I have long danced with the challenges of stress and anxiety. Over the years, I have filled my tool kit with strategies to both keep it at bay and to tame it, when necessary. When my teenager Max started struggling with anxiety, I was keen to teach them strategies. It was so hard for them to get on top of it, while they were consumed by it. But little by little, Max opened up to ideas to help them to face the anxiety, to not take all of its negativity as truth, and to move through it. I am so proud of Max’s achievements and progress in managing their anxiety.
I started writing this book about anxiety for my work, and then Max agreed to do a few illustrations. Inspired by the brilliant Black Dog books by Matthew Johnstone, Max imagined anxiety as a scaredy cat. One that could be annoying, intrusive and attack, but one that could also be contained and ultimately tamed.
We hope you find some ideas in this book that can help you, or someone you care about, to learn to live with anxiety.