Readers, I have a short but important book list for you today. I’ve struggled with anxiety in the past; mine was brought on by 9/11, and it took a long, long while to get it under control.
In tomorrow’s podcast episode I’m talking to Kristin Economos, a 30-year-old Minnesota professional who also struggled through a serious bout of anxiety. You’ll hear her full story tomorrow—it’s sooo good—today I wanted to highlight three books about mental health and anxiety that Kristin shared during our conversation.
Update: Now that the podcast episode is live I wanted to share it with you right here. You can listen directly on this page without a podcast app by simply clicking the play button below. More detailed show notes can be found here.
Kristin sought professional help to overcome her anxiety, as did I. Kristin credits these nonfiction books, recommended by her medical health professionals, with helping her overcome her anxiety by teaching her effective strategies, pointing her towards new resources, and making her feel less alone.
These are the books I wish I’d had when I was in my own anxiety muck. (Not that I feel like it will ever be 100% behind it, but I am not deep down IN IT like I was then.) Kristin and I wanted to share them with you in the hopes they will help you or someone you love overcome their own anxiety. Books can’t substitute for professional help, but that doesn’t mean they can’t do you a world of good.
Stay tuned—Kristin’s episode airs tomorrow and it is one of my favorites. (Do I say that every week?) We talk about anxiety in detail, and I so appreciate Kristin’s transparency and openness in talking about her struggle. Lest you think that sounds very, very serious, we also talk about book clubs, best friends, and a book brunch that will turn you green with bookish envy (or planning your own, or both).
Would you share your favorite anxiety and mental health resources in comments? So many of us, like Kristin and I, can benefit from the effective strategies, new resources, and feeling of normalcy that a good book can deliver.
Overcoming Unwanted Intrusive Thoughts: A CBT-Based Guide to Getting Over Frightening, Obsessive, or Disturbing Thoughts
What are YOUR favorite books and resources for anxiety and mental health? Please share them with us in comments.