Playlisted The 10 Best Audiobooks For Soothing Anxiety From tactical self-help to guided meditations, these listens offer resonant relief in worrisome times. By Staff Anxiety is one of the most common struggles of our time, and tackling it is easier said than done. Although anxiety is best managed with professional help, we handpicked some of the best self-help audiobooks full of useful tools for coping with symptoms of anxiety. (For more ideas, check out our collections of soothing listens, repeat listens, and even the best memoirs for anxiety, all of which have helped calm our frazzled nerves.) Even if you feel like you’ve heard it all before, you’re bound to learn something new from the comprehensive research offered in these listens, which we think are the 10 best audiobooks for anxiety to add to your mental health arsenal today. 01 Feeling Good stop Feeling Good By David D. Burns Narrated by George Newbern 00:00 05:00 Update RequiredTo play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. In this thoroughly researched guide to overcoming anxiety and depression, psychiatrist and author David D. Burns guides listeners along the path to a complete mindset shift. Even total skeptics will find themselves drawn to try Burns’s scientifically proven methods for building self-esteem and feeling good on a daily basis. The step-by-step instructions are delivered with a steady tone, making the daunting task of pulling yourself out of a depressive funk manageable. Performed by Earphone Award-winning narrator George Newbern, the technicalities of changing your perspective seem easily accessible. Listeners can walk away not only feeling good, but feeling equipped with the life-changing tools to develop a positive outlook that lasts. 02 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy stop Cognitive Behavioral Therapy By Jason M. Satterfield, The Great Courses Narrated by Jason M. Satterfield 00:00 05:00 Update RequiredTo play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a series of half-hour lectures by acclaimed professor Jason M. Satterfield that offers a systematic approach to changing detrimental thought patterns, moods, and behaviors. These techniques, collectively known as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), have been praised by psychologists for decades as tools to improve mental health. Expertly delivered by Satterfield himself, this audiobook is one of the most comprehensive explorations of CBT available today. Many testify that CBT is one of the best forms of therapy for those struggling with anxiety and compulsive thoughts and behaviors; if you’re considering in-person CBT, Satterfield’s exploration can serve as a great way to familiarize yourself with the practices before entering a therapist’s office. 03 Rewire Your Anxious Brain stop Rewire Your Anxious Brain By Catherine M. Pittman PhD, Elizabeth M. Karle MLIS Narrated by Susannah Mars 00:00 05:00 Update RequiredTo play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. Rewire Your Anxious Brain is a well-researched, fascinating look at anxiety from the perspectives of two experts in the field of psychology. As the title suggests, the authors offer neuroscience-based practical tips to rework thought processes that lead to anxiety, obsessing, and ruminating. Thanks to skilled narrator Susannah Mars’s delivery, this audiobook is an enjoyable listen, even as it delves into the more technical, nuanced aspects of neuropsychology. Her narration is equal parts engaging and educational. Listeners seeking a better understanding of how humans both initiate and respond to emotions such as fear, anxiety, and worry will be thoroughly satisfied by this in-depth examination of how the brain works. You might just find yourself marveling at the power of your own brain by the time you finish this listen. 04 Don't Feed the Monkey Mind stop Don't Feed the Monkey Mind By Jennifer Shannon LMFT Narrated by Jennifer Lund Jorgens 00:00 05:00 Update RequiredTo play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. Don’t Feed the Monkey Mind is a guide to identifying and silencing the incessant irrational thoughts (or “monkey mind” chatter) that plague millions of people with anxiety. Jennifer Shannon, a brilliant psychotherapist specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), shares her expertise in a concise and easy-to-follow manner. Listeners will feel reassured and empowered after following Shannon’s CBT-based approach to reclaiming your mind. Before you know it, you’ll be controlling your thoughts again rather than letting them control you. Thanks to the efficiency of the method and its lasting positive effects, Don’t Feed the Monkey Mind might just be one of the most effective audiobooks for anxiety. 05 Dare stop Dare By Barry McDonagh Narrated by Barry McDonagh 00:00 05:00 Update RequiredTo play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. Dare is a guide to ending symptoms of anxiety and stopping panic attacks in their tracks using Irish psychologist Barry McDonagh’s tried and true method, the DARE technique. The practices that he explains are tools people can use to help themselves cope, regardless of whether or not they’ve been able to identify the underlying sources of their anxiety yet. McDonagh is a trusted source of expertise because not only did he overcome his own struggles with panic disorder, but he also spent a decade working with people who suffered from various forms of anxiety in order to better understand how to help them. One of the best parts about this audiobook is his earnest, calming narration. Listeners grappling with anxiety will find Dare to be a refreshing and effective approach to accepting their condition and moving forward. 06 The Solution to Social Anxiety: Break Free from the Shyness That Holds You Back stop The Solution to Social Anxiety: Break Free from the Shyness That Holds You Back By Dr. Aziz Gazipura PsyD Narrated by Dr. Aziz Gazipura 00:00 05:00 Update RequiredTo play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. The Solution to Social Anxiety guides listeners through the process of identifying their natural strengths to increase self-esteem, overcome fear of rejection, and nurture new and existing personal relationships. Dr. Aziz Gazipura provides dozens of clinically proven techniques to help listeners gain perspective and improve their overall mental health. Gazipura himself narrates in an authoritative yet gentle and compassionate tone, inviting listeners to let their guards down and take his words seriously. This audiobook is one of the best possible choices to help someone find a functional solution to their social anxiety. Skeptical listeners who previously thought that breaking free of their crippling shyness would be a grueling process will be pleasantly surprised by the end of this listen. 07 Guided Sleep, Insomnia, and Anxiety Meditations Bundle stop Guided Sleep, Insomnia, and Anxiety Meditations Bundle By Absolute Peace Narrated by Kay Webster 00:00 05:00 Update RequiredTo play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. This series of guided meditation scripts invites listeners to tune in before bed in order to fall asleep peacefully and wake up more rested. Listeners struggling to get over issues like sleep deficiency, anxiety, and insomnia will appreciate the compelling descriptions delivered by the talented Kay Webster. Her skillful audio performance is a huge factor in the appeal of this series of structured guided meditations. Every inflection and intonation in this thoughtful, soothing narration is carefully executed. But this is about more than just soothing narration—the meditations themselves are also deliberately constructed to help listeners overcome even the trickiest bouts of insomnia. 08 Declutter Your Mind stop Declutter Your Mind By S.J. Scott, Barrie Davenport Narrated by Greg Zarcone 00:00 05:00 Update RequiredTo play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. In Declutter Your Mind, psychological experts S.J. Scott and Barrie Davenport teach listeners habits, actions, and mindsets to allow them to clean the mental clutter preventing them from living a meaningful life. This audiobook outlines how to practice specific mindfulness techniques that create opportunities for finding peace and happiness. Zarcone helps listeners identify their passions and goals in order to connect with their truest selves. This audiobook, told in the calming tone of veteran narrator Greg Zarcone, is essential for anyone looking to eliminate negative thought patterns once and for all. 09 How to Be Yourself stop How to Be Yourself By Ellen Hendriksen Narrated by Ellen Hendriksen 00:00 05:00 Update RequiredTo play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. Narrated by the social anxiety and confidence expert herself, clinical psychologist and podcast host Dr. Ellen Hendriksen creates an unforgettable listening experience to help lead people to a place of self-assuredness. Hendriksen shares powerful science-backed tips based on years of personal experience empowering patients to overcome anxiety, including anecdotes to keep listeners engaged from start to finish. By trying Hendriksen’s simple techniques, listeners can quiet their own inner critics and rewire their brains through behavioral changes. As someone who struggled with social anxiety for years, she is empathetic, realistic, and offers some comedic relief along the way. 10 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy stop Cognitive Behavioural Therapy By Lawrence Wallace Narrated by Rob Drex 00:00 05:00 Update RequiredTo play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin. Understanding that happiness is a trainable skill is one of the most groundbreaking realizations a human could have, and psychological expert Lawrence Wallace wants listeners to believe it. In this audiobook expertly narrated by Rob Drex, the author argues that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the most effective way to end mental suffering. Wallace points out that Buddhist and Stoic practices have proven to be helpful tools for overcoming intrusive thoughts well before self-help became the explosive genre it is today. He emphasizes the long term effects of the evidence-based techniques he outlines step-by-step. Listeners will be intrigued by Wallace’s fascinating perspective on the human mind, and maybe even be moved to try out his methods for improving mental health. 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