Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “The Anxiety Diaries” by Dana Muwwakkil, October 2020 for Suzy Approved Book Tours
Dana Muwwakkil, the author of “The Anxiety Diaries” has written an honest and heartfelt memoir about her life in 2019, struggling with anxiety. The genres for this book are non-fiction, and memoir. The timeline is set in the year 2019. Dana notes her goals, and accomplishments, and less gratifying results. I do like the fact that she has a separate place to indicate the things in her life she is trying to deal with.
Dana will write if she has stayed hydrated, felt like reading, and her feelings in a short list, and then write down per day what is going on. I appreciate that Dana recognizes how anxiety seems to take over at times, and is aware of how limiting her life can be. She is afraid to fly, and long trips get her nervous. Driving in certain situations, like merging onto a bridge is a cause of concern.
Dana does write about her emotional feelings, and notes her relationship with her family. If she is irritable, or feels she has acted unfairly to her children, she is aware of it. She appreciates that her husband helps when he is out of work, and shows his appreciation for her.
Dana is also aware of eating in a healthy manner, doing yoga, meditation, and when she doesn’t follow these. She is aware of her relationships with her parents and siblings.
Dana also discusses her therapy and her trying medications, and the side affects. Dana snuggles and tries to have the ammunition to deal with her anxiety. The author also mentions, that since this is her story, it might not have a happy ending, but it belongs to her. I think that Dana is courageous to write her battle with anxiety to share with others. I would recommend this book to others.