When I say reading is my favorite escape and go-to introvert coping mechanism, I’m usually referring to fiction.
Getting lost in someone else’s story soothes my stress, but I also enjoy gleaning tips from the experts by reading or listening to practical, well-researched nonfiction on habits, personal growth, and wellness.
I recently realized I read a few of these books in a row this spring and wanted share them here, along with a few past favorites. Even if you’re not in the midst of a stressful season, these books offer relatable advice and uplifting stories to make you smile—or simple exhale.
Today’s list includes a mix of humorous essays, well-researched tips backed by brain science, and advice from the heart. I hope you find a title that helps you slow down, breathe deep, and take a well-deserved reading break.
8 stress-busting and soothing nonfiction books
Do you have any stress-busting nonfiction books to recommend? We’d love to hear about your favorites in the comments section.
P.S. Enjoy these 20 life-changing nonfiction books that you can finish in one day, or try one of these 12 nonfiction titles to restart your life.
P.P.S. Need more anti-stress reading recs? Check out WSIRN Ep 270: When you NEED a season of low-stress reading with author Lucy Knisley or WSIRN Ep 277: Books that feel like a vacation for your brain.