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Welcome to Wellbeing & Words

Tanya J Peterson - Author

Wellbeing is for everyone, right now. You don’t have to wait until things are better before you can live the quality life you want to enjoy.

I created the brand Wellbeing & Words to empower people to make their own wellbeing. I tell stories, through novels, of regular people struggling with mental health challenges. I also write self-help books to guide people through the process of reclaiming wellbeing. I write the HealthyPlace anxiety-schmanxiety column, newsletter, and many other articles on their website. I share tips for wellbeing and a quality life on my YouTube channel, and I give in-person presentations about mental health and wellbeing. Further, through my novel Losing Elizabeth and its accompanying curriculum, I help adolescents develop a healthy sense of self and relationships.

Everything I do relates to empowering people to enhance their mental health and wellbeing and enjoy their lives.

A calming journal you can settle into, be comfortable physically and mentally, and discover meaning in your life

  • Begin a rewarding journey to stillness and self-discovery.
  • Develop a new way of being so anxiety doesn’t cause you to suffer.
  • Get anxiety out of your head and onto paper.
  • Develop insight, awareness, meaning and acceptance.

Available on December 25. Pre-order your path toward peace and out of anxiety now! 


Behind Silent Smiles: A novel, inspired by a true story, of a woman who would not become bitter

From the Romanian countryside to Bucharest to the United States, from the communist era to the present, Catie’s life has been marked by abuse and trauma. What lies behind the silent smiles she gives to the world?

Available at your favorite online book store. Check it out on Amazon.

It's here—my book to help people replace anxiety with peace and wellbeing

  • Learn practical information about anxiety and why it’s in your way.
  • Discover useful mindfulness techniques and tools that work.
  • Create inner and “outer” peace for yourself and your life.
  • Do this despite a busy schedule.

Find it with your favorite bookseller, including Amazon.

More Books…

Reading means self-care and stress relief. Click on the images to learn more about my previous books. Purchase them from your favorite online bookseller (and in select Barnes & Noble stores)

Create wellbeing, reduce anxiety using mindfulness.
Create wellbeing and your quality life. Use ACT to break free from what is holding you back.
Wellbeing is possible even with dissociative identity disorder (DID).
Create wellbeing even with severe anxiety, anxiety disorders. Let this novel inspire you.
Wellbeing is possible in a mental health hospital.
Create your wellbeing and quality life, free of toxic relationships.

“I applaud Peterson for combining her expertise in the field of mental health with her extraordinary talent for storytelling.”

— Shawn Verdin, LPC, LAC; Program Director – Behavioral Health Unit

Wellbeing & Words

Sign up for my free newsletter, Wellbeing & Words. Each issue is packed with useful tips for enhancing mental health and wellbeing plus reading-related tidbits.

Honors & Awards

Twenty-Four Shadows

Named to Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2016

My Life in a Nutshell: A Novel

Named to Kirkus Reviews’ list of Best Books of 2014

U.S. Review of Books

Recommended by the US Review of Books: Nutshell & 24 Shadows

Anxiety-Schmanxiety Blog

The Anxiety-Schmanxiety blog I write for won this award.

Losing Elizabeth

Recipient of the Storytellers Campfire Marble Book Award for being a “book which has made a significant difference in the world.”

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