Freeing Yourself from Anxiety: The 4-Step Plan to Overcome Worry and Create the Life You Want [NOOK Book]

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Is worry wearing you out? Whether it’s losing sleep over a deadline, fretting about a relationship, or constantly thinking about what you “should have” done or said, anxiety makes life feel like a race from one overwhelming situation to the next. Freeing Yourself from Anxiety reveals the real secret to reducing stress: not positive thinking, but possible thinking. In this breakthrough guide, Dr. Tamar Chansky shows you dozens of simple yet powerful strategies you can use at any time to transform your anxious...
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Freeing Yourself from Anxiety: The 4-Step Plan to Overcome Worry and Create the Life You Want

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Overview

Is worry wearing you out? Whether it’s losing sleep over a deadline, fretting about a relationship, or constantly thinking about what you “should have” done or said, anxiety makes life feel like a race from one overwhelming situation to the next. Freeing Yourself from Anxiety reveals the real secret to reducing stress: not positive thinking, but possible thinking. In this breakthrough guide, Dr. Tamar Chansky shows you dozens of simple yet powerful strategies you can use at any time to transform your anxious thoughts, conquer perfectionism and procrastination, and improve the way your brain reacts to stress, even without medication.

For anyone suffering with an anxiety disorder or depression, or who simply wants to handle everyday challenges more optimally and successfully, Dr. Chansky’s innovative program will help you breathe easier. Get ready to feel calm, confident, more like yourself again—and free to create the life you want.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reid Wilson, PhD, author of Don’t Panic
“Surprisingly easy ways to change your worried mind.”

Therese J. Borchard, author of Beyond Blue
“If a brain were to come with operating instructions, it would consist of these pages.”

Daniel Gottlieb, PhD, author of Letters to Sam
“[A] gifted writer and clinician … Chansky takes the reader by the hand and guides them through the complex maze of thoughts and emotions in a way that is wise, compassionate, and knowledge-based. This is the gift of Freeing Yourself from Anxiety.”

Blogcritics.org, 2/6/12
“[Chansky] shares powerful strategies to help change how one reacts to anxious thought and responds to stress…Chansky is a gifted writer. Her style is clear and entertaining; it’s definitely not a clinical, textbook read. She provides illustrations and quotes which add levity and helps the reader understand the concepts she describes. This book will appeal to anyone who suffers with an anxiety disorder or anyone who knows a life-long ‘worrier’ who is in need of help facing everyday challenges.”
 

WomanAroundTown.com, 2/16/12
“Chansky addresses the issue head on.”
 
InfoDad.com, 2/16/12
“Shows how self-defeating thoughts and behaviors can be managed more effectively.”
 
BangorDaily News, 2/20/12
“This excellent book just came out but it is already a classic.”
 
PhiladelphiaTribune, 2/10/12
“Offers dozens of simple yet powerful strategies…Armed with [Chansky’s] strategies, readers can achieve accurate perceptions of their lives that can liberate them from fear and perfectionism.”
 
VIVmag.com, 2/22/12
“Picking up this book just might be the helpful first step we can take, changing what Chansky calls our ‘worry story’ to the life story we want.”

Spirituality and Practice
“The last section of the book contains a treasure-trove of material on coping with anger, jealousy, loss, shame, procrastination, perfectionism, failure, and criticism. Chansky proves her skills as a clinical psychologist with case histories of people dealing with various anxiety disorders. She really impresses when she offers wise counsel on handling these heavy hitters that are obstacles to the life we want.”

“The Bookworm Sez” (syndicated column)
“Might help you get off the worry-go-round…Freeing Yourself from Anxiety can help change your worrywart tendencies.”
 
CalgaryHerald (Canada), 3/9
“Whether you’re a perfectionist, negative thinker or lifelong worrywart, it’s a good resource to get the ball rolling on a less-stressful life.”
 
MidwestBook Review, March Issue
“It's for everyone, covering daily frustrations and how to react to them more positively. From an introduction on how the brain handles anxiety to steps to seeing problems in a more rational manner, case histories supplement keys to possible thinking patterns in a title recommended not just for psychology holdings, but for any general lending library strong in self-help books on positive change.”

Bookviews (blog), April 2012
“If this problem is one in your own or the life of someone else you know this book will prove a life-changing experience.”

MontrealGazette (Canada), 3/24/12
“Too much to do? Lots to worry about? Anxious feelings making you even more anxious? This book by Tamar E. Chansky may help calm you down. Though Chansky…includes a chapter on such conditions as obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder, she also offers useful advice to those with garden-variety anxiety…Chansky has a lively, accessible style. Her concrete, often humorous analogies can help us fight our anxious demons.”
 

Reference and Research Book News, April 2012
“Clearly written, it expands the focus beyond just anxiety and provides sections on assessing one’s strengths and cultivating compassion and gratitude.”
 
Curled Up with a Good Book, 4/18/12
“Offers common sense practical options to the epidemic of overreaction that is running rampant today. It is an imminently readable book because it does not talk down to readers or fly above their heads. If you or someone you know can be labeled a perpetual worrywart, buying Freeing Yourself from Anxiety is one of the best things you can do for yourself or them.”

San Francisco Book Review / Sacramento Book Review
Online, 5/10/12

“If you want to learn how to react more positively to moments of anxiety, then this book is for you…A good read.”

Natural Solutions
, 7/31/12
“Not just for those struggling with anxiety disorders or depression, her book provides solutions for anyone who wishes to learn how to react to moments of anxiety in a more effective manner.”

Taste for Life, August 2012“With real-life examples and innovative strategies, this book is a great tool for feeling more confident and calm.”

Curled Up with a Good Book, 8/21/12“A must-read for anyone who frequently suffers from the debilitating burden of paralyzing anxiety…A helpful, easy-to-use tool for anyone who needs to overcome their tendency to focus on the problems in their lives and instead channel their energies into finding and implementing solutions to those challenges.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738215419
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 1/31/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 167,872
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Story Is in the Telling and You Can Improve the Story ix

Part I Getting to Know Your Mind and How to Change It

1 Your Mind Under New Management 3

2 Getting Better at Risk and Uncertainty 13

3 Positive Thinking? Negative Thinking? Accurate Thinking 37

Part II The Four Steps: The Master Plan for Overcoming Anxious Thinking to Create the Life You Want

4 Step One: Pause and Relabel (or, Don't Believe Everything You Think) 57

5 Step Two: Get Specific: Narrow Down the Problem to the One Thing That Really Matters 73

6 Step Three: Optimize: Rethink What's Possible and Broaden Your Choices 93

7 Step Four: Mobilize: Don't Just Stand There, Do Something! 113

8 The Anxiety Disorders: When You Need More Help 133

Part III Additional Tools to Free Yourself

9 How to Overcome Your Fear of Anxious and Negative Feelings 155

10 Rounding Up Your Strengths 171

11 Disappointment Proofing: Having Better Expectations 187

12 Cultivating Empathy, Compassion, and Gratitude 207

Part IV Shortcuts: How to Find Your Way Through the Detours of Life

13 Thinking Differently About Anger, Jealousy, Loss, and Shame 227

14 How to Think Your Way Out of Procrastination, Perfectionism, Failure, and Criticism 257

Epilogue: Freeing Yourself for (Everyone's) Good 283

Acknowledgments 289

Index 293

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2013

    I found this book to be entertaining and very helpful.  Perhaps

    I found this book to be entertaining and very helpful.  Perhaps much of this is obvious to others, but her insights were new to me.  I listened to it in my car and bought the Nook version as well.  It is common sense in a very useful form.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    So Far it's boring and hasn't taught me anything

    I am finding it difficult to get through this book. It doesn't take people's anxiety seriously and so far the main message has been, "Get over yourself" or "Tell yourself not to think about bad things" This doesn't help anyone. I don't like it and if I hadn't paid for it, I would delete it. It was a waste of money.

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