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25 Great Books About Reducing Stress

This article showcases our top picks for the Books About Reducing Stress. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Doing This ONE Thing Will Change Your Life Forever! by Jacqui Olliver

This product was recommended by Jacqui Olliver from End the Problem

Emotional and intimacy issues which contaminate relationships are solved in this book along with a proven strategy for enhancing all aspects of personal connection. These insightful answers can transform an adult or teen from feeling frustrated, insecure and isolated into a happy, radiant and confident person.

CHANGES by Michael Diettrich-Chastain

This product was recommended by Alexander Burgemeester from The Narcissistic Life

CHANGES is an amazing resource that you can utilize that will help you to learn how to reduce stress and become a master of adaptability. This book will provide you with the resources you need to change your own behavior for the better, working towards creating positive change in your own life. Ultimately, you will be able to discover what causes you the most stress in your daily life, and learn to understand how to improve your situation.

The Strengths-Based Workbook for Stress Relief by Ryan M. Niemiec

This product was recommended by Alina Clark from CocoDoc

This book is a great way to delve into self-awareness and improve your life using your character strengths that are unique to you. So much of self-help, therapy and psychology are focused on what is wrong, this approach is all about what is right. I really enjoyed this book and I am so glad I made this purchase. Bringing mindfulness to my attention was invaluable.

Negative Self-Talk and How to Change It by Shad Helmstetter

This product was recommended by Julien Raby from The Yoga Nomads

Sometimes, stress comes from within. They say we are the biggest bullies of ourselves. Hence, it is very important to regulate negative self-talk. This handbook will definitely show you how to change that. It shows easy-to-follow steps on self-realization and appreciation, as well as ways on how to deal with negativities once they come up in order to reduce the stress coming from these negative self-talk. It also features simple exercises you can do alone to practice positivity as well as relaxation techniques to avoid the stress that comes with daily living.

Meditation for Beginners By Alex Anderson

This product was recommended by Shannon Bernadin from The African Garden

Feeling stressed and overwhelmed is more common than it should be, and this book can help you to overcome these feelings and turn them into something positive. This book provided me with the perfect way to alleviate stress through meditation, and although this is something that I had never tried before, I was able to stop feeling so mentally and emotionally drained. I highly recommend this book to anyone that is feeling stressed.

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, Third Edition by Robert Zapolsky

This product was recommended by Olivia Tan from CocoFax

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers is not new on the self-help block. In fact, the third edition of it, which was published 15 years ago, has been a consistent bestseller since its publication. But the book still tops charts, and for a good reason: Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers doesn’t just focus on the mental effects of stress and how to deal with it, but it also makes an explicit connection between stress itself and how that stress can manifest itself into physical symptoms like ulcerative colitis or heart disease. With all that in mind, the need for you to get serious about stress management is more about having a better emotional life — it’s also about keeping healthy. It’s an essential read.

Rewire Your Mind by Steven Schuster

This product was recommended by Olivia Tan from CocoFax

Oftentimes, constant stress is less about the actual circumstances you’re going through and more about the self-created — and debilitating — expectations you’ve put on yourself. This book asks you to define what stressors in your life are because you have unrealistic expectations of yourself and are not kind to yourself when you fail to meet them, not because you’re meeting a deadline or your kid got into a fight at school. It also provides you with the scientific information you need to understand why your first reaction to stressors is to freak out, and how you can stop the cycle before it begins

Mindfulness for Stress Management by Robert Schachter

This product was recommended by Gelen Revilla from Good Noise

Today’s the day you start trading stress for calm. Mindfulness for Stress Management provides you with a collection of easy-to-learn stress management exercises that will help you stop worrying and start focusing on the moment. Broken into 6 chapters―each focused on dealing with a different type of stress―this mindfulness-based guide to stress management offers you 50 unique tools designed to help you tackle stressful thoughts, emotions, and communication. Learn simple ways to avoid thought traps, externalize your emotions, sharpen your focus, and more.

Rising Strong by Brené Brown

This product was recommended by Yazan Sehwal from Userpilot

Brené Brown’s books are all outstanding and touch on tons of important lessons related to business and life. In this novel, she details how you can use your personal story to your benefit through special techniques and exercises. For many, that includes taking your stress and transforming it into something that can actually benefit you and not hurt you. In a way, her techniques can help you reduce stress and, instead, use that energy to feel differently. It’s really great stuff and very useful in business and life!

Burnout by Amelia Nagoski DMA

This product was recommended by Vinayak Kukreja from technobeastt

This groundbreaking book explains why women experience burnout differently than men—and provides a simple, science-based plan to help women minimize stress, manage emotions, and live a more joyful life.

The Stress Management Handbook by Eva Selhub

This product was recommended by Vinayak Kukreja from technobeastt

Happiness comes from getting what we want, be it love, recognition, money, and support, among others. But most people, in their search for happiness, find themselves pleasing everyone else over themselves until they end up with feelings of resentment, frustration, and anger. Whether they’re looking for love, work, solutions to a problematic marriage, or are facing an empty nest, health problems, or enormous levels of stress from living in the modern world, The Stress Management Handbook teaches readers how to speak and live from a place of love, rather than a place of frustration or resentment.

Stop Overthinking by Nick Trenton

This product was recommended by David Bowen from Bordeaux Undiscovered

The best book to read when it comes to the subject of stress relief is Stop Overthinking, by Nick Trenton. This book helped me to overcome many stress-related struggles, and it helped me to stop overthinking most situations. If life is feeling a bit stressful right now, I definitely recommend that you read this book.

Lightly by Francine Jay

This product was recommended by Ryan Yount from LuckLuckGo

If you ever feel like the world’s against you and life is weighing down on you, this book is suitable for you. This is different from others and goes beyond decluttering and uplifts your thoughts, actions, aspects, and every moment. The author helps readers understand how to cope with their daily life schedules and worries that cloud their hearts. In the book, readers will learn how to create their own serene space, consume less and live in perfect harmony with everything within their environment. Moreover, readers will get to clear their emotional baggage from their hearts and minds.

Taming Your Gremlin By Rick Carson

This product was recommended by Steven Walker from Spylix

Stress is always the result of how you interpret your life’s events. Stress affects you only if you believe that interpretation is true. This book (about two hours to read) shows you how to ignore the part of your brain that’s constantly interpreting things, removing the source of your stress.

Tao Te Ching By Lao Tzu

This product was recommended by Steven Walker from Spylix

The Torah, the Bible, and the Koran are lengthy and complex books that can take a lifetime to understand. The Tao Te Ching, on the other hand, takes about an hour to read, has no religious overtones, and teaches that stress and the associated busywork are self-inflicted and easily avoided.

The Consolation of Philosophy By Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius

This product was recommended by Steven Walker from Spylix

This was the go-to book for life wisdom for a thousand years in Europe. The Consolation is a short, to-the-point book that deals with the big issues that cause stress, like why bad things happen to good people. It was written while the author was in prison, and he was executed shortly afterward.

Goals! by Brian Tracy

This product was recommended by Anna Krizova from Camino Adventures

I had mistakenly thought that this is another author that recycles generic self-help knowledge from others until I found myself in dire need to change my goal-setting and achieving habits. The author distilled all the useful knowledge from some of the greatest, earlier authors (Nalopean Hill, Earl Nightingale, etc.) and condensed it into one single book in a captivating way. “You are responsible for everything in your life right now” is the biggest takeaway I got from this book. It has helped me frame my thoughts around the fact that I am the cause of my results, and that I can make a difference in my life.

Cleaning Up Your Mental Mess by Dr. Caroline Leaf

This product was recommended by Nikita Verma from PurpleCrest

Life is a battle, and neurocycling is like the daily cleaning of your sword and shield. The battle is in the mind, so polish your weapons. This book teaches us how to identify toxic thoughts, uproot them and replace them with healthy thoughts. What I love about this book is that these are thinking strategies and they require consistency. There’s no quick fix. If you develop these skills, you can carry them with you forever and make them part of your everyday life enabling you to renew your mind at all times.

The Art of Not Thinking by Kelson Hayes

This product was recommended by Diannedela Cueva from Implicit Labs

The Art of Not Thinking is a self-guide book that helps you process your thoughts and guides you to have a better perception of things and situations. When I started reading it, I just got out of a toxic relationship with so many things to work on myself. I have no clue where to start nor what to do with my life that I almost gave up living. Then I found this book, it helped me alot into understanding how to let go, stop stressing myself over things I have no control, and also, how to manage my goals better.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff . . . and It’s All Small Stuff by Richard Carlson

This product was recommended by Richard Lubicky from RealPeopleSearch

This book perfectly describes how to stop paying attention to the little things/problems that happen in your life and focus on the positive. This book taught me the value of small little things which made me happy. Don’t sweat the small stuff, as the name suggests will help you change your perspective and make you a calmer person than before. It also provides you with brilliant tactics to implement in life whenever you’re looking forward to achieving a specific goal. I highly recommend this book for any short-temper person who gets angry about small problems. Never sweat these small problems!

Let That Sh*t Go by Monica Sweeney

This product was recommended by Daniela Sawyer from FindPeopleFast

Monica Sweeney, the creator of the best-in-class magazine Zen, gives this magazine a chance to put your bullshit aside and start a happy life. It takes a lot of energy to contain insults and plan revenge books that will teach this..

We Should All Be Millionaires by Rachel Rodgers

This product was recommended by Jessica Walther from Itivate

This book held me accountable for creating wealth joyfully and gave real, practical advice on how to relentlessly ask for help on my journey there. It helped me address some old, “broke” beliefs so I could believe wealth and happiness can exist simultaneously and gave me tools on how to make both happen.

The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer

This product was recommended by Jessica Walther from Itivate

It’s so easy to get caught up in the grind that we forget that our work actually has a purpose. This book helps us rediscover and stay in touch with that purpose in simple ways so we can stay on track.

Happy Money by Ken Honda

This product was recommended by Jessica Walther from Itivate

Most of us work hard to achieve wealth, but after personally burning out on that journey, I had to epically get aligned with why I wanted to succeed financially. This book helped me find joy in money, rewrite some of the stories I‘ve said about money in the past, and become insanely clear on how I wanted to put wealth to good use. It all comes down to being happy on your way there, not just when you “make it” to your success destination.

Inner Engineering by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

This product was recommended by Rohan Kadam from BikingKnowHow

This is an amazing motivational book. It helped me tremendously during current uncertain times. It has simple practices that anyone can do to stay driven, motivated, and at the moment. This is a must-read book, especially during current pandemic times. I highly encourage this book to be read.

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