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If you are looking for advice to break the cycle of worry, anxiety and stress in the office, consider reading one of these stress management books and reduce your stress and anxiety levels today!

1. The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living.

by Amit Sood.

This book is based on the stress management program that Dr. Sood, a physician specialized in integrative medicine, has offered at Mayo Clinic and is a culmination of 20 years of successful experience.

Dr. Sood takes the latest neuroscience research and the practices of psychology in combination with spiritual wisdom to create this user-friendly, daily practice. That when practiced, it builds resiliency and fosters better mental health.

This book discusses various topics from compassion to acceptance, and meditation; and with tips on maximizing your potential and cultivating positive relationships with simple strategies like “theme days”, it is simple to apply the advice found within these pages.

If you are feeling stressed in your office and outside of it and you don’t know how to find your peace, then this is the book for you.

2. HBR Guide to Managing Stress at Work.

by Harvard Business Review.

You would probably agree with us in saying that you had to undergo a lot of stress to get to where you are today.

But why are you still suffering from it all? Stress is an easy problem to identify in your executive life, but what about a solution?

In the HBR guide to Managing Stress at Work you’ll learn how to channel your stress as it occurs so that it doesn’t hinder your productivity.

Each section has takeaways so that you can create realistic and manageable routines, aim for progress and not perfection, make the case for a flexible schedule, ease the physical tension of spending too much time at your computer, and renew yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally.

3.Declutter Your Mind: How to Stop Worrying, Relieve Anxiety, and Eliminate Negative Thinking.

by S.J. Scott and Barrie Davenport.

We recommend this book if you are looking for a simplified and calmer lifestyle.

You can tap into your greater self and create a life of peace and freedom with this book and its strong focus on mindfulness. Especially in today’s increasingly complex world, with stacked schedules and distractions arriving through every device, there is no better time to start decluttering your life and mind.

Declutter Your Mind is written in a way so that you can start implementing the strategies and habits right away with concise and clear language.

With a list of values 400 words long, it’s simple to choose when you are evaluating the current status of your life and simple to pick new values for the life you want to have.

4. The Mindful Workplace: Developing Resilient Individuals and Resonant Organizations with MBSR.

by Michael Chaskalson.

Mindfulness is a hot topic these days, but is it all talk and no walk at your workplace about being mindful? Mindfulness isn’t just a buzzword, but a way of paying better attention to moments in both your own life and that of others.

Being mindful can help reduce the risk of burnout as it offsets stress levels and raises emotional intelligence.

Increasing the practice of mindfulness in the workplace can enable yourself and employees to build better relationships.

This book is great for executives and employees and provides exercises to help your organization prevent illness and stress.

The Mindful Workplace goes into the neuroscience research into the effects of mindfulness training while also providing an eight-week training course, specifically designed for the workplace, so that you can significantly advance workplace dynamics.

5. The Worry Trick: How Your Brain Tricks You into Expecting the Worst and What You Can Do About It.

by David A Carbonell PhD and Sally M. Winston PsyD.

Anxiety. It has no place in any executive role for its ability to affect your decisions and make you question yourself.

This book is designed to break the cycle of worry with a base in cognitive behavioral therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy.

Psychologist and anxiety expert David Carbonell shows you both sides of the coin on how anxiety hijacks the brain and on how to break the cycle with effective techniques.

Key takeaways from this are to stop fighting and let those feelings of worry and anxiety be there so that you can understand what is happening and not let the feelings overcome you and ruin what you have ahead in life.

The Worry Trick is more ideal for those who suffer from worrying about improbable events, but you can still take some on Carbonell’s words to manage your real and present stressful problems.

6. One Second Ahead: Enhance Your Performance at Work with Mindfulness.

by Rasmus Hougaard, Jacqueline Carter and Gillian Coutts.

Calling all high achievers seeking balance, all action addicts looking to de-clutter their minds, and all busy professionals wanting to develop clarity and calmness to solve complex problems with ease.

The chapters within One Second Ahead cover workplace techniques and mental strategies with straight forward tips on implementation so that you, and your team, can improve productivity and team relations.

Other topics covered are the attention economy and the multi-tasking myth with scientific research and tons of references to other books and articles to help if you want to deep dive on any specific topic.

You’ll read about real stories from organizations in several industries so that you and your organization can relate, along with great insights on how to apply mindfulness to have better meetings, manage your emails, and manage conflict.

7. The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep is Broken and How to Fix It.

by W. Chris Winter M.D.

Achieve healthy sleep. Eliminate pills, pain, and fatigue. Finally, make sleep a restful and stress-free part of your life again.

The Sleep Solution will help you customize and design specific interventions to fit your lifestyle so that you can fix your sleep problems.

Chris Winter M.D. is a board-certified and internationally recognized sleep medicine specialist, as well as a board-certified neurologist who wants to help you understand how sleep works and how you can rest better at night.

Every topic related to sleep is discussed from your circadian rhythms, to napping efficiently, and even how food, light, and other activities act to help or hurt the process.

It is written with a sense of humor, so this book won’t put you to sleep! However, if you are suffering from insomnia, ManagerUp recommends that you check out The doctor’s guide to sleep solutions for stress and anxiety:  combat stress and sleep better every night.

8. Start Here: Master the Lifelong Habit of Wellbeing.

by Eric Langshur and Nate Klemp Ph.D.

Maybe you began meditating, but gave up on it, or may you haven’t even started because you’re skeptical about meditation in general. Whichever the case, we recommend you reading this book.

The program in Start Here teaches practices proven to rewire the brain for increased focus, engagement, and resilience to stress. There are specific practices, habits, and assessments to manage your training as well.

This New York Times Bestseller will be your next bedside favorite if you are seeking to achieve emotional fitness.

It’s the perfect mix of old and new wisdom and science, such as research from leading experts like Nate Klemp, PhD, a Stanford-Harvard-Princeton.

Check out more books to renew yourself physically, mentally and emotionally on our Books on Yoga and Meditation section, which are exclusively selected for executives who are looking for a calmer life style.

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