We are living in the age of anxiety, a situation that often makes us feel as if we are locked into an endless cycle of stress, sleeplessness, and worry. But what if we had a way to leverage our anxiety to help us solve problems and fortify our wellbeing? What if, instead of seeing anxiety as a curse, we could recognize it for the unique gift that it is? Dr. Suzuki has developed a guidebook for managing unwarranted anxiety and turning it into a powerful asset.
Ms. Suzuki draws on decades of neuroscience, including her own research, and leavens her learning with a little personal storytelling to create a practical, science-backed guidebook for those seeking such a transformation ... Good Anxiety is especially effective in arguing that anxiety shouldn’t be something we seek to hide, numb or even fix ... It’s important to note that this book doesn’t speak to those diagnosed with clinical anxiety disorders. But for those of us simply trying to navigate a world in which worries seem destined to multiply, Ms. Suzuki provides a welcome road map.
As a neuroscientist at New York University, Suzuki has a unique view on the effects of these related states ... The final segment of this reassuring book includes tests to help readers rate their anxieties and hacks to guide us in turning negative thoughts into positive actions. A solid library purchase.
Some of the coping mechanisms come across as simplistic—like finding a hobby or playing with pets—but the overall message shares research-backed methods to manage anxiety. While Suzuki primarily writes to readers without diagnosed clinical disorders, her techniques will be helpful to those trying to navigate low-level anxiety.