Stress Wisely by Robyne Hanley-Dafoe

Stress Wisely

How to Be Well in an Unwell World

Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe

Imagine the full continuum of “the good life” we seek to achieve, with oneness with God is at one end and ageless skin at the other.

How do we begin working towards living the good life when the global landscape is ever changing? What even is the good life anymore? We could try to sift out the philosophical and spiritual components of one—but where do a clean house, remembering teacher gifts at the holidays, working under a mediocre boss with unreasonable expectations, and our jean size figure into the equation?

Life is not only hard as hell but also joy-filled, complicated, and messy. Its pace has dramatically increased and the bodies that carry us are desperately trying to catch up. In Stress Wisely, Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe draws on her rich research in wellness, stress, and resiliency to show us what got us into this situation in the first place, then gently guides us towards navigating the chaos in the best possible way. Through exploring eight touchstones of wellness (physical, emotional, intellectual, social, environmental, occupational, financial, spiritual), she suggests not how to avoid stress but how to live a full, healthy, and whole life in inherently tough circumstances.

With her signature honesty and humor, relatability and intimacy, Hanley-Dafoe offers us the gift of awareness—when we can see clearly all the forces at play, we can choose new strategies and actions to support our wellness at many levels. Amid the noise and the mayhem and the stress, we can find a place within ourselves where we are okay. Just as we are, truly okay.


“Really honest, kind, and above all else, useful. Thank you for helping us make sense of it all.”

“We are living through the most significant global health crisis in our time. Yet there is hope if we apply the new ideas that Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe shares with us. She weaves together knowledge, ancient wisdom, and deep practice to elevate our mental, emotional, and spiritual lives with clear and powerful strategies so that you can stop the negative stress cycle and return to joy, happiness, and thriving.”

“Using research, personal experiences, and her incredible ability to make science relatable and digestible, Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe looks at the individual puzzle pieces of wellness and how they fit into the big picture of life.”


“Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe’s valuable perspective on prioritizing the power of connection and personal recovery will inspire you to become an unstoppable force for wellness in your community.”

“Rich with heartfelt stories and original research, Stress Wisely is candid yet comforting, nuanced yet holistic, scholarly yet colloquial, and timely yet timeless. It’s a sprawling journey that oscillates between micro and macro contexts, uplifting and challenging wellness seekers from every walk of life.”


DR. ROBYNE HANLEY-DAFOE is an award-winning scholar and international speaker focused on stress, resiliency, performance, and wellness. With two decades of teaching and research experience, Dr. Robyne dismantles complex human variables with authenticity, humour, and ease. The author of Calm Within the Storm, she is a contributor to Psychology Today and works with organizations around the globe sharing wise practices for optimal performance with wellness in ever-changing times.

ISBN 978-1-77458-262-6
$32.00 CAD $26.95 USD
Published June 20, 2023
5.5 × 8.5 336 Pages
hardcover, ebook, audiobook