What to Read When: You’re Stressed Out

Stressed out? Check out these books to read when you're anxious. | NewberyandBeyond.com

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been pretty stressed out lately. I struggle with anxiety on the best of days, and the last few months have been filled with illness, financial strain, and the struggles of friends. Of course, when I start to feel stressed, I usually turn to books (or, let’s be honest, Netflix). In this week’s What to Read When, I’m going to give you a few of my favorite de-stressing books, and I’d love to hear your favorites in the comments!

Sharon Creech. Do I need to say anything more? I just love her work, and it’s the perfect antidote for any stressful times.

The Happiness Project. I’m obsessed with projects, and I love reading about Gretchen Rubin’s attempts to make herself happier, healthier, and better at the things she loves most. (I also really enjoyed her book Better Than Before.)┬áReading about someone else putting their life in order makes me feel a little bit like my life is being put in order, which is something I always want when I’m stressed out. The Power of Habit is another book that gives me the same feeling.

Something juicy. Now’s the time to pick up that YA high school drama that’s been staring you in the face. No need to feel guilty–reading the juicy details of a fictional character’s life can sometimes make you forget, or at least feel better about, the things that are making you anxious in your own life.

A funny memoir. Yep, this is another thing that I’m totally obsessed with, but you should never underestimate the power of a funny memoir. You can read about the struggles and triumphs of someone else’s life–this time, a real person–from a humorous perspective, which will hopefully inspire you to take a similar perspective on your life. Some of my favorites include Bossypants, #GIRLBOSS, and Hyperbole and a Half.

Don’t forget to leave your favorite de-stressing books in the comments!

About Monica

I am obsessed with all things books. I'm a music teacher by day and a freelance editor by night.

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