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….
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:
- 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
12 Less Obvious Books That Can Help You Deal With Anxiety-Huffingtonpost India
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:
- How to stop worrying and start living-Dale Carnegie
- 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.
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