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"50 Ways to Worry Less Now" by Gigi Langer, PhD

Author: Gigi Langer, PhD

Narrator: Robin Waters

Length: 5 hours 30 minutes

Publisher: Possum Hill Press⎮2019

Genre: Non-Fiction, Self-Help

Release date: Sep. 20, 2019

Do you want to stop dreading the future or reliving past disappointments?

Thirty years ago, Gigi Langer was a prisoner of her worries who used alcohol, romance, and professional accomplishments to soothe her frayed nerves. When she stopped drinking, she began applying tools from therapy, recovery pro­grams, scientific research, and a variety of philosophical and spiritual teachings to overcome her anxieties and stress.

Worry Less Now offers four life strategies and 50 eclectic tools to dissolve the whispered lies of negative self-talk. Although many books address negative thinking, very few give the reader step-by-step directions on how to defeat it. Others simply advocate a single approach.

With candor and humor, Langer describes a wide variety of strategies that helped her and others defeat dysfunctional relationships, perfectionism, addiction, and worry about loved ones. As an award-winning writer and professor, Langer skillfully shares compelling stories and exercises that empower readers to:

-MANAGE life's most difficult challenges with calm wisdom

-CREATE relationships that blossom and thrive

-FULFILL your dreams without limitations

-SERVE others in their personal growth

Regardless of the situation, you'll be able to gain peace, clarity, and wisdom.

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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Gigi Langer. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

I’m admittedly a little…skeptical and untrusting when I see a new ‘self-help’ book come out. Maybe I’m jaded, but since every Tom, Dick, and Harry fancies themselves a life coach and will trumpet from any available rooftop about how they’re going to change your world, I’ve tended to avoid this genre of late. And if my attention is caught by one, I have some questions. What does it have to offer that the previous zillion or so haven’t said yet? Is it unique or a regurgitation of old information? Is it a useful tool or some (occasionally unqualified) author’s personal soapbox?

Well, in the case of “50 Ways to Worry Less Now” the information was useful, concisely presented, and engaging. For anyone who is a worrier (me) or finds themselves perpetually anxious (also sometimes me), the contents of this book are a helpful reminder that there are things you can do to put a stop to the mental hamster wheel. In addition, Robin Waters’s voice was quite soothing and added an extra level of calm to the reading experience.

The content is professionally written and organized by someone who clearly knows what she’s talking about and who has the education/experience to back up what she’s presenting. The author’s self-disclosure was frank, encouraging, and well placed. Her personal stories weren’t so prevalent as to overwhelm the lessons, but where present enough to keep this from reading like a textbook. It’s nice to know why you should be paying attention and even nicer not to be overwhelmed by the minute details (often irrelevant ones) of someone’s life story. “50 Ways to Worry Less” was a nice balance of personal anecdote and and professional advice. We’re provided with more than stories here—we get concrete actions to practice and information to put into personal use.

Bottom line: When paired with the workbook, the audio version of “50 Ways to Worry Less” was a useful listen and exercise in self-management/improvement. I’d highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for some very doable ways to worry less.

Gigi Langer holds a PhD in Psychological Studies in Education and an MA in Psychology, both from Stanford University. During her 25 years at Eastern Michigan University, she won several awards for her teaching, and (as Georgea M. Langer) wrote four books for educators.

Before her doctoral studies, Gigi competed in show jumping, hitchhiked across Spain, and taught middle school French and Spanish (where she met and married her first husband).

In her second marriage, she continued her adventures by studying and giving riding lessons in Hawaii and Germany. After moving to Michigan, Gigi married again and soon found herself facing a third divorce along with a growing alcohol and marijuana problem.

Since then, Gigi has applied strategies from recovery, therapy, and a variety of scientific and spiritual approaches to overcome her addictions and self-defeating patterns. She’s now a pillar of the recovery community and an award-winning teacher educator and author. Gigi’s retreats, workshops, and presentations have helped thousands of people succeed in their work and personal lives.

As a person in recovery, Gigi hasn’t had a drug or drink for 33 years, although she does occasionally overindulge in Ghirardelli chocolate and historical novels. She lives happily in Michigan with her fourth husband (of 30 years) and her cat, Murphy.

Robin Waters grew up in Southern California and left home early to get professional theatrical training and pursue her dream. In her early twenties, she found a new passion--holistic health--and shifted her focus to become a wellness educator.

She currently lives in Canada where she stays busy writing, demonstrating how to cook healthy food, and leading workshops and women's circles. She loves cuddling and reading out loud with her son and daughter. Now that they are older, she has returned to her first loves of narrating and performance. There is something magical about connecting with others through voice and sharing the human experience with good storytelling and characters.

Partnering with Gigi to produce this book was a gift, as it was a beautiful combination of her two passions. She has spent a lifetime overcoming worry/anxiety, and finding herself through expression and connection. She hopes this audiobook brings you more inner peace and is a comfort on your journey toward a vibrant life.

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Lola Grant
Lola Grant
Apr 26, 2023

time to discuss this!

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