“Social Anxiety to Social Success is a must-read for anyone who struggles with social situations.
Kel writes with honesty and humour, as if talking to a friend, and her language is conversational and uncensored, which is incredibly refreshing!
Kel encourages the reader to take their time with their recovery and provides fantastic worksheets for them to work through:
The Anxiety Ladder is a simple yet incredibly useful tool which asks the reader to really think about the situations they find difficult. Kel’s honesty extends to her listing her own struggles and how she overcame them, which is something readers are sure to appreciate.
The Weekly and Monthly Anxiety Rating Worksheets end positively, asking the reader to list ‘Things you’ve done despite your anxiety this month’. In this way, Kel encourages sufferers of social anxiety to feel proud of their achievements, even if anxiety gets in the way a little bit; which is hugely important for well-being.
The Exposure Worksheet is an effective way of monitoring progress and discovering ways to improve.
Although she has extensive experience and knowledge of her subject matter, Kel never falls into the trap of preaching to the reader, but asks relevant questions to get them thinking about the possibility of an anxiety-free future. She also offers techniques to help with panic attacks and provides an extensive list of ‘self-care’ suggestions. Her tips for engaging with others are fantastic for those who tend to focus on themselves rather than the other person.
The section on ‘safety behaviours’ is eye-opening and thought-provoking and Kel uses her own experiences to explain to the reader how these are more harmful than helpful.
Kel is realistic and unpatronising. She knows that recovery takes time and that there will be setbacks, and she shares this knowledge with the reader. The tasks she sets are simple and manageable; for example, putting in the effort to replace negative thoughts with more positive ones.
The book is well-laid out and easy to read, and the white, pink and blue colour theme is very easy on the eye!
The fact that Kel also provides readers with her email address, lists helpful resources and includes a Conversation Mini Guide says a lot about her caring character and desire to help others.
This is a gorgeous, informative book created by a writer who is both knowledgeable and empathetic.”