"I found myself pausing for reflection often and really feeling that a weight was lifting"
"Remarkable - and much to respect. An excellent workbook by a highly experienced practitioner."
From the Author
With this understood, the book continues by looking at how and why these protective strategies can often be triggered inappropriately, causing unnecessary anxiety and depression. One central area focused on here is the intensely human requirement for caring and valuing - love. I avoid sentimentalism here and explain in clear language why "love" is an essential ingredient for well-being and how it's absence can be a key causal factor for anxiety. With careful reasoning the case is made, that when we are in states of anxiety or depression we can find ourselves enmeshed in a war within. Not only are we suffering because we are frightened or low, but we also then inadvertently add to that suffering with feelings of alarm, frustration, anger, self-loathing, and impatience. You might say it's fear of fear and depression about depression. This simply deepens the crisis and I offer practical powerful methods which can encourage the disparate parts of ourselves to come together harmoniously.
In addition to the need for resolution between warring parts of oneself, we also learn about the practical matters which affect our stress levels, and consequently, our anxieties. Positive methods to help us accurately identify our unmet needs, and what might be making us unhappy or anxious are shared alongside practical therapeutic tools for making the necessary changes. There is great empathy and understanding shown here for the resistance which many of us feel towards implementing change. Strategies for making change possible, desirable, and ultimately actionable are sensitively offered.
Contrary to the popular opinion that anxiety is all a bit of a mystery, I propose that there are a finite number of reasons that people become stressed, anxious, or depressed. This book shines a spotlight into all of those areas. Whilst I recognise that there is no "one size fits all" approach to healing, the plan was always to offer numerous moments of illumination.
There's every reason to be hopeful but we need a realistic expectation for recovery. This is the organic "no hype" approach. It's not offered as a quick fix. It's for people who want a serious and thorough answer to the serious problem of anxiety.
Anxiety Relief is written in a style which is both engaging and light, despite the serious nature of the subject matter. Every page is filled with the encouragement you need to find the strength and courage necessary to know in your heart that Anxiety Relief is within reach, and then of course...to get it done!