The best books to manage bloody anxiety

The Books I Picked & Why

An Introduction to Coping with Anxiety

By Brenda Hogan, Lee Brosan

An Introduction to Coping with Anxiety

Why this book?

I love this small book. Often with anxiety reading lengthy, complicated, medicalized books are overwhelming when anxiety is thumping us in the head. This book is accessible, and you don’t sit there and think, ‘Gawd, I’m only on page 12 and there are 436 other pages to go. How am I going to get through it?’ It’s a really good starting point when you’re not sure why you’re feeling anxious but need some foundation knowledge about what’s going on. The people that have written it know what they’re talking about, our experts in their field but it doesn’t feel preachy or patronizing. 


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The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

By Charlie Mackesy

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

Why this book?

Sometimes the simplest messages are the ones that hit home the hardest. This book won’t give you a step-by-step guide to tackling your anxiety but it will make you think and reflect. It will show you how you should treat yourself and encourage you to be more compassionate towards yourself. Along with the beautiful illustrations which help soothe you, the words seem to stick because there are fewer of them and therefore have more impact. It’s a beautiful, hopeful, inspiring book complete with a mole who likes to eat cake, and frankly, you can’t go wrong with that. 


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Challenging The Anxious Brain: A practical guide to overcoming anxiety with tried and tested methods

By Tori Warner

Challenging The Anxious Brain: A practical guide to overcoming anxiety with tried and tested methods

Why this book?

I really like how accessible this book is. A great mix of personal stories from the author who lives with anxiety and tools and techniques to try. It’s friendly and helpful and not full of jargon or complicated exercises that make you feel more exhausted. You can come back to the tips and tricks at different points and try them again if they haven’t worked the first time. You feel like the author understands what you’re experiencing and is here to help – like a wise Uncle might do when you’re struggling. 


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Untangle Your Anxiety: A Guide To Overcoming An Anxiety Disorder By Two People Who Have Been Through It

By Joshua Fletcher, Dean Stott

Untangle Your Anxiety: A Guide To Overcoming An Anxiety Disorder By Two People Who Have Been Through It

Why this book?

I like how they explain the science of anxiety in this book with clarity. It’s important to understand what your body is doing when you’re anxious and these guys live it and know what’s going on when you start to breath more heavily and your blood starts pumping 'round your body faster than a cheetah on cheap amphetamines. Don’t worry it’s not too sciency, just enough for you to get what’s happening to you. There are also some really useful stories from the authors which make you feel less alone. 


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The Unbreakable Student: 6 Rules for Staying Sane at University

By Nic Hooper

The Unbreakable Student: 6 Rules for Staying Sane at University

Why this book?

Young people’s mental health is so important to tackle; it’s so prevalent at the moment. Going to university or leaving home is one of the most stressful times in our lives and therefore crucial that we have tools and understanding to help us get through. This book has some great practical advice about how to manage. The author knows his psychology and has obviously worked with students with anxiety before, you feel like you are in trusted hands. It’s an easy to read book and you get to know the author too who writes with a light heartedness which really helps. 


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