Top 12 Self Help Books for Those Struggling with Anxiety

Self help anxiety books can be a great tool if you are struggling with anxiety. Many of us these days are struggling with anxiety. According to the National Institute of Mental Health about 30% of adults in the U.S. experience a form of anxiety at some point in their lives.  Books can be a great resource to turn to in addition to professional help. They can help you find tools to manage it. Here's a list of 12 self help books for anxiety to get you started. The Top 12 Self Help Books for Anxiety The Big Activity Book for…

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What a Daily Gratitude Practice Can Do For Your Mental Health

Experts say a daily gratitude practice can vastly improve your mental health and outlook on life. I've had my own gratitude practice for years now and I can definitely say that practice has improved my positivity and has even helped calm my anxiety.  What is Gratitude? I like this definition of Gratitude by Sansone and Sansone from the 2010 article Gratitude and Well Being: “the appreciation of what is valuable and meaningful to oneself and represents a general state of thankfulness and/or appreciation” A list of 10 more definitions from cited publications are on this excellent article by Positive Psychology.…

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Benefits of Journaling for Mental Health

Is journaling really that good for you? It turns out there are many benefits of journaling for mental health. I've been journaling on and off for years and had no idea, so I learned a lot researching this blog post.  Let's get into it.  What are the Benefits of Journaling? This a question with a multi-faceted answer, but I will try and simplify it into one list for you. The benefits of journaling can be boiled down into these points here: 1. Journaling is an Outlet for Feelings and Emotions Journaling can be a release for all those pent up…

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30 Positive Affirmations to Start Your Day Right + Free Printable

Positive affirmations are a great way to start your day off right! I love using simple affirmations while I am meditating in the morning. Along with a list of positive affirmations for you to choose from, I also include a free printable which you can put on your fridge so it's right in your face every morning. Scroll down to get your free printable! What are Positive Affirmations? Positive affirmations are positive statements that can help direct your thinking in the right direction. Most of us tend towards negative and self-sabotoging thoughts these days. Practicing positive affirmations every day can battle those…

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Reduce Your Anxiety through Preventative Practices

Reduce your anxiety through these practices I've been using for years! I can pinpoint the exact moment my anxiety started: during a math test in my senior year of high school. I panicked over an equation and ended up asking to go to the nurse's office. I've lived with anxiety since that point.  Since I don't want to take any medications, there are quite a few things I do in my routine everyday and tools I use to help me relax if my anxiety levels rise. For almost a decade, I've amassed quite a few tools and practices to help…

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How to Calm Down if You’re Feeling Anxiety

I get it, I've been there too. You need something to reduce your anxiety right now because you're feeling overwhelmed and anxious and antsy. Here's some tips and practices on how to calm down. Not every practice will work for every one. Some of these work for me sometimes, and sometimes they don't. That's why I have so many to draw from and try when I need it. I hope this helps you.   What If I have Anxiety Right Now? Here's How to Calm Down I've learned about a lot of techniques to help with anxiety or panic attacks in…

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My Favorite Podcasts

I didn't listen to podcasts for the longest time, but then after much consideration I decided to download the Google podcast app and looked for a few to try out. I initially subscribed to a million of them, but I narrowed it down to my three favorite podcasts that I listen to regularly.I also listen to a few other podcasts occaisionally and like them so I included them here as well. Check out the list! 1. Practical Positivity, by Sophie Cliff My absolute favorite podcast is Practical Positivity, run by Life Coach Sophie Cliff. She gives tips and advice on how…

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Mindfulness: Intro, Benefits and Books

A mindfulness practice could help you live a more positive and fulfilling life. A basic definition of mindfulness would be: living in the present moment; but there is so much more to it than that. It helps you live in the present, but it also helps you live with gratitude, kindness, curiosity, and self-compassion.I really got interested in the practice of mindfulness when I came across a new book on the topic at the library. I ended up buying it and highlighting it like crazy because the things the author talks about are so so important. The book, which I've…

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Meditation to Reduce Stress and Relax

Meditation is a proven way to reduce stress. And in the stressful society we've been living in nowadays, I feel like more people should be open to the practice. I've known about meditation for quite a few years, but I only really started practicing it regularly when my anxiety kind of flared up last year due to a stressful situation. I've been practicing almost daily now for several months and have started noticing some real benefits from it. Meditation is great for my mental health, and it can be for yours too. Benefits of Meditation Meditation has become an ingrained part…

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