Far more than we tend to realise, we're all - in private - deeply anxious. There is so much that worries us across our days and nights: whether our hopes will come true, whether others will like us, whether the people we care about will be OK, whether we can escape humiliation and grief...

Too often, we bottle up our anxieties or try to avoid looking at them directly. We are ashamed of how worried we are and end up feeling isolated and yet more worried. None of this is necessary. Anxiety is deeply normal and, like so much else that troubles our minds, it can be understood and brought under our control. We all deserve to wake up every day without a sense of foreboding.

This is a guide to anxiety: why we feel it, how we experience it when it strikes and what we can do when we come under its influence. Across a series of essays that look at the subject from a number of angles, the tone is helpful, compassionate and in the best sense practical.



ISBN: 9781912891214
Audience: General
Format: Hardback
Number of Pages: 112
Publication Date: 30 Apr 2020
Publisher: The School of Life Press
Publication City, Country: United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 16(H) x 19(L)



***What readers are saying***

Anyone with anxiety can use this thought-provoking compilation of ideas to help cope with life's difficulties."

"A very entertaining read and also useful information. Some good exercises to focus the mind."

"Quick, practical, and endlessly re-readable. Wisdom for working with the never-ending anxiety we all know and love. Do yourself a favor and read it."

"What a lovely book! It talks about life difficulties with remarkable calmness and kindness. Very soothing read for me. I'll be probably coming back to it if I feel anxious again."


Author Biography

The School of Life Press brings together thinking and ideas under the direction of series editor, Alain de Botton. It addresses issues such as how to find fulfilling work, how to master the art of relationships, how to understand one's past, how to achieve calm, and how better to understand and - where necessary - change the world. Their books share a coherent, curated message that speaks with one voice: calm, reassuring, and sane.

Anxiety: Meditations on the Anxious Mind

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