Review: The No Worries Notebook

I’m doing something a little different today: I’m doing a product review! I’m reviewing The No Worries Workbook by Molly Burford. She’s written other workbooks such as The Modern Dating Workbook, and The Good Morning Journal, among others. The cover boasts “124 lists, activities, & prompts to get out of your head”.

Molly promises that the activities contained in the book will provide activities and strategies that will help you gain productive and healthy coping skills, and not just focus on the “why” of your worries. It sounds pretty promising, so let’s dive in!

Overview

The book itself contains a multitude of activities, ranging from drawing your feelings, coloring, and writing a break-up letter to your worries, to more in-depth activities like mapping out your future, tracking everyday moments you miss thanks to worry, and logging your worries before you go to sleep. The book also contains a few guided meditations to follow as well.

At first, these activities seemed a little silly, at least on the surface level. I started the Break Up with Worry activity feeling a little ridiculous, but after telling my worry to get bent I felt strangely better. Like writing an angry letter to someone and never sending it, I found it pretty cathartic.

I found myself motivated to go through other activities and see what they’re all about. The book explicitly states you don’t have to go in order, and to do the activities at your own pace, so I took it up on that and started jumping around a little bit.

Of the handful of activities I tried, the worst one for me was the word search. Maybe it’s just a me problem, but I find word searches stressful and not relaxing at all (probably some past trauma from doing them in school). But I found all the words. Even the backwards ones, which confuse and infuriate me to no end.

One activity I did that I rather liked was Make a Plan, in which you write what you’re worried about, and make a plan for addressing the worry. I had been worrying about something at work, so I decided to tackle that. It really helped me work through my problem, and start to take steps to address it.

My favorite activity, probably because it involves drinking tea, was one of the guided meditations. In this meditation, you make some tea, and you just sit down, close your eyes, and enjoy it sip by sip. You focus all your thoughts on the taste of the tea, and then when you swallow, you just focus on the sensation of the tea moving down your throat. It was a fascinating experience, and while it didn’t really help with worry, it opened my eyes to the benefits of really savoring the sensation of taste. It’s weird, but it’s changed the way I try to eat.

Final Thoughts

The No Worries Workbook is a very well put together book. It has a wide range of activities, and you’re sure to find at least a few of them helpful. There are so many great ideas to inspire mindfulness, even outside of dealing with worry.

That’s the thing to keep in mind, though, it’s just a bunch of (admittedly great) ideas to help you become more mindful. It’s not going to cure your worry, and to be clear, I had no illusions that would be the case going in, but I figured that was worth saying. Like with any form of therapy, it takes practice and repetition.

Which brings me to my biggest complaint about the book; it’s too unfocused! There’s such a random hodgepodge of activities, and even though none of them are terrible (except that damn word search one, but that could be my bias), the lack of repetition and having activities build upon each other is very disappointing.

If you need some inspiration to get you started then The No Worries Workbook is great! You’ll find plenty of fantastic ideas to spark some inspiration. But if you, like me, are seeking something to take you through step-by-step, perhaps in a daily journal-type format, you’d probably be better off just sticking with a regular, blank journal.

If you’re interested in buying the book, you can get it on Amazon or direct from the publisher. For purposes of disclosure, neither of these links are affiliate links, and I make no money from purchases.

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