I am the daughter of the generation that used ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ as their motto following the war years; or if you like, the ‘stiff upper lip/brave face brigade’. So I was taught by silent example to hold stress in rather than letting it out or managing it with coping strategies such as Agi Heale has laid out for her readers in Generation Panic.
Had this book been to hand I may have avoided a nervous breakdown, or burnout as I prefer to name it, many years ago. I went on to learn about anxiety ad how to manage it during my training as a professional counsellor. I am very glad that the generations below me are confronting mental health issues full on. It is a subject swept under the carpet, not explained or addressed for far too long.
This book explains what anxiety feels like, what to look out for, how to easily avoid a full blown panic attach and gives easy to follow techniques to conquer fears and worries. Have a notebook to hand to jot down tips, or stick page marker for quick reference when needed.
I have often recommend journal writing as a way to alleviate stress. Other coping strategies are excellent examples and I loved the analogies throughout the book which are most helpful. As you read, if feels as if Agi is there in front of you, talking to you through the examples of her personal experience and ways of combating anxiety. Her calming voice and easy to follow instructions will benefit readers no end.
It is a ‘dip in’ or read-straight-through book, one that sparks deep thoughts, changes your mindset and helps you know you are not alone suffering anxiety at any level, from mild symptoms through to a chronic state and panic attacks. The techniques, illustrated with simple and effective line drawings, can be referred to over and over again until you have mastered change.
Readers will identify with Agi’s experiences, learn from the action that can be taken and be reassured there is a way to live better. I highly recommend Generation Panic for anxiety sufferers, those who live with a highly anxious person, counsellors, coaches, medics etc.
Well done Agi Heale.Susan M Flint – Retired Counsellor & Supervisor of Counsellors