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Steps to reduce stress

Hugh and James Koch

Hugh and James Koch

16 October 2008

A father and son – both Bristol psychology graduates – have collaborated on a book which aims to help people reduce stress.

A father and son – both Bristol psychology graduates – have collaborated on a book which aims to help people reduce stress.  

Active Steps to Reducing Stress by Hugh Koch (BSc 1973) and James Koch (BSc 2001), was published in October this year by Bracken Books. Based on cognitive behavioural psychology, it uses a series of active steps which clearly describe how to reduce stress in a positive, practical and action-oriented way.

Hugh said: ‘We share an interest in making psychology ideas more available and understandable – we believe there are many straightforward techniques that we can all use to feel better each and everyday. We both believe in ‘active change’ – getting up and doing something today, however small, to start making a difference.’

James said: 'After graduating, I ran my own businesses for a number of years in the city. I had plenty of good times but ran into personal issues which got on top of me for a while. It was ideas we talk about in this book helped me feel healthier, happier and calmer again. From there Active Steps was born.'