‘Coping with Anxiety: 10 Simple Ways to Relieve Anxiety, Fear & Worry’ is a Take-Along Anxiety Resource

Coping with Anxiety: 10 Simple Ways to Relieve Anxiety, Fear and Worry is like a pocket-sized therapist that can go wherever you go. Authors Edmund Bourne, PhD, and Lorna Garano have filled this volume with practical, accessible, clinically-based practices for alleviating anxiety symptoms.

10 Methods

The core of Coping with Anxiety is 10 chapters, each featuring a different area of focus for anxiety relief. The chapters include practical tips and exercises.

  1. Relax Your Body: Learn to control both your muscles and your breathing.

  2. Relax Your Mind: Use relaxation techniques, such as meditation and listening to calming music, to keep your thoughts in check.

  3. Think Realistically: It’s easy to see only the negative in life, but that kind of thinking feeds anxiety. A realistic view of life sees the positive as well as the negative.

  4. Face Your Fears: Overcome your fears by facing them head-on, whether virtually or in actuality.

  5. Get Regular Exercise: Exercise and physical activity have been linked to lower stress and anxiety levels, so it’s important to be active.

  6. Eat Right to Stay Calm: What you put into your body makes a difference in the way that you feel.

  7. Nourish Yourself: Find out how taking care of yourself relieves anxiety.

  8. Simplify Your Life: Remove what isn’t needed from your life in order to reduce complexity and stress.

  9. Turn Off Worry: Worry doesn’t actually accomplish anything other than getting you worked up. Learn how to stop the worry that consumes your brain.

  10. Cope on the Spot: Know what you can say to yourself and what actions you can take to refocus your thoughts when anxiety symptoms threaten.

An extensive resource list at the end of the book provides recommendations for additional reading on anxiety, as well as exercise, nutrition and other related topics.

Fast Relief

Coping with Anxiety lists tips that you can use right away when anxiety symptoms rear their head. In fact, some readers carry this small volume wherever they go, so they can pull it out whenever they need it. Chapter 10, “Cope on the Spot,” can be particularly helpful in the heat of the moment. In time, you’ll learn which of the suggestions work best for you, and you can flip right to the corresponding pages when anxiety builds.

For those with mild to moderate anxiety, having this book as a resource can be a handy tool to help keep symptoms under control; for those with severe anxiety, this book might not go deep enough. Not only does severe anxiety often require psychotherapy and medication, but also, those who have dealt with anxiety for some time will probably have heard and tried many of the tips in Coping with Anxiety before. Nonetheless, having a reminder of these useful techniques close at hand can be helpful, even if the ideas are already familiar.