What Works - Solid, Simple Ways to Comfort your Anxiety
This is not a book about anxiety. This is a book about comfort when you are suffering with anxiety, using techniques that work.
Who this book is forI wrote this short book because when I first understood that I had anxiety, there was little advice available for people who were suffering, but coping.
I found a lot of guidance for people who are deeply restricted because of anxiety – people cannot work, and perhaps, cannot leave the house.
I found nothing for people who still go to work, care for a family, drive a car and do the shopping and somehow stay upright despite the horrible state of the inside of their heads.
So I wrote down all the things that have helped me carry on functioning, even when my anxiety is at its worst. They may not be earth-shattering, or even surprising. But collecting them all together into a neat care package helped me. And it made me acknowledge that just because I am managing, my anxiety should not be dismissed.
This book is that care package, and it is for you, if you are or have been
-at work, despite anxiety
- in a supermarket, despite anxiety
- making dinner for the kids, despite anxiety
- driving long hours or in heavy traffic, despite anxiety
- caring for family members, despite anxiety
- on holiday and trying to have fun, despite anxiety
- celebrating a birthday or Christmas, despite anxiety
- meeting up with friends or colleagues, despite anxiety
- just carrying on somehow, despite anxiety
I have collected in this little book, everything that has helped me, so you don’t have to. It contains all the things I wish I’d known when I first started suffering with anxiety, years ago.
The ideas here also don’t involve medication or faith. They are just practical everyday things to do. They are the things that a friend might suggest, to help get you through a tough time. Treat this book as that friend, as a reminder that you can cope, that you are, in fact, doing an amazing job, despite anxiety.
The ideas and strategies in this book have helped me. I hope they help you.