When I’m discussing my mental-health, once the term depression is out the way, I’ll chime in with perfectionism and procrastination. These terms are different umbrellas of anxiety. The word is often misunderstood – including by you, who might question whether you truly suffer. Reading the first few pages of The Anxiety Solution; all my fear I made up my symptoms or confused my feelings went away. I can’t independently confirm my anxiety, but each paragraph Chloe wrote felt like a part of me stepping forward.
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 various sections: Exercises, scientific research, tips and tricks, example cases and personal insight.
It goes beyond typical ideas many share on solving anxiety. Despite my years of research (Google searches), I am dumbfounded at how little I knew or understood the condition. The Anxiety Solution opened my eyes to new facts and realisations, helping me to comprehend my feelings.
About the author
Chloe Brotheridge is a clinical hypnotherapist and nutritionist who specialises in helping people suffering from anxiety. Chloe has her own practice in London and has helped hundreds of sufferers. During her teens, she suffered from severe anxiety and panic attacks.
She also battled anxiety throughout university and in her job as a nutritionist for the NHS. She 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.
Most significant parts of the book
Below are quotes and sections which most inspired me:
“A critical parent for when nothing was ever good enough”.
There’s several reasons discussed for what causes 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?”
We often process anxiety but when we’re aware of its presence, we just want to get rid of it. It’s rare to read information sharing its good side effects. The Anxiety Solution on the other hand, shares the good side. Rather than pushing it away or pretending it does not exist, why not ask what it’s trying to tell you? Why are you thinking this way and what can you learn about yourself?
“There are no perfect decisions”
Chloe had a client who wished for 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. When you’re a perfectionist, you need to read and remember that no decision is ever completely perfect.
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.
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Disclaimer: The book was given to me for review purposes. All views are entirely my own.