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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 | Sep 14 2018

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. Here are five of our favorites.

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1. Embrace the paradox of stress

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.

2. Eliminate stress at the source

The End to Rewire your Brain 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.

3. Mindfulness makes all the difference

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.

4. Limit your attention to today

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.

5. Concentrate on success

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.

If you’re feeling under pressure, just take a moment, make some tea, and take some advice from these authors. There’s no need to go through it alone and there are solutions to every problem you face. Let that thought calm you as you read, and if you find your appetite whetted for more books on mindfulness, there are many, many more where that came from.

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