I only recommend books/products/services which I have used and 100% believe in.
Worry, Anxiety, Panic Attacks and Negative Thinking
How To Stop Worrying And Start Living by Dale Carnegie – this book was pivotal in changing the way I think. The greatest change I found was that by adopting it’s methods I felt calmer and less anxious about the future.
The Feeling Good Handbook by David D Burns – this book helped me understand my negative thought processes and learn how to spot and stop them when they occurred. It also contains numerous exercises throughout it which help you put the methods in to practice.
The Chimp Paradox by Prof Steve Peters – this book helped me understand how my mind works and that I could change my automatic anxious thoughts. It is also excellently written, easy to understand and a good intro in to how the brain works.
Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers – this book helped give me the courage to not allow anxiety and panic attacks from limiting my life. It helped show me that I do not need to be afraid of fear.
The Slight Edge by Jeff Olsen – this book helped me understand how all the small and seemingly insignificant choices I made each day added up to the results I wanted to see in recovering from anxiety and panic.
Easy Way to Control Alcohol by Allen Carr – this book helped me to all but cut out alcohol which I used to use to help numb my anxiety. It makes it easy because it removes your want to drink and therefore requires no will power to do so.
5-HTP – I do not class it as a drug because the compound itself has no direct effects on your brain. Instead it is used by the body to help increase natural levels of serotonin and melatonin. Although many say it helps their mood (serotonin) I use it to help get a more restful nights sleep (melatonin). My mind often becomes very active at night and this helps me relax and fall asleep faster. Take 100mg an hour or two before bed.
Sleep Cycle App (Apple/Android) – this app has been great at helping me get a more consistent nights sleep and to wake up feeling more rested. It analyses sounds and movement while you sleep and wakes you up when you are in your lightest sleep phase. It also provides information on the quality of your sleep and helps you understand what practices lead to a better nights rest.
Health and Exercise
Bigger Leaner Stronger by Michael Matthews – this is my go to book for weight training. It has everything for complete beginners through to experienced lifters. Mike’s workouts and nutritional advice are spot on and have helped me lose body fat whilst gaining lean muscle.
Thinner Leaner Stronger by Michael Matthews – this book is aimed at women wanting to lose body fat and tone up. I have not read this book, so cannot vouch for it personally. That said, if it’s as good as his men’s book (and the reviews would suggest it is), then this will be an excellent choice to get your workouts and diet on track.
Full Fitness App (Apple Only) – I have used this app for the last 4 years when I’m at the gym. It’s easy to hand and perfect for finding new exercises and completing them in correct form. It can also log your workouts (weights/reps) so you can monitor your progress.
Nike Running App (Apple/Android) – this is the app I use when I go out running. It tracks your route, speed and distance and is excellent for motivating you to push yourself harder each run and beat your personal bests.
USN Muscle Fuel Anabolic – by far my favourite lean muscle gainer supplement. I have been using this for years and it just works. Great protein content and with the added bonus of a high dose of creatine. Strawberry is my preferred choice of flavour.
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