I really needed to read this after multiple hard to digest anxiety self help books. Like a breath of fresh air. It feels like getting advice from someone who could easily be your best mate. Robert does some fantastic podcasts on his website that are worth listening to also. Unfortunately breathing exercises have never helped with my anxiety to date. I've found it more helpful recently to stop focusing on my breathing so I can let my body breathe the way it's supposed to mainly because I was becoming too fixated on it. You know, how's my breathing? Too fast? Too slow? Am I feeling anxious? Constantly 'checking in' and then getting more worried. I'm pretty sure I forgot how to just breathe. I find that tensing various muscle groups systematically helps more than deep breathing at least for me anyway.
Great book! I got the audible and it was lovely to have it read out so it was easier processing during my current mental state. The only thing I would have loved a little more detail about was the brain chemistry explanation of why anxiety occurs and the physiological explanation of what and why the symptoms happen. This was easy to listen to and not overwhelming like some other books I’ve tried. Thank you Robert.
This is just the basics but it's a perfect first stepping stone and genuinely helpful advice (if followed! You gotta be proactive!) for folks with anxiety disorders, and because it's lays down the basics in a straight forward way without any fluff, this is a useful, quick, and relatively fun read for the people out there who love someone that has an anxiety disorder too. I would recommend this to anyone with a sense of humour who would like their anxiety management paired with a bit of levity.
I came across this book when I was having a hard time at work and needed some help controlling my breathing. I googled 'breathing gif' you know the little hexagon triangle thing that expands..and a blog post came up and linked me to this book. I'm currently seeing a therapist and it's going well, but this book really cemented some of the things my therapist has said that I really just couldn't grasp with her. It's written in a way that I can relate to easily. The swearing helps a lot. 11/10 must read for anyone who is kind of thinking they're a weirdo for experiencing any symptoms of anxiety. You're not a weirdo, you're mind is just being a dick. Thanks Robert!