Self-help books for stress, anxiety and other issues
16th December, 20140 Comments
This is a selection of some of the best self-help books to help you deal with stress, anxiety or other issues. Many of them are also useful if you intend to begin a more general process of personal development. I suggest to read with an open and critical mind.
Enjoy your reading adventure!
• "Ten steps to positive living" by Windy Dryden: this book is a self-help introduction to an effective and rewarding CBT philosophy that allows you to live better. A must-read, brief and engaging. Without doubt one of the best resources available on the market!
• "Feel the fear and do it anyway" by Susan Jeffers: one of the milestones of self-help. Simple and reader-friendly, this book is helpful if you experience any kind of fear or difficulty.
• "The anxiety and phobia workbook" by Edmund J. Bourne: an in depth companion to self-help techniques for anxiety and phobia. Based on evidence-based approaches like CBT and others, this book is extremely useful.
• "Overcoming social anxiety and shyness: a self-help guide using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques" by Gillian Butler: a very effective self-help CBT resource to cope with social anxiety, social phobia, shyness.
• "Letting go of anxiety and depression" by Windy Dryden: a short and well written book that suggests effective CBT strategies to deal with the two most common mental health issues.
• "Mindfulness: a practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world" by Mark Williams and Danny Penman: this is the right book if you want to approach mindfulness practice. Thanks to a CD containing guided meditations, this text allows the reader to follow an eight-week program (developed by one of the authors through a research project based at Oxford University) that combines mindfulness and CBT.
• "Mindfulness meditation for everyday life" by Jon Kabat-Zinn: a short but consistent introduction to mindfulness, written by a medical doctor who first introduced mindfulness into western science (particularly CBT).
• "Reason to change" by Windy Dryden: this is a very useful workbook. It is aimed at guiding you through a self-help CBT process for emotional disturbances.
• "Nonviolent communication: a language of life" by Marshall B. Rosenberg: if the way you relate to other people proves to be stressful because of conflict and misunderstanding, this book teaches you how to communicate in a more peaceful and efficient way.
• "How to win friends and influence people" by Dale Carnegie: another absolute self-help classic. If you find dealing with people stressful or frightening, this book is for you.
• "You can heal your life" by Louise Hay: probably the most popular book about healing. It is worth reading and it can help you changing your attitude about the world and being more positive.
• "The introvert advantage: how to thrive in an extrovert world" by Marti Olsen Laney: being an introvert can be quite stressful, unless you know how to deal with your disposition. This is an informative book that teaches you how to manage your introversion.
• "Authentic happiness" by Martin E.P. Seligman: this book is about happiness, satisfaction and well-being. The author is the founder of positive psychology, a scientific discipline dedicated to these topics. It is enlightening and helpful.
• "Emotional Intelligence" by Daniel Goleman: an extremely popular bestseller on the importance of emotions in our life. A must-read of personal development literature.
About the author
Giorgio is a qualified and experienced life coach and philosophical counsellor based in London. He has been practising CBT, mindfulness and other evidence-based methods of coaching and counselling with excellent results. Giorgio is a member of the Association for Coaching and a member of the National Counselling Society.
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