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Best books to help you manage anxiety and stress (Our favourites)

Anxiety and stress can strike at any time, and although there are lots of quick tricks you can use to offset these feelings for a while (we wrote previously about the '3-3-3 rule' here), we think it's important to have a deep understanding of how these feelings emerge if you really want to overcome them. One of the best ways to understand these feelings is to read a book about them. Trust us when we say that there are lots of books out there about these issues, and it can be a bit overwhelming trying to choose which to choose. This is exactly why we decided to publish an article about our favourite books within this category, many of which are available as an audiobook too. Let's get into it:

Anxiety is Really Strange by Steve Haines - best for understanding your anxiety

What we love about Anxiety is Really Strange by Steve Haines is that it reminds us how many forms anxiety can arrive in - it could be fear-related or it could be excitement-related, and learning to tell the difference between these 2 types of anxiety is crucial to managing it. The book also explains how anxiety is created within the body, and how it relates to our nervous system. Once you begin reading through this book, we think that you'll start to think about your anxiety differently. It is a normal response created by the body, and if you're feeling anxiety in certain situations then this book helps to remind you that it is totally normal. On another note, we love the illustrations throughout this book and think that they help to recall the information on the pages because they're so memorable.

You can buy Steve's book from Amazon here - amazon.co.uk

Anxiety is Really Strange by Steve Haines

How to Help Someone with Anxiety: A Practical Handbook by Dr. Rachel M Allan - best for being there for someone

As a counselling Psychologist, Dr. Rachel M Allan is very well placed to write a book about anxiety. This book is positioned as a guide which shows you how to help someone else who is dealing with anxiety, and it works very well in that regard, but we actually think it is also very useful for understanding anxiety if you're dealing with it yourself. The book is packed with invaluable information such as how to break out of negative thought cycles, and everything is laid out in a very practical and simple-to-understand manner. If there is someone in your life dealing with anxiety then this is a must-buy, but also if you're looking to understand anxiety better for yourself then we'd recommend giving it a read too.

Check out the book and Kindle version for yourself here - amazon.co.uk

How to Help Someone with Anxiety: A Practical Handbook by Dr Rachel M Allan

The Power of Pressure: Why Pressure Isn't the Problem, It's the Solution by Dane Jensen - best for thinking about pressure differently

Pressure can come in many forms, and can often be the main cause of stress and anxiety for people. What we love about The Power of Pressure: Why Pressure Isn't the Problem, It's the Solution by Dane Jensen is that it helps you to look at the pressures you feel in life differently. Dane Jensen has taken years of experience talking to high performers who face immense amounts of pressure every day - Olympic gold medalists, Navy SEALs, and politicians - and has distilled all of the insights he has gained into this useful and fascinating book. What you realise as you read (or listen to) the book is that although pressure can come in lots of different forms, it tends to follow a pattern. By learning how to recognise these patterns (something you'll learn by reading the book), you can actually use the energy you feel from pressure to thrive rather than feel stressed. This is one of those books that definitely comes under the 'life-changing' category.

You can buy the book from Amazon in paperback or Kindle format here, plus you can get the audiobook which is excellent! - amazon.co.uk

The Power of Pressure: Why Pressure Isn't the Problem, It's the Solution by Dane Jensen

You can be Amazing: Transform your life with hypnosis by Professor Ursula James - best for groundbreaking techniques to deal with stress

It was Ursula James' stress and loneliness that drove her to develop a system for self-hypnosis to help her get out of the rut she was stuck in - this book outlines the exercises and systems Ursula used to turn her life around. Despite the complexities involved in hypnosis, Ursula breaks down the exercises into really simple and easy-to-follow steps, making it easier than ever to get started with self-hypnosis. If you're looking for something really interesting to try and get yourself out of a stress-induced rut, give this book a shot!

You can buy the book from Amazon here - amazon.co.uk

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