Best books to deal with anxiety

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Anxiety is one of the most common mental disorder as 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem in any given week in England, says the mental health charity Mind. Due to the pandemic and lockdowns, more people suffered from anxiety or any other mental health disorder and, according to The Check Up by Single Care the Covid-19 pandemic has affected the mental health of 59% of people in the United States.

Anxiety is treatable in different ways to help you. Other than therapy, journaling daily, staying active, and practicing some deep breathing can reduce anxiety. Reading helps reduce stress and anxiety and it was proven to have a good impact on the brain over the long term.

Self-help books are what you are looking for. Here are a few best book suggestions that can help with anxiety and dealing with it.

Dare: The New Way to End Anxiety and Stop Panic Attacks.

Dare: The New Way to End Anxiety and Stop Panic Attacks. Pic: Good Reads

Written by Barry McDonagh and published in 2015, this book is more of a guide that helps you deal with your anxiety and your panic attacks naturally. Based on ten years of experience, McDonagh was able to gather all those techniques in a book. It will guide you step by step on how to fall asleep faster, stopping anxious thoughts and panic attacks, boost your confidence, and help you in any stressful situations you might find yourself in.

Plus, the book includes four audios to help with anxiety and a free application to download on your smartphone.

The book is available on Amazon and Apple Books for those interested in an audible version and you can also view their website to read more information about the book and the programs they offer.

Calm the f*** down

Calm the f*** down. Pic: Good Reads

Sarah Knight, the author of the bestselling books Get Your Sh*t Together and The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck, published in her book Calm the F*** Down in 2016. If you suffer from anxiety, spend hours overthinking or allow doubts to take over your mind then you need to read this book.

Knight helps you to take control over your overthinking tendencies, to stop stressing about things you can’t control, and guides you through the “No worries method” into pulling it together to calm the f*** down. The book not only tells you that everything will be fine, but it shows you how to deal with everything and how to make it easier on yourself.

Calm the f*** down is available for purchase through Amazon or Apple Books and, an audiobook is available too on Audible.

You Can Heal Your Life

You Can Heal Your Life. Pic: Good Reads

You Can Heal Your Life was published in 1984 and written by Louise Hay. This book tackles the relationship between the brain and the body. It explains the origin of many types of physical pain caused by the brain and our overall thinking. Understanding the link between your brain and your body is underrated and, it is necessary for your wellbeing.

This book has inspired and helped millions of people and, it is considered bestselling. It is a practical book that will change your perspective.

This book is available on Audible as an audiobook, on Amazon and Waterstones.

How to be yourself: Quiet Your Inner Critic and Rise Above Social Anxiety

How To Be Yourself: Quiet Your Inner Critic And Rise Above Social Anxiety. Pic: Good Reads

Published in 2018 by Ellen Hendriksen, a clinical psychologist, this book is perfect for those that suffer from social anxiety! It’s a must-read for if you get shy and stressed out whenever you have a social occasion. This book helps you deal with anxiety, building your confidence and basically feeling comfortable in any situation you are in.

Dr Hendriksen has personally dealt with social anxiety and helped many of her patients to deal with it. It’s a ground-breaking book with a touch of humour to help you train your brain, change your behaviour, and get you past annoying social anxiety.

Her book is available on Amazon, Apple Books, Waterstones and Barnes & Noble.

Try Softer: A Fresh Approach to Move Us Out of Anxiety Stress and Survival Mode and Into a Life of Connection and Joy.

Try Softer: A Fresh Approach to Move Us Out of Anxiety Stress and Survival Mode and Into a Life of Connection and Joy. Pic: Good Reads

Published in January 2020 by Aundi Kolber, this book highlights how the brain, body and soul are aligned. The world teaches us to pretend we’re okay, to act as if nothing is happening when in reality we might be overwhelmed, tired and need a break.

In this book, Kolber explains how God created us in a way where our body and brain act together to overcome any hardship and it takes these two merging together to go forward. It focuses on emotional boundaries, being gentle and kind to ourselves, understanding how the past affects today’s decisions and relationships. With practical exercises, she guides you to be kind to yourself.

Kolber’s book is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and as an audiobook on Audible.

Kind of Coping: An Illustrated Look at Life with Anxiety

Kind of Coping: An Illustrated Look at Life with Anxiety. Pic: Good Reads

Written in 2019 and illustrated by Maureen Marzi Wilson, this book is perfect for those who are more into comics and doodles. Through the character of Marzi, who struggles with anxiety, through a touch of humour Wilson expresses how to deal and cope with the daily stress life can bring.

The book has around 150 coloured doodles with a message of support, laughter and hope. It takes you on the journey with Marzi, dealing with anxiety and panic attacks. There’s nothing better than having someone that understands what you’re dealing with and helps you on your journey. Remember, you’re not alone.

This book is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Waterstones.

The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook (fifth edition)

The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook (fifth edition). Pic: Good Reads

Written by Edmund J. Bourne, this workbook is perfect for anyone struggling with anxiety, OCD, phobias, or any other anxiety-related disorder. It’ll help you to reduce stress and be in control of yourself. Every new edition is updated with different techniques proven to help with anxiety and dealing with it.

The book has many worksheets for breathing exercises such as how to practice self-talk healthily and how to switch into a better lifestyle whether nutrition-wise or workout exercises. Every detail in this workbook will help you in dealing with anxiety and managing in case of panic attacks.

This edition is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Waterstones.

The relaxation and stress reduction workbook

The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook (fifth edition) Pic: Good Reads

The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook was published in 1980 by Martha Davis. The book is a guide that helps you calm your body and your brain whenever you’re anxious and stressed.

It follows a step-by-step guide to work on breathing, goal setting, time management, controlling overthinking, working on your fears, anger, dealing correctly with nutrition. It explains how your body and brain go along. Different editions of this book are available as well you can choose the one you prefer.

Davis’ book is available on Barnes & Noble, Amazon and Waterstones.

Declutter Your Mind: How to Stop Worrying Relieve Anxiety, and Eliminate Negative Thinking

Declutter Your Mind: How to Stop Worrying Relieve Anxiety, and Eliminate Negative Thinking. Pic: Good Reads

If you are struggling with anxiety and feeling overwhelmed, then this book can help you. It is written by S. J. Scott and Barrie Davenport and published in 2016. This book teaches you how to get rid of those excessive and negative thoughts you’re having, set goals and priorities and how to live and deal with everyday life.

Declutter Your Mind includes exercises that will directly help you feel better and less anxious. It relies on many practical ways to help you more than just theories. If practiced regularly, your progress is sure to be noticed in the long run.

This book is available as an audiobook on Audible, as a book on Amazon, and eBay.

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