Written by Gary Simeone Saturday, 14 June 2014 00:00
At some point in their life, everybody deals with a stressful situation. Whether it’s being a parent, job issues or social problems, stress can be an issue. In former Mineola resident Jake Mezrahi’s book, Your Grass is Greener, he discusses tips on dealing with stress and offers simple stories to help identify the causes of stress.
“I have been teaching health education at a high school in Brooklyn for 12 years,” said Mezrahi. “During my time on the train to and from work I read a lot of books on self-improvement, health and philosophy. I have read hundreds of books and thousands of articles and a lot of my writing is inspired from that.”
Mezrahi grew up in Mineola and graduated from Mineola High School in 1998. He attended SUNY Cortland and attained a bachelor’s and master’s in health education in 2003.
Mezrahi received a second master’s in school administration from Touro College in 2005. After finishing Touro, he became interested in writing. He worked on ideas over the course of his teaching career and started writing this book last year.
“I wanted to wait until I had over 10 years experience in teaching before I started on a book,” said Mezrahi. “Last year, I started the book and it took about a year to write. Most of my writing was done on the train.”
Your Grass is Greener is mostly based on topics from Mezrahi’s high school health class and a nutrition-based course that he taught to other New York City teachers for five years. Many of the concepts of the book are explained using personal real life stories and examples.
“I stress about everything” said Mezrahi. “All normal things like being a parent, my career, paying bills, friends, family, emotions, time management. That is part of the concept of the book, that having stress is normal, even a lot of it is normal, it is how you deal with it that is
He said that his biggest challenge in writing the book was figuring out how to not explain things as if he were teaching one of his classes.
“When I teach, there is always a two-way conversation; I had to change the way I explain things,” Mezrahi said. “My first draft was basically written like a conversation with a class. I went back and edited most of it. All the ideas are still there however.”
The book shows how to identify stress and how to deal with it, whether it’s making better decisions, improving one’s confidence, discovering how to get quality rest, improving physical health or controlling emotions. The concepts in the book benefit people of all ages including teenagers, parents, workers, professionals and retirees.
“Once the causes of stress are identified and dealt with, the symptoms of stress will diminish and your quality of life will improve,” Mezrahi said.
Your Grass is Greener can be foundamazon.com/dp/B00K61A4WW