Lately I've been absolutely loving self-help books. I think the whole concept of self-help gets a pretty bad stereotype. They're viewed as a last resort for people who are going crazy. I know that that's how I used to see them. But ever since I read Matt Haig's Reason's to Stay Alive (seriously, if I had a penny for every time I name drop Matt Haig in a blog post), I've been completely in love with books which discuss anxiety, depression* and mental health in general. I've always found comfort in books and writing where it feels like the author is speaking directly to me and as if I can relate to every single word. For me, this is the feeling I get when I read books about mental health.

This week, I had the pleasure of reading Chloe Brotheridge's debut book, The Anxiety Solution: A Quieter Mind, A Calmer You. What first attracted me to this book was, not only the title, but the gorgeous cover. Just looking at it's pastel colours and rose gold embossment made me feel calmer. I've always encouraged the idea that it's actually completely okay to judge a book by it's cover. Book covers are designed in line with what their target audience would react to and reach for subconsciously. With a title which sounded like it was selling exactly what I needed and an aesthetically pleasing book cover which promised it'd look great on my shelf, I knew I needed to give this book a read.

Chloe is a clinical hypnotherapist who specialises in helping people who suffer from anxiety. She shares a lot of her expert tips throughout the pages of her book and there are dozens of ideas which you can try to take back control of your mind. For me, there were a lot of ideas in there which I've already tried and have reaped the positive rewards already, but there were far more which have never before crossed my mind. I made sure to bookmark any pages with tips for controlling anxiety which I liked and I'm going to try my best to include them in my daily routine.

From foods to eat and avoid when you're feeling anxious to how to respond to anxious feelings and thoughts, The Anxiety Solution pretty much covers all bases. A lot of books which I've read on anxiety before claim that they know the cure. I've always stood by the belief that you can never cure anxiety. It's always going to be there. But what you can do is control it and make it easier to live with. My favourite part of the book is that it completely shares this view. It agrees that while you can't instantly make anxiety disappear, you can learn to utilise it in a way that doesn't cause so much pain. You can turn it into a separate part of your brain, one which you control, rather than it controlling you.

If you're suffering from anxiety and you're in need of some tips to help you destress and regain control, I 100% recommend grabbing a copy of this book. It even comes with an 'Anxiety Solution Toolkit' in the final chapter which is packed with excersizes which you can fill in and do yourself to really get down to the bottom of what's causing your anxiety, and figure out how to fix this.

Take a look at Chloe's website if you're interested in finding out more about the book or grabbing yourself a copy.

*I'm in no way intending to generalise mental illness to just these two illnesses, but these are the areas which I personally can relate to.

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  1. Sounds like a lovely book! I don't personally struggle with anxiety (usually if it becomes an issue with me, it's more of a side effect of my depression spiraling out of control), but I agree that self-help books can be so useful and don't deserve such a bad stigma. In all honesty, I actually wish we focused more on how to take care of ourselves during school! What good is it if we can write papers or add if we can't even leave the house because our minds are struggling to cope with just LIVING? Lovely review :)

  2. This sounds like such a good read and I'm totally with you on just looking at the cover makes you calmer - those colours are so serene! I've never actually read a self-help book because I kind of had the mindset that they were a last resort and I'd never been bad enough to need one, but I will definitely be looking into this one.

    Olivia - The Northernist x

  3. I agree books can help. I got over panic attackers through a book. I get general anxiety and I've read a lot of books to help me. Everyone is different but for me books only get me so far. I need to put in the effort too. When I'm anxious reading can be a chore unless it's fiction. I would say exercising and meditation and doing things to make you feel happy are better than reading book after book. Try reading a book first but if like me it's not helping it's time to stop reading self-help books and help yourself. Yoga is my go to.