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Daily life is made that much easier when you have resources for anxiety management. I have a host of tools that I can turn to when I feel the telltale signs of overwhelm coming on. From phone numbers that are useful, to books that have helped me and more, it’s always useful to have an arsenal of help at your fingertips.
This page has a list of the resources and tools that I have and do use to keep my anxiety under control. Feel free to use any or all of these if you find them helpful to keep your anxiety in check.
Blogger Mark Manson tackles the age-old myth of ‘positivity will solve everything.’ He approaches self-help in the form of understanding our limitations and working within them, rather than building ourselves up to try to be something we’re not. He also points out that with all the things we worry about, it’s important to choose our battles based on the worries that are actually worth worrying about. I found this book refreshing, a completely different outlook to the normal self-care types you may be used to.
Matt Haig writes from the heart in this book about his battle with anxiety and depression. I found this book extremely moving at times, funny at others, and completely relatable. It helps to understand another persons point of view, and some of his methods for coping and understanding his illness were eye-opening for me.
This came as a recommendation after reading Reasons To Stay Alive. I really like the way that Matt Haig writes and this was another great read. It focuses more on why we suffer with anxiety and depression in this modern day of fast-paced living and how we can focus more on just being alive and living rather than coasting along in a whirlwind of stuff.
This is my book, that I wrote (yes, I am proud of myself!) When I started to look into the ways we humans are destroying our planet, I got a big old dose of eco-anxiety! Worrying every day, lack of sleep and lots of research led me to realise I’m not the only one who worries about this. So I took what I’ve learned on my journey and put it all in this e-book to help others find their way.
This is my own tool that I use to cope with day to day anxiety. It has helped me immensely over the years. Download your copy from the post or from the sidebar.
This is a meditation app, with a huge range of meditations, sleep help, body scans and more. I use this app daily, for a 10 minute morning meditation and the sleep meditations. I also use the music section to help me focus, relax or just for some nature sounds while I’m walking.
Useful numbers and websites
The Samaritans – 116 123
The Samaritans have been around for years. They are always at the end of the phone to listen if you need to talk.
A wealth of information at your fingertips, this is where I found the number for the Samaritans. The website offers advice and information, and they also have a phone line and text line if you need advice.
Mind is the charity that funded my CBT course. It literally saved my sanity. There are stories from real people on their website about how they have managed their anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses. They also have information on a range of mental illnesses that you can look through.
Drugwatch is a free health site, featured in publications such as The New York Times and Healthline, primarily for information on drugs that can be dangerous and what to do if you have taken them. They also have a very comprehensive article on anxiety along with tips for management and prevention.
Resources for anxiety management are your arsenal in the fight against errant thoughts; always be on the lookout for things that can help you. Not only does this help you look for positivity, but it also reinforces our belief that things can get better. I am always looking for new ways to manage my anxiety, and as I find more helpful resources, I will add them here for you, so be sure to check back every so often to see what’s new!
How about you?
Do you have any go-to resources for anxiety management? Let us know in the comments below.