A little while ago, I created a workbook for people with depression and anxiety. I did this because I’ve experienced both and the long journey of trying to deny, run from, eradicate and numb these conditions. Until a profound moment in a public library. I picked up a book, Dark Nights of The Soul, by Thomas Moore. I stood and read the introduction, where Moore presented the idea that maybe this condition I battled was there to help me. There began the journey of turning toward my depression and anxiety. I began to see them as messengers coming to me in a language I did not understand. I needed to learn the language.
This led me to Life Coach Certification. I obtained concrete, psychology/sociology-based tools and exercises that are keys to understanding the language of the inner self. I learned the tools and exercises, I applied them and they worked! Then, because I was surrounded by people on antidepressants, struggling to function in day-to-day life, I felt an urgency to apply what I had learned specifically to depression and anxiety.
In Honour of My Dearly Departed Brother
When I was creating the book, my brother was struggling with his ongoing anxiety. I kept him in mind as I wrote. I asked him and 15 other people I knew personally, deep questions about their condition and struggles as well as all the remedies and therapies they’d pursued. I asked what was effective and what wasn’t. I then asked them to test my workbook. Their feedback and suggestions helped the book become exactly as I had intended. One of my testers described it as ‘taking me by the hand and walking me through.’ Which is exactly what I wished I had had when I went through my darkest times and struggles.
I am promoting this book, again, in honour of my brother. He died accidentally in a motor vehicle accident a year and a ½ ago. At the time of his accident he was in a good place in his life. He had gotten help with his anxiety and he was doing his personal work of discovering what it was communicating to him. I grieve for the loss of him in my life and for what could have been for him. But, I am also comforted knowing that he is at peace.
Maybe You, Maybe Someone You Know
My intention today is to get the book to people that need ‘a hand,’ right now. Maybe this person is you. It is an e-book. It is easy to order and the download is automatic. Click Here We can even walk through the workbook together where I’m your personal coach through the process. Click Here Maybe it isn’t for you, but you know someone who might be interested. Forward this to them or the link to the webpage. If you’re worried about offending them, I can tell you with confidence that even if they resent you for intruding, they will be pleased on some level that you care enough to confront the issue, even a little bit. Who knows, you may be just the nudge they need.
My depression and anxiety taught me many wonderful, amazing things. They were not my enemies. They were my gracious, compassionate friends, doggedly insisting on getting my attention. I’m so grateful they did.