If you've suffered from anxiety, panic attacks, or even if you've just always been a worrier, you know that having some sort of helping hand to get through your most anxiety-ridden moments can be key.
We know, self-help books might seem cheesy, but hear us out: The right book can help you feel less alone, and help you realize that things might not be as impossible as they seem. And there's a double benefit: Reading itself is a great de-stressor that might also distract you from anything you're anxious about.
If you have debilitating anxiety, there's no replacement for therapy, but reading about how other people have tackled their anxiousness might give you some inspiration.
Read on for five books that can help you work through your anxiety.
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- 5-Minute Daily Meditations
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.
Althea Press 5-Minute Daily Meditations, $10.29, available at Barnes & Noble.
- Unfu*k Yourself
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.
HarperCollins Unfu*k Yourself, $12.83, available at Barnes & Noble.
- The Anxiety Toolkit
Sometimes, anxiety is just a part of life — and that's why Alice Boyes, PhD, has put together a toolkit to help you move past the stress and overthinking.
TarcherPerigee The Anxiety Toolkit, $12.80, available at Amazon.
- The Worry Trick
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.
New Harbinger The Worry Trick, $16.95 $15.81, available at Barnes & Noble.
- The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment
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.
New World Literary The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, $9.02, available at Amazon.