Best Mindfulness ~ Top 5 for Anxiety

Mindfulness has gained more and more attention over the past few years.

You've probably heard about it and the importance of Meditation in today's world at some point in your life.

Feel free to have a quick look at our recent What is Mindfulness post if you don't know anything about Mindfulness or Meditation yet.

What is anxiety?

Anxiety is a state of mind linked with worried thoughts that often leads to physical changes like increased heart rate or blood pressure or simply overwhelms you mentally.

While anxiety itself is a natural thing for humans to experience, it often presents a serious distraction to deal with and can also evolve into an anxiety disorder.

It doesn't even have to be a full blown disorder to literally paralyze you, let you freeze and hold you back from fully functioning in your every day life.

In addition to traditional causes of anxiety like difficult relationships, poverty or trauma, the internet has kickstarted the growth rate and competition of about any sector there is out there while also exponentially maximizing stress inducing chores to deal with.

No wonder anxiety has already risen to be one of the most common mental illnesses in the U.S today.

How do Mindfulness and Meditation help?

Mindfulness can help you to get your anxiety under control by teaching you new ways of responding to stress.

It focuses on bringing awareness to what is happening right now, accepting it and moving on to finally work with what you're feeling rather than acting automatically, driven by all kinds of bad emotions and feelings.

If you're interested in learning more about how Mindfulness can help you dealing with anxiety, look no further!

We have compiled a list of the best Mindfulness Books for Anxiety.

Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Mark Williams, Danny Penman and Jon-Kabat Zinn

Finding Peace in a Frantic World begins with some introductory chapters that explain everything about Mindfulness and how it can help you with short practical exercises.

Its reasoning and scientific style is helpful if you're still skeptic about the world of Meditation and its benefits. Williams and Penman make no secret of the understandable obstacles on your way to mental relaxation and guide you past them to get started regardless.

The tone in which this book is speaking to you isn't like the typical instructor style most self-transformation or motivation books adhere to.

It just constantly teaches you new forms of Meditations and challenges you to change your habits in regularly engaging in them.

Switching your daily routine up a little bit will make you aware of all the things you take for granted and will let you see them from a different perspective.

Each week of the 8 weeks program has its own dedicated specific focus like picking up the habit of Mindful Eating or Drinking of Tea.

Williams and Penman structured Finding Peace in a Frantic World in such a way that most important things of any chapter or week are outlined before jumping into optional chapters

Which is great that you won't even have to touch the optional ones.

While the offer a great deal of more detail, they are not mandatory to work through.

In addition although this book is designed for an 8 weeks time frame the authors make it clear that it's totally fine to skip some days of practicing and don't feel defeated by it as long as you're sticking to your goal.

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The Mindfulness & Acceptance Workbook for Anxiety by John P. Forsyth and Georg H. Eifert

This one can be a real real eye opener for anyone still believing in salvation by ridding yourself of Anxiety.

After teaching you that Anxiety will never really go away and that this isn't bad news you'll be finally able to accept that the real problem is your fight against your feelings and fears.

According to most participants of this program, the first big key to understand is the nature of thought and how they work your mind.

Since the desire of stopping anxious thoughts is a thought itself, it can quickly spiral into a vicious cycle of back and forth between your negative feelings and you not accepting them.

The program focuses on explaining how you can turn it the other way around and let your mind control anxious thoughts rather than being numbed by it.

Consequent chapters will teach you about letting go of the fight and starting to redirect your energy on using Anxiety for your own purposes and goals.

Forsyth & Eifert make it clear that your time is better spent focusing on the quality of your life instead of agonizing over how bad it is and how anxiety cripples your emotions.

As you start to familiarize yourself with what you really need in life and pursuing it, anxiety and worries fill naturally start to fade away

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The Mindful Way through Anxiety by Susan M. Orsillo, Lizabeth Roemer and Zindel V. Segal

The Mindful Way through Anxiety examines - as the title suggests - Anxiety and its workings, explaining how constant worrying impairs our ability to be fully present and objectively engaging with the present.

It teaches how to reconnect with yourself and what is happening so you can redirect your focus on what's important through Mindfulness Practice.

Dealing with negative and troubling thoughts is a crucial skill to have when trying to rid yourself of anxiety-driven assumptions which can make you react in negative or even toxic ways to others and yourself.

Break Free from Chronic Worry and Reclaim your Life goes well beyond the basic principles of Mindfulness and serves as a comprehensive guide on how to fight Anxiety in its fullest with the practice of Mindfulness.

After reading just a few pages, you'll immediately recognize that both authors have a deep understanding of the topic and are experienced in helping people breaking free of their own thoughts again.

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Peace is every Step - The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life by Thich Nhat Hanh

The foreword for this book is written by no other than the Dalai Lama himself.

He gives a great introduction about the importance of transforming yourself by developing the qualities of compassion and altruism if you strive to fully acknowledge the peace in the world.

Peace is every Step gives clear directions and guidance on what you can do to achieve this state of mind and.

It is structured into three parts which all deal with their own topic in great detail.

Part One: Breathe! You Are Alive starts with an overview of different principles and techniques of Mindfulness and Meditation and its benefits.

Thich Nhat Hanh explains how you can apply Mindfulness to everyday tasks like answering the phone, washing the dishes or waiting for the bus to get the most out of them and develop your understanding of Mindfulness.

Part Two: Transformation and Healing deals with negative emotions and how to overcome them by first accepting and then using them for your purposes instead of fighting against them.

Part Three: Peace Is Every Step builds upon the previous chapters and merge their wisdom to form a process of cultivating peace.

Peace is every Step serves as an excellent and valuable guide on how to obtain a clear state of mind so you can start spreading peace within yourself and the beings around you.

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Declutter Your Mind: How to Stop Worrying, Relieve Anxiety and Eliminate Negative Thinking by S.J. Scott

If you're often struggling with thoughts racing through your mind, producing anxiety and negative feeling, then this book can provide you suitable tools for stress relief.

Our heads are constantly working, grinding the gears so we can process the things happening around us to perceive something called reality.

While processing information and feeling emotions associated with them is a good thing, it can get very frustrating or even painful when not done properly depending on the things you're mind has to work with.

Most people never had the time to really learn about this process and how to manage it when stuff hits the fan, resulting in sub-optimal stress and emotion management.

The more stress you experience - and you're likely to experience a lot of it during your life - the worse it gets, up to the point where your mind is controlled by all the negative emotions and feelings you never fully "digested" and accepted.

Declutter your Mind offers a great collection of tools to combat this kind of problem.

It teaches the practice of common Mindful Meditation Strategies which reduce symptoms like overthinking and free your mind which comes with great side effects like better focus and increased productivity.

S.J. Scott and Barrie Davenport did a good job in laying out plans on how redirect your focus on whats important and tackle different parts of your world to feel free and relaxed again.

The book has dedicated chapters for Career and Family advice and also offer guidance on how to polish and redefine your relationships and many more areas of life.

Declutter your mind is strongly recommended for both, anyone who feels anxious and doesn't know why and everybody that knows about his fears but wasn't quite able to overcome them yet.

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