Favorites this week: May 22 – May 28 (anxiety special)

Every week, I share a bunch of posts from around the web/ebooks etc. that have helped me in some way on the minimalist journey, but they need not be on Minimalism. I do not take credit for any of these posts.

So last month was pretty stressful. I went to a bunch of places for job interviews and went through a series of panic attacks. I suck at handling stress. I have developed anxiety disorder over last couple of years which gets accentuated in presence of a dozen of people firing questions from all directions. Pretty typical, I know.

I knew I need help or I would collapse. I turned to meditation and did some breathing exercises. Turns out I tend to think more if I meditate in the traditional way, worsening the issue. I tried regulating my sleep which did help. I also changed my diet, included more iron. However, the thing that helped me the most was a book.

It was The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson. Honestly, I loved the book. It brought about a profound change in the way I saw my situation and it rang so true. It is not a typical self-help book. To get a taste of what it is like, you can check out the article by the same title on his website. The guy is awesome:

Now, while not giving a fuck may seem simple on the surface, it’s a whole new bag of burritos under the hood. I don’t even know what that sentence means, but I don’t give a fuck. A bag of burritos sounds awesome, so let’s just go with it….

Highly recommended.

After finishing the book I realized over the span of years I have been helped immensely by a bunch of books, all at different stages of my life. I realized books help me better than meditation or sleep. This is the way I can manage my anxiety better, the best way I have found till now. Turns out, people like me have already compiled lists of books targeted at anxiety and depression and I’m gonna give you some links to them:

  1. 12 Books For Anxiety And Depression That’ll Actually Help, According To Someone Who Felt Better After Reading Them– by Isabel Bryant on bustle.com

I have not read many of the books listed here, but I plan to. I would just like to add a couple of books to the lists:

  1. How to stop worrying and start living-Dale Carnegie
  2. Short stories by Leo Tolstoy: great for people who believe in God, but keep an open mind you will find a serenity you did not know before.

More helpful articles:

  1. 6 Super Chill Life Lessons You Can Learn From The Quakers
  2. 7 Ways Worry-Warts Can Become More Chill

See previous posts in the series here


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