Our very first book of the month is called, "The Upside of Stress: Why Stress is Good for You and How to Get Good at It" by Kelly McGonigal PhD.


What you should do now:

Step 1: Order the audiobook or the paperback copy of the book of the month from the links below.

Step 2: Read the book! Take notes  of which passages in the book you find most inspiring, surprising, and impactful.

Step 3: Join me in the IN{HABIT} Community Facebook Group to be notifed of our FB Live Virtual Book Club Chat!


Get the audiobook or the paperback here:

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Why does this book belongs in the IN{HABIT} AMAZING BOOK HALL OF FAME:


1. Stress is an unavoidable component of life. This book shows us new science-based ways of engaging with stress that are empowering rather than debilitating. Coping with stress (aka LIFE) in a healthy way sure sounds like Radical Self-Care to me!


2. The Upside of Stress explains that people who believe stress can be helpful are more likely to be in reality about their circumstances as opposed to trying to avoid or distance themselves from stress. Many of us have experienced negative consequences due to avoiding the causes of stress in our lives at one time or another. In light of this fact, we can see that facing our stressors rather than avoiding them is healthy. Maybe counterintuitively, facing our stressors can reduce our need for addictions and distractions. In this book, Dr. McGonigal gives us practical ways to activate this science in facing our stress.


3. Dr. McGonigal explains the scientific findings on the power of MINDSET in this book! This is one of the most inspiring and exciting research she shares, I think, because it can so easily be activated and applied in our lives!


There are many more wonderful tidbits in this book and I will dive into them in the Book of the Month Facebook Live Book Club Chat on Thursday, November 30th @ 10am PST!


Check out Dr. Kelly McGonigal’s TED Talk on How to make stress your friend


Do you know a friend who would love to uplevel their Self-Care wisdom by reading awesome books with us? Invite them to join us! They can sign up here: inhabit.monicaballard.com/books

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Is there a book that changed your life for the better and inspired a better life? I want to know about it! Email me at monica@monicaballard.com to share your story.