Stress Relief Book Review: The Myth Of Stress

by Doc Orman, M.D.

This week, I’ll be reviewing three top-notch self-help books for you which I believe are all great stress relievers. You can’t go wrong with any of these books, so please consider checking all of them out.

The first book, which I’ll be reviewing today, is called The Myth Of Stress: Where Stress Really Comes From And How To Live A Happier And Healthier Life by Andrew Bernstein.

The Myth Of Stress

As Mark Hyman, M.D., one of the endorsers of this book says:

“…The Myth Of Stress teaches you not to ‘manage stress’ but to root out the very causes of stress, the tangled thinking that keeps you stuck in the belief that the world has to change for you to be happy….Read this book and it will change your life and you will find your happiness will depend on only one thing—YOU.”

ActiveInsight

Bernstein is the creator of ActiveInsight, a 7-step process for rapidly eliminating stress by knowing how to quickly and effectively shift your perception of any stressful situation. As such, it is a practical remedy for stress that is near and dear to my heart.

Bernstein and I share very similar views about what stress is, where it comes from for human beings, and what types of strategies are best for eliminating it. Neither of us puts much emphasis on managing stress, and both of us favor teaching people how to utilize powerful cognitive techniques that in many cases work much better than stress management.

And like me, Bernstein also debunks numerous popular myths about stress, such as:

  • Stress in an inevitable, unavoidable part of modern life.
  • Stress is often caused by external circumstances.
  • Common popular and scientific definitions of stress are correct.
  • Some degree of stress is good for us.

Specific Stressful Situations Exposed

The meat of this book, and the thing I like about it most, is how Bernstein takes twelve very common stressful situations and shows you how we tend to think about them in ways that give us stress. Then, he takes each situation and deconstructs them to show us how to overcome our normal thinking tendencies and thereby cause our stress to quickly disappear.

Throughout the book, he shows how the same step-by-step ActiveInsight method can be applied to each of these twelve common types of stress. The individual thought patterns may be very different for each, but the overarching stress relief method is the same every time.

Some of the stressful situations Bernstein discusses in this book include:

  • Traffic stress
  • Getting angry
  • Interpersonal conflicts
  • Frustration over failed weight loss efforts
  • Financial stress
  • Being overwhelmed with too much to do
  • Having regrets
  • Discrimination

Other than my own high-quality books about dealing with stress, you’ll have to look long and hard to find something better than this gem of a book by Andrew Bernstein. In fact, he takes one of my favorite cognitive strategies and demonstrates how to use it correctly, and how to benefit from it consistently, far more clearly and in much more explicit depth than I have ever done.

So do yourself a favor and get a copy of this book and read it. If you want to purchase it through my Amazon affiliate link, just click on the image below:

Myth Of Stress by Andrew Bernstein

 

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