Note: I received a free review copy of this book through Blogging for Books. The opinions stated in this review are entirely my own.
As the title suggests, meQuilibrium guides readers through one reading section and exercise per day for fourteen days, with the aim of markedly reducing the effects of stress by the end of the two-week period. The sections and exercises can be completed more slowly, according to the book's introductory material, but should be completed in sequence as later chapters build on information and skills gained in earlier ones. In order, each of the fourteen days focus on:
- emotional awareness and response regulation
- cultivating better sleep
- avoiding thinking traps
- practicing calming techniques for situations of acute emotion
- improving nutrition
- sorting between helpful and unhelpful core beliefs
- minimizing burnout
- becoming attuned to positivity
- improving fitness habits
- balancing work and life
- solving "unsolvable" problems
- making progress on life goals
- increasing job satisfaction
- connecting to other people and the world.
I completed the meQuilibrium program in the minimum 14 days, and while I haven't yet noticed a big increase in feeling "cooler, calmer, and happier", I've begun to look at stress in new ways and have a lot to think about. I'm not sure that 14 days is long enough to process all of the information provided in the book and put into practice all of the skills described, and I think that going through at a slower pace and/or going back over the information would yield the best results. After all, living a happy life with minimal stress is an ongoing process, and hopefully the end result is worth the initial time invested.
FTC disclaimer: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.