By: Dr. Kathleen Smith

Have you noticed your anxiety increasing during the pandemic? Did you have anxiety before the pandemic? Are you aware of your insecurities that may impact how you work with colleagues, families, and students? If you answer yes to any of these questions then this book is for you. While this is not a “traditional” education professional book, there is so much information that can help you grow as a professional, and maybe even in your personal life.

The author is a licensed therapist and mental health writer, therefore the book is written in a way that encourages readers to reflect. The chapters are divided into sections:

  • Your anxious self
  • Your anxious relationships
  • Your anxious career
  • Your anxious world

Throughout each of these sections reflection questions are provided, strategies to overcome anxiety and insecurities are provided, and a “new practice” of ideas is provided. Finally, the book is grounded in the work known as the Bowen Theory. This theory focuses on observing what is happening in your world, evaluating your behavior, and finally interrupting what comes automatically. Why do we have automatic responses? Pick up this book to find out and grow professionally and personally.

Reviewed By: Anni Reinking