Managing Worry and Anxiety: Practical Tools to Help You Deal with Life's Challenges

Managing Worry and Anxiety: Practical Tools to Help You Deal with Life's Challenges

by Jean Holthaus

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Overview

Scripture says "be anxious for nothing," yet most of us find ourselves increasingly worried and anxious--about our families, our jobs, our finances, our security, and so much more. We're even worried about our level of anxiety!

Integrating both the psychological and spiritual aspects of anxiety, therapist Jean Holthaus offers this research-driven and faith-informed approach to understanding why we experience anxiety and shows us how to effectively manage it by developing three essential skills:

- living in the present moment
- suspending judgment
- believing yourself to be competent and equipped by God

Our world is never going to be a completely safe and understandable place. But with Holthaus's help, our hearts and minds can experience greater and lasting peace.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493421169
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/21/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 882,700
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Jean Holthaus, LISW, LMSW, has more than 25 years' experience providing therapy. She currently works as a clinician and manages two clinics for Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services. Her professional experience includes working with individuals, couples, and families dealing with abuse, anxiety, depression, marital issues, divorce, spiritual issues, changes of life, parenting, and more. A member of the National Association of Social Workers and the American Association of Christian Counselors, Jean lives in Pella, Iowa.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9

1 Worry or Anxiety? 13

2 What Causes Anxiety? 29

3 Biology Affects Anxiety 37

4 How We Think and What We Think Affect Anxiety 55

5 Social Environments Affect Anxiety 79

6 Our View of God Affects Anxiety 95

7 Strategies for Dealing with Worry and Anxiety 109

8 Living in the Present Moment 117

9 Letting Go of Judgment 133

10 Competent for Life? 155

11 Going from Here 177

Appendix: Feeling Words 195

Notes 201

Bibliography 209

Customer Reviews

Managing Worry and Anxiety: Practical Tools to Help You Deal with Life's Challenges 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
benhli38 24 days ago
What comes to mind when you think on the word worry? Anxiety? A need to run away? Maybe to fight? Or do you feel like you can't do anything at all? There's no need to panic. Franklin Delano Roosevelt made the phrase popular when he said, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." Jesus the Messiah said it this way: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?...Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own" (Matthew 6:25-34, Berean Study). Jean Holthaus, a licensed social worker and a member of the National Association of Social Workers, wrote this book--Managing Worry and Anxiety: Practical Tools to Help You Deal with Life's Challenges--as an attempt to help those of us better understand and deal with those two issues: worry and anxiety. First and foremost I do believe she is a wonderfully caring woman who desires to help those suffering with worry and anxiety. She quotes Paul, who wrote, "Do not be over-anxious about anything, but...let your request be made known in God's presence" (Philippians 4:6). I have to agree with the assessment of the overall message of the book, which is to take a faith-based approach to understand and to better deal with worry and anxiety. To much of both, in my personal life, leads to becoming depressed. As someone who has dealt with all of these things in my own life, I do honestly believe Jean has done a wonderful job with her book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell for an honest and fair review.
Stardust_Fiddle 3 months ago
Ubiquitous in our twenty-first century society, worry and anxiety are a plague driven by busyness, the struggle to succeed, and an increasingly secularized culture. In a scholarly yet highly readable book, Jean Holthaus uses a combination of medical science, psychology, and Christian theology to give readers insight into what causes anxiety, how to identify different types of anxiety, and how to seek help. Whereas most self-help books promote a certain protocol or fad diet routine, Holthaus takes a multilayered approach. She not only allows for but also discusses how metal illness affects the body and mind. I appreciate that she discusses prescription medication without discounting natural remedies, as different people respond to some treatments better than others. Graphics and charts enliven “Managing Worry and Anxiety” and make the text easier to comprehend. Even the scientific phrases and data are able to be understood by the average adult. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All opinions are my own.
MindyStaley 3 months ago
In Managing Worry and Anxiety, Jean Holthaus helps walk us through ways that are Christ - focused and can help us overcome some of life’s hardest hurdles. Worry and anxiety are hard for Christians to deal with as we are “supposed to be happy and upbeat”. It’s a silent battle that many of us face, and Holthaus pulls from Scripture and gives us practical strategies to deal with the challenges. The book is well written and easy to read. I received a book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.
MindyStaley 3 months ago
In Managing Worry and Anxiety, Jean Holthaus helps walk us through ways that are Christ - focused and can help us overcome some of life’s hardest hurdles. Worry and anxiety are hard for Christians to deal with as we are “supposed to be happy and upbeat”. It’s a silent battle that many of us face, and Holthaus pulls from Scripture and gives us practical strategies to deal with the challenges. The book is well written and easy to read. I received a book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.
AmyWa 3 months ago
Managing Worry and Anxiety: Practical Tools to Help You Deal with Life’s Challenges by Jean Holthaus is a helpful book to help with anxiety and worry. I liked that author is a therapist so she can give you practical solutions but also brings faith into it. I think they all go together. As someone who can struggle with worry and anxiety at times, I am always on the lookout for good resources like this one. She gives you tools to help you fight the battle. I was blessed to receive an electronic copy via the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Moonpie72 3 months ago
Worry and anxiety are things I have struggled with on and off throughout my life. When facing those times it can be overwhelming. I was interested in reading this book not only for new insight and ideas but also because with anything in my life I want to approach from God’s point of view, spiritual and scriptural. The author is definitely through in covering the subject from all angles. She knows what she is talking about. I liked how she explained the difference between anxiety and worry, two things I had always clumped together. The book also had several graphics throughout that did a wonderful job in helping me understand concepts discussed. Reading about all the various aspects of life that affect anxiety opened my eyes to sources I had not thought of before. Of these the most surprising was misconceptions in how I view God! Ms. Holthaus covered all areas that are a part of anxiety: Biological, mental, emotional, social, environmental, and spiritual. This allowed me to see the big picture instead of clumping my ideas into one or two areas. She doesn’t leave you hanging! At the end of the book she gives necessary skills to overcome and control your emotions in daily living and when life throws those unexpected curves. I particularly liked “Feeling Words” in the back of the book. This is not a quick fix or a quick read, but a very informative and helpful writing. It is almost like having a series of appointments with a therapist just for the price of a book! I received this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own.
amybooksy 3 months ago
I believe Managing Worry and Anxiety: Practical Tools to Help You Deal with Life's Challenges is a must read for those who suffer from worry and anxiety. It offers some great tips and advice on how to deal with it. It is broken down into eleven chapters that can help readers understand why they are feeling the way they do and how to conquer it. I thought it was an interesting read and hope to use it in the future. I am giving Managing Worry and Anxiety: Practical Tools to Help You Deal with Life's Challenges four stars. I recommend it for those who need some new ways of dealing with their anxiety. I received this book from the publisher. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
Anonymous 5 months ago
You need to read this book! Managing Worry And Anxiety offers practical tools to help you deal with life's challenges. We all have them. Challenges. They are everywhere. We worry about our families, our jobs, our finances, our security. We are anxious about many things. I was a Senior Minister for forty-seven years. I counseled others about how to have peace in their lives, worry less and live with more joy. And yet, I was bothered by the same things they were. As the years have passed and I have spent more time in the Scriptures and prayer. I experience greater peace and have more joy in my life. I wish I had read Jean's book when I was young. Now that I am old I don't need it as much. This excellent book has eleven helpful chapters. The one I found most helpful was chapter eight—Living in the Present Moment. I recommend this book to you and your friends who may need it.