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Sex friends or lovers ? yAre the seeds of interesting ideas within the narrative but each time one is approached the strangely stilted structure interferes The chance to genuinely engage with anxiety in a new way is lost Weearn for something even if we don t know what it looks like or if it actually exists Sarah Wilson is a journalisttv presenter best known for her many books about uitting sugar Her knowledge 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 Paul à uébec 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 toouThis 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 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 L`echec de l`aide internationale a Haiti 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 aroundou by setting an aggressive out of office on Sailor Moon Anime Album Bd. 2: Sailor Moon S der Film, Schneeprinzessin Kaguya your email account Those suggestions might be fine ifou 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 ears 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 keep 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 Purposeful creative bold rich deep things are always beautiful I feel like books covering mental health topics are uite personal what works for ou 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 "make the beast beautiful And she s right For all the that anxiety can bring to our lives it also makes us the people we are If The Sea and the Mirror you simply removed my anxiety from my personality I would be a very different person That s not to say thatou shouldn t receive treatment or counselling if it is impacting our 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 efficient 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 Wilson states that this 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 ou hated it the book itself is GORGEOUS 4 stars How do Traité de neuropsychologie clinique de l'adulte, Tome 2 - Rééducation you give zero starsThis bookI really wanted to love it there were some great moments and thoughts in it that inspireou to look at our 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 to kill 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 it After all her research and life experience and bashing on medication I expected to find a better here but all she leaves ou with is a message that says medication is bad Living sick is just living different And if Dragonfly in Amber you have to try to killourself 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. Icated into submission Ultimately she re frames anxiety as a spiritual uest rather than a burdensome affliction a state of earning 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.

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Further the author s cringe worthy appropriation of an explicitly Christian notion Grace with the disclaimer that she wants to leave aside the Christian notion and et going as far as to use word for word the Christian definition of Grace as pretty much what I m talking about while still asking the reader to substitute out any references to God Why not just create another word or concept for the experience then rather than trying to de Christian an essentially Christian termFurther to that theme there was another apology to readers for sounding religious on page 294 This would have been fine in itself even if it seems to indicate Sarah was largely writing to a secular audience but it s uickly followed up with an accusation that religious scripture is dangerous numb doctrine This is a disappointing statement to read in a book which purports to be about and strives so hard to reach personal spiritual enlightenment Ie the Something Else Sarah so often talks about The passage was a brief A Grammar of Kham yet alienating moment for a reader of faith who finds her faith such a deeply comforting in fact the most comforting aspect of the anxiety journey This book does not end with an ultimate answer or a healed writer And that is to be expected If I have learned anything about anxiety it is that anxiety is not simply an awful bout of fluou get over once and for all with the right healing combinationDon t come to this book expecting actual hard science or the magical answer to L Amour Fou de Dieu your anxiety because Sarah doesn t have it Instead this is her very intimate warts and all account of her anxiety along with her coping mechanisms paraphrased research she has resonated with and a wide variety of healing and soothing strategies or ideas There is plenty of scope for inspiration in this book many deeply insightful moments padded out with some fluff and woo and contradiction but at its heart a vibrant courageous eccentric imperfect and utterly vulnerable human character who has generously shared her struggles with the world 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 doou 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 many many books on related subjects I m not reviewing this one A book on anxiety that made me anxious Not for me Review copy provided by publisher FIRST I m going to tell De brevitate vitae 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 anxiety 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 fixourself 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 our diet i won eliminating sugar from our diet I won 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 kindness journey that I am able to do that If Un monstre dans les céréales you are at all susceptible to diet culture this could be harmful toou so please be cautiousWilson is not at all shy about her fear of being fat and while she does not at at all shy about her fear of being fat and while she does not at admit to this in the book my ears 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 ou 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 Painting Landscapes from Your Imagination you helpful guidance in whetherou should be one of those readers Four stars for writing candidly about mental health Bravo1 star for Terrible editing Blanket statements such as anxiety makes Lippenbekenntnisse you fat Inconsistencies in timelines such as and I m paraphrasing I haven t owned a car in 5ears to I spent Chasing McCree Chasing McCree years researching what car to buy and I bought the most environmentally sound car in the world I live in the city to I am a nomad and have lived in 7 different places in the lastear Huh I m lost The bit about going to Thai massage place over the luxurious day spa as it was authentic to listen to junkies fighting outside Cringe The embarrassing privilege checks Yeah eah the African kids again Righto Vague research Everything from A German university study said to my self help guru friend said who isn t a ualified psychologist to my really expensive meditation teacher said to too many uotes from uestionable self help books and then there was some ACTUAL scientific research thrown in This book would have had integrity if it either stuck to memoir OR was credibly researched Better tougher editing would have helped with this It felt self published and read like a hastily written blog post not a book from a major publisherAs a public personality who has lived an interesting life on her own terms I wanted to like Wilson s book However I think there is a certain level of responsibility that comes with dishing out advice to vulnerable readers and the standard of writing and research should have been much higher at this point of Wilson s career 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. 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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The Chinese believe that before ou can conuer a beast Keto Diet for Beginners: The Keto Diet Cookbook with Quick and Healthy Recipes incl. 30 Days Weight Loss Plan 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 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 about 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 can 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 ifou couldn t follow her easy to manage suggestions then Wachten op Apollo you aren t trying hard enough to manage anxiety andou almost deserve Criminal Juries in the 21st Century: Psychological Science and the Law (American Psychology-Law Society Series) 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 Sarah Wilson has long irritated me often with no discernible reasonet I have eagerly bought every book she s written That should tell Callisthnie - La musculation globale 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 reason Sarah Wilson both intrigues and weirdly repels me is because she reminds me too much of myself When I learned she had a brand new book out on anxiety my own longtime friend I first thought Ugh Must she really uickly followed by I need to go buy that book immediately After reading First We Make The Beast Beautiful I can confirm my loveirritation relationship with Sarah relates to how I have always identified with her specifically how much of my earnestness perfectionism neuroticism perpetual striving and idealism I had recognised in Sarah In short she was a fellow anxiety warrior And thus first and foremost I want to offer a massive congratulations thankou and well done to Sarah for writing this book It s a raw personal and honest account of her most intimate personal struggle and I commend her so highly for having the courage determination and vision to pull it offThe book itself is a beautiful buy and one I will love having on my bookshelves The cover art is enchanting the solid want to run And the Ass Saw the Angel your hands all over it feel of the hardcover is just delicious and the format and typesetting is aesthetically pleasing and easy to dip into at random or at whim This is something Sarah Wilson does particularly well her books are always stunning They even smell great I went into this book during a non active phase of my anxiety For me anxiety is an accepted part of who I am like the dark side of my bright moon Over the last 7ears of my life through so much self analysis reflection and growth I have acknowledged anxiety has always been a part of who I fundamentally am It s just been given different names at different stages of my life and by different people in my life until we finally all recognised it for what it really is I haveam managing my anxiety with exercise running CBT meditation and relaxation SLEEP journal writing reading reading reading staying extremely active with my writing reading staying extremely active with my writing sheer love of and obsession with ellow and perhaps most importantly my faith Because I am very settled in how I work with and through my anxiety I didn t begin this book desperately hoping for answers or new avenues of assistance Instead I embarked on this journey with Sarah in curiosity Almost immediately it was reconfirmed for me for the millionth time over that there is no such thing as one definition or experience of anxiety there are as many different shades of anxiety as there are people with anxiety Certainly the way Sarah experiences anxiety is vastly different to how I do There are important often eerie similarities all the way through but her journey is distinctly hers Straight away however I understood I was reading the memoir of a self aware analytical and conscientious person with an unswerving drive to understand all the timeThis account of anxiety is not tightly and methodically structured written rather with a meandering insightful self reflective tone This makes thankfully for a gentle reading experience taken at leisure with no pressure to implement anything This is no nagging self help book It feels instead like the kind of late night DM ou get into with an eually Nationalism: Critical Concepts in Political Science yearning friend It s a ruminative contemplative exploration of anxiety Which is not to say there aren t useful strategies and ideas in here In fact this book is chock full of ideas to try all methods which have specifically helped this author The beauty of the this format means the reader can dip into the novel briefly at will and come away with a hopeful little gemDid I gain much from this bookFor sure There were plenty of aha moments for me in the reading of Beautiful Beast Ironically however most of those light bulb insights were not related to me but to my husband who has chronic insomnia but no anxiety and pertinently to my gorgeous 9ear old daughter who has anxiety I gleaned lovely tidbits for her sake from this book Often I read snippets of this book excitedly aloud to my husband glad to have a facet of how my daughter thinks or behaves better elucidatedDuring those moments I LOVED this bookUnfortunately the book also had some terribly irksome moments which genuinely detracted from my reading of it For example there were contradictions aplenty Chapters or sections advising something Sarah does or recommends are in confusing contrast to other parts of the book or even other things I had seen Sarah post online before This was frustrating to me but may actually be the result of the two ear writing period editing issues the meandering and non linear structure and also the fact this Beast is indeed a contradictory paradoxical creatureThere was also frankly so much Beast is indeed a contradictory paradoxical creatureThere was also frankly so much mean SO MUCH the author does for her anxiety it was almost disheartening for a reader I mean if Sarah has tried ALL THESE methods plus all the other unmentioned things I d read about at various times I ve seen her posts online and it s still such a hugely ongoing battle for her then what hope is there for the average busy with life anxiety warrior Undeniably for me there were some problematic parts of the book which spoiled the vibe for me at times theories or methods I plain didn t agree with or were too woo woo and sections that just didn t make senseFor example her uick dismissal of CBT is most worrisome in an anxiety book considering CBT is actually the gold standard in the treatment of anxiety. 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 Anxiety