Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
Make Peace With Anxiety: Manage the Good, Bad and Out of Control by Alivette Vigo provides important insight into mental health. Its messages are reassuring to anyone who is struggling with anxiety and wants to improve their overall mental health. Vigo shares her own experiences regarding anxiety. During her childhood, she recounts recognizing that conversations initiated by children surrounding their emotions were not encouraged as children were perceived to know little about how life worked. She continued to struggle with anxiety and cycles of depression and was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She examines different mental disorders and discusses the benefits of living in the present moment. She also shares practical lessons about emotional support, medication, spirituality, routines and organization, and nutrition and health with regard to mental health.
For too long, the topic of mental health has been misunderstood and people with mental illness have been subjected to constant stigma. Make Peace With Anxiety arms its audience with useful information for understanding mental illness, tools for improving their mental health, and encouraging messages to show compassion to themselves and anyone living with mental health issues. I loved that the work debunks many common myths and forms of stigma directed toward people with mental illness. I also found many of its discussions helpful to anyone who wants to learn accessible ways to cope or improve their mental health. As someone who has struggled with anxiety, Vigo also shows understanding for anyone struggling with any mental disorder and also writes in an uplifting tone. Make Peace With Anxiety is a valuable work that provides straightforward answers to common questions about mental disorders and improving mental health.