Worrying Is Optional
Break the Cycle of Anxiety and Rumination That Keeps You Stuck
by Ben Eckstein; Lisa W. Coyne
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Pub Date 28 Dec 2023 | Archive Date 01 Nov 2023
New Harbinger Publications, Inc., New Harbinger
We live in an increasingly uncertain world, and if you struggle with worry, you aren't alone. You should also know that there's nothing wrong with worry. Worry happens to all of us-and it can even be helpful at times. But excessive worrying-the kind that keeps us up at night, interferes with our thinking during the day, and hijacks our ability to make decisions-is a big, big problem. The good news is that, while worry is inevitable, worrying is completely optional. This book will show you how to break free from the unhelpful thinking habits that keep you stuck in a loop of rumination and anxiety.
With help from this upbeat guide, you'll learn to build your own customizable, anti-worrying toolbox using skills and strategies from metacognitive therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). You'll discover the science behind why you worry, and how to put the brakes on unhelpful rumination and anxious thoughts-before they kick your worry and anxiety into high gear.
With this go-to guide, you will:
- Gain a better understanding of worry
- Learn why worry happens
- Know when to draw the line at disruptive worrying
- Challenge perfectionism and accept uncertainty
There's no one-size-fits-all treatment for anxiety and worry, but by assembling an arsenal of tools, skills, and strategies, excessive worry can be managed effectively. This book will help you get started now.
“If you have a worrying problem, this book by Ben Eckstein is a great resource for you! He carefully explains the inner workings of worry, and presents a variety of self-help strategies that are derived from research-supported clinical interventions.”
—Jonathan S. Abramowitz, PhD, professor, and director of clinical training at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“Overflowing with both practical tools and illuminating perspectives on worry and anxiety in general, Worrying Is Optional seamlessly blends cognitive-behavioral with acceptance-based strategies. The book’s unique transdiagnostic approach looks at the role of worry across the spectrum of anxiety disorders. Eckstein’s confident voice guides the reader toward changing their relationship with worry, and cultivating a stronger connection to their core values. A comprehensive, powerful, and flexible guide!”
—Chad LeJeune, PhD, founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies, and author of The Worry Trap and “Pure O” OCD