Stressilient: How To Beat Stress and Build Resilience

St. Martin’s Essentials. Aug. 2023. 176p. ISBN 9781250883421. pap. $18. SELF-HELP
Clinical psychologist Akbar presents psychological strategies to help readers manage their stress response so they can live better in the modern world. This is a “how to” book for thinking, feeling, acting, and living in a meaningful way, even under stressful circumstances. It also includes practical exercises that help readers acknowledge who they are, how they think, and what they need to work on. Akbar makes readers feel like they are in a one-on-one session by making the narrative comfortable and relatable rather than clinical and constricted. Readers looking for new tools to manage their stress will find themselves revisiting the book over and over. The book also contains a dynamic reference list that includes videos, news articles, famous speeches, and other self-help materials that will entice readers to search for more information on the topic.
VERDICT A great acquisition for libraries looking to expand mental health literacy in their patrons. This is an ideal book for people who read The Stress-Proof Brain: Master Your Emotional Response to Stress Using Mindfulness and Neuroplasticity by Melanie Greenberg.
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