3 Best Books for Stress Management – Why Read Them?

As we learned in the last article, it is important to keep stress in check, otherwise our lives are at stake. In order to keep our stress in check, we must be willing to make the changes needed in order to thrive. And one of the best, and least scary, ways of doing that is through the pages of a good book.

There are thousands of books out there on stress management and I have read lots of them. So to save you the trouble of finding which ones are the best, this article will talk about the 3 best books for stress management and why you should read them.

Book #1

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Stress Management Techniques On How To Deal With Stress by Fielding Gray

Why Read It

This book is a must read if you feel stressed but don’t know why.


With only 25 pages, this book was a fast and easy read. It only has 5 chapters and each chapter is just a few pages long.

After a summerization of the causes and effects of stress, the book goes on to help you identify what your personal stressors are. It then focuses on making an action plan to help you implement letting go of your stressors. And it ends with a few good ideas on maintaining a stress-free life.

How It Helped

I thought this book was quick and to the point. It also helped me to think about my situation and why I was a stressed out mess. And it gave me the motivation I needed to make changes.

You can preview or purchase this book here.

Book #2

Declutter Your Mind: How to Stop Worrying, Relieve Anxiety, and Eliminate Negative Thinking by S.J. Scott and Barrie Davenport

Why Read It

If you are looking to make changes in yourself this is the best book. It is “full of exercises that it will give practical, science-backed actions that can create real and lasting change if practiced regularly.”


This book is 157 pages of great information and advice on how to simplify every aspect of your life: thoughts, obligations, relationships, and surroundings.

After telling the stories of the authors, part one discusses the causes of mental clutter and four habits to derail negative thinking. Part two starts by discussing the importance of core values and then walks you through how to identifying and prioritizing your core values. Part three was all about relationships and how to be more mindful with the people in your life. It even talks about letting go of relationships that are not good for you and how to do it. And part four explains the value of simplifying your surroundings and how to do it.

How It Helped

The message I got from this book was that, as humans, we can only handle so much before we get stressed. And so keeping things simple and uncluttered is the best way to live. This book is very helpful if simplifying your life is the change you are trying to make because the step by step how to’s are easy to follow and implement.

You can preview or purchase this book here.

Book #3

The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-Free Living by Dr. Amit Sood

Why Read It

This book is a great read if you are looking to find peace and joy in your life. It is designed “to help the reader overcome obstacles and cultivate greater peace, joy, and contentment to live a more fulfilled life.”


Part one of this 336 page book talks about why our minds tend to wander and how our experiences affect our mind. Part two was all about training our attention so we can focus. Part three was a small chapter on our interpretations and how to clarify them. Parts four, five, six, seven, and eight talked about qualities of resiliency: what they are, why practice them, and how to practice them. Part nine discussed relationships and how to nurture the good ones and how to let go of the bad ones. And part ten was on relaxation techniques to help relief stress.

How It Helps

I thought this book could benefit anyone looking to change themselves for the better. The advice given in this book is really mind over matter as it helps you see things from a different way of thinking. The changes that this book helps you implement are not over night changes, but instead life changing changes. It benefited me in that it helped me to regain a positive outlook on life and and not allow the negativity of others to hold me back.

You can preview or purchase this book here.


Stress affects us all and in different ways but we can gain control over it. And these three books will help to do just that by:

  1. identifying our stressors
  2. making life changes
  3. making personal changes

As always, if you have questions, please feel free to leave a comment below.

Thank you,

Danica at Rolling with the Punches

17 thoughts on “3 Best Books for Stress Management – Why Read Them?

  • I feel like I could really use one (or all) of these.. it’s great that there are so many useful tools out there to help us deal with stress. I’m going to start with book #2!

  • I agree with you on every point, especially on the main one. That is, reading a good book can help a lot to eliminate or at least to forget the causes of stress. Reading is a form of meditation. It calms the mind and helps to focus on a given moment in time. I’ll definitely check out some of your recommendations. Thanks!

  • Thank you for this really useful post Danica. I tend to get stressed too often, and the three books you recommend sound like they’re full of good advice. I particularly like “Declutter Your Mind”, as simplifying your life is great for all areas including work, and relationships. I think many of us including myself, have far too much physical and mental clutter!

    • I agree, Kathy. Decutter Your Mind is great for simplifying life and surroundings but The Mayo Clinic book is great at helping build qualities of resiliency which help combat stress. 😊

  • I don’t think there is a single person out there that could say they don’t have stress in their life. Thank you for the book recommendations! These seem like easy reads too, so I don’t have to stress out about finishing them!

  • Out of the three, Declutter Your Mind, speaks to me the most. My mom has always been someone who constantly finds something to worry about. I rejected that early on in my life but I think she could benefit by reading it. Thanks for the review.

  • Declutter Your Mind sounds like a great book to read. Stress been getting on me lately and it helps to have a decent guide in managing it constructively. Looking forward to getting one.

  • We deal with challenges on a day to day basis due to demanding jobs, family crisis, among other factors, as a result we are perpetually stressed out. Decluttering the mind through reading and other forms of meditation may help help us to keep the stress at bay. Thank you so much for your lovely tips.

  • Hello, thank you so much for this. With the amount of work, school, exercise and more crazy things going on in my life, the stress really starts to add up and I’ve been on the search for some help. This site really did help me out with this so I really appreaciate it. Thank you so much! I’ve got some reading to do!

  • I love this being an individual that is always stressed out I will be picking these books up soon because something has got to give. If in fact these do help I will owe you big time!!! Thanks for the read and I will be back to tell you how things have gone. Very much appreciated

  • I love books, especially self- improvement books. This is a a great article with helpful reasons to get certain books to help manager stress. It’s very helpful how you broke it down into “How it helps” so that people who are looking for a specific way to manager stress can determine which books to get.

    I will certainly chose my favorite book here after careful consideration! Thank you!

  • Thanks for sharing this great review on different stress management books. They all sound good to me, but I’m most interested in the one about “Declutter the Mind”, mostly because of its title.
    Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed with things I need to do and don’t have time for! It really begins to add up which then leads to stress.
    I know stress is very unhealthy, but it’s so hard not to be when there’s so much going on. There are times when I feel short of breath because of it. It then leads to anxiety.
    I think the biggest problem is having too much on my mind at one time. If I can learn how to declutter my mind, it would be so relieving.
    I appreciate you reading these books and sharing your thoughts about them. It certainly does save me the time from searching for the best book that will help me.
    Best of health,

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