Stress-Free Books to Read

 

Have you been experiencing stress lately?

There are innumerable reasons why do we get stress sometimes and always. In this post, I’d like to share with you some of the books that helped me cope with my stresses in life.

For over the years, I’ve read plenty-literally plenty of books to counter stress, depression, and anxiety. Well, like most people, I always look into the tips and clues that the books have to offer for me to handle these better.

Some books are real stinkers while other books are entirely redundant. However, I’ve found some gems, those that contain the substantive contents; books that made me read them over and over again.

I hope you’ll find some help from the books below:

Manage Your Time to Reduce Your Stress: A Handbook for the Overworked, Overscheduled and Overwhelmed  — Rita Emmett

The title of this book caught my attention. I did not expect that this would capture my interest to continue reading until the end. So, I decided to give it a try. There’s an easy way to manage stress; it’s managing your work overwork and overscheduled tasks.

Rita Emmett said that the key is not time management, rather, stuff management. We should learn how to take control of the tasks that we have to do and accomplish because the mismanagement of these “to do stuff” will lead us to a stress bucket.

I hope that Emmett’s combination of the easy to digest tips gives you a way to handle stress in your life better.

 

 Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety — Daniel Smith

As far as I remember, I was reading an article in the New York Times, called “Pani Buttons” when I read this book. This memoir on stress and anxiety is full of insights. It’s well-written and very amusing.

It is an attempt to grapple with the lifetime anxiety in locating its causes, describing its effects, and identifying the cure or a temporary cessation.

Things Might Go Terribly, Horribly Wrong: A Guide to Life Liberated from Anxiety – Troy DuFrene

The moment I’ve read the title, I already expected some things I was going to learn during reading and after reading it. However, while I was reading, I found out the difference that this book has compared to the rest. It approaches anxiety differently.

Instead of trying to help somebody in reducing their anxiety, it helped you climb inside this feeling, and sit in that place, see what it’s like to have anxiety, and make a room in your life to breath, rest, and live indeed in a way that matters most to you.

The approach in this book is backed up by research from psychotherapy, known as Acceptance and Commitment Theory (ACT). It all starts with the assumption that the normal condition of the existence of humans is suffering and struggle.

The AcT works enough by encouraging the persons to accept the lives they have right now, and this acceptance is an antidote to the problem of avoidance which acts among the most significant risk factors for the unnecessary suffering as well as poor mental health.

From Stress to Stillness-Gina Lake

This book contains practical tips to handle stress. The opening section on the causes of stress may not interest you like I was not, but, the latter part of the book is excellent. It’s full of practical advice on how to deal with the stress monster.

Her book covers a lot of aspects of stress but is most potent when she discusses the methods of shutting down our negative inner critic’s and using mediation to decrease stress.

Meditation is not the only method of handling stress, of course, many other books on this list go into different ways, But Gina’s book is undoubtedly the very best at describing how to use mindfulness to quiet the stress and get to “stillness.”

The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living – Amit Sood

Arguably, the Mayo Clinic is among the best hospitals in the world. So when they come out with any guide to a specific malady, you can assume that it gives an excellent overview of top-notch thinking on the subject.

However, you might expect this book to be more of a clinical review of the causes of stress and scientific methods of alleviating stress. But that really is not what this book is all about. It’s actually about the ways of decreasing stress and dealing with stress. It deals with various topics that cause stress which will enlighten you and see a different light.

Is Stress Your Silent Killer? – Janet Matthews

You may have heard from other people that stress is a silent killer. Believe it or not, it is true.  Many Americans die from the side effects of stress over time. Heart attacks.  Brain embolisms. The negative effects of stress on many other conditions. Check this post.

This quick and short book gets right to the point on how to deal with stress. To be honest this book is more of a pamphlet than a real book. It has both strengths and weaknesses. It is more like a more of a “cliff notes” version of dealing with stress. It gets right to the point and wastes no time.  If you are stressed about having too many books about stress, that can be a godsend.

However, f you do read a lot of other stress books, the material will be short and repetitive. So this book really only works if as your first introduction of the concept of dealing with stress, or as an overview of basic techniques.

The Upside of Stress -Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D

If you are reading this list of books on stress, there is a good chance you want to get rid of your stress.  You are probably looking for methods to reduce stress or gain a mindset that avoids stress completely. However, according to a new book by famed Stanford Psychologist, this might be a really bad idea.

McGonigal is the author of one of my favorite books. The Willpower Instinct, a book that discusses how self-control can be harnessed to improve productivity, health, and happiness, is likely one of the best books ever on willpower.

In the Upside of Stress, McGonigal turns the common perceptions of stress on its head. The key message of this book is that stress can be good for you. It is not stressed itself that is bad, but people’s reaction to stress is bad. This approach can be a tool for growth and those that constantly worry about stress make themselves worse because of this worry, not from stress itself.

These books are only some of the best books in coping with stress. There are still more books that I did not mention. Anyway, so far, from the books I’ve read in this area, these are the best.

I will add more soon. Do you have some to add?

 

 

 

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