First, we make the beast beautiful: a new story about anxiety

First, we make the beast beautiful: a new story about anxiety, by Sarah Wilson.

Post by Rebecca.

This unusually titled book is written by Sarah Wilson, of “I Quit Sugar” and “I Quit Sugar: Simplicious fame. It’s a very personal, very wise and very readable book that tackles the issue of anxiety – an issue that affects so many Australians at some time in their lives. I didn’t know Sarah Wilson (have I been living under a rock?) but she has led a high-profile public life. She has been editor of Cosmopolitan magazine, a news journalist, host of the first Australian Masterchef series, and most recently an entrepreneur who has convinced thousands of people around the world to quit sugar. Privately, though, she has had to cope with severe physical and mental illness. In this book she takes us on a fascinating, meandering journey through her life, disclosing her private health battles, and the coping mechanisms she has developed to keep them at bay. You can dip in anywhere to sample a rich mixture of serious research, personal anecdote, hard-won wisdom and practical advice, all sprinkled with a good dose of self-deprecating humour.  

It’s obvious that Sarah did extensive reading and interviewed many experts for this book, but she presents the facts in such a warm, personal and chatty way that you feel as if she’s your best friend, and you’re sitting together in a café drinking hot chocolate and having a series of deep and meaningful discussions.

This is not your usual self help guide, but a very honest, personal story from someone who has spent a great deal of time trying to understand her own anxiety and develop ways to live a full and satisfying life despite it.  At the same time, anyone who suffers from anxiety will find it full of wise and well-researched recommendations for a richer and happier life.