The Library Lady Blog

Hi there, I'm the Library Lady, or Andi to most people. This blog tries to focus on aspects of self-care, complete with books, hot baths, and being outdoors or exploring around.

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They don’t call me the Library Lady for nothing. If you want a book, I got you. I can recommend books for any genre, from Young Adult to cheesy Romance to chapter books for your tweens. But today we are going to talk about some non-fiction, one of my favorite genres.

 

Going to a previous post, I talked about five basic ways to deal with anxiety, which y’all seemed to love, thank you for that! Since so many of you enjoyed that post, I wanted to showcase some books I picked up that I believe that many would enjoy. Think of them as little “mini-reviews” if you will. So enough of my chatter, let’s jump in and look over these books! 🤓

 

And by the way, all of these books were found at my local library. The library is one of the best places to go for free resources! Want to branch out from this list? A reference librarian is your best friend! They can point you in the right direction.

 

Kind of Coping by Maureen “Marzi” Wilson. This is the smallest and cheapest book out of the set. It is more of a graphic novel than a normal book, but that is what makes this book so unique. Wilson takes a more humorous approach with the topic of anxiety with fun drawings that describe almost perfectly what it is like to live with anxiety. Sometimes a little humor is needed, especially with a darker topic. I found that I was really drawn to this book, often picking it up and reading for a short burst. It made me laugh, and right now, I could use all the giggles I could get.

Tame Your Anxiety by Loretta Bruening. Another rather short book, this would be great for a weekend read. This book is great for defining how to re-wire your anxiety-filled mind with peace and prosperity in your lifetime. With scientific explanations broken down so that even the average Joe can understand it, Bruening mixes that and her own personal stories to help you overcome most anxious situations. She has many different kinds of tips and tricks to help you understand your brain better, like experimenting with your favorite hobbies or physical exercise to refocus your brain on happier things, or “mirroring” a “tame person”; someone who does not suffer from an anxiety disorder. Hey man, that phrase does mean something, fake it until you make it!

My Age of Anxiety by Scott Stossel. This is a bit of an older book, the original version came out in 2013, with new copies coming out every couple years or so. The author begins his tale by talking about his wedding day, one of the worst days he has ever dealt with such horrible anxiety. I kind of get what he means, weddings are stressful! But this poor guy was shaking, sweating, fighting the urge to vomit and pass out, all while his new bride tries to hold him up at the altar. Talk about a memorable day. All through his life, he has been riddled with different phobias (I’m counting 10, and that’s just him naming a few!). He’s taken all of the medications, like the usual Xanax, valium, and Prozac to name a few. And he’s no stranger to beer, wine, gin, bourbon, vodka, and scotch. Talk about a suffering case. If you have such horrible anxiety that you can relate to this guy, please consider giving this book a try and I hope very much that you can learn how to get a grip on this.

The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund J. Bourne, Ph.D. Alright, time for the big guns. Everyone ready? Strap in, and here we go! Sometimes you just need a nice, thick book to help you diagnose the problem yourself. This book is a step-by-step guide to learning how to change many aspects of your life while living with an anxiety disorder. Some topics they talk about is:

  • Relaxation
  • Overcoming negative self-talk
  • Medication
  • And relapse prevention

 

No, this shouldn’t replace an actual doctor/therapist. But it’s an amazing guide to help you understand the basics. Through-out the book, you’ll find spots to even write down notes, or take a questionnaire to help you dissect a problem down.  You’ll find tips on natural ways for dealing with anxiety and other bodily ailments, like PMS or menopause. I love a doctor that understands the importance of natural healing because often people are quick to jump to medication. Not that it’s wrong for taking medicine, we have it for a reason! But I have found so many natural ways to handle my problems too. At the end of each chapter, it will give you a helpful summary of things to do, which is a bonus.

Note: Because this is a huge book and it has many spots to write in, I would say it’s worth the investment to purchase your own copy. I found this one at my local library though, so you do have a free option as well!


 

Right now, I think all of us are suffering from anxiety, even if it is just a little bit. I’m no superhero, but I’m determined to understand this disorder and learn how to live my life in the best way. I encourage all of you to do the same! I’m happy to put another list together if there is enough interest, so don’t be shy, leave me a comment below!

Until next time, keep safe, keep happy, and keep healthy!

The Library Lady ♡

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