I recently discovered a website that allows bloggers, reviewers and other folks to read copies of books. I was approved for a lot of books. This expands my to-read exponentially, which is both good and bad considering that I am in the middle of a book that I can’t get into. I figured something that could potentially help with anxiety would be good so I requested 40 Days to Better Living: Anxiety.
This book is split up into six sections, each beginning with a story of a person who has struggled with anxiety. The rest of each section is then a workbook, dedicated to the daily activitis that the author believes will help deal with anxiety. The sections walk you through morning, daytime and evening rituals to help you cope with anxiety. Those activities are all split into categories such as medical, work, emotional and nutritional. It’s nice to see such a broad approach to anxiety and suggestions for exercise or changing your diet to help anxiety. Because it is a workbook that you’re literally supposed to write in, I felt it a bit disappointing as a digital copy.
Each day, you’re intended to perform small activities, like listing loved ones who will help you with anxiety troubles, switching up routine or taking a walk. The suggestions are easy enough to complete, for the most part, and I like the “baby steps” approach. The categories become a little more challenging. For example, the movement category suggests adding 2000 step to your daily routine at week 6 and, I assume, you’re supposed to keep this up. Taking life one-day-at-a-time is usually beneficial if you have anxiety and t However, this book will not be helpful for all for a couple reasons.
Journaling receives heavy focus, whether pen and paper or on the computer. I like to write and I have a lot to say and I understand why this is a suggestion. However, not everyone will feel the same about it and they may find the focus to be overwhelming.
Secondly, faith/God are heavy influences here. The workbook is full of quotes from the Bible and suggestions and there is a lot of passages about how the struggle of anxiety relates to God or worship and how God can help you through it. It’s not that you can’t ignore this if you’re not religious but it’s unlikely that an atheist would pick up this book in the first place because of it. Thus, any benefit it may have is limited to the group of people who believe God can help them overcome anxiety — at least, in part. Now, I won’t say this isn’t the case because religion can be just one part of your life that is a boon when you’re trying to slay the beast that is anxiety. Still, the general advice in this book can apply to most people and it’s a shame the religion is so heavy.
Ultimately, I think there’s good things to be read here. Someone who likes structure, writing and religion may find it helps ease their anxiety. Others could pick and choose from the activities to find those that ease the mind but, then again, having to do so isn’t exactly something that would help with anxiety, anyway. Because so much of the book is intended for activities, it doesn’t have that much in terms of content. In fact, this is a hands-on workbook and not one that you should expect to actually read. If you’re still interested after this closing paragraph, then it’s the book for you. I’m still looking for something that better pertains to me and my anxiety.