On this week's episode of The Anxiety Guru Show I interviewed Licensed Professional Counselor Celeste Coffman. We explored Celeste's personal experience with high anxiety and discussed her professional views on how to manage it. This was a rare but welcome opportunity given Celeste's unique experience. During our talk she shared a balanced understanding of what anxiety actually feels like and what people can do to reduce the impact of anxiety in their own lives. Celeste is the owner of Thoughtful Journey Counseling and Quiet Mind Collective
"Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes." - C.G. Jung Do you know who you are? I imagine most people would say they do, however, I would argue otherwise. For one, knowing yourself doesn't come naturally. Self-knowledge is attained over time through focused effort which I don't think most people have an interest in, or the time, to do properly. But it's no one's fault. It's more likely that introspection simply goes against human nature. We don't like to
Breaking free from high stress and anxiety is no easy task. But once you do manage to break away how do you prevent them from coming back? Well, although you can't ensure permanent remission of high anxiety, you can certainly do a lot to avoid it in the future. You can also do a lot to make sure that a recurrence of symptoms is more manageable than it may have been in the past. When you take a proactive approach towards managing your stress and anxiety you become not only more effective at managing those issues but you will likely develop a
So you wake up Monday morning and realize that last night's anxiety is still with you. But that's not all. You also soon realize that you have to be at work in a couple of hours and pretend like you're not feeling terrible, which is a real special kind of double whammy. It's something I remember experiencing quite often. I'd fluctuate between wanting to connect to the wider world and getting stuck inside my own head about all the potential disasters that could befall me. That's why I thought it was important to discuss workplace anxiety this
If I walked into a room full of therapists today and told them that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) wasn't all it's cracked up to be I'm sure I'd get some dirty looks. Yet, it is true. CBT isn't always effective. I think as a consumer it is important that you understand the good and bad sides of therapy. So today I want to share with you what can make CBT ineffective. Before I do that though I want to make it clear that CBT does help many people. In fact, the reason it is so widely used is because, unlike so many other of forms of therapy,
The world has gone mad. It's always been a little nutty I guess, but it seems like things have shifted into a new kind of crazy. I can't possibly explain all the reasons why the world has gone mad, but what I can say with certainty is that much of your anxiety is not entirely of your own making. In fact, I think the modern world has placed human beings in a very bizarre place. A place where people are more like robots created to fill a role rather than live a life. Maybe that's an exaggeration, who really knows, but from the looks of things it
The truth is that most people looking to heal their anxiety don't think in terms of growth. People tend to think more in terms of cessation. In short, they just want the pain to stop. And although I can relate to this type of thinking it usually doesn't help much. What is helpful is trying to experience anxiety with new eyes. What is helpful is to challenge yourself to see anxiety not as a curse but a very unwelcome learning opportunity. Now in a perfect world there would be no need to experience pain and suffering in order to grow as a person.
Anxiety is a great attention-grabber. It keeps the mind overloaded with scary what if scenarios. These scenarios range in severity from "Man, I hope that doesn't happen," to "Oh my God if that happens again I'm dead." That's why it's easy for people to become obsessed with their anxiety related problems. They get stuck on the 'what if's.' A horrible mix of anticipation and fantasy keeps otherwise sane people scurrying about the internet looking for answers. The issue with this, of course, is that anxious people end up problem focused.
I have some news. For at least the next two months The Anxiety Guru Show will be on hiatus. I'm taking a break to give myself more time to study, exercise, and be with my family. I know that for a small number of you this show helps, which is why I want to emphasize that I am not canceling the show. After I earn my license and things settle down a bit I will return. Recently it struck me that I have been doing the podcast for over 7 years without a significant break, which is kind of nuts when you think about it. What's good about that though