In today’s increasingly global, hyper-connected world, stress is more in your face, disastrous, & long-lasting than ever before. This rise of the new global stress epidemic has spawned several self-help books that offer readers innovative, proven, and efficient techniques for stress management.
Here’s a review of our top five picks of stress management books:
#1 Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers: It is rather odd for a biologist to come out with a stress management book but this one by Robert Sapolsky beautifully traces the causes of stress with the author’s core area of work – brain & neurons. Presented in a conversational, personal manner, this self help book is a great read for those looking to get to the root cause of their stress.
#2 Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff … and It’s All Small Stuff
This book by Richard Carlson takes a much-less-stressful perspective on common events that creates stress in our lives. It has specific chapters dedicated to specific situations – so if you need practical help as you go about navigating day-to-day issues, delve into this one.
#3 Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness
This stress management book by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn pioneered the technique of mindfulness and applied it as a method for relieving stress, and managing pain and illness. Backed by quite a few clinical trials, the mindfulness method mentioned in this book is widely practised and acclaimed for its results.
#4 From Stress to Stillness: Tools for Inner Peace
The second stress management self-help book by Gina Lake, this one outperforms her first by giving practical advice and tips on slaying the stress monster. She artfully discusses how to silence our negative inner voice and leverage meditation techniques to triumph over stress.
Books aren’t one’s obvious choice for laughter but this one cracks up the reader like none else. And who doesn’t know the power of laughter when it comes to stress management. Author Jack Handey has written short chapters & injected each with a generous dose of humor to break the readers’ serious train of thoughts and urge them to look at their situation with a new perspective.
#6 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-help That Actually Works – A True Story
This biographical read by Dan Harris is a spiritual read that is quite different from other books in the spiritual category. It is serious and fun at the same time, taking a whole new perspective on mindfulness & meditation.
#7 The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8am)
This book puts the emphasis on energy, motivation, and focus to ace the stress management game. Already popular, this one by Hal Elrod gives practical advice that readers can follow without disrupting their schedules.