Stopping The Noise In Your Head
by Reid Wilson, Ph.D.
Did you lock the door? Did you prepare enough? Will you get there on time? What if you forget something? What if someone gets sick? Do you have enough money? From the little daily naggings to the bigger life-impacting thoughts, worry can consume us. It’s time to flip our perspective on this mental chatter and recognize that worry serves a purpose in our lives. In fact, worry can be healthy.
Stopping the Noise in Your Head provides you with a step-by-step approach to overcoming anxiety and worry by moving away from comfort, confidence, and security…and willingly moving toward uncertainty, distress, and discomfort.
Drawing on a range of sources—from firefighters and fitness instructors to Sir Isaac Newton and Muhammad Ali—Stopping the Noise in Your Head demonstrates the importance of shifting our perspective and stepping toward our challenges in order to regain control of our lives.
- Learn to identify the difference between heart-racing, sweaty-palm Signals (I just missed the train!) and Noise (What if I miss the train?)
- Detect anxiety-ridden patterns by catching yourself in the midst of them
- Use the power of perspective—“This is hard, and I can handle it”—to get through
- Choose to feel clumsy, awkward, unsure, and afraid as a means for managing distress
- Pinpoint situations when you must “act as though”
Worry is a game. Anxiety’s best strategy is to convince you to spend most of your energy worrying about how to protect yourself or someone else against harm. It scores points by getting you to worry and then step back instead of step forward into the action. Stopping the Noise will arm you with the strategies you need to defeat your opponent once and for all.
About the Author
About the author
Reid Wilson, PhD, is Director of the Anxiety Disorders Treatment Center in Chapel Hill and Durham, NC, and is Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He is author of the bestselling classic Don’t Panic and the co-author of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents, as well as Stop Obsessing! and Playing with Anxiety. He is a Founding Clinical Fellow of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and a Fellow of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Worry Works for Me
Chapter 2: It’s a Competition
THE DOMINANT STRATEGY OF ANXIETY
Chapter 3: Ahhh… The Comfort of Certainty
Chapter 4: An Amygdala, a Priest and a Rabbi…
YOUR WINNING STRATEGY
Chapter 5: Noise Pollution
Chapter 6: Make It NOT About Your Content
Chapter 7: Content and Competition
Chapter 8: Move the Massive
Chapter 9: Be Mindful of the Moment
Chapter 10: Taking the Paradoxical Point of View
Chapter 11: A Profound Experience With the Toilet
Chapter 12: Message to Self: I Want This
Chapter 13: Dangling by Fingertips
Chapter 14: An Olympic Attitude
Chapter 15: How to Talk Like a First Responder
Chapter 16: “I Made It as Unpleasant as I Could – and Then I Waited”
Chapter 17: The Art of Cunning: Rope-a-Dope and the Brer Rabbit Offense
Chapter 18: Act as Though This is Such a Clever Tactic
Chapter 19: Talking to Anxiety
Chapter 20: “Give Me Your Threats – Let Them Come”
MAKE YOUR PLAY
Chapter 21: You’re Going Where?
Chapter 22: Plan Your Strategy
Chapter 23: Change Your Voice
Chapter 24: Shift Your Attitude
Chapter 25: Make Your Play
Appendix A: Need Coaching? Get Treatment
Appendix B: Resources