This book title may not sound like something that you would be drawn to read, but if you are struggling with high levels of stress, anxiety, or even panic attacks, it can be a very helpful book. I’ve been recommending it to clients for years.
It discusses anxiety from many different angles, and since it’s a workbook, it allows you to individualize the information, so that it’s pertinent to your particular situation. Please consider the severity of your anxiety to determine whether you need the additional assistance of a counselor.
Anxiety is explained from a physiological standpoint, with many practical, action-oriented steps suggested, such as improved nutrition, increased physical activity, good sleep hygiene, breathing exercises, etc. There is, also, a discussion regarding when to consider medication as an alternative. The emotional component of anxiety is explored: the role of negative self-talk, mistaken beliefs, fears, etc. It gives step-by-step explanations of how to work with emotional issues, including low self-esteem and insecurity. In addition, there are sections on specific phobias, and how to go through the desensitization processes.
It, also, addresses the importance of having meaning, purpose, and spirituality in your life. It never preaches, but brings up points for each individual reader to consider. The book through-out focuses on the whole person: body, mind, and spirit.
If anxiety is creating discomfort in your life, or the life of a loved one, consider this book as a wonderful resource of information and empowerment. The title is: The Anxiety & Phobia Workbook. The author is Edmund J. Bourne, Ph.D. For more severe, resistant cases of anxiety, panic disorders, and phobias, please consult a trained professional.
Until next time,