Managing anxiety can be a giant pain in the *ss. If you have social anxiety, for instance, then it can take a tremendous amount of effort to calm yourself enough to engage in social situations (such as a networking event). And when you actually get there and do your very best to be normal and engaging, you will probably worry about appearing “uptight” or being “unable to relax.” Sometimes it just feels like you can’t win. But if you check out these books to read if you struggle with anxiety, chances are you’ll feel far less alone.
While other people may be less than empathetic (especially those who discount anxiety as something that’s just “all in your head”), books are endlessly patient. Some of these reads are first hand accounts of others who have coped with anxiety, whereas others are designed to help you find ways to manage your condition. Still others are just books aimed at pure relaxation, so you can focus on something soothing if your anxiety starts getting out of hand. Overall, these reads are great companions for any anxiety sufferer, whether you’re looking for ways to lessen your anxiety, or you simply want to hear the stories of others who have also coped with this condition.
1. 'Hardcore Self Help: F**k Anxiety' by Robert Duff, Ph.D.
If traditional self-help books feel too soft for your tastes, then Hardcore Self Help: F**k Anxiety may be more to your liking. Written in a conversational tone (with enough swearing to make a sailor blush), this book offers information and advice about anxiety in a humorous, entertaining way.
2. 'The Mindfulness And Acceptance Workbook For Anxiety' by John P. Forsyth and Georg H. Eifert, Ph.Ds
To actively work on getting your anxiety under control, The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety may be an excellent choice. By learning to accept your anxious responses instead of just struggling to push past them, this book may help you reclaim your life from anxiety.