Self-help books can get panned for being cheesy, but they don't deserve it. The right book can help you feel less alone, and help you realize that things might not be as impossible as they seem.
And anxiety-focused self-help books have a double benefit: While they're no replacement for professional help, reading about how other people have tackled their anxiousness might give you some inspiration. Plus, reading itself is a great de-stressor that might also distract you from anything you've been worrying about.
Read on for seven books that can help you find a little more calm.
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My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, And The Search For Peace Of Mind by Scott Stossel
Part memoir, part advice, and part survey of the history of anxiety research and various treatment options, Stossel's book offers an informative, compassionate, and, at times, inspirational deep dive into the world of anxiety.
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Declutter Your Mind by S.J. Scott and Barrie Davenport
Marie Kondo may have popularized decluttering your home — but decluttering your mind is definitely a good option for those who find themselves with too many negative thoughts. Learn how to take control of your mind and thought process with these helpful tips and exercises.
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5-Minute Daily Meditations by Sah D'Simone
Meditating is a great way of taking a moment for yourself and embracing some calm. But don't just take it from us — studies have shown that meditating might ease psychological stressors like anxiety, depression, and pain.
Meditation apps are great, but if you're trying to spend less time on your phone, Sah D'Simone's book of daily meditations is a great place to start.
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UnFu*k Yourself by Gary John Bishop
The title says it all: Gary John Bishop's book is a no-frills look at overcoming anxiety. If you tend to get wrapped up in your own head, this is the book for you.
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The Worry Trick by David A. Carbonell
Anxiety, if you think about it, is about anticipating something happening. If you're a worrier, this book might help you figure out what to do when your anxiety makes you expect the worst out of any given situation.
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The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
It's a bestseller for a reason. Even if you aren't into the "spiritual enlightenment" of it all, Eckhart Tolle's The Power of Now is all about living in the present — something anxiety can often stop people from doing.