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Calming Your Anxious Mind: How Mindfulness & Compassion Can Free You from Anxiety, Fear & Panicby Jeffrey Brantley
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The Mindfulness Solution to Anxiety
Drawing on techniques and perspectives from two seemingly different traditions, this second edition of the self-help classic Calming Your Anxious Mind offers you a powerful and profound approach to overcoming anxiety, fear, and panic. From the evidence-based tradition of Western medicine, learn the role your thoughts and emotions play in anxiety. And, from the tradition of meditation and the inquiry into meaning and purpose, discover your own potential for presence and stillness, kindness and compassion-and the tremendous power these states give you to heal and transform your life.
This book is a welcome addition to the anxiety disorders field. Comprehensive as well as clearly written, it provides a wealth of information on the use of meditation and mindfulness practice in recover from anxiety difficulties.
-Edmund J. Bourne, Ph.D., author of The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook and Coping with Anxiety
Dr. Brantley's book is clear and warm. It takes the mystery out of meditation and explains how things that at first sight appear 'ordinary' are in fact very important. His extensive clinical experience and his empathy constantly shine through the book.
-Jonathan Davidson, MD, director of the Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Program at Duke University
I think the book is fantastic and believe it will fill an important niche in the treatment of anxiety disorders. The information on the physiology of anxiety and the stress response helps to demystify the symptoms for readers, making their problem seem more manageable. Beautifully guided meditations anticipate and address the questions that anxious new meditators will have. The instructions to stay present with the anxiety is powerful and healing. I know I will be recommending it to my patients and colleagues.
—Holly B. Rogers, MD, staff psychiatrist with Duke University Counseling and Psychological Services
As a psychotherapist and teacher of stress reduction, I find this book helpful to clients and clinicians, as well as to meditators wishing to deepen their own practice. Brantley gives practical and compassionate guidance to anyone seeking skillful ways to work with anxiety and panic.
—Allie Rudolph, LCSW, founder and codirector of the University of Virginia Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program
Although it's been practiced for more than a thousand years, mindfulness has been making waves recently in psychological circles. Therapists have discovered that the act of being present in the moment can be a powerful tool for overcoming certain psychological problems, especially anxiety. The first edition of Calming Your Anxious Mind introduced readers to the use of mindfulness, acceptance, and compassion as tools for bringing peace to a mind shaken by anxiety, fear, and worry. Now, Dr. Brantley offers readers this fully revised and expanded second edition of a book that has changed so many lives for the better. This major revision includes two completely new chapters. The first deals with acceptance practice during mindfulness meditation. In the second, Brantley helps readers feel safe while facing fear, anxiety, and panic by using mindfulness and acceptance principles by opening up to fearful feelings. Other chapters have been revised with the most current research data and with feedback the author has received on the first edition.
This is a major revision of the classic book using mindfulness to overcome anxiety. It includes information on the latest research into mindfulness, new step-by-step exercises, and new thoughts on taking daily mindfulness to deeper and more rewarding levels.
In Anxious in Love, an Imago therapist and a couples therapist present practical relationship tools for people struggling with any anxiety disorder that leaves them feeling disconnected and misunderstood by their partners. These strategies will help readers apply practical tools for healing their anxiety, communicating their needs, and improving their relationships.
From Jeff Brantley, founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program at Duke Integrative Medicine and author of Calming Your Anxious Mind comes Calming Your Angry Mind. Inside, readers with anger management issues can find step-by-step mindfulness and compassion practices to help soothe anger, fear, and hostile emotions that can wreak havoc at home, work, and in relationships. Using mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) techniques, reader will also learn important awareness skills so that they can stop overreacting, improve communication with others, and live a more fulfilling life.
School, friends, dating, and raging hormones: for many, the teenage years are among the most stressful, and teens lack the experience and knowledge needed to manage stress and anxiety in healthy ways. In the tradition of the bestselling book Calming Your Anxious Mind, nationally recognized pediatrician and expert in mindfulness for adolescents, Michelle L. Bailey, presents Calming Your Anxious Mind for Teens, which outlines practical mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) exercises to help teens overcome anxiety, fears, and worries.
Written by Bob Stahl, coauthor of the bestselling book, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, Calming the Rush of Panic offers readers powerful mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) practices in a quick, accessable format to help them cope with panic disorder. The book contains guided mindfulness meditations and exercises to help reduce fears, restore feelings of security and safety, stay calm, and get back to living life.
Anxiety is an epidemic in our modern world, and studies now show a direct link between emotion regulation and anxiety. Based in the latest research from a Yale University psychologist and professor, The Logic of Emotion provides a groundbreaking, step-by-step guide for managing the emotions that cause anxiety, worry, fear, and panic. The simple yet powerful tips in this book will help readers stay calm, collected, and make significant improvements in their everyday lives, whether at work, at home, or in relationships.
Almost everyone has a bad habit—or two, or three. But some bad habits, such as habitual drinking, emotional overeating, self-criticism, chronic worrying, or even spending too much time in front of the TV can take a toll on our health and happiness. The Here-and-Now Habit provides powerful practices based in mindfulness and neuroscience to help readers rewire their brain and finally break the bad habits that are holding them back from fully experiencing life.
Bad habits can take a hefty toll on your health and happiness. In The Here-and-Now Habit, mindfulness expert Hugh Byrne provides powerful practices based in mindfulness and neuroscience to help you rewire your brain and finally break the habits that are holding you back from a meaningful life.
Have you found yourself doing something and thinking, Why do I keep doing this? We all have an unhealthy habit—or two, or three. Yours may be as simple as wasting time on the Internet, constantly checking your e-mail, or spending too much time in front of the TV. Or, it may be more serious, like habitual drinking, emotional overeating, constant self-criticism, or chronic worrying. Whatever your harmful habit is—you have the power to break it.
The Here-and-Now-Habit provides proven-effective techniques to help you stop existing on autopilot and start living in the here and now. You’ll learn how to cultivate mindfulness to calm and focus your mind, be aware of thoughts without identifying with them or believing they are true, deal with difficult emotions, and clarify your own intentions regarding unhealthy habits by asking yourself, What do I want? How important is it to me to make this change?
By learning to pay attention to your thoughts and actions in the moment, you’ll discover how to let go of old patterns and create healthier habits and ways of living that will make you feel good about yourself. And when you feel good about you, you can do just about anything.
Anxiety is an epidemic in our modern world. But studies now show there is a direct link between anxiety and how you respond to emotions. The Logic of Emotion provides a groundbreaking, step-by-step guide for managing the thoughts and feelings that cause anxiety, worry, fear, and panic.
Are your emotions causing you anxiety? Emotions can be quite beneficial—they help us communicate with others, and are deeply connected to special and important memories in our lives. But sometimes, emotions can have unwanted consequences, especially when they cause us fear or anxiety.
Studies now show a direct link between emotion regulation and anxiety. Based in the latest research from a Yale University psychologist and professor, the simple yet powerful mindfulness tips in this book will help you stay calm, collected, and make significant improvements in your everyday life, whether at work, at home, or in your relationships.
This is the first book to present an integrated model of mindfulness and emotion regulation—both clinically proven for reducing anxiety symptoms. Using these easy mindfulness practices, you’ll learn to manage your emotions and lessen your anxiety, leading to improvements in your social life, work obligations, and family responsibilities.
About the Author
Jeffrey Brantley, MD, is a consulting associate in the department of psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University, and the founder and director of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program at Duke Integrative Medicine. He has done multiple radio, television, and print media interviews regarding the MBSR program at Duke. He is author of Calming Your Anxious Mind and coauthor of Daily Meditations for Calming Your Anxious Mind, Five Good Minutes, Five Good Minutes in the Evening, Five Good Minutes at Work, Five Good Minutes with the One You Love, and Five Good Minutes in Your Body.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, is internationally known for his work as a scientist, writer, and meditation teacher engaged in bringing mindfulness into the mainstream of medicine and society. He is professor of medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and author of numerous books, including Full Catastrophe Living, Arriving at Your Own Door, and Coming to Our Senses.
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