cope with them. The stories in it help enrich the overall narrative and make the reader feel that whatever they may be experiencing, they are not alone. The stories are relatable and the coping strategies easy to understand. The book aims to take an all-encompassing view of different sources of stress which helps recognise all the sources stress can come from. It has also helped me be more mindful of early warning signs of stress and realise the importance of seeking help early, rather than trying to push through things until it is too late.

 

Overall a very good text for anyone looking to gain an initial idea of how to understand and cope with stress that opens the path for further reading.

Kent Splawn  - Professional Voice-over Artist,  USA

Raj Soren’s book is written with an inviting style. Though  I’m not currently dealing with excess stress (ok, maybe a little), I suspected there would be good things I could learn from the stories within its pages. The medical explanations were really helpful and I quickly wanted to get to the stories of how struggling people turned their difficult situations around and found a balanced, healthy, fruitful life again.

 

People deal with stress in many different ways, and the causes can be quite varied, but one of the constants seemed to be that many of the symptoms only appeared after some internal damage had been done, either emotionally, physically or psychologically.

 

Many times, hope was found in honest friends; when truth is spoken in love, or when just listening and being there is what’s needed.

 

The majority of stories here reflect the value of true friends. Also being honest with yourself, as you analyse your state of mind and emotions as you’re dealing with the stress. Look to the positives. There are always positives in your situation, and they will elevate your perspective. Good outcomes prevailed, not without struggle sometimes.

 

I greatly appreciated the openness of the people whose stories are shared here. I found several coping ideas I’ve filed away for future reference, and I’m certain you will also.

 

At the end of each section, Raj Soren does an excellent job of summarising the salient points of the numerous stories of how people coped with their stressful situations, and his own stories I found encouraging.

 

Whether you are currently struggling with stressful situations, or are wisely choosing to arm yourself with an effective tool to deal with stress when (not if) it does come, this compilation of ‘inspirational stories’ will prove valuable.

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