Self-help books are flooding the market at the moment, claiming to declutter your home, your mind and your life. A lot of them are focussed on mental health, claiming to be able to help relieve you of your anxiety or help you cope with depression – but how many of them are really, genuinely useful? The Anxiety Solution: A Quieter Mind, A Calmer You by Chloe Brotheridge is definitely one of the most aesthetically pleasing out there and I have to admit that its pastel-coloured cover is initially what attracted me to this book. The colours are calming and comforting. And you’ll find the same feeling inside its pages.
‘I know what it’s like to be stuck in a cycle of anxiety. I used to feel as though fear and worry were a permanent part of who I was… but I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be this way. The truth is, your natural state is one of calmness and confidence – and I’m going to teach you how to get there.’
Obviously self-help books are quite personal and the one that will help you most will be the one that relates most closely to your own problems but The Anxiety Solution is definitely the best I’ve read this year. Chloe Brotheridge speaks from the heart offering insights into her own life and experiences, which makes you feel less alone and I think that’s half the battle. She somehow manages to make herself both your friend and therapist, convincing you that she’s a professional who knows what she’s talking about as well as someone just like you.
What I love about The Anxiety Solution: A Quieter Mind, A Calmer You is that each chapter begins by explaining an issue, giving examples, and finally giving you a task to do to overcome this issue. This is what makes Chloe Brotheridge’s book stand out from the others. The tasks are so easy to complete but are hugely effective. I took my time reading this book because I saw it as a self-help process that Chloe was guiding my through. I didn’t want to rush it as I wanted to get the full benefits of her method. I went through The Anxiety Solution with small notebook and a pen with me as most of the exercises involve writing things down. I still have this notebook and frequently look back through it to quickly remind myself of all Chloe’s lessons when things aren’t going so well.
So the question everyone’s been asking me is: Is this the solution to anxiety? The truth is, no, this book is not the solution to anxiety. Those are pretty big boots to fill and I don’t think even the best mental health professional could give a one glove fits all answer to that mammoth question. But this book helps. A lot. Just reading The Anxiety Solution felt like a weight was being lifted off my chest. That I wasn’t alone and that the thoughts running through my brain again and again are normal. That other people feel them too. I rarely give 5 star book reviews but this book was exceptionally insightful, readable and encouraging and I’d highly recommend it.