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Worry Less, Live More: The Mindful Way through Anxiety Workbook

Worry Less, Live More: The Mindful Way through Anxiety Workbook

by Susan M. Orsillo PhD, Lizabeth Roemer PhD


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Do you ever feel like you want more from your life—but get scared or overwhelmed by the idea of making changes? For many, worry, fear, or negativity are stumbling blocks that can be extraordinarily difficult to overcome. This effective workbook provides a blueprint to help you move through painful emotions without being ruled by them. Vivid stories of others who have struggled with anxiety are accompanied by meditation and acceptance practices and step-by-step exercises that build self-knowledge and self-compassion (you can download and print additional copies of the worksheets as needed). Armed with a deeper understanding of what you really value, you can break free of the common traps that leave people feeling stuck—and dare to live the life you really want. Audio downloads of the mindfulness practices, narrated by the authors, are provided at

See also the authors' Mindful Way through Anxiety, which explains mindfulness techniques in greater detail. Worry Less, Live More can be used on its own or as the perfect way to expand on and enhance the lessons of the first book using a step-by-step approach.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781462525454
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 06/02/2016
Edition description: Workbook
Pages: 276
Sales rank: 733,716
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.50(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Susan M. Orsillo, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at Suffolk University in Boston.

Lizabeth Roemer, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Drs. Orsillo and Roemer have written and published extensively about anxiety, emotions, psychotherapy, mindfulness, and values-based actions and have been involved in anxiety disorders research and treatment for more than 25 years. They are coauthors of the bestselling The Mindful Way through Anxiety. With funding from the National Institutes of Health, they spent 15 years developing and refining the treatment approach that is the basis of this book. Their website is

Table of Contents

Introduction: How to Make the Most of This Book
I. Understanding the Cascade of Our Emotional Responses: The First Step in Making a Change
l. Understanding Fear and Anxiety
2. How We Get Pulled into a Cycle of Worry
3. How Emotions Become Intense and Long-Lasting
4. How Control Efforts Fuel Muddy Emotions
5. How Our Struggle with Fear and Anxiety Holds Us Back
Summary of Part I
II. Breaking the Cycle: Cultivating Awareness, Acceptance, and Mindfulness
6. Cultivating Awareness and Curiosity
7. Accepting What Comes
8. How Mindfulness Can Help
Summary of Part II
III. Defining the Life You Want
9. Reflecting on Goals and Life Directions
10. Common Traps That Leave Us Stuck
11. Breaking Free from Traps and Naming and Claiming Your Values
Summary of Part III
IV. Daring to Live the Life You Want
12. Using Your Skills to Take Bold Steps Forward
13. Addressing Common Challenges to Values-Based Living
14. Common Challenges with Relationship Values
15. The Ongoing Practice of Living a Full Life


Readers seeking a new approach to overcoming anxiety and worry; also of interest to mental health professionals and students.

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