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Review: The Anxiety Solution: A Quieter Mind, A Calmer You

Book Review: The Anxiety Solution: A Quieter Mind, A Calmer You

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.


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Book Review: The Anxiety Solution: A Quieter Mind, A Calmer You

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Laura is a culture and travel blogger based in London. She studied French at Oxford University and now studies Law in London. She’s an avid reader and traveller and loves to combine the two with literary travel. Find her tips and reviews on the best reads, eats and destinations on whatshotblog.com.

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  1. Rebecca U
    12th November 2017 / 3:14 PM

    thanks for the review, it sounds like it has made a difference to you. I really like the sound of it 🙂 x

  2. 12th November 2017 / 5:17 PM

    Thank you for the review, from reading your post this sounds as though it was really helpful to you. I’ll definitely recommend this one to friends x

  3. Laura Dove
    12th November 2017 / 8:52 PM

    This is really interesting that you find this helped your anxiety. I have lived with anxiety for 22 years now and I have found the only thing that helped was intensive CBT sessions.

  4. 12th November 2017 / 11:09 PM

    This sounds really good for someone suffering with anxiety. That mix of real-life experience, advise on what to do and a practical task sounds like a winner. Mich x

  5. Victoria Hatton
    13th November 2017 / 7:14 AM

    This looks like a great book, I like books that give solutions that make it practical to be able to follow them.

  6. My Money Cottage
    13th November 2017 / 2:57 PM

    This book seems like something I could really make use of at the moment, thank you for sharing.

  7. Melanie
    13th November 2017 / 4:28 PM

    What a fab book for people suffering from anxiety. Great to see that you found it helpful too 🙂 x

  8. 13th November 2017 / 4:58 PM

    It definitely has a strong aesthetic. I like that it talks through and explains a problem rather than just trying to solve it immediately like some books do!

    C x

  9. Katrina Downie
    15th November 2017 / 8:50 AM

    I could really use this book right now my anxiety is through the roof with a temper tantrum toddler

  10. 15th November 2017 / 1:38 PM

    I’m glad you found the book useful, the way it’s set out seems very sensible if you’re looking to make changes. I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but I do rather love the design too!

  11. Jennifer Gladwin
    15th November 2017 / 4:40 PM

    I’m glad you found it so helpful. The giving tasks idea sounds like a good one.

  12. 11th December 2018 / 1:38 AM

    I need to read this. Thank you for the review! I am always dealing with anxiety, and since I started my blog, it’s gone through the roof! All for a good cause, lol, but still…my mind is tired. 😀 Even if it’s not 100% helpful (everyone is different), it’s just nice knowing that 1) you’re not crazy because you feel like this, and 2) you’re not alone in feeling like this.

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