With her latest book a far cry from the I Quit Sugar movement, Sarah Wilson has spent much of the last month or so speaking publicly about her anxiety.
This weekend, in interviews with both Stellar and Body and Soul, Wilson touched on how anxiety has been doggedly by her side since the age of about 12, the crux of her newest book First, We Make the Beast Beautiful.
“Anxiety is a very lonely condition,” the author wrote for Stellar on Sunday. “I’ve hidden my anxiety from the world, so only a small handful of people have had direct exposure to it at its worst. It’s pushed a lot of people away. My way of coping has been to run. When I feel people can’t cope with my intensity.”
Acknowledging that it may not be the healthiest way to navigate her mental health, she wrote that it works for her, and for her that’s enough.
“Writing about my anxiety was quite exposing. But I’m at an age where I’m comfortable with that and I’ve got nothing to hide. I’ve done enough caring about what people think of me; now it’s time to live more meaningfully.”
Additionally, when interviewed by Body and Soul, Wilson gave her best tips and tricks to handling a rising sense of panic coupled with anxious thoughts, saying the fastest way for her to stem her rising anxiety is to make her bed daily.
“The Happiness Project author Gretchen Rubin said, make your bed. Every day. She explained that outer order creates inner calm, but it’s the ‘every day’ bit that’s key. It’s easier to do something everyday than to only do something most days.”
In fact, it’s something that Rubin has written about extensively, saying making your bed daily is something that’s remarkably easy to do and has an underrated impact on the state of your mind.
“Everything looks neater. It’s easier to find your shoes. Your bedroom is a more peaceful environment. For most people, outer order contributes to inner calm,” she writes.
Another benefit, Rubin believes, is that sticking to any resolution “brings satisfaction”.
“You’ve decided to make some change, and you’ve stuck to it. Because making my bed is one of the first things I do in the morning, I start the day feeling efficient, productive, and disciplined.”
Perhaps it’s one we could all put in our back pocket to create a little more order and routine in our own lives.