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Author: Sarah Wilson Narrator: Sarah Wilson Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2018 ISBN: 9780062847270
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New York Times Bestseller

"Probably the best book on living with anxiety that I’ve ever read.” – Mark Manson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

The Chinese believe that before you can conquer a beast, you must first make it beautiful.

Sarah Wilson first came across this Chinese proverb in psychiatrist Kay Redfield Jamison's memoir An Unquiet Mind, and it became the key to understanding her own lifelong struggle with anxiety. Wilson, bestselling author, journalist, and entrepreneur has helped over 1.5 million people worldwide to live better, healthier lives through her I Quit Sugar books and program. And all along, she has been managing chronic anxiety.

In First, We Make the Beast Beautiful, Wilson directs her intense focus and fierce investigating skills onto her lifetime companion, looking at the triggers and treatments, the fashions and fads. She reads widely and interviews fellow sufferers, mental health experts, philosophers, and even the Dalai Lama, processing all she learns through the prism of her own experiences.

Wilson offers readers comfort, humor, companionship, and practical tips for living with the Beast:

  • Cultivate a "gratitude ritual." You can't be grateful and anxious at the same time.
  • Eat to curb anxiety. Real food is your best friend.
  • Just breathe. Embrace the healing power of meditation.
  • Make your bed. Every day. Simple outer order creates inner calm.
  • Study fellow fretters to know thyself. Emily Dickinson, Charles Darwin, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. all struggled with anxiety.
  • Actively practice missing out. Forget FOMO, curl up on the couch, and order takeout.

Practical and poetic, wise and funny, First, We Make the Beast Beautiful is a small book with a big heart. It will encourage the myriad souls who dance with this condition to embrace it as a part of who they are, and to explore the possibilities it offers for a richer, fuller life.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Probably the best book on living with anxiety that I’ve ever read, and I have (unfortunately) read many.”

    Mark Manson, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “A witty, well-researched, and often insightful book about negotiating a new relationship to anxiety.”

    Andrew Solomon, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Sarah’s life mission is to help us all feel less lonely in our pain. These pages are filled with authenticity and clear direction for how to return to our spiritual truth.”

    Gabrielle Bernstein, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Amusing, practical, and filled with delightful asides, this book will appeal to anxiety-prone readers, who will find much to calm them in these pages.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A compelling mix of cathartic memoir and advice…Raw and honest, Wilson’s ‘new story’ does provide self-help tips, but mostly it is meant to serve as a companion to help ease the plague of anxiety.”

    Booklist

  • “An affecting memoir of coping with anxiety over a busy lifetime…Those who endure anxiety will find Wilson’s thoughtful, often funny self-analysis to be just the right companion and affirmation.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Sarah Wilson is the New York Times bestselling author of I Quit Sugar who has helped more than 1.5 million people worldwide to live better, healthier lives. The former editor of Australian Cosmopolitan, she blogs on philosophy, anxiety, minimalism, toxin-free living, and anti-consumerism. She lives in Sydney, rides a bike everywhere, is a compulsive hiker, and is eternally curious.