Thin Slices of Anxiety: Observations and Advice to Ease a Worried Mind by Catherine Lepage

Thin Slices of Anxiety: Observations and Advice to Ease a Worried Mind by Catherine Lepage

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I bought this book for my Upper School Library, but will be buying a copy for home as well.

For anyone who lives with anxiety and dysthymia, the restlessness and risks that come with overactive minds, this lovely meditation on what anxiety feels like, what anxiety triggers many of us share, what ways to cope and hope, in words and art, allows us to communicate with ourselves and our loved ones about this way of being in the world. Highly recommended and lovely to share with families who want to build empathy and share insights into healing habits of mind and body.

I discovered this book through Brainpickings…, and I can’t recommend Maria Popova’s cultural curation enough. Every day there is a new gift from her site, and her review of Catherine Lepage‘s book is no exception:

“Laced with the meta-stressors familiar to anyone afflicted with anxiety — shame for being gripped by anxiety in the first place, self-blame for putting oneself in situations known to trigger it, exasperation upon realizing that its predictable trajectory of anguish is underway yet being unable to stop it — the book radiates a wistful yet warm assurance that these overwhelming emotional states, as all-consuming and singular as they seem, mark our membership in a larger fellowship of tribulation in which we are never as alone as we may feel.”

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