If you know me well you’ll know that my most favourite platform at the moment is Instagram and recently I put up some polls asking my followers which posts they wanted to see next. I asked about whether I should write about what literature I’ve found to help with anxiety or what supplements I take and the results were pretty 50-50 so I’m going to write both.
If you’re like me and have suffered with anxiety for a while, or it’s been heightened since becoming a parent then this post may be of some help to you. Below are some of the books/literature I’ve accumulated in my search for a calmer, more level headed me and they’ve helped me so much I’m keen to share in the hopes that they will help someone else too!
The Anxiety Solution – Chloe Brotheridge. I found this book when searching for books to help with Anxiety and it had amazing reviews on Amazon. It’s an easy read and takes a few hours to complete cover to cover with nappy breaks and toddler tantrum intervals but it’s a real eye opener. I would say though that it’s written from the point of view of a woman and therefore is more biased to female experiences but that’s not to say a man can’t read it. If you’re going to read this book then I’d advise committing to it, complete the tasks, take notes and be honest with yourself. It’s not going to delve too deep into your soul but I found it helped me to understand my anxiety a lot more and now that I understand it I can manage it much better.
Just Breathe Magazine – I found these through Instagram but they’re actually stocked in all major supermarkets and I usually pick mine up from Sainsburys but you can also order online here. If you substitute your fancy barista coffee from starbucks you can pick up one of these instead and you wont regret it. I’m going to be very honest, I have 2 copies so far and I still haven’t read them all completely because their images are enough to make you feel calm and zen. sounds kinda stupid but I can very happily just flick through these over and over and not get bored. They are stunning, their illustrations are mind blowing and the articles are great for promoting mindfulness and positivity.
Breathe journals – If like me you love the magazines, the journals will literally blow your mind! I have the Nature Journal and its so beautifully put together and illustrated that I almost don’t want to use it but I am, slowly. I may also have just made a sneaky little order of the other journals in their range and I can’t wait to get stuck in. You can even find some of them on Amazon like the list journal, perfect if you love a good list like me. If like me you find that mindfulness and putting your mind to more creative outlets really helps chill out your anxiety then these are a must for you.
Calm – This book coincides with the Calm app which I also love but if like me you’d rather practice your mindfulness, away from your phone and all other technology then the book is brilliant. It gives guidance to how you can practice mindfulness and meditation everyday along with short mindful activities that you can complete in minutes and they instantly bring a bit of calm to your life. This book gives you everything from physical exercises to help wind down, to proverbs and anecdotes from other cultures and famous people. Some of my favourite activities are the imaginative ones like design your calm island and go cloud gazing. I’m not sure where you can pick this up as I found mine in my local Homesense stationary section but I did find it on good old Amazon here.
Start where you are – This was another Homesense find that can be found on Amazon here. It’s called a journal for self exploration and it ‘pairs insightful quotes with prompts that spark reflection through writing, drawing, list making, and more.’ I bet you’re seeing a theme now with the sort of literature that has helped and it’s definitely ones that make you pause and reflect on your worries with actual mindful activities to help you conquer your fears. I found this one to be the easiest to do, simply because the tasks aren’t too taxing. They just simple, quick tasks like write three things that made you smile today and describe one thing about yourself that pushes people away. It’s very easy on the eye with lots of typography.
If you’re looking for something that’s going to really get you thinking and working on your anxiety then The Anxiety Solution is by far the best one for you but if you’re looking for more thought provoking simple activities that you can incorporate into your everyday life for little snippets of calm in your day then any of the others are great!
I’d love to hear if any of you have any suggestions for books or magazines that you find great for anxiety then I’d love to hear them in the comments or if you try any of my suggestions do let me know! I’d love to know how you get on.