7 books to help you deal with stress and overwork at work

  • These 7 books can help you learn how to deal with stress, overcome burnout and speak for yourself at work.
  • “Effortless: Make it Easier to Do What Matters Most” by Greg McKeown shares tips on how to avoid overexposure.
  • “The Most Powerful You: 7 Bravery-Boosting Paths to Career Bliss” by Kathy Caprino breaks down power gaps that could hold you back.

There’s always a silence before the storm, a day or two when you think, ‘Hey, I’m really on top of things! And then you get hit by the deluge of emails, the big project, the extra services for your boss – all at once.

So if you are feeling overwhelmed at work right now, remember first and foremost that this should go over as well. And second, we recommend checking out the seven motivational and enlightening books below. (When your to-do list has shrunk a bit, of course.)

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1. “Beyond Collaboration Overload: How to Work Smarter, Get Ahead, and Restore Your Wellbeing” by Rob Cross

A Babson professor shows how top practitioners who thrive at work are characterized by the efficiency and intentionality of their collaboration – not the size of their network or the length of their work day.

2. “Choosing Courage: The Everyday Guide to Being Brave at Work” by Jim Detert

As Angela Duckworth has done for courage, and Brené Brown for vulnerability, a business professor at the University of Virginia explains that courage is not a character trait that few possess; it is a virtue developed through practice.

3. “Acting with Power: Why We Are More Powerful Than We Believe” by Deborah Gruenfeld

We tend to believe that power belongs to the person with the highest vote or the highest salary. But i Acts with power, a Stanford psychologist shows how we can all discover our own power and how to use it wisely.

4. “The Most Powerful You: 7 Courage-Promoting Paths to Career Happiness” by Kathy Caprino

A recognized leadership coach helps women identify the seven most damaging power gaps that hold them back from success, and outlines the most important steps you can take to become the true writer of your life and achieve your highest goals.

5. “Indestructible: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life” by Nir Eyal, with Julie Li

A Stanford lecturer reveals the secret of finally doing what you say you want to do with a four-step, research-supported model. “Indistractable” reveals the key to getting the best out of technology without letting it get the best out of us.

6. “Effortless: Make It Easier to Do What Matters Most” by Greg McKeown

We have been conditioned to believe that if we want to exaggerate, we have to overwork, overthink, and exaggerate. That if we are not constantly exhausted, we are not doing enough. But “Effortless” suggests a better, healthier way forward, one where it’s easier than ever to do the things that really matter.

7. “Beating Burnout at Work: Why Teams Hold the Secret to Well-Being and Resilience” by Paula Davis

The founder of the Stress & Resilience Institute has written a research-driven and action-packed book, the first of its kind to explore a new solution to the burnout problem in the workplace: a comprehensive approach focused on building resilience in teams of all sizes.

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