The Stress Prescription
From world-renowned psychologist and New York Times–bestselling author Dr. Elissa Epel, a simple yet powerful plan to turn your stress into your strength in just seven days.
“Just what the doctor ordered” — Publisher’s Weekly
“A powerhouse of science and practical, clear and feasible wisdom that applies to us all” — Psychology Today
"Where most self-help books are fluffy, “The Stress Prescription” is refreshingly substantive, and all the recommendations are cheap or free."— San Francisco Chronicle
"Epel demystifies the biggest issue standing in the way of calm – our need for control." — Boston Globe
One of the Greater Good Science Center's 2023 Best Books of the Year
We can’t avoid stress. But we can embrace it and transform it.
We are living in hard times. In this era of prolonged personal, pandemic, global, and existential stress, we need a more robust mindset and stronger tools to survive and thrive. We need to incorporate new practices into the fabric of our lifestyle. Despite the challenges we all face, through them, life can be even richer, more joyful, and filled with purpose.
Chronic stress gets into our cells, affects our sleep, and can accelerate biological aging. It is energetically taxing to our mitochondria, it is exhausting. The majority of people feel they are under high levels of stress and surveys show this is increasing over time. Life is too short to live this way, and we don’t have to. That’s why I wrote this book.
After decades of studying stress and trauma, and how they get under the skin, I felt inspired to share the science and strategies that can help people shift more easily out of red and yellow mind states and into restorative green and blue states. It’s a “Prescription” because we need to view stress management as seriously as we do medical disease as it is indeed a precursor to disease.
The book offers foundational tips, backed by new science and ancient wisdom, that are accessible and effective if used regularly. This book has helped many people and I hope it helps you.
Read a free chapter here!