The Anxiety Solution is like cheese for pizza bread. You being the bread – nervous worrying about going into an oven, and the cheese being this welcoming, inspiring reminder, guiding you to be okay.
Perhaps not the best metaphor for a newly found vegan dieter – let’s clarify that it’s dairy-free.
When I discuss my mental-health, once the term depression is out the way, I will chime in with perfectionism and procrastination. I’m dissecting the different umbrellas of anxiety.
It’s a term that is so often misunderstood – including you, who might question whether you suffer or not. Reading the first few pages of The Anxiety Solution; all the fear that I might have made up my symptoms or confused my feelings, instantaneously diminished.
While I cannot independently confirm my anxiety or lack of, I do know that each paragraph Chloe wrote, felt like a part of me stepping forward. To say that I could relate is an understatement.
What is The Anxiety Solution?
As the title suggests, this book is a solution or an ‘inspiring guide’ to reduce anxiety. This includes understanding why you’re anxious, techniques to help manage symptoms and the formula for achieving an overall happier you.
The book has a multitude of compartments; exercises, scientific research, tips and tricks, example cases and personal insight. Everything is specific so when Chloe discusses diet, she explains the key vitamins and when she describes switching off, you are not left in the dark wondering how on earth that could be achieved.
It goes beyond the basic ideas that are typically presented to us. Despite my years of research (Google searches), I am dumbfounded at how little I knew or understood anxiety – even though I could have sworn that my experience had granted me knowledge.
About the author
Chloe Brotheridge is a clinical hypnotherapist and nutritionist who specialises in helping people who suffer from anxiety. Chloe has her own practice in London and has helped hundreds of sufferers.
During her teens, Chloe suffered from severe anxiety and panic attacks. I too “had a lot of tantrums and meltdowns” as a young child. My poor parents witnessed me slamming doors more times than I quietly closed them.
Never did I contemplate that was me unaware of how to express myself.
After noticing anxiety in her teens and battling throughout university, and in her job following as a nutritionist for the NHS, Chloe found herself juggling a heavy workload – working full-time, training and pushing for her own therapy practice. Her busyness accentuated stress and worry.
It was a quote on the wall of a yoga studio which made Chloe take action – quitting her NHS role, putting her practice as priority, as well as seeking help.
Although I easily could create a separate book on the lessons learnt, I want to share the parts that are most significant to me.
“A critical parent for when nothing was ever good enough”.
There’s a host of reasons discussed for the cause of anxiety. I think mine developed due to various factors; however my parents played a role – in their ambition and drive to make me achieve, they also set a bar that I was not quite good enough.
“What is anxiety trying to tell you?”
It’s true that we often process anxiety but once we are aware of its presence, we just want to get rid of it.
And when you research, you come across a host of guides – none informing you of the positives.
The Anxiety Solution on the other hand, suggests the good side. Rather than pushing it away or pretending that it does not exist, why not ask what is it trying to tell you? Why are you thinking this way and what can you learn about yourself?
“There are no perfect decisions”
Chloe’s client revealed how she wanted a “perfect summer” and inquired over whether to buy a European train pass. Debating on what would be the ideal decision led to a spiral of anxiousness.
I do this routinely; perfectionism craving for immaculate choices. Setting a standard on what should be expected – ensuring it is to high to accomplish easily.
The Anxiety Solution is sectioned in chapters that flow similar to a journey. You start at the understanding, the symptoms and causes, followed by all the applicable feelings. Towards the middle, you then see the answers.
There are tables and charts to fill in, a range of exercises including how to actually meditate. Explained fully is how our lifestyle affects us, what social-media is doing and the mindfulness needed in our thoughts.
I found it super easy to read and went through quickly. I cannot conjur up a negative to write. What sets it apart is the amount of research.
I like reading exactly why; I want clear evidence and The Anxiety Solution provides the facts. From reading, I feel calmer, assured and confident that I now have the skills to go forward in improving my doubts.
Chloe Brotheridge has a website: Calmer You attached with her blog.
The Anxiety Solution is currently on sale for £8.48 From Amazon.
It is a no.1 best seller and has a 5 star rating.
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Disclaimer: The book was given to me for review purposes. All views are entirely my own.