Breaking the Stress Cycle: 7 Steps to Greater Resilience, Happiness, and Peace of Mind (Paperback)

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Breaking the Stress Cycle: 7 Steps to Greater Resilience, Happiness, and Peace of Mind (Paperback)


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Originally published as The Myth of Stress, this revolutionary 7-step program will help change how you think about stress and show you how to easily transform and eliminate stressful thoughts from your personal and professional life.

Where does stress come from? Financial worries? Health issues? Conflicts at work or at home? For more than half a century, we’ve been told that stress is caused by outside pressures and that the best we can do is to breathe, try to relax, and accept that life is hard.

According to Andrew Bernstein, this is all wrong. Spurred by the death of several family members when he was young, Bernstein began a quest to understand the real dynamics of stress and resilience, and discovered that stress doesn’t come from your circumstances—it comes from your thoughts about your circumstances. Consequently, the true antidote to stress is not exercise or physical relaxation, but uncovering these stress-producing thoughts and dismantling them. Bernstein created a simple 7 step-process that helps you do this faster, often with life-changing results.

In Breaking the Stress Cycle, Bernstein shares solutions for how to stop managing stress and break the cycle of ups and downs at its source. Guided worksheets and step-by-step coaching show you how to reframe your thinking on relationships, money, work-life balance, weight loss, discrimination, regret, grief, and more.

With compassion, intelligence, and humor, Breaking the Stress Cycle offers a complete re-education in the nature of stress, and can permanently change the way you handle challenges in all areas of your life.
Andrew Bernstein is the founder of the Resilience Academy and creator of ActivInsight. His work is changing the way individuals and organizations around the world understand stress and resilience. His clients include Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Johnson & Johnson, Coca-Cola, and many others. He lives in New York City with his family. For more information, visit


Product Details ISBN: 9781439159460
ISBN-10: 1439159467
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: June 8th, 2021
Pages: 304
Language: English
"This book is a masterful guide to rethinking the so-called stressors in your life. I’ve never read a more useful book about managing stress — I’ve made it required reading for some of the people who matter most to me.”  - Adam Grant, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Think Again and host of the TED podcast "WorkLife"


"Bernstein's volume is an outstanding guide to understanding the nature of stress and how to handle it. The book provides numerous insights and techniques for anyone experiencing stress—and who doesn't?"
—Aaron T. Beck, M.D., founder of Cognitive Therapy

"We often think we have to avoid or reduce stress. The Myth of Stress teaches you not to “manage stress” but to root out the very causes of stress, the tangled thinking that keeps you stuck in the belief the world has to change for you to be happy. Andrew Bernstein guides us through a way to untangle those thoughts and be free. Read this book and it will change your life and you will find your happiness will depend on only one thing – YOU." —Mark Hyman, MD, New York Times best-selling author of The UltraMind Solution

"The Myth of Stress is a compelling, compassionate book about our suffering when we fight reality and the transformation that is possible when we don't. I loved it."
—Geneen Roth, author of When Food Is Love and Women, Food, and God

"Andrew Bernstein has brought some much needed common sense to the subject of stress and that alone makes this book a winner." —Caroline Myss, author of Defy Gravity and Invisible Acts of Power

"An easy-to-learn method for addressing issues underlying stress." —Library Journal

"Look out Anthony Robbins, move over Deepak Chopra, there’s a quiet storm moving up through this state and beyond. His name is Andrew Bernstein...He’s an intelligent, calm, and soft-spoken person who uses reason and logic to quiet the mind." —Vision Magazine

"Bernstein has created a wonderful, accessible how-to manual for regular people wanting to feel better."
—Kathleen DesMaisons, Ph.D., author of Potatoes Not Prozac

I love Andy Bernstein and his commitment to helping people challenge their thinking.” Byron Katie, author of Loving What Is