Anxiety comes in many forms and can affect people in different ways. If you’re dealing with anxiety, you’re definitely not alone. It’s the most common mental health issue. Types of anxiety disorders include generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety, panic disorder, and specific phobias.
Anyone living with anxiety knows it can have a direct effect on your quality of life. The good news is that anxiety, in all its forms, is treatable. Self-help books can be a good way for you to learn about new techniques or try things that have worked well for others. The seven books below offer a variety of constructive ways to tackle anxiety symptoms from different perspectives.
Author Barry McDonagh asks readers to “dare” anxiety to do its worst. The book focuses on facing anxious thoughts and challenging them instead of feeding into them or trying to ignore them. McDonagh’s technique is based on scientific evidence and his 10 years of helping people with anxiety. The book also comes with a free app and audiobook to use for relaxation and anxiety relief.
Declutter Your Mind
You’ve heard how helpful de-cluttering your living space can be. “Declutter Your Mind” applies this same philosophy to your mental space, with the idea that negative and anxious thoughts take up valuable mental real estate.
The book focuses on teaching you mindfulness by reframing your negative thoughts and using techniques to allow you to be present in the moment and take control of your thought process.
Hardcore Self Help: Fk Anxiety
If you’re not into traditional self-help books and want to tell anxiety to eff off, “Hardcore Self Help: Fk Anxiety” is the read for you. The book’s philosophy is that reading a self-help book shouldn’t feel like a chore. In the book, author Robert Duff speaks candidly and weaves swearing and humor throughout the information and actionable tips.
The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook
Facing anxiety takes work. Without a guide, many of us don’t know where to start. “The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook” is exactly what the title suggests. This workbook is designed to help you learn tools and skills to manage anxiety symptoms effectively. Written by a cognitive behavioural therapist, the workbook is based on current clinical research on anxiety and its treatment.
The Anti-Anxiety Food Solution
An unbalanced diet can have effects on more than cholesterol and blood pressure. As “The Anti-Anxiety Food Solution” suggests, foods also impact brain chemistry and emotions. The book offers tips on how to eat more nutrients and reduce cravings. There are also lifestyle tips for how to reduce anxiety symptoms and how the food we eat plays a role in those symptoms.
When Panic Attacks
Anxious thoughts can be pretty deceitful. They’re not actually grounded in reality, but they feel so legitimate when you’re having them. “When Panic Attacks” aims to help you recognise and confront your anxious thoughts.
Dr. David Burns is a believer in treating anxiety without medication. He also shares the latest research on anxiety and depression medications and why he feels they may sometimes do more harm than good.
My Age of Anxiety
Anxiety can be a deeply personal experience. Many people experience it in different ways. Author Scott Stossel draws on his own personal journey with anxiety to explore the condition’s history. He also offers the opinions of scientists, philosophers, and other writers.
In addition to recalling the many treatments — including some strange ones — that were developed to relieve anxiety, “My Age of Anxiety” also provides personal stories of people who’ve found success in controlling their symptoms.