Bummer fact: Did you know anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States?
Fun fact: Did you know the little hop-and-spin that rabbits do is called a “binky?” Seriously!
Did my happy bunny fact assuage your anxiety? No, probably not? Well, that’s what we figured, so your friends at Page Chaser collected some great books that will help you in overcoming anxiety. In fact, we are so kind that we scaled them for you!
I understand your anxiety, because by the time you read this, I will be wed. Yes, you read that correctly! Wed, not dead. Though the pressure of planning a wedding has made me feel a little dead inside…none-the-less, these months and months and months and months and months of planning have paid off! Hopefully, the debilitating weight of this anxiety will magically vanish after we say, “I do.” If not, I’ll swing back around for one of these books.
Anxiety Level: Almost non-existent.
Are you a perfect human living in an almost-perfect world? Do your problems feel small – either because they actually are, or because you are so emotionally well-balanced that you healthily manage your issues? Should you be giving a course on overcoming anxiety? Since you’re swell, here’s a fun new method to be calm, cool, and collected: The Little Book of Hygge. Don’t let that title trip you up; this is a guide to the Danish philosophy of comfort, togetherness, and well-being. Researchers say that Danes are the happiest people on Earth so if you’re coming in this low, you’re probably one, too.
Anxiety Level: Fine, but it’s in the back of your mind.
You’re doing better than average. You’ve got some typical life stresses, but for the most part, you are keeping things under control. Every once in a while, you can feel the anxiety creeping in. You don’t need serious solutions, but you could definitely use some time to Laugh It Up. Let us present: Candace Payne. She won our hearts as the “Chewbacca Mom,” but we were all honestly blown away by the fact she is so much more than that. Feel free to laugh in the face of anxiety.
Anxiety Level: Somewhat anxious, pretty average
You are like most Americans, in that you are anxious at least once a day. How could you not be? Between your phone ping-ping-pinging and a minimum of 16 people cutting you off in traffic, life can raise your blood pressure pretty quickly. Instead of focusing on when you’re going to buy groceries or if you’re going to be able to make it from work to your daughter’s ballet recital if it happens to rain at 2 PM on Thursday, focus on this soothing cover. Then, focus on the actual words inside the book. Present Over Perfect is a gentle reminder that overcoming anxiety is important, and it’s more important to be in the right-now than to try to make your life Instagram-worthy.
Anxiety Level: Getting up there, doing breathing exercises
Let’s face it. The world is cray. Between natural disasters, disastrous politics, and political divides, the world doesn’t always seem great. Enter Stage Left on a White Horse: Max Lucado. *Angel Choir*
Anxious for Nothing could not have come at a better time. At first, you might scoff at the title. How could you possibly be anxious for nothing in a world that brings you so much anxiety? Then, you’ll allow Max to lull you into a sense of security with his patented Scriptural brilliance and calming state-of-mind. Ahhhh. If you could use some calm, you need some Max.
Anxiety Level: Things Are On Fire
Nothing is beautiful, and everything hurts. The world is terrible and there’s no turning back from that fact. Everything is in shambles. Culture is a mess. There’s an 80% chance of rain during your wedding. Wait, is that last one just me? Well, no matter what, this is the book to turn to if you think things have reached critical mass. If you want to better understand how to make it through this wild, wild world, Is This The End? is the book for you.
Do you have any tips for overcoming anxiety? We can use all the help we can get!
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