INABILITY TO SIT STILL AND ANXIETY

Dear Ellla and Suse,

I have two forms of anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Panic Anxiety disorder. My anxiety stems from lots of things, from assignments to full blown existential crises and wondering why on earth am I here. Often times I find it really hard to literally, chill out and sit still long enough to do anything relaxing. Since being in college in 2011, I haven't really had the time to leisurely read anything aside from BuzzFeed. And when I do have the time to read, my attention span is short and I find myself 5 pages deep in
Game of Thrones, and don't remember a single word I read, due to my mind's restlessness/constant running thoughts. Is there anything you recommend as a literary cure for someone like me?

Thank you so much in advance!

Sincerely yours,
Miss Tweak
Dear Miss Tweak,
We have a few suggestions for you. Most crucially, disconnect yourself from the internet, and give yourself 2 hours to read, either during a weekend or a day off if you have such a thing. Create a reading nook in your home where you can sit comfortably for this period, with no interruptions from wifi or phone, if possible curtained off from other people. Then immerse yourself in a great novel. One that is almost guaranteed to hook the most inveterate twitcher in, is True Grit by Charles Portis. It's instantly gripping, beautifully expressed, and short enough to read in one sitting. The book will also still your anxiety to some extent, as the heroine is so very focused and lacking in any kind of anxiousness, that her attitude will rub off on you. Alternatively, try one of the lovely Pereine Press books, which are expressly desligned to be read in the same period that it would take to watch a film.Reader for Hire by Raymond Jean is a great example of these. 
Another way of stilling your restless mind, would be to listen to an audio book while doing something with your hands like knitting, or doing the dishes, or gardening. Having two activities on the way can be an oddly satisfying way of quelling your flighty, fluttery mind. A gripping, tightly written novel would be an ideal first listen. Try The Thirty Nine Steps by John Buchan. If you enjoy this, your road to recovery may be short.
With calming thoughts,
Ella and Suse
We prescribe - True Grit by Charles Portis
Pereine Press Books 
The Thirty Nine Steps by John Buchan

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