Making Friends with Anxiety: A warm, supportive little book to ease worry and panic – 2018 edition

‘Simple, lucid advice on how to accept anxiety,’ Matt Haig, Sunday Times bestselling author of ‘Reasons to Stay Alive’.

From the bestselling author Sarah Rayner comes a self-help book packed with tips, exercises and insights to help ease worry and panic.

Drawing on her own experience of anxiety disorder and recovery, she explores this common and often distressing condition with candour and humour. She reveals the seven elements that commonly contribute to anxiety including adrenaline, negative thinking and fear of the future, explaining why it becomes such a problem for many of us.

Illustrated by examples and photographs from the author’s own life and backed by an online support group, since its launch in 2014 this companion to mental good health has helped thousands of sufferers across the world. Now it’s been updated for 2016 to include more insights from the author, and dozens of bite-size suggestions from readers and group members who share what’s worked for them.

If you suffer from panic attacks, a debilitating disorder or simply want to spend less time worrying, Making Friends with Anxiety will give you a greater understanding of how your mind and body work together, helping restore confidence and control.

* Draws on the techniques of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy
* Useful links throughout, plus details of helplines and recommended reads

‘Simple, lucid advice on how to accept your anxiety’ Matt Haig, bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive.

‘This is a great book: readable, practical and, most importantly, compassionate. Sarah Rayner gives a clear explanation of the common symptoms of anxiety and panic that affect so many lives. She then goes on to give sound advice as to how to cope with these ongoing feelings. This entails a series of strategies that encourage understanding of the anxiety rather than its suppression, aiming to give control of these complex emotions back to the patient. It’s impressive that she admits to her own anxiety issues, and without embarrassment shows how they have affected her life, how she has sought help over the years, and how she continues to deal with them. The fact she has written this book shows how well she has embraced her demons, able to get on with her own creative life. I will be recommending this book to my patients.’
Dr P Fitzgerald, GP

‘Sarah’s advice is very sage: if one is prone to anxiety, as many of us are, it is futile to expect to be totally rid of it forever. It will come back, but it is possible to tame it. She encourages the reader to be kinder to themselves, live in the moment, and accept their anxiety as an occasionally troublesome, yet integral part of their own being. Deeply personal yet eminently practical, this accessible and engaging e-book should prove extremely helpful to anyone trying to cope with anxiety.’
Dr Ian Williams, GP and author

‘A self-help book packed with tips, exercises, and insights to ease worry and panic, this reads like chatting with an old friend; one with wit, wisdom and experience. Perfect for anyone suffering from this difficult disorder.’
Laura Lockington, The Book Doctor, The Brighton and Hove Independent

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Anxiety Relief: Self Help (With Heart) For Anxiety, Panic Attacks, And Stress Management

Is stress, anxiety, or depression ruining your life? Do you believe that there are no answers? Are those “quick fix” approaches failing to deliver results? That may well be because you’re much more like a garden than you are an electrical appliance. Healing anxiety is an organic process, not just nuts and bolts. Anxiety Specialist Therapist, John Crawford, learned this lesson the hard way when a terrifying descent into severe anxiety and depression during his twenties became a ten year ordeal. After finally meeting a skilled therapist he made a full recovery. Now, almost 25 years on, John has spent the last 13 years of his life working as a professional therapist specialising in the treatment of anxiety disorders.

Anxiety Relief is a warm, compassionate, expert self-help book written from both sides of the therapeutic couch. John says “I always set out with the belief that my clients can recover, and I fight hard for them. This book is written with that spirit and commitment firmly at its heart”. If you’re suffering with anxiety or panic, this book is for you. It’s wide in scope but laser-focussed on ensuring that you achieve results.

The tools and understanding presented here are the same proven tools that John has been using to help anxious people successfully recover for many years, but what is perhaps unique is that this book is not merely a collection of techniques. It is instead a meeting of science and heart, brain and thought, where the reader is invited to understand both the clinical causes of anxiety and how we can employ our hearts and minds to bring safety to the most lonely, frightened, or bereft parts of our being. It is this compassionate attention to our deepest selves, coupled with the science of anxiety reduction which ultimately brings relief.

Inside “Anxiety Relief” you’ll discover:-

  • How to create the correct mindset for full and permanent recovery from (even severe) anxiety.
  • How to fully understand the brain’s evolutionary role in creating stress, anxiety, depression, panic and negative thinking, and how to use that understanding to take back control.
  • Why self-love, the correct resources, and appropriate skills are essential components for recovery when anxiety attacks.
  • Why just throwing random “techniques” at an anxiety problem won’t resolve the core of the problem, and what to do instead.
  • How compassionate connection with your most vulnerable self will turbo-charge your recovery time and offer long-term stability, and how to do it.
  • Why your subconscious mind keeps you locked in anxiety, and how to work WITH that mind to stop beating yourself up!
  • How to avoid soul-destroying, resource-sucking wrong turns.
  • And much, much more.

Anxiety Relief is written with sparkling clarity to provide an expert step by step anxiety recovery system which any anxiety sufferer can understand and put into immediate use. This book goes well beyond the usual “Do this and you’ll feel better” formula however. It will provide you with an explanation of the many angles you can employ to make things better and provide you with the great missing ingredient that causes many anxiety sufferers to fail in recovery – HEART!

If that sounds mysterious to you, then there’s almost certainly something here that you’ve overlooked before. This book offers you the tools and understanding that will reach deep enough to finally make the real difference.

Buy “Anxiety Relief” today to let this powerful, practical, sincere book from a true “anxiety insider” show you how to reach right to the HEART of anxiety, heal yourself deeply, and find your easy smile again!

*Please note. This book was previously released under the title “You Can Fix Your Anxiety”*

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Rewire Your Anxious Brain: How to Use the Neuroscience of Fear to End Anxiety, Panic and Worry

Do you ever wonder what is happening inside your brain when you feel anxious, panicked, and worried? In Rewire Your Anxious Brain, psychologist Catherine Pittman and author Elizabeth Karle offer a unique, evidence-based solution to overcoming anxiety based in cutting-edge neuroscience and research. In the book, you will learn how the amygdala and cortex (both important parts of the brain) are essential players in the neuropsychology of anxiety. The amygdala acts as a primal response, and oftentimes, when this part of the brain processes fear, you may not even understand why you are afraid. By comparison, the cortex is the center of “worry.” That is obsessing, ruminating, and dwelling on things that may or may not happen. In the book, Pittman and Karle make it simple by offering specific examples of how to manage fear by tapping into both of these pathways in the brain. As you read, you’ll gain a greater understanding how anxiety is created in the brain, and as a result, you will feel empowered and motivated to overcome it. The brain is a powerful tool, and the more you work to change the way you respond to fear, the more resilient you will become. Using the practical self-assessments and proven-effective techniques in this book, you will learn to literally “rewire” the brain processes that lie at the root of your fears.

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