LEIGH FORBES: Books of all Sorts

Making Friends with Anxiety: a warm, supportive little book to help ease worry and panic

5-star

by Sarah Rayner.

The first in Sarah Rayner’s “Making Friends” series, this wonderful little, clearly written, guide to anxiety is perfect for anyone struggling with fear and/or panic.

Rayner breaks down A.N.X.I.E.T.Y. into its component parts (one per chapter) meaning that each aspect can be addressed in a bite-sized chunk, and without overwhelming the reader with a mass of information. She goes into just the right amount of detail to allow you to make informed decisions, covering: the chemistry of anxiety; the impact of negative thinking; the individual nature of anxiety; the role of imagination; the questionable value of coping mechanisms (I found this section particularly helpful); the need for patience; and how to better understand, and care for, yourself.

As with “Making Friends with Depression” (which I highly recommend too), reading this book is like having a wise and experienced friend sitting across the kitchen table, empathising with you and supporting you with sensible ideas.


Note: while I subsequently worked with this author on a number of different titles, I had already read and reviewed this book before meeting her.

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