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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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This book is an honest look at the issues that plague most people and the simple habits, hacks and cures that can patch up those cracks and smooth those potholes. This stuff works. "Play" works. I've brought a smile to a thousand adults in a park or a playground and watched their fears and problems melt away-- a lesson we'd all do well to carry into our everyday life.
Play it Away isn't just about tapping into child-like joy and curing anxiety; it's about optimizing your body and mind for peak performance and becoming a more efficient, happier person, and learning how to be a better friend to yourself and others. It's about relearning those simplistic means of dealing with stress and being reminded what it's like to truly connect with someone without pretense or agenda. But mostly, it's what happens when you give into what comes naturally-- or what used to come naturally-- and the life changing good that's sure to follow.
Within the first week, my anxiety decreased by a good 60%. I realized much of my anxiety was actually very superficial and unnecessary, and how so much of it was easily deletable through these very simple methods! Before I knew it, my anxiety was gone, and I found myself valuing and enjoying my playtime and feeling more productive with my tasks. It felt very natural too, this book is not a miraculous paranormal cure, its actually very simple knowledge that most of us anxiety sufferers would never consider prior. I could go on and on about how much I love this book. I highly recommend it for everyone, not only workaholics. It helped a great former unproductive person like me! (Which is in fact, a symptom of anxiety) You will not believe how easily your anxiety will vanish.
I think most of us want to be successful, but if it means that I don't ever get to see my family and never get to enjoy any of the things I love then what is the point? Thank you Charlie for adding to my hope that you can be successful and still make time for good old fashioned play.
As a 29-year old ambitious male, I saw many of the same traits Charlie shares in my own life. Although I do not suffer from anxiety, this book helped me recognize and take action with how I manage my friendships, hobbies, and approach towards work.
After reading this, I have newfound courage to act like a kid again. I now find myself asking friends to go to the batting cage or play one-on-one instead of happy hour. Thank you for the read, Charlie.