A Children’s Book That Teaches Adults With Anxiety How To Relax

When people rescued refugee children during World War II, they expected the children to sleep soundly once they reached safety. But the children were kept up at night by the anxiety of people who had lost so much and the constant uncertainty of what tomorrow would bring. Fortunately one rescue worker had the idea that each child should fall asleep clutching a loaf of bread. Then, each child would know that no matter what happened, they could fall asleep knowing they would have something to eat the next day.

Sleeping with Bread: Holding What Gives You Life teaches us a similar method of anxiety reduction. Calling our awareness to the things in our lives that no one can take away from us will ultimately bring us a sense of peace. This is a children’s book and therefore easy to understand and unpretentious. A simple, nightly ritual that helps you identify the things that bring joy to your life, and the things that force you to sacrifice joy. The end result is greater self-awareness as well as a sense of gratitude and stability as you routinely remind yourself how much you have to be thankful for.