I enjoy reading self-help books that go beyond pep talk to provide actionable steps that can make an actual difference to the reader’s life. You Got This! is one of those books.
The author describes a detailed and well-thought-out 30-day plan to help readers improve their ability to cope with stressors and deal with anxiety. She begins by laying a solid foundation of research in easy to understand language and properly-labeled diagrams.
What sets her apart from similar books is that she mentions, first off, that it is the reader who is the expert in this matter and that his/her intention and commitment is needed to make the plan a success. Effectively, she recedes into the background and merely nudges the reader towards the goal instead of promoting herself.
Throughout the book, she backs up her claims with research literature with proper citations. To a reader like me, it means I can trust the author and entrust her with my mental health.
There’s always the danger of sounding like an academic article when you’re citing research literature, but the author retains a conversational tone and links the theoretical stuff with examples from everyday life and anecdotes that the reader can relate to. She also shares some cool tricks (emotional first-aid kit) to lift one’s mood, deal with panic instantly, or distract oneself.
The 30-day plan includes a morning routine, an evening routine, and thirty action steps to be done any time during the day–one for each day. These steps include journaling, meditation, exercise, CBT techniques, visualization, cognitive distortions, perfectionist tendencies chart, etc.–and I found this section of the book most interesting.
I feel that the book could be made more attractive to readers by introducing colored diagrams. While the content is well-researched and impressive, a reader who skims through the pages may need more incentive to stop and read more deeply.
If you’re serious about taking control of your life and coping with anxiety and stress, this book is for you.
(I received a review copy from Reedsy Discovery in exchange for an honest review.)
Publication date: June 8, 2020
You Got This! Is a thoroughly researched, easy-to-read, well-designed action plan with a wide variety of cognitive behavioral therapy tips and tricks. Proven techniques help to calm feelings of fear, anxiety, worry, and stress while empowering people to regain a sense of peace and control in their lives.
You Got This! will show you how to decrease stressors, increase coping skills, increase confidence, increase resilience, and find solutions to your problems.
“Organized, well-researched, and filled with easy-to-read personal stories and examples, ‘You Got This!’ is a great resource if you’re feeling overwhelmed.”
– Leslie Householder, best-selling author of The Jackrabbit Factor
About Linda Bjork
Linda Bjork is the founder and executive director of Hope for Healing non-profit charity and owner
Linda Bjork’s personal mission is to empower people to become their best selves.
She is the author of You Got This: an action plan to calm fear, anxiety, worry, and stress, Crushed: A Journey to Wholeness, Pathway to Happiness: A Wellness Tool Kit, 30 Days to a Better Marriage, and You Are Good Enough and I Can Prove It. She is also a co-editor of Van Sickle’s Modern Airmanship Eighth Edition.
She has a blog called Two Good Things. and a podcast called Linda’s Corner: Faith, Family, and Living Joyfully available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.
Linda has degrees from Brigham Young University and the University of the State of New York. She lives with her family in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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