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20 Amazing Books for Every Flavor of Anxiety in 2020

BY Jessica Riley

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Whenever I deal with something new or face a problem in my life, I try to learn as much as possible and read everything I can. From starting my business to changing my lifestyle, reading helps me gather information, gain control and overcome any hurdles. Thankfully, there were plenty of books that have helped with my anxiety.

For the last decade, anxiety has been a major part of my life. It’s made me change my career, evaluate my lifestyle and cancel more plans that I can even count. Can you relate?

Anxiety has had a huge impact on my life, and I really believe that reading about it has helped me make sense of how I’m feeling and learn to cope with my illness.

To help anyone else suffering, I've shared 20 books that have helped me with my anxiety so you can regain control and overcome your worry.

20 Best Books for Anxiety in 2020

How To Fail by Elizabeth Day

If like me you suffer from clinical perfectionism, you need to read How To Fail. Based on a popular podcast, Elizabeth Day celebrates everything that goes wrong and shows you that it’s ok if things don’t always go to plan.

Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

I’m not exaggerating when I say that Matt Haig’s books have changed my life. A number one Sunday Times bestseller, Notes on a Nervous Planet examines how you spend your time and the impact it has on your happiness and anxiety.

Brave New Girl by Chloe Brotheridge

When my anxiety is bad, my confidence really suffers and I lack the belief to reach my full potential. Luckily, there are plenty of books out there to help you manage this, with one of my favorites being Brave New Girl.A renowned hypnotherapist, Chloe Brotheridge will help you build your confidence through actionable techniques, scientific research and personal stories.

The Self-Care Project by Jayne Hardy

I am a huge fan of self-care and think it’s fundamental for keeping my anxiety in check. The Self-Care Project by Jayne Hardy is one of my favorite books that have helped me with my anxiety. After reading it, I now understand that looking after myself isn’t selfish but essential for managing my mental health.

Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search For Everything by Elizabeth Gilbert

Like a lot of people (and probably you!), I grew up with an idealistic view of how my life would be: graduate, get my dream job, get married, buy a house, have a family. But what happens when your dream doesn’t make you happy? In this iconic book, Elizabeth Gilbert shares her story as she attempts to rediscover her identity.

The Discomfort Zone by Farrah Storr

Does your anxiety make you want to avoid certain situations? It’s 100% normal to be nervous about things that take you out of your comfort zone, but spending more time in your discomfort zone will help you grow and improve. In The Discomfort Zone by Farrah Storr, you’ll learn how you can embrace discomfort through practical exercises and advice.

Anxiety: Panicking about Panic by Joshua Fletcher

If you suffer from frequent panic attacks, I recommend reading Anxiety: Panicking about Panic. Using his personal experiences, Joshua Fletcher helps you to discover why you are feeling anxious and give you plenty of strategies to manage your panic attacks.

Depression In A Digital Age by Fiona Thomas

After suffering from a nervous breakdown in her mid-twenties, Fiona Thomas shares how a digital life helped her recover. Whilst this book focuses on depression rather than anxiety, the two illnesses often go hand in hand. Unusual for books dealing with mental health, this book is positive about social media making it a must-read for online community fans.

Calm by Fearne Cotton

Being from the UK, I’ve grown up watching TV-presenter Fearne Cotton so I had to read her books the moment they were published. One of my favorite books that have helped me with my anxiety, Calm is just one of a series that deal with mental health in a busy, modern world. You can also get an accompanying journal with prompts that will help you explore your own thoughts.

The Comparison Cure by Lucy Sheridan

I've followed Lucy Sheridan online for ages so had to read The Comparison Cure as soon as it was published and it has quickly become one of my favorite books that have helped me with my anxiety. The world’s first and only comparison coach, Lucy helps you ditch comparison with a three-step method that has helped thousands of people take back control.

We’re All Mad Here: The No-Nonsense Guide to Living with Social Anxiety by Claire Eastham

I can’t count how many social situations I’ve avoided over the last decade as a result of my anxiety. Whether you’re looking to survive university or the workplace, award-winning blogger Claire Eastham explains everything you need to know about social anxiety and how you can manage the symptoms.

Why Social Media Is Ruining Your Life by Katherine Ormerod

Do you ever scroll through your social media feed and find yourself comparing yourself? Do you feel like everyone else has a perfect life? Talking to everyone from global influencers to clinical psychologists, Katherine Ormerod examines how social media has shaped the relationship we have with ourselves and what you need to do to change it. Instantly becoming one of my favorite books that have helped me with my anxiety, I think this essential reading for any fellow social media lovers.

It’s Not OK to Feel Blue (and other lies) by Scarlett Curtis

Anxiety is a lonely illness and you can feel so isolated when things aren’t going well. To combat this, I like to read inspirational stories from other people to remind myself I’m not alone. A Sunday Times bestseller, Scarlett Curtis has compiled a collection of essays from over 70 people about why it’s ok the not be ok sometimes.

Must Try Harder: Adventures in Anxiety by Paula McGuire

Feel like your anxiety is stopping you from achieving your full potential? You need to read Must Try Harder by Paula McGuire. Long-Time anxiety sufferer, Paula was unable to even go into a shop by herself. Fed up of not enjoy life, she decided to change things. Setting herself the enormous task of learning all 17 Commonwealth Games sports, she has since tried naked-life modeling and astronaut training! Funny and heart-warming, this book will show you that anything is possible if you can face your fears.

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

An award-winning author, Gretchen Rubin went on a year-long journey to discover what really made her happy. The Happiness Project combines the latest scientific findings, classical philosophy and practical advice to create this life-changing book.

Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

A #1 New York Times Bestseller, Girl, Wash Your Face is for anyone who is feeling lost. Whilst this book isn’t specifically for anxiety, I found it great for helping me challenge my mindset and pursue what I’m passionate about.

Joy of Missing Out by Tonya Dalton

Do you ever feel like you’re struggling to keep up with everyone else? Joy of Missing Out is the book for you! Helping to clarify your priorities and focus on what you actually want and need to, Tonya Dalton will help you regain balance in your life.

Good Vibes, Good Life by Vex King

Drawing on his personal experience, Vex King shares how to transform your negative emotions into positivity in Good Vibes, Good Life. Full of actionable lifestyle changes and manifestation techniques, this is a good choice for those of you looking to explore spirituality and self-love.

The Anxiety Solution

The second book by Chloe Brotheridge to make this list(!), The Anxiety Solution is for anyone looking to become calmer, happier and more confident. Simple and easy to understand, you’ll be able to learn actionable techniques that will make a big difference in your life.

Dare: The New Way to End Anxiety and Stop Panic Attacks by Barry McDonagh

With over 10 years of experience helping people overcome their anxiety, Barry McDonagh can help you curb your panic attacks. Based on science, he shares his DARE technique which can be used by anyone to relieve anxiety. A step-by-step, practical guide. You’ll learn coping techniques and find out how to regain your confidence.

I really hope you’ve found a few books that will make sense of what you’re feeling. If you have any more suggestions, make sure you comment below and help other anxiety sufferers!

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