‘We have to shift from a mindset of shame, which sees anxiety as evidence of brokenness, to a mindset of curiosity, which recognizes that anxiety is evidence of our sensitive heart, our imaginative mind and our soul’s desire to grow towards wholeness.’
Three million people are thought to suffer from anxiety in the UK, and it is an issue that affects a growing number of people across all ages.
For anyone troubled by obsessive thoughts, insomnia and other manifestations of anxiety, counsellor Sheryl Paul offers shelter in the storm. In The Wisdom of Anxiety, Paul reveals that anxiety, like any emotion, is a signal – a clear bodily invitation to heal and renew your trust in your choices, self-image and core values.
Weaving together practical exercises with personal stories, Paul offers medication-free approaches for accessing the gifts in different kinds of anxiety, and especially the anxiety summoned by life’s transitions, for example a career change, becoming parents or becoming carers for loved ones.
Chapters include recognising the symptoms of anxiety, its origins, the myth of ‘normal’, the expectation of happiness and a timeline of healing that includes exercises for the body and mind. There are also chapters on parenting in an age of anxiety and the vulnerability of connection and relationships.