3 Books Tim Ferriss Says You Should Read Now to Be More Resilient

Work Anxiety Is Making Me Snappy And Impatient

My day starts like millions of others: I wake well before dawn to shower and get dressed. I make a cup of coffee or reach for the secret stash of cold brew I keep in my fridge. Iced coffee is my jam — I drink it in the winter, summer, spring, and fall. And then I grab my laptop. By 7:00am, I am at work. But no matter what the day has in store for me, whether it’s overscheduled or relaxed, I am immediately stressed.

Our work-life balance isn’t just uneven, it is disproportionally off

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My chest tightens and my head pounds. My hands clam up and my armpits begin to perspire. And the increased anxiety makes me irritable and snappy. Within 30 minutes, I’m yelling at my kids. And while the reasons are numerous — I live with bipolar disorder and anxiety disorder and am generally uneasy and uptight — working from home has exacerbated these feelings.

I have no outlet. No escape. My focus is always divided and torn. I also feel like I have no control, personally or professionally, and this makes me stressed and depressed. I am agitated, uneasy, snappy, and unhappy…

3 Books Tim Ferriss Says You Should Read Now to Be More Resilient

Can reading a book make you more resilient? Tim Ferriss says it can, and during this past year of social distancing, economic turmoil, and social unrest, he turned to three of his favorite books to help him handle unpredictable times. He says they can do the same for you.

Ferriss says the biggest lesson he’s learned from the pandemic is how little control any of us have over our lives or the world around us. “I think because of experiences in childhood, where I felt like I couldn’t control my circumstances, I’ve become very good at trying to exert control,” he told Arianna Huffington when he appeared on her new podcast What I’ve Learned.

Ferriss has lost some friends to the pandemic and seen others suffer long-term complications. The disease has also affected his family, he told Huffington. “This year was a reminder of how unhelpful it can be to strive for complete control since it’s an illusion,” he said. “Trying to cultivate some type of psychological and emotional safety net for when things outside of your control don’t go the way you would like–or perhaps they go precisely the way you would not want them to go–has been very important.”

Where does Ferriss find that emotional safety net? First and foremost, in some of his favorite books. These are the books he said have helped him cope with the past year…

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