The Monkey Mind Workout for Uncertainty
Break Free from Anxiety and Build Resilience in 30 Days!
by Jennifer Shannon
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 31 Mar 2022 | Archive Date 01 Feb 2022
New Harbinger Publications, Inc., New Harbinger
In a world where the future is increasingly uncertain, it's easy to wallow in what-ifs. But over time, anxiety and worry can get in the way of living a full and meaningful life. In this fun, illustrated workbook, psychologist Jennifer Shannon presents a thirty-day anxiety-busting workout to help readers outsmart their anxious "monkey mind" and build the mental muscle it takes to face uncertainty with calm confidence!
Do you lie awake at night worrying? Are you anxious about your own health and well-being? Do you stress about paying the bills, or wonder if you'll be able to cover unexpected expenses? Do you obsess about politics or the state of the world in general? If the answer is "yes," you are far from alone. In a world where the future is increasingly uncertain, it's easy to wallow in what-ifs. But over time, anxious "chatter"-also known as your "monkey mind"-can get in the way of living a full and meaningful life. So, how can you quiet the monkey and stop feeling like you're living in a constant state of emergency?
In this fun, illustrated workbook, psychologist Jennifer Shannon presents a 30-day anxiety-busting workout to help you increase your mental fitness and overcome your fear of uncertainty. Each daily exercise encourages you to embrace uncertain situations, rather than avoiding or attempting to control them. The more you work out, the more you'll develop and strengthen a positive, flexible mind-set, and prove to yourself that you can handle much more than you thought.
You'll also learn how to use everyday situations as opportunities to improve how you cope with uncertainty, reduce stress and anxiety, and be present in each moment. As you gradually change your behaviour, you'll notice positive changes in the way you think and feel, and begin to anticipate and process uncomfortable emotions without giving in to the monkey-mind chatter.
It's normal to worry about what will happen next-especially in our uncertain world. But by sticking with the workout in this book, you can transform your mind-set and go from stressed and worried to relaxed and confident!
“This is the book that addresses the subtle nuances of effective exposure-based treatment that most self-help books overlook. She explains common misunderstandings that undermine progress, such as resisting checking to prove nothing bad will happen—as opposed to resisting checking to exercise the ‘welcoming’ muscles that build resilience and confidence in the face of uncertainty.”
—Sally Winston, PsyD, coauthor of Needing to Know for Sure and Overcoming Unwanted Intrusive Thoughts
“Wow! Jennifer Shannon brings thirty exercises—one month’s worth—to help you become more accepting of the uncertainty that exists all around us. The aim isn’t to abolish, or even master, uncertainty—it’s to acclimate, and even take pleasure in feelings of not being in control, because that’s what life is all about. If you want more flexibility, joy, and peace in your life, this book is for you. Too busy for daily exercises? This book is especially for you!”
—Dave Carbonell, PhD, “coach” on the popular self-help site, www.anxietycoach.com; and author of Panic Attacks Workbook, The Worry Trick, Fear of Flying Workbook, and Outsmart Your Anxious Brain
“Think of The Monkey Mind Workout for Uncertainty as your mental boot camp, in the best sense of the term. Jennifer Shannon makes a bold promise: to reshape our attitude toward the inevitable uncertainties of the future. And then she delivers, using powerful, playful guidance to help us take immediate action, break our usual patterns, and do things differently. Simple and bold, quick and user-friendly, this set of structures will help you cut a clear path to the joys of being flexible, curious, and at peace.”
—Reid Wilson, PhD, author of Stopping the Noise in Your Head