If you suffer from generalized anxiety and panic attacks
If you suffer from stress or burnout If you lack confidence or self-esteem or fear failure……
If you’re a perfectionist or find the challenges of life overwhelming… …
then my book, Anxiety Rescue: How to Overcome Anxiety, Panic, and Stress and Reclaim Joy is exactly the right book for you—because it will cheerlead, motivate and encourage you to fight for your dreams and achieve your goals.
Anxiety Rescue: How to Overcome Anxiety, Panic, and Stress and Reclaim Joy is the ultimate prescription and medication free cure. Using the timeless wisdom of other successful men and women who have suffered from anxiety, depression, and despair—and succeeded anyway, Anxiety Rescue reveals in six easy steps:
✓ How to define success on your own terms…
✓ How to find your truth and live an authentic life…
✓ How to set and achieve audacious goals…
✓ How to take strategic risks (rather than reckless ones)
✓ How to overcome your fear of failure, criticism, and change…
✓ How to make money, follow your passion and still pay the bills…
✓ How to beat low self-esteem…
✓ How to identify real priorities that are central to your life’s true meaning…
✓ And how to empower your business and personal life… There is not only wisdom on every page, but actionable, immediate steps you can take to make a difference in reaching your own goals and dreams.
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It always really touches me when I realize that what I do has an impact on people. We’ve all been through tough situations. Not many of us escape childhood unscathed. Few of us survive working life or relationships without scars. I work from that experience. If what I say, write, or do inspires people or gives them strength, courage, or hope, I’m over the moon.
Like many of my books, I write to inspire myself. I take issues I am struggling with, or new learnings that have deeply impacted me, and share them in my books.
Anxiety Rescue: How to Overcome Anxiety, Panic, and Stress and Reclaim Joy is one of these books. I’m tempted to say that it’s a concise guide to overcoming anxiety and making the most of your life. It is. And it isn’t.
As I wrote this book, so many factors which impact anxiety came to light. Many of them are ignored by general practitioners and doctors—the very people many of us go when we’re feeling stressed, anxious, or just plain unwell. Some, are viewed skeptically by psychologists and psychiatrists.
Yet times are changing, the old ways aren’t working. Prescription medication and pharmaceutical drugs are being consumed in exploding quantities, and still, anxiety rates and other mental illnesses are still soaring.
Increasingly science is validating what ancient wisdom has been telling us for years. You only have to consider how main-stream meditation, yoga, acupressure, and other holistic therapies have become, to witness the emergence.
Anxiety Rescue is based on clinically-proven techniques and integrates modern science with other healing modalities. Yet it also harnesses the magic of creative approaches to healing. Which is why I’ve turned to two of my greatest inspirations—Leonardo da Vinci and Coco Chanel. Anxiety Rescue: How to Overcome Anxiety, Panic, and Stress and Reclaim Joy summarizes their timeless wisdom and strategies to tame anxiety, quell despair, overcome obstacles and maximize health, wellbeing and success.
From my own professional and personal experience, I know we can heal ourselves. A great deal many people don’t need pills to feel calm, happy, healthy, and inspired. Some do.
I am not against prescription drugs, but what concerns me, as it may you, is that many anxious, stressed, and depressed people are not offered a choice. Nor do they benefit from someone taking an inventory of their life and analyzing the traumatic events or stressors that may be impacting their anxiety levels.
Like Len, who, aged 42-year-old man who had suffered work-related burnout, and sought relief from his doctor. He was, quite rightly, alarmed that his doctor told him that the only cure was medication. He left his doctor’s office empty-handed.
Ten years later, a diagnosis of complex trauma, not only made sense but also provided a roadmap to lasting healing. I’ll be sharing more of his story in a book I plan to write called, Leaving Jehovah—Surviving the Cult of Toxic Control and Shame.
Or, Sarah, who’d been taking anti-depressants for years but had noticed her anxiety rates returning and no longer wanted to be on medication. Counseling and engaging in talk-therapy gave a voice to wounds she had repressed. When darkness was brought to light, and armed with new tools of self-care, including meditation and nutrition, her anxiety rates disappeared.
I’m not bagging medication. Not by any means. My purpose in writing Anxiety Rescue: How to Overcome Anxiety, Panic, and Stress and Reclaim Joy is to share alternative routes to healing—lasting ones that enable you to be empowered and chose the best course of action for you.
No two people are the same. We have not had the same childhoods, the same school experiences, or workplace trauma. I speak from my own experience—both what has worked for me, and what has worked for my clients.
With over twenty-five years of expertise working in therapeutic professions, most lately as a child therapist and relationship counselor, I know what works.
My hope is in reading Anxiety Rescue: How to Overcome Anxiety, Panic, and Stress and Reclaim Joy, you will emerge stronger, happier, healthier, and more thankful too. A large part of my healing has involved following my joy—something you’ll learn to discover for yourself in this book. I share how love is the cure in my fab coaching programme, Love! Love! Love!
I use my passion journal to visualize, gain clarity, and create my preferred future—including my health goals. My clients find this works for them too—along with the other strategies I share in Anxiety Rescue.
In this era of anxiety and distraction, the need for simple, life-affirming, health-enhancing messages is even more important. If you are looking for inspiration and practical tips, in short, sweet sound bites, this guide is for you.
Similarly, if you are a grazer, or someone more methodical, this guide will also work for you. Pick a page at random, or work through the four pillars of health sequentially.
I encourage you to experiment, be open-minded and try new things. I promise you will achieve outstanding results.
Let experience be your guide, as it has been mine. Give your brain a well-needed break. Let go of ‘why’, and embrace how you feel, or how you want to feel. Honor the messages from your intuition and follow your path with heart.
Laura, who at one stage seemed rudderless career-wise, did just that. Workplace stress was a major source of her anxiety. Finding her passion and following her joy sparked a determination to start her own business.She felt the fear and went for it anyway, emboldened by a desire to live and work like those she looked up to. It was that simple.
As with all of my books, many of the examples I share were inspired by true events in my own life. At the time of writing, I recalled one of the first times I trusted the spiritual realm. I was a teenager when my paternal grandmother was channeled by a psychic and my disbelieving and skeptical self was asked, “Your grandmother says you don’t believe she is here. But she is holding out a flower, and she is asking, ‘Do you remember the jasmine flowers growing over the house?’
But when I drove home I called into to Araby Lodge, where my grandmother used to live, and where until her death, she bred and trained her beloved horses. At the time my father lived in her house. I asked him, “What is that vine growing over the house?”
I didn’t want to tell him anything about what the psychic had said because I was still skeptical and I didn’t want to influence the answer. My father said, “Oh, that old jasmine vine? That’s been there forever.”
My heart nearly leaped out of my chest. It was at that point that I began to believe in spiritual and psychic phenomena, and in time, many years later, to awaken my own gifts. These gifts weren’t awakened without considerable anxiety—something I talk more about in the chapter, “Shadow Work.”
It’s a timely reminder of just how far following my passion and being free to be me has taken me—the shy girl who was once afraid of being seen and was terrified of her ability to channel.
As I share in many of my books I hope the following quote is as apt for you as it was for me:
“Your staying in the shadows doesn’t serve the world.”
Here’s to learning from our anxiety and transforming our lives with passion, joy, and purpose!
Broken into small, bite-sized segments—you’ll soon find yourself jotting notes down, finding someone else so you can share the insights and experience, and resources made available to keep you happy, healthy, motivated and focused. Dig into this book and let Leonardo da Vinci and Coco Chanel and other successful men and woman be your mentors, inspiration, and guides as they call forth your passions, purpose, and potential.
Anxiety Rescue: How to Overcome Anxiety, Panic, and Stress and Reclaim Joy is available in eBook for immediate download from Amazon
or your local Amazon store.
Your Body Barometer
The deeper the feeling, the greater the pain.
~ Leonardo da Vinci
The more you truly care about something, the deeper the consequences can be when you don’t act on your desires.
When you aren’t true to yourself and you don’t do the things you aspire to do your mental, emotional and spiritual health can suffer.
Common signs of neglecting the call for success and forsaking your ambitions can include: tiredness, depression, anxiety, irritability, and strained personal relationships. In short, you’re lovesick—starved of the things that spark joy.
The body never lies, but many people soldier on ignoring the obvious warning signs. It’s easy to rationalize these feelings away, But the reality is your mind, body, and soul is screaming out for more. Have the courage to say ‘yes’ to pursuing a more liberating alternative.
When you feel unfulfilled, bored, unchallenged and demotivated what do you notice? How does this differ from times when you feel the fear but love life passionately anyway?
I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life—and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.
~ Georgia O’Keeffe, artist
THE POWER OF PASSION
If there’s no love, what then?
~ Leonardo da Vinci
Without love you don’t have energy. Without energy you have nothing.
When people are pursuing something they are passionate about their drive and determination is infinite. They become like pieces of elastic able to stretch to anything and accommodate any setback. People immobilized by fear and passivity snap like a twig. They lack resilience.
Passion gives people a reason for living and the confidence and drive to pursue their dreams. Leonardo was a man of many loves and deep obsessions. These passions imbued him with infinite energy—powering his creativity, courage, resolve, and tenacity.
As Leonardo once said, “No labor is sufficient to tire me.”
Even when he was exhausted by life, his passion sustained him.
What will passion do for you?
The really important stuff is not in my résumé. It’s what has gone on almost unnoticed in the secret chambers of the heart.
~ Isabel Allende, author
The grand problem, the most important problem, is to rejuvenate women. To make women look young. Then their outlook changes. They feel more joyous.
~ Coco Chanel
Coco was a trailblazer in women’s fashion. When she arrived in trousers in Venice people were shocked, but shock quickly turned to awe. Women wanted what she had—and Coco was only too happy to sell it to them.
Her joyous color was black. She loved its simplicity and understated elegance. Perhaps it reminded her of the habits the nuns, who so tenderly cared for her, wore.
Whatever the catalyst was, Coco had the vision to turn black, the color of mourning, into the symbol of independence, freedom, and strength. She also created the now iconic little black dress!
Your joyous color may be yellow, blue, or gold. Or it may be multi-patterned and have all the colors of the rainbow. Floating dresses in the finest silk may instill you with confidence, or perhaps you prefer something more tailored.
Whatever your color, whatever you wear be sure that it makes you feel joyful.
Act as if. Take a job or lifestyle idea you are considering, or have always wondered what it would be like, and act as if you are living that role. Dress the part.
Have your colors professionally confirmed by a trained image consultant—when you dress in the colors that suit your skin tone you’ll look younger and feel fabulous.
Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.
~ Coco Chanel
Prior to writing this post I had sent out news of my new book to my email subscribers. Immediately I received an email from one of my readers.
“When I read the first few sentences I could immediately relate – it’s exactly how I feel at this very moment (sadly).I feel so tired and overwhelmed just trying to get through each day, let alone any curveballs that may come my way.It’s so debilitating and I feel like this is ‘my lot’ and no happy ending.I will be sure to download your ebook. I have your Passion Workbook sitting next to me in the car – yet to read… Too tired (always tired).Keep being awesome! Love your work 🙂
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