Hack Your Anxiety offers a fresh road map for how to take a different view of anxiety, and reclaim it as a potent force for living our best lives.
The ultimate must-read for anyone wrestling with anxiety in their life: a practical easy to follow guidebook for rethinking and using anxiety to your advantage, based on the latest science and field tested strategies from the trenches.
Everyone’s anxious. Deadpool star, Ryan Reynolds, NBA star Kevin Love, actress Kristin Bell, your boss, your neighbor, your child, maybe you. We don’t have to do much other than turn on the news, listen to water cooler conversation, or sit at our kitchen tables. None of us can escape anxiety’s reach these days, and it can feel truly terrible.
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Anxiety Has a Positive Side
Anxiety doesn’t have to make us miserable – it can be a resource we can learn to use to our advantage. In helping hundreds of people achieve more balance in their lives, I have noticed how central anxiety is to almost every issue in life. Relationships, parenting, work, health, adjusting to a new normal. I’ve come to believe that anxiety isn’t about being mentally ill; it’s about being human.
I kept seeing how helpful anxiety could be to focus people on the issues they cared most about and motivating their needed solutions. I kept seeing how anxiety was so often the gateway to change and growth, as well as the nudge people needed to pay attention. Yet when I went looking for books to recommend as a supplement my therapy work, I couldn’t find any that explained how useful anxiety could be, or how to harness it for good. It simply didn’t exist.
I wrote Hack Your Anxiety to help people learn what I was coming to see over and over: that anxiety can be used as a tool. In the book, I teach readers how to reframe their most common misconceptions about anxiety, tap into its positive effects, and understand why changing their thinking and taking control are the keys to success according to longstanding psychological theory as well as the latest neuroscience.
Using anecdotes, case studies, and relatable stories, Hack Your Anxiety demonstrates how anxiety can be reclaimed as a powerful energy source, bringing you growth, success, and peace.
- How to use anxiety to your advantage
- The top myths and misconceptions about anxiety
- Why anxiety can actually be good for you
- Why avoiding anxiety is the worst possible choice
- How to clue into the message anxiety is sending you
- Common workplace anxieties and how to embrace them
- What anxiety can tell you about the state of your relationship
“I am so pleased to have a unique new resource for patients that emphasizes the positive power of our anxiety...a clear path to taking back control of anxiety and seeing it as an incredibly useful tool to help them along the path toward self-fulfillment.”
Beth Salcedo, MD Medical director of The Ross Center and President, Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)
“In Hack Your Anxiety, Clark faces off against the central challenge of modern life... If we are to survive in our fast-paced, information-based world, we will have to learn to domesticate our primitive fear circuity and use our minds to change our brains. Hack Your Anxiety will provide you with straightforward, no-nonsense ways of hacking into this circuitry and regaining control of your brain.”
Louis Cozolino, PhD Author of The Making of a Therapist and The New Science of Psychotherapy
“Alicia Clark offers a refreshingly renegade perspective on anxiety...Clark’s book includes a helpful introduction to some basic neuroscientific principles, along with a recommended process for handling anxiety. With Clark’s toolkit, anyone suffering from anxiety can draw new hope.”
Stan Tatkin PsyD, MFT, author of Wired For Love
“...Far from criticizing the anxious, Clark contends that it’s usually the intelligent and empathetic who experience this phenomenon. Using stories from her own practice, Clark demonstrates how sufferers can find the real message behind the symptoms. She urges them to treat themselves with gentleness and to seek help from others. A sense of being out of control seems to be at the root of most anxiety, and Clark’s practical suggestions, summed up in her “Anxiety Toolkit,” offer solid, comforting ways to master these emotions.”
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“Hack Your Anxiety is a seminal book written for all ages and various levels of anxiety...What sets this book apart from other books is the author’s approach. Alicia H. Clark adeptly points out that anxiety can and does work for us. It is a signal, alerting us what to pay attention to. As an individual with a master’s degree in psychology, I couldn’t agree more. If you are looking for a deeper understanding of anxiety and its purpose as well as best practices for managing it positively, look no further than this book.”