This books is a great read for anyone suffering from anxiety who may feel alone with their condition, or anyone dealing with a loved one who suffers from anxiety. It is written based on Sarah Wilson's personal journey with anxiety, but is also backed by a lot of science and research.
The text is written in a very relatable manner and it becomes clear early on that Sarah Wilson is not suggesting we treat away anxiety completely, but simply learn to manage it. She writes and I agree, "whether our focusing so heavily on defining the problem tactily creates the problem, namely that we're broken and require fixing. Perhaps the problem sometimes, is the notion that there's a problem". Anxiety does not just create suffering for those who experience it; anxiety can also create a lot of beauty- deeper thinking, authentic ideas, and more purposeful living.
I particularly like her views on hiking and walking. Both, of these along with running have played a huge part in my life and my ability to cope with our modern world. "Hiking gets us present. And this is key. Let me explain. When you hike over a long period in tough conditions, you must enter the moment. You must focus on the here and now."
The book makes you look at anxiety differently, gives the reader practical tips about how to deal with anxious spirals and helps explain why anxious people form certain habits to keep them from experiencing anxiety. For me, just being aware of the triggers is hugely helpful, although they can't always be avoided, at least I am ready for them and go in to situations prepared.
The Four Tendencies:
Have you ever thought about how you respond to inner and outer expectations?
Gretchen Rubin, author of the novel ‘The Four Tendencies’ suggests that we each have a dominant tendency in which we respond to expectations. According to Rubin, your tendency is not something you learn over time and it not necessarily something you want to change, it is simply something you want to understand.
Self-awareness of your dominant tendency can help you create habits that fit with your dominant way of responding to expectation, which will help you frame your goals in a way that will bring about success. I am a huge advocate of mindful habit creation. By mindfully creating habits based on your values you can almost always reach your goals. However, if you combine mindful habits with the knowledge of how you respond to expectations you can see even greater improvement in your ability to stick to new habits.
Find out what your tendency is here:
The Four Tendencies Quiz
What are The Four Tendencies: (from most common type to the rarest)
This book is a great read for anyone who suffers from false moods. False moods are common everyday occurrences for many people and can range from unjustified anger, chronic stress, lack of excitement to full blown depression. In the Mood Cure Julia Ross addresses these moods and recommends nutritional therapy to combat them. Her approach involves a protocol of nutrient dense food and supplemental aids to get you functioning at your optimal happiness capacity.
The book begins by explaining what false moods are, and includes a questionnaire (link to online mood type questionnaire). This allows the reader to figure out their own personal mood type so they can focus on the chapter and recommendations specific to them. Julia offers a step by step approach to identifying, understanding and resolving the main mood issues that are impacting the lives of many.
The author recognizes four main mood types and dedicates a chapter to each.
The four main mood types identified in the book are:
1. Under a Dark Cloud: Low in Serotonin
2. Feeling the Blahs: Low in Norepinephrin or Thyroid
3. Over Stressed: Low in GABA or Cortisol
4. Too Sensitive to Life's Pain: Low in Endorphin
This books was really informative and it gives the reader a better understanding of the importance of amino acids, and what is going on chemically inside the body when you digest and break down different foods. I really liked the way the chapters were broken down and the easy to implement step by step process that the author offers. I recommend reading or listening to this book as an audio download. I was able to download it from my local library :)
In his book 'Eat Dirt', Dr. Josh Axe addresses the issue of what he refers to as 'Leaky Gut'. He points to 'Leaky Gut' as the root cause for the rising number of people suffering with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and other IBDs (Irritable Bowel Diseases) across North America.
Did you know that we are made up of dirt?, if you took away all the water in our bodies, you would be left with the same elements that are found in the Earth's crust; essentially dirt.
It is believed that 80% of the population struggles with digestive issues on a daily basis, and if you are one of these people, I recommend you read this book. Dr. Axe illustrates the complex interactions going on in our digestive system when we breakdown food and he explains the effect our food choices have on our gut microbiome. His main premise is to alert the general public about the importance of soil based organisms (SBOs) to our gut health as well as our immune systems. Dr.Axe points to over sanitation as one of the root causes for the lack of vitamins and minerals in our diets. Also, the way we farm has greatly depleted the good bacteria and minerals from the soil in which our food is grown, making it even harder to get the nutrients we need from our food supply.
Dr. Axe breaks leaky gut down further into 5 main gut types: Candida gut, Stressed gut, Immune gut, Gastric gut and Toxic gut. Dr. Axe includes a chapter on each specific gut type allowing the reader to better understand the root problems of their dysfunction and how to remedy them.
Some main takeaways from his book:
Great book, not the easiest read, but there is a lot you can take away from the material.
My main takeaways were: (taken directly from the text)
TED TALK with Mihal Csikszentmihalyi
I was so excited to read this book, but while I waited for it on hold at the library I read a few reviews and became skeptical. The reviews I read were a 50/50 toss up between loving and hating it (and the author for that matter). Many people said the author came across as self-righteous and arrogant, so I just assumed I would hate it. But, that could not have been further from the truth, I loved this book and wish I had bought it so I could have highlighted my favourite lines, written my own comments in the margins and kept it forever to share with others. Maybe it’s simply because I can relate to a lot of the feelings he struggles with and agree with the main premise, but I thought the book was fantastic. It was like he stepped inside my head and expressed my own thoughts and feelings, only much more eloquently than I ever could. He told his story in a way that was not arrogant or judgmental, but personal and truthful. The author has a great message to share, one that fills the reader with feelings of hope and freedom; two beautiful things.
And, for those that may not resonate with the message, it is still a great read simply because it is creatively written and tells an interesting story.
Some of my favourite quotes from the novel:
Over the last decade people have begun to talk more openly about mental illness and depression. Daily millions of people are living in a depressed state. Talking about the problem is the first step, but it's important to move forward and start addressing some of the underlying issues behind this health crisis.
It has been proven that SSRI's (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) don't work long term, yet they are still being prescribed to millions of people daily. It is as if highly intelligent and well meaningful doctors are saying that the same 'magical' pill can fix complex physiological problems in millions of incredibly unique individuals?! This concept has always seemed strange me, even in my youth. My disbelief in a one pill cures all fantasy, has kept me from ever personally experiencing an anti-depressant. Dr. Brogan approaches depression from another angle, and she insists that healing the immune system, and healing hormone imbalances in a natural way will ultimately lead to reduced bodily inflammation (often that we don't even realize is at the root dis-ease in our lives) which can prevent and heal the root causes of depression. She insists that depression is actually a symptom of a much more complex, yet remediable psychoneuroimmunological issue.
Excerpt from the book:
"what science is revealing is that people who adhere to a protocol that is rich in healthy, anti-inflammatory fats and proteins enjoy significantly lower rates of depression."
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is suffering from anxiety or depression. Part two of the book covers Natural treatments for whole-body wellness with a focus on healing the gut in order to heal the brain. It is comprehensive, yet simple to follow and implement.