Joan Vernikos is the retired Director of Life Sciences for NASA, where she studied the stress on astronauts during space launches and under zero gravity. As she studied stress in a scientific context, she also experienced it personally, raising children, pursuing a career, caring for family members, and navigating decisions about retirement. She recognizes, too, that stress can be a positive force: The same chemical reactions can energize us for achieving the unexpected.
A definition of stress provides a foundation of understanding. The book goes on to offer many practical tactics and strategies for diffusing, avoiding, and managing stress. There are breathing techniques you can immediately put into practice, and suggestions for things you might think through now to avoid predictable stress in the future.
Anyone who's feeling stress, or has a growing awareness of the number of changes and challenges we as women face at midlife and beyond.
The MiddlesexMD team met Joan Vernikos when Dr. Barb interviewed her for the podcast, The Fullness of Midlife, on the importance of physical movement throughout our days. When we learned she'd published a new book on stress, we knew we should add it to our shop.
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"Mindfulness is the miracle by which we master and restore ourselves," Hanh maintains, and this book contains stories and exercises to show how meditation works in everyday life.
160-page paperback book
Choose this book to be introduced to mindfulness meditation to help you overcome stress, depression, or other ways in which your mind is getting in the way.
We find Hanh's writing to be simple, direct, and easy to understand. Many of our friends who've come to meditation on various paths have this book on their shelves.
She Comes First speaks to both beginners and more seasoned lovers, grounded in the author’s candor about his own bout with sexual dysfunction. “Straightforward, intimate, and exuberant.”
240-page paperback book
Our medical advisory team, which includes therapists as well as MDs, unanimously recommended it, and when we looked into it, we found that MiddlesexMD friend Joan Price also recommends that women buy it for their partners.