The Answer to Your Student’s Anxiety
By Lorena Roberts, Uloop
As mental health challenges take over college campuses across the country, Sarah Wilson strives to share her answers to dealing with anxiety in her new book, “First, We Make the Beast Beautiful,” according to a recent press release. If your college student has ever mentioned struggling with anxiety, New York Times bestselling author, Sarah Wilson, could be the mentor your student needs to tackle their mental health struggle.
Wilson’s novel aims to redefine our society’s conversation about anxiety. Instead of this issue being the challenge to living a stress-free life, Wilson describes her journey with anxiety as a spiritual quest. With all the information available about anxiety (mindfulness coloring books, meditation guides, strict diets, etc.) Wilson’s novel examines all we have to offer this condition, describing her own successes and failures. Wilson’s personal battle with mental health stretches from generalized anxiety to obsessive-compulsive disorder and insomnia. If anyone knows what it’s like to deal with the challenges of being mentally healthy, it’s Wilson.
“First, We Make the Beast Beautiful” takes advantage of what the world has to offer regarding anxiety, including interviews, philosophical mantras, and personal anecdotes. Wilson encompasses her journey with anxiety by suggesting anxious people focus on six simple tasks:
- Become a gracious person.
- Slow down on sugar consumption.
- Create a routine of accomplishment.
- Let go of feeling guilty for skipping social functions.
The most simple way to battle anxiety is to remember to breathe. Wilson’s novel lists breathing as one of the best ways to manage anxiety on a daily basis.
As our society focuses on controlling anxiety with medication, limiting our notion of anxiety to being “dangerous” and “debilitating,” Wilson strives to change the conversation. She sees anxiety as a personal journey, encouraging her readers to embrace their own anxiety as part of who they are. If your college student struggles with anxious thoughts and patterns, Wilson’s novel “First, We Make the Beast Beautiful” might be the best way to encourage getting a handle on it.