• Play It Away

  • A Workaholic's Cure for Anxiety
  • By: Charlie Hoehn
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase
  • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (171 ratings)

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Play It Away

By: Charlie Hoehn
Narrated by: Ray Chase
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Do you live in constant fear? Do you worry that something terrible is about to happen? Do you have trouble breathing, relaxing, and sleeping? Do you think you're losing control, and that you're going to die?

Are you trapped in your own personal hell, and don’t know how to get out?

I've been there, and I know what it’s like. Shallow breathing, tension in the gut, chest pains, rapid heartbeat... Every moment is exhausting, crushing, and painful. Anxiety destroys your confidence, your productivity, your relationships, and your ability to enjoy life. The worst part is the obsessive hopelessness - the gnawing sense that you’ll never feel happy again.

Fear no more. You can put an end to your suffering. You can start living again. And it’s not as hard as you think....

Play It Away covers my entire journey: what caused my anxiety, the "A-ha!" moment that led to my cure, and how I got my life back. In this book, you’ll learn:

  • The key breakthrough that allowed me to enjoy life again
  • My step-by-step plan for healing anxiety without drugs
  • How I turned nonstop worrying into background noise
  • My unusual technique for stopping panic attacks
  • Why "anchors" fuel anxiety, and how to remove them
  • How I finally started sleeping well again
  • Three common nutrient deficiencies that amplify anxiety
  • How to boost productivity and have guilt-free fun

©2014 Charlie Hoehn (P)2014 Podium Publishing

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"The cure to your stress!" (Tony Robbins, Strategic adviser to world leaders, number-one best-selling author of Personal Power)

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The first workaholic book I've read, and holy sh*t

As a physician working with dying patients, I sometimes get stressed out, anxious, etc. But my bigger reason for reading this book was knowing that I'm a workaholic. I've never read a book by workaholic, about workaholism, etc. This just floored me. Maybe more a reflection of my lack of exposure to literature on the topic then on the groundbreaking nature of the book, but I was still blown away. I'm no stranger to self-help literature having read probably more than 100 books in the genre, which was one of the reasons I put off reading this book for so long. I did not expect to find anything new in it. To be fair, there are some classic suggestions in here that were not new, but the premise of the book "go play" was presented an engaging and convincing way and the action items were clear and straightforward. It's only 2 1/2 hours, but I stopped and bookmarked at least five different spots in the book and said out loud "holy shit, this is me, I need to do __suggestion from the book___".

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Very helpful for anxiety

Where does Play It Away rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book has already helped me in many ways.

What did you like best about this story?

Useful ways to help with anxiety.

Have you listened to any of Ray Chase’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Many

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Shallow Tips and Tricks

What disappointed you about Play It Away?

This book does not have any depth. The author gives little tips and tricks that helped him solve his anxiety problems. These worked for him, so he says, but they did not work for me.

What could Charlie Hoehn have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Help solve the problem of worry and anxiety instead of citing interesting apps and TV shows that he enjoys.

What didn’t you like about Ray Chase’s performance?

He did a good job.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Play It Away?

Most of it because I found his app recommendation and tips and tricks useless.

The book is only 3 hours long and can be boiled down to two things:

1.) Relax
2.) Get enough sleep

Any additional comments?

Give me my credit back!

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easy read

This book offers good insight into what makes us anxious and how we can be free from it. Common sense writing with a Tim Ferris feel to it. I enjoyed this book.

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  • 04-27-19

Ended up crying of gratefulness and ease when finishing this book

This book was very helpful and powerful for me. I would recommend it to any adult, regardless if he/she is or isn’t an workaholic, anxious or depressed.

Never forget to play!

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Simple but yet effective

it is a nice book to hear, simple techniques but effective , try it you will like it

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Worth the time. Great!!

This book was exactly on point. I suggest reading it to anyone who operates a cell phone.

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Very worthwhile read!

The information in this book is very much needed and it will be very helpful to those with anxiety! Simple ideas but very important ideas which people have forgotten in our high paced world

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very good :)

i needed this book, thanks charlie for this guide, ive just installed airbnb app haha :D

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Nice

I wish it wasn’t getting taking away from audible :(
I will definitely look for it on Amazon
It was short but I liked it !!!

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  • Nick J-D
  • 01-14-22

Beautiful book

Really enjoyed this, not too long, lots of little gems to take away. Definitely a lot of amazing things you can do in your life for a beautiful one

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  • Marc
  • 09-27-20

Beautifully simple reminder of what life should be

No major revelations, but instead a short, well structured and written summary of how we should all be leading our life. Thank you for a great and always welcome reminder!

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  • James Howland
  • 06-14-19

Exactly what I needed

A great practical guide to burnout and what to do about it, highly recommend to anyone in search of a solution for the above.

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  • Matthew W.
  • 05-22-17

Awesome

Great book would definitely recommend. Made a difference in how I see think. Thank you.

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  • Fauntine Lariba
  • 07-29-22

Good book with actionable points

This book was a great bite sized listen. It’s very similar style of writing/ instructional writing to Tim Ferriss. So if that’s the mood you’re feeling then this is the book for you.

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  • Peita Campbell
  • 07-07-17

An amazing how to of releasing yourself of anxiety

Listen and learn the key to a happy, anxiety free life is Play. A highly recommended read.