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Struggling with Stress? These 5 Books Can Help You Stop Worrying and Start Living

If you’re bogged down by the pressures of life, the takeaways from these transformative books can alter your attitude toward stress and help you overcome anxiety for good.
by Michael Benninger | Mar 24 2017

There’s no doubt about it: Being stressed out sucks. So what’s the best way to tackle it? A library’s worth of books have been penned about the subject, but finding the time to read them all would likely leave you feeling even more anxious. Fortunately, there’s a new way to figure out how to cope with stress without spending endless hours buried in books.

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Blinkist is a revolutionary app that delivers key takeaways from top nonfiction titles and presents them in a format you can read or listen to in the time it takes to drink a cup of coffee.

Blinkist’s ever-expanding library of more than 1,900 titles includes dozens of books about dealing with stress. Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn from five of our favorites!

1. The Upside of Stress by Kelly McGonigal

Despite its downsides, stress is actually a beneficial force that drives progress in all areas of life. Focus on the positive aspects of stress, rather than believing it’s harmful, and you’ll be able to make the best of any situation.

Key takeaway: Embrace the paradox of stress

2. The End of Stress by Don Joseph Goewey

While it’s easy to blame stress on external factors such as work or family, the root of all worry lies within ourselves. Adopt a mindset built around this fundamental truth, and you’ll find it easier to evade anxiety and live a more fulfilling life.

Key takeaway: Eliminate stress at the source

3. Mindful Work by David Gelles

Much to our own detriment, we often lose sight of the fact that no stressful situation lasts forever. To avoid this pitfall, make an effort to be more mindful. Take an objective look at your anxious thoughts, and you’ll be able to dismiss them with ease.

Key takeaway: Mindfulness makes all the difference

4. How To Stop Worrying And Start Living by Dale Carnegie

It’s natural to feel remorse or regret for events that took place in the past, but worrying about what’s behind you is an epic waste of time. Get more out of today by letting go of yesterday and limiting your focus to the here and now.

Key takeaway: Limit your attention to today

5. Performing Under Pressure by Hendrie Weisinger & J.P. Pawliw-Fry

A little added pressure can instantly affect our ability to complete even the most mundane tasks, but by approaching any effort with confidence, optimism, tenacity, and enthusiasm, you’ll be far more likely to attain your goal.

Key takeaway: Concentrate on success

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