These Three Uplifting Books Will Make You Less Stressed

This week’s Three to Read brings you inspiring self-help books that will help you shed your stress. Keep reading for our recommendations!

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The Perfectionist's Guide to Losing Control cover by Katherine Morgan Schafler, The Microstress Effect cover by Rob Cross and Karen Dillon, and Your Time to Thrive cover by Marina Khidekel in front of a floral background.

April is National Stress Awareness Month, so there’s no better time to work on your relationship with your mind. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the goal of Stress Awareness Month is to help us manage stress and anxiety for better mental and physical well-being. That’s why this week’s edition of Three to Read offers three non-fiction titles to help you combat stress and achieve a more well-balanced mindset. If you struggle to get your worries under control, check out these useful self-improvement books.


The Perfectionist’s Guide to Losing Control: A Path to Peace and Power by Katherine Morgan Schafler

The Perfectionist's Guide to Losing Control cover by Katherine Morgan Schafler, a minimalistic pink flower in between a row of red lines.


We’re all wrong about perfectionism. That’s what psychotherapist Katherine Morgan Schafler argues in her book The Perfectionist’s Guide to Losing Control. Although we’ve been taught that perfectionism is a bad thing, you can be a perfectionist and be healthy at the same time. It just takes balance. In this groundbreaking guide, Schafler introduces the five types of perfectionism and helps readers determine their unique perfectionist profile to learn how to manage and embrace their perfectionism.


In The Perfectionist’s Guide to Losing Control, Katherine Morgan Schafler uses her years of experience as a therapist to help driven, ambitious individuals regain control over their lives. Schafler uses real stories from her time in private practice to demonstrate the concepts from her book, delivering advice with a healthy dose of empathy and wit. If you’re a recovering perfectionist searching for a way to reclaim your power, this book is for you.


The Microstress Effect: How Little Things Pile Up and Create Big Problems—and What to Do about It by Rob Cross and Karen Dillon

The Microstress Effect cover by Rob Cross and Karen Dillon, yellow thumbtacks scattered across a white background.


Though it often goes unnoticed, there’s a force present within us every day that has a significant effect on our careers and personal lives: microstress. Microstress is a term used to describe all of the minuscule moments of stress that add up over time. Because microstress doesn’t trigger the normal stress response in our brains, it continues to accumulate until we reach a debilitating level of stress, which can have severe consequences on our mental and physical well-being. The Microstress Effect gives you the tools you need to understand and fight back against microstress so that you can find fulfillment in work and life.


In The Microstress Effect, Rob Cross and Karen Dillon help readers navigate the minor pressures of everyday life, delving into the science behind microstress to explore how we can overcome it. Through personal interviews and fresh scholarship, Cross and Dillon get to the root of the issue, proving that there is a way to cope with microstress and cultivate healthy relationships with ourselves, our work, and our friends and family. If you’ve found yourself sweating the small stuff recently, check out The Microstress Effect.


Your Time to Thrive: End Burnout, Increase Well-Being, and Unlock Your Full Potential with the New Science of Microsteps by Marina Khidekel

Your Time to Thrive cover, minimalistic black and teal text on a white background.


While many popular narratives tell us that we need to make sacrifices to succeed, achieving your goals doesn’t have to come at the expense of your well-being. Behavior change technology company Thrive Global aims to end burnout and stress to help people reach their full potential. The solution to living better isn’t a self-care fad or the latest health trend; the true path to effective change lies in microsteps: small lifestyle adjustments backed by science. In this life-changing guide, Khidekel, along with the editors of Thrive Global, shows you how to build healthier habits for work and daily life, one microstep at a time.


In Your Time to Thrive, Marina Khidekel teaches you how to completely transform every aspect of your life — from sleep, exercise, and nutrition to relationships, creativity, focus, and so much more — with simple, attainable steps. In order to thrive, we must be able to balance productivity and rest, embrace science-supported solutions to stress, and turn awareness into action, and this book teaches you how to do exactly that. If you’ve been settling for less than the best in your work, relationships, or elsewhere, pick up Your Time to Thrive to create the life you deserve.

That’s it for this week’s Three to Read. Thanks for tuning in! We hope you’ll enjoy our picks. Don’t forget to join us next week for more exciting recommendations!

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