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Fighting Invisible Tigers
By Earl Hipp
Also available: 20 point Super Large Print edition
Fighting Invisible Tigers
Stress Management for Teens
Revised & Updated Third Edition
By Earl Hipp
Read How You Want Large Print Edition, (2009)
EasyRead Large Print, in 16 Point Font
(Originally Published in Standard Print by Free Spirit Publishing)
Genre: Self-Help, Health
Reviewed by Rochelle Caviness - September 21, 2009
Stress can have a profound, negative impact upon a person's mental and physical well-being. Adults are well aware of these negative impacts and have ready access to a host of resources and support-systems for combating stress. Teenagers, just like adults, face an enormous amount of stress. Not only are they dealing with puberty, general issues of 'growing up', and personal relationships, they also have to deal with school and getting the grades they need to meet their own goals and those of their family and teachers. They are also dealing with major decisions such as what they are going to do after high school. They might have a job, a car they have to feed, and most likely a plethora of extracurricular activities that impose upon the already too short hours in a day and which produce their own sources of stress. Teenagers, however, do not always have the emotional maturity to understand what is causing them stress, or even that they are suffering under its impact, let alone how to deal with it.
To the rescue comes Fighting Invisible Tigers: Stress Management for Teens, by Earl Hipp. A clinical Psychotherapist, Hipp has degrees in both Psychology and Psychophysiology. This highly readable and easy to understand book was written specifically for teenagers and it not only explores the various factors that can cause stress, including those factors unique to teenagers (or at least those we would like to think are only associated with teenagers such a bullies and learning to set goals), but it also offers practical tips on eliminating those stresses you can, and dealing with those you cannot. Most important, Hipp teaches teenagers how to tell when they are suffering from stress and the various ways that stress can affect the body, from causing moodiness and sleeplessness to casusing you to sleep too much or to feel ill. In fact, stress can even cause you to actually become ill.
Fighting Invisible Tigers begins with a general introduction to what stress is, its causes, and the book itself. This is followed by Stress 101, a more in-depth overview of stress and how it can impact the body, along with both short-term and long-term strategies for dealing with stress. Then it is onto the meat of the book - Hipp's ten techniques for dealing with stress. The book concludes with a chapter on how to tell when you need to seek additional/outside help to deal with your stress and how to go about finding the help you might need. Along the way, Hipp explores a host of practical life-skills, including tips on forming strong relationships, time management techniques, and assertiveness training.
Fighting Invisible Tigers is filled with clever illustations, handy lists, practical exercises to deal with stress such as breathing techniques and the power of positive thinking, along with feedback from real-life teenagers talking about the stress in their lives and how they dealt with it. If you feel stressed out, worried, anxious, depressed, tired, etc... or if you know someone who is, this is the book for you. It will help you to tame the tiger in your life, and in the process you'll not only feel better, physically and mentally, but you'll also feel better about yourself in general and you'll find that you are better prepared to face any challenge that life might throw at you.
Not only is this a book for teenagers and those who deal with teenagers, such as parents and educators, but this is also a book for anyone, no matter their age, who needs a little help in learning how to deal with stress. Fighting Invisible Tigers is filled with sound, practical advice that anyone can use to deal with stress. It is an ideal book to give to the teenager in your life, if they are not dealing with stress yet, they will be... It is also a book that should be in every school and public library so that teenagers can have ready access to the helpful advice contained within its pages.
Fighting Invisible Tigers is available from Read How You Want, an on-demand publisher that makes books available in a variety of formats including Braille, DAISY, and five different large print formats that range from 16-24 point fonts. This range of formats makes this, and other books, available to not only visually impaired individuals, but also anyone with a reading or physical disability that makes reading standard print books difficult.
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