The aim of this book is to briefly touch on my experience with anxiety and depression but more importantly the steps I’ve put in place to live a happier, more productive and more stress free life, where I’m living a bit more in the present moment. One where I’m less adversely impacted by the ups and downs we all face on a day-to-day basis and where I face less regret over the past and worry over the future.
I’ve practiced and researched numerous techniques such as cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness meditation, yoga, exercise as well as some of my own ideas – it’s just as much about cutting back as it is about learning new techniques, trimming the fat (and there’s a lot of fat) if you will.
We all have good days and bad days and of course this book won’t prevent the bad days. I just hope, and am confident, that it brings your overall level of wellbeing up over the longer term (weeks and months), assuming you are willing to make some major changes. Try not to look for instant fixes to your problems. This book certainly can’t do that.
Don’t think that this is intended just for depressed or anxious people, the techniques in here work equally well for people who are feeling just okay but still want a lift in their mood or their outlook. In fact it should work well for those who aren’t anxious or depressed because it provides you techniques that can make you less vulnerable should, most likely when, bad times come your way.
Then the book goes broader. This is not intended to be just about my mind, or your mind, but society’s, and to explore in a bit more depth how society’s problems are becoming your problems and possibly the other way around too. One of my main concerns is that these societal problems or negative traps are getting easier to end up in, and more difficult to get out of. Just think about something like obesity, the rapid emergence of social media, how people simply don’t put enough value on their time, or how millions of kids are flooding into universities and are now drowning in debt because they've been misinformed.
Unfortunately it doesn’t look like many of these issues are getting properly addressed and many of them are ignored by the people who they are most acutely impacting, perhaps in the hope that they’ll just go away. This is a recipe for disaster on a pretty epic scale.
Have the awareness of where things may be going wrong in your life and start taking action to put things right.