Books for Anxiety
The Chemistry of Calm: A Powerful, Drug-Free Plan to Quiet Your Fears and Overcome Your Anxiety

The Chemistry of Calm: A Powerful, Drug-Free Plan to Quiet Your Fears and Overcome Your Anxiety

This was the first book Kristin's physician recommended when she sought help for severe anxiety. The bulk of this book is about building a strong foundation for mental and physical well-being. In detailed chapters, Dr. Emmons explores how the right diet, regular exercise, nutritional supplements, and a practice of mindfulness affect the way your body operates and feels. He also explores why anxiety affects so many people today, the seven different types of anxiety, and how we can cultivate resilience for our bodies and minds. More info →
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Overcoming Unwanted Intrusive Thoughts: A CBT-Based Guide to Getting Over Frightening, Obsessive, or Disturbing Thoughts

Overcoming Unwanted Intrusive Thoughts: A CBT-Based Guide to Getting Over Frightening, Obsessive, or Disturbing Thoughts

The title says it all, right? This one is worthy of "best book you've never heard of" status. In this practical guide, Winston and Seif explain how to deal with an uncomfortable truth: Your attention may be hijacked by junk. They explore just what intrusive thoughts are, debunk common myths surrounding these unwelcome thoughts, be they fleeting or persistent, explain strategies to handle intrusive thoughts when they happen (I found out I was doing this wrong), and show you what it would look like to get over them for good. More info →
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Get Some Headspace: How Mindfulness Can Change Your Life in Ten Minutes a Day

Get Some Headspace: How Mindfulness Can Change Your Life in Ten Minutes a Day

This handbook to meditation and mindfulness is from the creator of the Headspace app. In our episode, Kristin explains how she was at first resistant to meditation, but her doctor (and a few good books) convinced her it was worth trying. Now she's a believer. In this book, Puddicombe explains why these practices are so important in modern life, and gives very practical advice on how to get started for yourself, with interesting anecdotes to illuminate his points. More info →
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