The Monitor reporter publishes second book about anger
Special to The Monitor
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Born Mad author and The Monitor staff reporter Robyn Wheeler announces the release of her second book titled 104 Ways to Starve Your Anger & Feed Your Soul.
“Many people have difficulty managing their anger, especially with all the terrible events going on in the world today,” Wheeler said.
“104 Ways to Starve Your Anger & Feed Your Soul gives insight into the emotions which trigger anger like shame, guilt, embarrassment and loss of control,” she said.
Wheeler says the book can be used in various ways as it gives one suggestion for a week for two years or two suggestions a week for one year.
“You can read it all at once, a little at a time and start in the middle, if you choose,” she said. “It is simple, easy to understand and helps a person analyze why they get angry to begin with,” she added.
Wheeler says she battled anger issues for years, while blaming others for “making” her mad, and destroyed many relationships and friendships along the way.
“No one can make another person mad. You allow yourself to get angry. Don’t give away your power like that to someone else,” Wheeler said.
Wheeler’s award-winning debut book, Born Mad, documents her struggles with chronic depression and anger and how she fought back, eventually asking for help from a mental health professional.
Anger is a natural emotion we all experience but when anger and hatred take over rational thought and common sense, they will become a person’s worst enemy.
Readers of 104 Ways to Starve Your Anger & Feed Your Soul will walk away with ideas about changing their attitude regarding life situations, accepting circumstances that cannot be changed and treat anger in similar ways a person would treat an addiction.
“Anger is never the appropriate action to anger. Hate breeds more hate, love brings about more love,” Wheeler said.
In 2009, after thoughts of harming herself and others, Wheeler was diagnosed with a mild form of depression known as Dysthymic Disorder, which she believes she’s had since childhood.
“I woke up angry every day for no reason and stayed angry for weeks and sometimes even months,” she said.
The publication of 104 Ways to Starve Your Anger & Feed Your Soul follows on the heels of Born Mad placing in several categories in the Royal Dragonfly Book Contest in November 2012.
The 124-page memoir of her early childhood tantrums, adult denial and agony coming to terms with her demons, earned Wheeler second place in women’s interest and newbie non-fiction and honorary mention in self-help, inspirational and book cover design in the Royal Dragonfly Book Contest.
“I want to help others defeat the type of anger I experienced and to realize everything happens for a reason and a purpose,” Wheeler said.
“Defeating daily anger is my greatest accomplishment, above any others throughout my life. I complain less, and am happier, confident and worry-free. The quality of my life went from poor to great, all because I no longer get mad over the small stuff,” she said.
“A coworker told me a few months ago that I was the least angry person he’d ever met. That was the greatest compliment anyone could have ever given me,” Wheeler said.
Born Mad and 104 Ways to Starve Your Anger & Feed Your Soul are available at www.born-mad.org and will be autographed prior to shipment.