A warm and practical guide to coping with anxiety—and finding ways to laugh anyway.
Got anxiety? Join the club. More specifically, join the Anxiety Sisterhood. Abs and Mags, aka the Anxiety Sisters, have spent the past thirty years figuring out how to outsmart their anxiety-ridden brains, and the last five years sharing what they’ve learned with a growing online community of like-minded sufferers who are looking for ways to cope better every day.
Whether you’re looking to better understand and manage panic, worry, grief, stress, or phobias, or just want to pause the endless spin cycle in your head, you’ll find real-world, research-based techniques, exercises, and insights—without the clinical, confusing, one-size-fits-all approach that isn’t so helpful when your mind is racing, your triggers are in overdrive, and you just want to get back to feeling normal . . . ish.
Most of all, this is a handbook for fighting Shrinking World Syndrome—that isolating, lonely feeling that comes from letting your anxiety run the show. The stories and suggestions in this book will remind you that you’re not alone. You don’t have to eliminate anxiety from your life in order to feel okay . . . and, yes, even happy.
About the Author
Abbe Greenberg and Maggie Sarachek are the creators of the Anxiety Sisters, a worldwide online community that provides emotional support and evidence-based strategies for anxiety sufferers through their popular blog, podcast, workshops, and coaching services. A professor of communication and a social worker, respectively, Abs and Mags have tried every technique out there to manage their own anxiety, and they continue to learn, share, and laugh about it every day (okay, on the good days).
"Anxiety can make us feel hopeless and alone. This engaging guide offers support, insight, and practical techniques for breaking out of the cycle and coping better, every day." --Judson Brewer, MD PhD, New York Times bestselling author of Unwinding Anxiety
"If you're tired of feeling anxious and ready to make a change for a more peaceful life, this book can help you get there. The Anxiety Sisters’ Survival Guide is truly that -- a smart, funny, practical, and immensely helpful guide to getting a grip on your anxiety. There isn't a better book to help us tackle our anxiety-provoking world. Hope lives within these pages." --Claire Bidwell Smith, author of Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief
"Whether you have a phobia or you've always been a bit of a worry wart, this book can help you make sense of your anxiety." --Amy Morin, LCSW, psychotherapist and bestselling author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do
“The Anxiety Sisters’ Survival Guide does for anxiety sufferers what The Girlfriends' Guide to Pregnancy did for moms-to-be. Mags and Abs tell it like it is as they demystify anxiety, offer evidence-based solutions, and make you laugh when you might otherwise hyperventilate. It’s like having your nonjudgmental, BFF (who happens to be an expert in anxiety) on speed dial." --Shelley Emling, Editor-in-Chief of AARP's The Girlfriend and author of Marie Curie and Her Daughters "The Anxiety Sisters' Survival Guide is the perfect blend of community, solidarity, and incredibly useful tools. As the sisters remind us, anxiety is a journey that many of us travel. But if we can travel it together with the knowledge and companionship that this book imparts, whether for ourselves or alongside our loved ones, we can all thrive despite - and because of - the struggles we may have faced." --Alison Malmon, Founder and Executive Director of Active Minds
“This book has everything I want my own patients and their loved ones to know about anxiety in all forms. It is engaging, hilarious, accurate, informative, and most important -- necessary. Well done, my sisters in anxiety.” --Nicole Knepper, M.A., LCPC-Clinical Therapist and Gerontologist, and author of Moms Who Drink and Swear: True Tales of Loving My Kids While Losing My Mind