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Play It Away: A Workaholic's Cure for Anxiety Paperback – February 7, 2014
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About the Author
Charlie Hoehn is the author of Play It Away (#1 Stress Management) and Recession Proof Graduate. He is also the founder of The Recess Project (therecessproject.com).
Charlie's article about the power of play is the #1 worldwide result on Google for the search "cure anxiety" (above Oprah.com), and has been read by over one million people. His work has been featured on NPR's TED Radio Hour, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Globe and Mail, Mating Grounds, and many others. He lives in Austin, where he hosts weekly recess at Zilker park and performs improv at the Hideout Theatre. Blog: charliehoehn.com
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As someone who isn’t afflicted with clinical anxiety but who nonetheless struggles with managing self-expectations and work/life balance, I found this book to be a helpful reminder of what a healthy set of priorities looks like. It’s a quick, fun read full of good advice. 5/5.
With tons of fun quotes and an open heart, Charlie has shared his darkest moments and stood tall to move past them into a happier place.
My next stop is to actually give some of the ideas, big and small, a try but this book has been an inspiration. #PlayItAway
It's true that the content here isn't ground breaking. The ideas here are taken from multiple resources filtered by Charlie's experience with being a workaholic. This isn't a science book. It's his personal account of what worked for him, backed up by a lot of research and his own trial and error experiences. It's like he made a map for himself the difficult way, and this is his way of helping others find a similar map with less mistakes. And that's why I liked it. Charlie is able to share even some things others might be too afraid to disclose. The content is very sincere, and at times, funny. And I liked how he was able to flesh out concrete steps as well.
It's a great resource for people who feel like they're isolated in their workaholism (not a real word). You're not alone. At least that's how I felt. And I know I can get through my anxious phases because hey, Charlie did it. Play it away provides concrete steps and anecdotes to help you.
If you're not feeling anxiety or some other issue, then perhaps, at best, this book can provide you some insight as to how to live a life with better quality. But if you're the sort who is overcome with anxiety most of the time, then this book is something you definitely must pick up.
Even if you don't think you have anxiety (I didn't), but you struggle with maintaining relationships with friends, loved ones, or wished you could go back to enjoying what you used to, this book is the first thing you need to pick up.
I was laid off in early 2009, and spent the rest of that year and most of 2010 unemployed in spite of my best efforts to find work. After a series of crappy temp jobs, I finally secured a permanent position where I'm making decent money, have some responsibility and good benefits. My problem is after feeling completely useless during those many weeks I wasn't working, I tend to derive my entire sense of self-worth from my job. I push myself to be the best at what I do every day, and if things don't go exactly as I want them to, I find myself plunging into a lot of self-criticism and anger at myself. Tense and strained interactions with someone I am forced to work with closely doesn't help.
Charlie's book has helped me to see that work isn't the end all and be all to my existence. I'm going to devote more time to enjoying life and cultivating relationships with people I care about. I'm also actively seeking to remove various stressors from my life, however, the difficult co-worker will be a challenge. I'd recommend this straightforward, optimistic, playful little book to anyone like me who needs to not take themselves and their work so seriously. Read this book and then go play!