[EBOOK / KINDLE] First We Make the Beast Beautiful A New Story About Anxiety Author Sarah Wilson


Riding Hard kHow do you give zero starsThis bookI really wanted to love it there were some great moments and thoughts in it that inspire you to look at your anxiety differently but mostly this book is flat out irresponsible The passages about how evil anti depressants are was traumatizing to me and I m sure to many other people I ve had good and bad experiences with different medications but this book made me feel like they had all permanently damaged me and that I couldn t use them if I needed the help But then I got to the endand after all Sarah s been through and all she takes the reader through she casually throws it out there that she tried toill herself TWICE while writing the book During this time I flitted between nine countries moved house seven times attempted suicide twice restructured my business and fell in love with a man loc 4943 As if that s okay As if that s any way to live I cannot believe I wasted my time trying to take advice on healing from a person who is so clearly continents away from it After all her research and life experience and bashing on medication I expected to find a better answer here but all she leaves you with is a message that says medication is bad Living sick is just living different And if you have to try to ill yourself sometimes then go ahead Sure compare taking antidepressants to taking an icepick to the brain but living suicidal is okay News flash people with cancer don t want chemo or think it s healthy for them but it s the best available weapon they have against the cancer their best option to get rid of it and survive Antidepressants are the same They are not perfect or without side effects but a lot of people rely on them to live it s their best available weapon against anxiety depression suicidal thoughts Their best weapon against an un lived lifeThis book is a meandering mess Sure it has inspirational tidbits but these can be found in many other books and without the anti medication rhetoric and Romeo and Juliet levels of romanticizing suicide Purposeful creative bold rich deep things are always beautiful I feel like books covering mental health topics are uite personal what works for you may not work for another Luckily this one really worked for me Wilson is funny and relatable and she describes anxiety in a way that I truly understood It s unapologetically raw and personal and I was sad to finish itIt s written in a very conversational style the structure is a tad chaotic and repeatedly jumps around to different things but that does appeal to me as my brain is very much like this It means that I never got bored She covers triggers and treatments as well as her own personal anecdotes and little uotes and tidbits from fellow anxiety sufferersHowever what I loved most about this book were the parts where Wilson tried to approach anxiety in a positive way in other words make the beast beautiful And she s right For all the negativity that anxiety can bring to our lives it also makes us the people we are If you simply removed my anxiety from my personality I would be a very different person That s not to say that you shouldn t receive treatment or counselling if it is impacting your life in a hugely negative way but there s something to be said for how anxiety can be beneficial in some ways For me it means that I am extremely how anxiety can be beneficial in some ways For me it means that I am extremely and organised time management is my jam even if it also turns me into a little bit of a control freakNear the beginning of the book Wilson states that this isn t a self help book it s an account of her experiences with anxiety But I would disagree I found so many tips in here and just being able to relate and agree with her about so many things provided some help in itselfIt s an awkward one to recommend because reviews seem to be uite mixed Like a lot of things targeted towards mental health I think it s really down to personal preference And hey even if you hated it the book itself is GORGEOUS 4 stars Pitched as a new story about anxiety this underwhelming book has moments of cut through which are almost lost in celebrity name dropping and privileged advice There are the seeds of interesting ideas within the almost lost in celebrity name dropping and privileged advice There are the seeds of interesting ideas within the but each time one is approached the the seeds of interesting ideas within the narrative but each time one is approached the stilted structure interferes The chance to genuinely engage with anxiety in a new way is lost We yearn for something even if we don t now what it looks like or if it actually exists Sarah Wilson is a journalisttv presenter best nown for her many books about uitting sugar Her nowledge about and passion for topics of nutrition is abundantly clear The sections where she talks about her own health journey her Hashimoto s disease diagnosis and the multitude of ways in which what we eat impacts our mental health are the most compelling But if you have read any of her other books or like me skimmed the odd article she has written on the topic occasionally not much will be new to youThis book attempts to blend memoir research and self help around the central theme of anxiety In some case this works well I enjoyed reading about the concept of mental space versus time having a deep look into one person s experience of anxiety connected some dots about my own experiences and there were some terrific uotes from thinkers on various topics By all accounts Wilson s struggle with anxiety has been and continues to be at the extreme end of the scale She talks about her various suicidal moments her autoimmune disease and how anxiety has impacted every corner of her life But having struggled is not the same as having. This journey is what I do now I bump along in fits and starts on a perpetual path to finding better ways for me and my mate Anxiety to get around It's everything I doSarah Wilson bestselling author and entrepreneur intrepid solver of problems and investigator of how to live a better life has helped over 12 million people across the world to uit sugar She has also been an anxiety sufferer her whole lifeIn her new book she directs her intense fo. First We Make the Beast Beautiful A New Story About AnxietyEty can be embraced and is a part of our uniue personhood I appreciate a lot of her thoughts about FOMOsocial mediatechnologysocial situations and can relate so closely with so much of what she writes about isolating oneself in a time of anxiety The uniue style of this book is perfectly matched with the struggles that are described within the book and the author tells us at the outset that it s not linear or organized I read it much as a memoir with some recommendations for things that MIGHT help others than as a self help book It is meandering and philosophical and disjointed much like my brain in all honesty and I really enjoyed that it wasn t laid out like a workbook with here s how to fix yourself Because that s the whole point Wilson doesn t think anxiety IS something to be fixed Her thoughts on meditation and it not needing to be pure or perfect are much appreciated as well With all that being said here is what could be potentially harmful for some readersWilson is very vague about her actual practice at this time regarding medication but does at many times throughout the book discuss going off meds with no medical oversight and describes how she lives better unmedicated While she of course can do whatever she wants with her own body this book should NOT be taken as medical advice or a recommendation that unmedicated is the preferred state for anyone else That is between any given person and their medical provider Luckily she does admit that her stance is controversial and includes John Green s statement about NOT abandoning medication Her entire business was she just shut it down I think to focus on other things completely based on uitting sugar and she is an adamant and vocal proponent of eliminating sugar from your diet I won t get into my backstory here but suffice to say that I don t agree with her on this and chose to completely ignore all references to it throughout the book However I m far enough into my body indness journey that I am able to do that If you are at all susceptible to diet culture this could be harmful to you so please be cautiousWilson is not at all shy about her fear of being fat and while she does not at all admit to this in the book my years of reading and work on this issue are telling me that she has an eatingbody image disorder and I deeply hope that she finds peace with herself in her lifetime If you are vulnerable to messages such as this and would be negatively impacted by mention of fat phobia I would avoid this book The reason I settled at 3 stars for this book is because of the raw and open nature of Wilson s story and her willingness to admit just how flawed she is She isn t presenting this book as a look I m fixed Here s how I did it manual She s telling things that have worked for HER and offering them up to readers within the context of her very personal journey I hope I have given you helpful guidance in whether you should be one of those readers I m not reviewing this one A book on anxiety that Made Me Anxious Not me anxious Not me This book isn t for everybody but it was 100% for me It seems people didn t like the meandering structure or the conversational style which is a ok obviously You do you But I wanted to write a review because I found the book SO beautiful and helpful and I was sceptical before buying it so I wanted to speak directly to my fellow scepticsI have read wanted to speak directly to my fellow scepticsI have read many books on related subjects the last ten years and I find most have a tiresome do these 10 simple things and your anxiety will be gone D D D tone That tone pisses me off Nothing is easy with anxiety nothing is straightforward or simple I was worried this book would be of that What it is in fact is someone grappling with the heartbreaking lonely always difficult daily and lifelong reality of anxiety Someone fully upfront about the bullshit the inconsistencies the lack of logic the awfulness but fronting up and doing the work bit by bit I hadn t read a book that really got into it all as much as this one did And yeah there are science based tips and advice like the other books but I appreciated the acknowledgement that most of the stuff you are advised to do is or feels near impossible when you are anxious I was grateful to be implored to try gently anyway I also liked the reference to both medical science and spiritual Tradition Basically I Liked Basically I liked complexity of her approach Most books don t deal with the complexity the interrelatedness of high achieving and anxiety of body mind trauma disorder soul etc I also think nowing the details and reality of others experience of this harrowing incredibly painful and mostly isolating condition only helpsI m not saying it s a perfect book Bits seemed a bit far out for me Other bits were boring Yet other tiny bits didn t seem to track with my understanding of the science Whatever I don t think a book needs to be perfect to be wonderful And this book for my context and experience was wonderfulFor context to see whether you might have a similar experience of the book to me I am 29 and I have had anxiety and depression my whole life I am a lifelong high achiever driven to put work before health to the point of near suicide on several occasions and now complete burnout I revere science but have a bit of faith in what science doesn t now yet I have been on 12 13 different drugs for my disorders none of which helped than their side effects hurt I m not on drugs now and am trying to restructureredesign my life to allow for my disorders instead of trying to ignore and suppress them. Icated into submission Ultimately she re frames anxiety as a spiritual uest rather than a burdensome affliction a state of yearning that will lead us closer to what really mattersPractical and poetic wise and funny this is a small book with a big heart It will encourage the myriad sufferers of the world's most common mental illness to feel not just better about their condition but delighted by the possibilities it offers for a richer fuller li. .
Something new to say and by the end of the book I d decided I simply was not the target marketThe most obnoxious parts of the book were the celebrity name dropping and the tone deaf advice Amongst the genuine suggestions that are accessible to most though not all like walk slowly or meditate even if you don t have the perfect peaceful circumstances there were some woefully off base ones like have a think week live somewhere slow and the suggestions to train those around you by setting an aggressive out of office on your email account Those suggestions might be fine if you have the means or the job stability to do so but for the majority of people they range from ill advised at best to virtually impossibleI can t end this review without mentioning the awful editing The structure of this book made no sense the chapter titles further confused things and the strange numbering system down the margins seemed completely arbitrary There were whole sections which could have been rewritten in a single sentence Memorably there was this line which combines dreadful editing and name dropping The Happiness Project s Gretchin Rubin shared the trick with me over the phone during one of our chats I think she refers to it on her blog or in one of her books too I own a copy of Rubin s book and I have access to the internet In less than 5 minutes I was able to confirm that she does indeed mention the trick on her blog than once Why was that sentence allowed to remain in the finished book Aside from making it sound like the book was dashed off in a lunch break which it wasn t given it took her over 2 years to write and she discusses her process elsewhere it also is not helpful for the reader the direct opposite of what that section is supposed to achieveI am taking from First We Make the Beast Beautiful some additional context around my own anxiety and the identification of a few behaviours which are connected in ways I hadn t realised I m also taking away reminders of what has worked for me in the past and will hopefully work in the future a reminder to eep going and it will always pass On the flip side I won t be picking up another book by Sarah Wilson and I have an increased justification of my caution around celebrity memoirs Four stars for writing candidly about mental health Bravo1 star for Terrible editing Blanket statements such as anxiety makes you fat Inconsistencies in timelines such as and I m paraphrasing I haven t owned a car in 5 years to I spent years researching what car to buy and I bought the most environmentally sound car in t Sarah Wilson has long irritated me often with no discernible reason yet I have eagerly bought every book she s written That should tell you where this review will ultimately head I loved it and I was often times irked by it For some time now I had suspected the rea Pro tip Don t write a memoir like a self helpmotivational book The reason It patronises the reader and makes the author seem entirely entitled and self centred Some of the the thoughts and suggestions she gave entirely entitled and self centred Some of the the thoughts and suggestions she gave managing anxiety were nauseating to someone who has an anxiety disorder Some suggestions rely on the privilege she has in her life and shouldn t be toted as necessary salves to anxiety If she wanted to write about her anxiety and what she s finds interesting about the condition then she should ve stuck with that instead of heralding her methods as evidence of capability to cope with anxiety To be honest this book made me irritated because it made me feel like I was failing because I it made me feel like I was failing because I t manage my life in similar ways to her This reaction isn t all me and it was heavily influenced by the way she chose to structure and write this book She made it seem that if you couldn t follow her easy to manage suggestions then you aren t trying hard enough to manage anxiety and you almost deserve your situationNot my cup of tea In all likelihood this wasn t written to inspire the chronically anxious but the middle to high income women straddled with anxiety from everyday life The Chinese believe that before you can conuer a beast you must first make it beautiful This is the author s honest and vibrant account of her struggle with anxiety and what she has done to cope or manage it throughout her life I consider it part memoir and part self help bookI found the book interesting and helpful In it Sarah Wilson references books and uotes from other authors such as Matt Haig Glennon Doyle Louise Hay and Eckhart Tolle whose book The Power of Now I ve read at least three times She also mentions research and studies about the subject this I found fascinating give me interesting facts and figures and I m hookedThe author describes the positive effects that meditation hiking decluttering and uitting sugar among other changes have had in her life We ve heard about these steps from other sources about a thousand times but when Sarah describes it she does it in a sincere and candid voice which I found compellingOverall I recommend this book Review copy provided by publisher FIRST I m going to tell you this this book is NOT for people in crisis and is NOT for people with severe anxiety who are not working with a physician or therapist It is NOT a recipe for fixing anxiety and it s NOT a cure all actually it s not a cure anythingI went into this book with a strong affinity for the title and the concept of turning anxiety from an ugly beast into something beautiful without completely obliterating the beast itself And I did get that message from Wilson that anxi. Cus and fierce investigatory skills onto this lifetime companion of hers looking at the triggers and treatments the fashions and fads She reads widely and interviews fellow sufferers mental health experts philosophers and even the Dalai Lama processing all she learns through the prism her own experiencesSarah pulls at the thread of accepted definitions of anxiety and unravels the notion that it is a difficult dangerous disease that must be med.

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