This is a workbook written by David Clark, PhD and Aaron Beck, MD. Aaron Beck is one of the founding fathers of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. I love this workbook because the exercises are simple, straightforward, and aimed to kick anxiety right out. Teaches basic Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy principles in an easy and supportive way. I also really like this workbook because it is not too overwhelming. It goes step by step without throwing too many things at you at once.
The How of Happiness
Written by Dr. Sonja Luybomirsky and based on scientific research about what happiness actually is and HOW to feel happy.
Pretty reminder to not listen to anxiety. I wear mine every day 🙂
You Are Fucking Awesome: Coloring Book
Adult coloring books are an amazing distractions and great for relaxing, they’re even better when they’re full of swear words about how great you are!
Weighted blankets are proven to help people who struggle with anxiety sleep. In one study, 63% of users reported less anxiety after using the blanket for just 5 minutes (health.clevelandclinic.org/can-weighted-blankets-banish-nighttime-anxiety). Feels cozy, comfortable, and the slight pressure helps to relieve anxiety. One con, is that I get really hot under any type of blanket, so if you struggle with this too, sleep with a fan on!
DBT Skills Workbook
Let That Shit Go
A guided journal to help manage stress and anxiety.
The Gifts of Imperfection
Most people know Brene Brown for her TED talks or books like Daring Greatly and Dare to Lead (also great books). The Gifts of Imperfection is one of her first books focusing on self esteem, self love, embracing who you are, and overcoming anxiety. It is still my favorite of hers. It’s short, easy to read, and wonderful for anyone who has suffered from low self esteem (which let’s be honest, that’s all of us at some point).
The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A Fuck
Okay, the first time I read this book, it was purely because I liked the name. This is a bit more crass, fun, and blunt. A great book to have a new perspective in a fun and easy way. The author, Mark Manson, is not a psychologist however, so advice should be taken with a grain of salt.
The Quantum Leap Strategy
I LOVE this book. Short, easy chapters all focused on taking a “Quantum Leap” to get the life you want. I like this book so much that I named my therapy practice after it (Quantum Leap Therapy). Motivating, helpful, focused…I love it!