According to the National Institute of Mental Health, one in five adults currently lives with mental illness. Of them, 19% of adults in the United States have struggled with an anxiety disorder in the past year alone and more than 30% will experience clinical anxiety in their lifetime. Still even more of us face day-to-day worry and stress—compounded by burnout, pandemic concerns, and systemic factors like racism—that can quickly mount into panic.

Despite the overwhelming prevalence of mental health concerns, conversations about our emotional states and well-being are often tinged with shame and discomfort. Though the stigma of such struggles has been gradually chipped away by ongoing cultural dialogues, it can still feel impossible to talk about. But hope and community begin with the courage to share our stories. From my own struggles with generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and the bouts of depression that accompany them, I can attest that seeking support makes everything so much more manageable than carrying such a burden alone.

The care of family, friends, and a trusted therapist, practicing mindfulness, engaging in calming hobbies like yoga, journaling, walking in nature, or listening to music—these are just a few of the strategies that can ease the overwhelm. And while anxiety is best managed with the help of a professional, it’s always good to have a few resources handy to support your journey towards healing. We’ve handpicked some of the best audiobooks that can soothe the symptoms of anxiety, break patterns of negative or unhealthy thought, and help ground or comfort you when things get tough.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Beginner's Mind
Feeling Good
Furiously Happy
Wishful Drinking
Pass Through Panic
How to Be Yourself
If You Feel Too Much
Life on Earth
Rewire Your Anxious Brain
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Ojibwe Dreamcatcher
The Anthropocene Reviewed

Helplines and Resources

No matter how insurmountable your struggles may feel, please know that you are not alone. If you find yourself in crisis or if you should need to reach a mental health professional immediately, you can reach the confidential Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Hotline at 1-800-622-HELP, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

The following organizations also offer helplines manned by specialists who will listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and share next steps for seeking treatment and recovery:

  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): Call 1-800-950-NAMI.

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 1-800-273-8255 or chat live online at

  • Crisis Text Line: Text “CONNECT” to 741741.

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