How are you managing daily anxiety, fear, trauma or stress?
As the world works together to flatten the curve on the outbreak of the Coronavirus, you might find yourself with lot of time at home.
An abundance of precaution.
Call it whatever you like, it is very possible you now have extra time on your hands. And you most likely have extra anxiety.
Why not spend this time learning new ways to manage anxiety?
As we journey through this crisis, now is the time to set future intentions and determine who you want to show up as for the rest of 2020.
Do you want to deal with your fear? How about working through some of that persistent anxiety? Why not spend some time understanding the emotions and feelings that never seem to go away?
As a Marriage and Family therapy grad student, I have four books that I am recommending for some insight into your emotions. These books will help you understand some of the origins of your anxiety and fear, giving you tools to create new pathways to respond with peace and hope.
Four Books To Help You Manage Anxiety
These books are available for purchase on Amazon.
Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment, by Levine and Heller. This book is a MUST read if you struggle with anxiety in daily situations and in your love relationships. Each one of us has an attachment mode as a result of our childhood environment. Find out if you are Secure Attached, Anxious Attached or Avoidant Attached and how to navigate you most important relationships.
It Didn’t Start with You: How Inherited Family Trauma Shapes Who We Are and How to End the Cycle, by Mark Wolynn. Are you dealing with emotional trauma? I wrote an in-depth review of this book last month, click here to read that post. Dealing with depression, anxiety, chronic pain, phobia and obsessive thoughts, this book is will help you identify patterns of behavior and change your thinking processes.
Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents: How To Heal From Distant, Rejecting or Self Involved Parents, by Lindsay Gibson.Are your parents distant, rejecting or self involved? It is possible to heal (as an adult) from early emotional childhood wounds, confront anxiety and find ways to control your reactions to your parents behavior.
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind and Body In The Healing of Tramua, by Bessel Van der Kolk. This book is a classic on how trauma impacts the brain and body, compromising our capacities for pleasure, engagement, self control and trust. Learn how to minimize the impact of the fear and anxiety. This book will teach you methods to reduce negative emotions and count the effects of PTSD ( post traumatic stress disorder).
I wanted to put this post out as quickly as possible, so I apologize that I have only one full review of the suggested books. I would recommend buying all four books, each one has unique methods to help identify and recover from anxiety.
Most of all, remember that we have each other in this difficult season of virus outbreak. We have the choice: surrender to fear or choose to create a community of healing and hope.
The more we understand our emotions and manage our anxiety, we will have more energy to help and stay calm as we support our local neighbors and global friends.
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