Hello! It's been a while since I've produced a podcast so today is indeed a good day. Why now? Honestly I'm not sure why I chose today to release a new podcast. All I can say is that it feels good to be back. Especially since I haven't produced a podcast for over 3 freaking months. Speaking of which, I just want to make clear that all is well. Some folks were asking if I was okay over social media and the answer is yes - I'm good. My absence from the podcast was really an unplanned hiatus of sorts, but I think I'm ready to return to business as
"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
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
This week's guest post was written by AG contributor Kate. Kate is a writer, blogger, and psychiatry researcher living in San Francisco. She is passionate about mental health and utilizing science to develop evidenced based approaches to psychological health. “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” – Franklin D. Roosevelt We should learn to accept our fears and overcome them so they don’t hold us back. We have to accept that everything is going to be okay. I hear rhetoric about conquering fear and anxiety all the time. But how do we
This week's guest post is brought to you by Sheeva of Healthwanderer.com. Sheeva is a lifestyle, food and wellness coach with a deep passion for helping people on their journey toward becoming the healthiest and happiest versions of themselves. For those of us experiencing any kind of anxiety disorder, the emotion of anxiety is usually an unwelcome invasion of our body and mind. We want and would do anything to get rid of the pesky anxious thoughts and the, oftentimes, debilitating physical symptoms. But, the reality is that anxiety is an
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.