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The Lion and the Peacock: How I Conquered Anxiety

The Lion and the Peacock: How I Conquered Anxiety
Do you, or a loved one, struggle with Anxiety? Are you tired of feeling that you are at the mercy of your body, the experts, and situations that you can't control? Do you feel that traditional advice leaves you feeling as though you are swimming against the tide?

In The Lion and the Peacock, Jennifer shares candidly about her life with Anxiety, Stress, and Panic Attacks. Using very simple analogies, Jennifer weaves a tale that helps to turn the complicated processes within the body and the mind, into an inspiring and well-written story that pulls her readers into each moment. Through her vulnerability and honesty, she will take you through her experiences and learnings, leaving you feeling validated and equipped.

Through her stories, unique techniques, and the workbook at the back, you will learn how to:

* Unpack your own anxiety journey

* Listen to your body and understand what it is doing and why

* Use the tide to work for you instead of having to fight against it

* Create a safe world around you to forge a way forward

* Beat anxiety once and for all

Jennifer presents her story of trial, hope, and victory in this easy to read, eloquently written resource that will leave you feeling empowered and inspired.

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About the Book

But there was always one difference between the peacock and me, I could not see where the lion was.

A lion stalks a peacock. Can the peacock escape? Author Peacock-Smith begins her informative book with an illuminating story about the peacock and the lion. She uses this motif throughout the book to teach readers about anxiety and panic disorders, and other related conditions.

The author is open, clear and factual about her attacks which as she said, crippled her joy. She was initially diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety. Anxiety and panic create terrifying bodily responses, stemming from the fight or flight response. The author sought all kinds of regimens- medication, counseling and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Based on her treatments and her own ability to research the biological underpinnings of her symptoms, she learned how to contain her anxiety and then treat it at the source. Her goal was to banish the lions forever.

The book concludes with a form of workbook so that readers can begin to study and learn from their own behaviors. A real gem of advice in this section is described as Stop Crop and Roll. Easy to remember, this system should assist many people in creating a positive, healthy life.

Empowerment comes from knowledge, and it comes from organizing that knowledge and putting it toward a purpose.

I don’t know that much about anxiety and panic but I think that Ms. Peacock-Smith’s story would help people and their families as they deal with this elusive group of symptoms. I gave this book a Blue Bookworm, because while it is written in a supportive and clear way, it seems to me that it is too short to be fully useful. And it is mainly anecdotal account. The author does write and blog about this topic, so that may supplement this book. I would like to see the author write a more in-depth book.
When the author couldn't get help with her anxiety and panic attacks, she took her problem and broke it down and found a way to deal with it. She found her own strategies and didn't allow paranoia or fear to overcome her again.

The way the book is written feels like Jennifer is sitting down and talking to her best friend and talking with a best friend will give you confidence that will only calm you.

I'd recommend this short and reflective book to anyone who has trouble with anxiety; it provides some great ideas.
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