STRESSED OUT - Book Review


Author: Max Sampson
Genre: Non Fiction - Self Help
Publisher: Freebird Media LLC
Date Published: February 28, 2023
ISBN-13: 979-8987679012

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Book Review of :  STRESSED OUT


This is the book for you if you are feeling stressed. Hey, aren't we all? Stressed Out, by Max Sampson, is aptly sub-titled, 13 Powerful Methods to Stop Stress, Recognize Triggers, Curb Toxic Overthinking, and Manage Anxiety. Stress can be a killer, leading to high blood pressure, mental anxieties, and possibly drug and alcohol abuse. Sampson is an inspirational author who triumphed over personal and professional challenges. Through his empowering techniques in “Stressed Out,” he equips readers with the tools to conquer their own obstacles.

The author explains that stress is the body's response to some or many lifestyle predicaments. Dealing with changes, feeling tired, and feeling that there is no time to accomplish goals, personal conflicts, and other emotional challenges can cause feelings of stress. Anxiety, nervousness, and worry can be symptoms.

Sampson details how stress can affect your life, from burnout to physical illness. He explains some of the triggers for stress, the thoughts and emotions that can intensify stressful situations, and how to accept adversity and uncertainty in a healthy manner.  He lists helpful de-stressors that the reader can try in achievable increments of easy steps.

He suggests ten ways to stop overthinking problems and how to eliminate toxic thoughts. The reader is also given suggestions for managing time and avoiding dreaded deadlines. A checklist is presented to aid the reader in staying organized: daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly. Self-care is of utmost importance and is emphasized throughout the book.

Journaling prompts at the end of every chapter help the reader figure out his stressor factors. Writing down problems and looking for solutions bring a sense of control and can help find solutions. Prompts help the reader focus on solutions.

The author presents twenty suggestions for calming down when stress strikes and proposes ways to let go of worries. Sampson asserts that journaling is an incredibly potent tool for combating stress and anxiety.

He also suggests that creating art can help regulate negative emotions. From random scribbling and sketching to coloring in pre-designed books, engaging in these motor skills can help release tension and improve focus.

The author explores the world of remote work and discusses the impact technology has on stress. In this insightful piece, the author presents a multitude of techniques to help readers identify stressors, effective methods to alleviate stress, and empowering strategies to seize control of their future.

Also, very helpful in this modern world is Max Sampson's book, Sick and Tired.  

Reviewed by: Carole W

About Max Sampson

Max Sampson is the inspirational author of Stressed Out. His work provides guidance and advice to readers battling with stress and anxiety, aiming to equip them with the tools they need to recognize their triggers and manage their symptoms so that they can take life with both hands. Max's professional life is focused on sound production and recording. He is a former contributing editor of a well-known pop culture magazine, and currently holds the position of CEO at an influential production company based in Nashville, Tennessee. Although his audio career may seem at odds with his writing career, Max's expertise in mental health comes from his life experience and the connections he's made along the way. Max has personally overcome every challenge he writes about, and regularly dispenses advice to friends, colleagues, and mentees. Witnessing how much this has helped them was the driving force behind his passion for writing, feeling compelled to share his knowledge and understanding with the wider world. He has experienced more than his fair share of struggle, navigating everything from substance abuse to toxic behavior and infidelity. His lowest point came when he lost his family, triggering immense difficulties with keeping his life on track. He is determined to share what he's learned with others in the hope that other people may avoid the same experience. Max is a divorced father of seven. He has four sons and three daughters and lives in Nashville, Tennessee. He loves listening to music and spending time with his children.

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