• Do you ruminate about your relationships?
  • Do you stress over deadlines?
  • Do you agonize about where your career and life are heading?
  • Do you brood about money?
  • Do you worry about worrying too much?

Then this book is for you!

Written by mother-daughter team Deborah Grayson Riegel and Sophie Riegel, who have struggled with anxiety their whole lives, “Overcoming Overthinking: 36 Ways to Tame Anxiety for Work, School, and Life” is a compassionate, practical, and entertaining book for anyone who wrestles with worrying.

“I wish I had Deborah and Sophie’s honest, direct, actionable book a lot sooner in my own career.  Don’t put buying this off –  it is a life-changer!”

Rita McGrath, Professor, Columbia Business School

“Emotions are contagious, and we don’t always realize how our anxiety affects not just us but the people around us.  Anxiety—and its friend, perfectionism—can be debilitating in the workplace when not managed effectively, and this book has clear and sensible advice for anyone to improve their repertoire of coping skills.”

Hillary Anger Elfenbein, Professor of Organizational Development, Olin School of Business, Washington University in St. Louis

“We all know someone who has been touched by an anxiety disorder or may have experienced it ourselves, particularly in the workplace, where employee mental health is increasingly recognized as an important part of individual well-being and employee engagement. Overcome Overthinking is invaluable in the workplace for managers or employees to help themselves support their teammates or help themselves. A great series of 36 actionable and practical strategies, all told with a sense of vulnerability, honesty, and fun!”

Darren Menabney, Lead - Global Employee Engagement at Ricoh Co. Ltd.

“What a joy it is to read a mother-daughter collaboration about how to overcome overthinking. Often these patterns are passed down generation to generation, so strategies to break them expressed through family dialogue is powerful. I plan to share this book with my own son, and other members of my family. Especially during the holidays when overthinking can run rampant, this is the gift that keeps on giving.”

Lissa Minkin, VP, People and Workplace, Tile

“As a Developmental Psychologist, I appreciate how the authors have expertly curated the most effective strategies for coping with daily anxiety, and explained them in a tangible and approachable way. As a mother of two teenage daughters, I am grateful for the way this book demystifies complex emotions, and takes subjects that were previously taboo out of the darkness and into the realm of healthy family conversations. And as a plain old human being, I am deeply moved by the example set by Deborah and Sophie to show up to life with vulnerability and love.”

Amanda Jacobs Moreno, Associate Professor of Child Development, Erikson Institute

“In this time of everything feeling rushed and the world spinning out of control this book helps us slow down, take a breath and come out feeling it will all be ok. Deb and Sophie’s conversational questions and answers provide the right amount of honesty and suggestions to provide a sense of calm through the clutter of life. Anyone looking for insights and ideas to assist with taming stress and anxiety will find this book easy to read and full of useful, understandable advice. Parents, family, coworkers, friends – this book is for you if you have someone in your life dealing with anxiety at work, school and life.”

Joy Brand-Richardson, Vice President, Director of Training and Professional Development, JCC Association of North America

“Guess what? Anxiety is a part of your life. The bugger of it is that it’s mostly hidden and frequently misunderstood. And whether it’s your anxiety, a family member’s anxiety, a colleague’s or perhaps all of the above, Deb and Sophie’s book provides a practically powerful punch of helpfulness in an authentic, humorous, and transparent format. As a mom, coach, and leader in a healthcare organization, I found the 36 strategies to be refreshing and useful for every aspect of my personal and professional life. I will no doubt revisit these tools many times.”

Charlotte Click, Manager, Leadership & Professional Development in Healthcare

“Great for coping or coaching. Whether you’re dealing with anxiety or know someone who is, this book provides so many practical and actionable tools to overcoming the negative aspects overthinking. Looking forward to implementing them in my personal and professional life.”

Eric Bacolas, Chief People Officer, Newsela

80% of Americans report feeling stressed during their day, and almost 40% of adults worldwide experience feelings of worry. With our fast-paced, ever-changing, complex, and ambiguous world, these numbers are on pace to grow. Furthermore, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety disorders are the most prevalent mental illness in the United States, affecting 18% of adults and 25% percent of children ages 13-18. Their research also shows that, while anxiety is highly treatable, less that 40% of those suffering get help. 

This book is one way to help those of you who think and think and think about the past, the present, and the future. Inside, you’ll find 36 user-friendly ways to:

  • Understand what contributes most to your personal levels of stress
  • Identify and separate helpful from harmful anxiety
  • Shift your mindsets to challenge your current thinking
  • Apply practical strategies to combat overthinking
  • Ask for support from others
  • Develop resilience – the ability to withstand, recover, and bounce back from stress
  • Know that you’re not alone

We’re right here with you. Starting now.




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Watch the short video below to hear Deborah’s take on overcoming catastrophic thinking.