We are BACK with another self help book. This month is cruel. The anniversary of my mother’s stroke is coming up and I am feeling the weight of emotions. It’s been 11 years and she is still paralyzed and cannot speak. I miss how it used to be and every year it gets harder and I feel more and more isolated.
Ahem, sorry for the depressive bullshit but it’s the truth LOL.
My anxiety? It’s bad. Really really bad. It causes me stress, takes away my sleep, and honestly makes me wish there were a cure. If I could take a pill to cast it away I would, but alas life is not too kind.
I love reading self help books because they highlight an important fact: I am not alone.
These thoughts are not foreign, I’m not fabricating them, I am not suffering by myself. No, millions of people have anxiety and millions of people get through it everyday.
I am not alone.
One important piece I got from this book is that people with anxiety get into a habit of thinking their feelings are invalid or frivolous. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve cast away my emotions because I believe I am over exaggerating. I learned that that is actually very bad lol. It’s the resistance to feeling that exacerbates your anxiety.
It is okay to feel, it’s okay to let go of what is telling you not to.
This book is pretty great, it goes into coping mechanisms which yup, I have em and the sources of anxiety such as genetic factors which *looks at father* definitely. The author has a method called C.L.E.A.N.S.E. which you can read more about when you read this book. Overall, I felt that this is a good guide and taught me a lot more about anxiety and the methods in which you can handle them. It provides you good skills to learn and grow from and I will definitely be purchasing this myself for whenever I feel hazy with stress and worry. Life is hard. It’s okay to want to feel better and be better.
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for this copy of my ARC. All opinions are my very own.
Expected publication: December 24th 2019 by Adams Media