The Anxiety Coaches Podcast - Relief from Anxiety, Panic, and PTSD

In this episode, Gina talks about how to deal with an unavoidable part of our existence in the world:  change.  Many people suffer from increased anxiety relating to the uncertainty they experience when facing major changes in their lives.  Listen in for suggestions on how to minimize your fear of change and maximize your ability to cope and thrive when major changes approach you in your life.


How to use your mindful awareness during those inevitable moments of change so you can feel less anxious:

1) Ride the waves of change
Change arises naturally — but it can generate discomfort and overwhelm in the process. When we acknowledge that strong emotions are present, we have a better chance of navigating what life throws our way.

2) Bring up your resilience
When adjusting to new circumstances, it’s easy to become frustrated with ourselves. Let go of feelings of disappointment or anxiety with a gentle shift. Be kind to yourself: Remember, you are not the only person who is adapting to something new. With this resilience, we can learn, grow, and recover a sense of well-being during a time of change. One way to have a reminder of your personal resilience is to star in your journal when you have been through a challenge and found yourself on the other side intact and even better off than before

3) Soothe anxiety around uncertainty
Most of us have a list of identities we associate with — be it a job title, a family role, or a citizenship. When these things change, we often feel we are losing the characteristics that define us. Rather than getting caught in a fixed idea of who we ought to be (or used to be) be willing to have room for something new...something more. See the uncertainty as part of life that we all encounter and that it is not personal.

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In today's episode, Gina answers a listener question about dealing with setbacks in the struggle with anxiety.  This listener in particular is seeking advice regarding symptoms that have become inflamed after a medication adjustment from her physician.  Additionally, the stress of impending major life events (in this case, a marriage) has this particular listener in distress.  Gina offers a number of useful tips and strategies for addressing this period of inflamed anxiety symptoms.  Some advice regarding diet is also included.

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In today's episode Gina interviews author and meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg.  Sharon shares her insights into anxiety and fear and how mindfulness and meditation can be of benefit to those struggling with these forces.  There is also a brief discussion on the direction of trends in anxiety-panic, depression, self-help and treatment alternatives.

Sharon's article in OnBeing:

https://onbeing.org/blog/sharon-salzberg-what-to-do-when-anxiety-overwhelms-you/

Sharon's website:

https://www.sharonsalzberg.com

Sharon's books:

Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection
https://amzn.to/2KI0PtN

Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program
https://amzn.to/2IaqREF

Dipa Ma: The Life and Legacy of a Buddhist Master
https://amzn.to/2rwxLN6

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In this episode Gina speaks about bumps in the road over the course of recovery and healing from anxiety. Remembering to nurture ourselves and give ourselves the space we need to recover, even during moments that seem like reversals in progress or other times that seem like we are straying off course, is very important to our long term prospects for sustained recovery and well-being. Remembering to be compassionate for ourselves can help us complete the journey of clearing our anxiety-panic.

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In today's episode Gina describes the importance of the role of hope in our recovery from anxiety-panic.  Hope can be a fundamental tool that enables us to gather the resources it takes to make our situations improve.  Listen in as Gina describes how to use hope with our other tools such as journaling and thinking techniques to help make our lives better and begin to clear our anxiety-panic.

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Quote:  It is a huge danger to pretend that awful things do not happen. But you need enough hope to keep going. I am trying to make hope. Flowers grow out of darkness. -CORITA KENT

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In this episode Gina goes through an article by Dr. Mercola describing the many benefits of four adrenal-supporting, adaptogenic herbs.  Listen in to check whether you may benefit from adding one of these healing herbs to your anxiety-reduction toolkit.  The four herbs discussed are:  ashwagandha, rhodiola, ginseng (Asian and Siberian) and tulsi.

Link to Dr. Mercola's article:

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/04/09/adaptogens-for-adrenal-support.aspx?utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20180409Z1_UCM&et_cid=DM198919&et_rid=270529057

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Quote:  The most fortunate are those who have a wonderful capacity to appreciate again and again, freshly and naively, the basic goods of life, with awe, pleasure, wonder and even ecstasy. -ABRAHAM MASLOW

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In this episode Gina offers listeners a series of questions they can ask themselves and suggestions they can implement during their experience of the discomfort associated with anxiety and panic.

Turning to face the discomfort we are presented with during high anxiety moments can offer us the opportunity we are seeking to overcome the discomfort.

Questions to ask oneself:

What if there were more beyond that?
What if distracting was keeping us in the loop and holding us back from the joy in life?
What if chasing the desire to make the discomfort stop is actually keeping the pain and discomfort alive?
What if the joy was in going through vs giving in to distraction and running away from discomfort?
What if what we are looking for is in the opening of moving through the discomfort of what we think should be different than it is?

Suggestions to implement:

1.Slow down
2.Get to neutral and be curious about the situation (take the personalization out of it ...look at it as if you were a researcher without an agenda)
3.Remind yourself why you want to get to the other side of this situation and that it is joy that is found from going through the urge to fight flee or freeze when it is discomfort that you are dealing with not true danger.

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Quote:  A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor. -Franklin D. Roosevelt

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In today's episode Gina explores a great listener question submitted via the speak pipe on the ACP website regarding insomnia and anxiety.  Gina lays out a substantial list of helpful tips and strategies that will help you reclaim your peace and calm at one of the most important times:  bedtime.  Don't let anxiety keep you awake one more night - tune in to this episode!

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Quote:  People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself. — MARCUS AURELIUS

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In today's episode Gina reads a letter from a listener who wrote her anxiety itself a letter.  The letter describes her experience of the anxiety, the fight-or-flight response, the wise-mind and how these forces interact and influence her life.  Listen in as Gina considers the wisdom contained in the letter as well as suggestions for other listeners to write their own letters to their anxiety.

Content from today's show:

Hi, Gina,

I discovered your podcast online and have been delving into the many episodes you have made available. I really have enjoyed listening and am learning a lot. I took your advice and decided to write a letter to my anxiety. I wanted to share it with you. Thank you for your excellent program.

Dear Mr. Fight-or-flight,

We’ve been roommates for a couple of years now, although you have come to live with me periodically at different times in my life. Each time you have moved in with me, you told me you were concerned about my safety and that you felt it necessary to be my protector
I think it’s time we had a little chat.
I know you mean well, but you have gone a little haywire in your endeavors to protect me and you have some very unpleasant ways of keeping me safe. You can be extremely demanding and loud, insisting that I listen to you and pay attention to you at the most inopportune times.
If I don’t pay attention to you, you just get louder and if I try to push you away, wow, you can be a real bear! Sometimes you try to scare me into listening to you which is hardly an acceptable solution to me. I am laying down a few ground rules.
First, I refuse to let you control me and run my life. I have some good friends that I have lost touch with since you came along and I want to renew my relationships with them.
My good friend, Live-in-the-moment has been reminding me of the good times we once had together and I want to be with her more often. I guess I can’t stop you from tagging along if you must, but she will be the primary focus of my attention when I am with her.
My cousins, Goodness and Mercy have been telling me they would like to have a greater presence in my life as well and they will be shadowing me every day just so you are aware.

There are a couple of other traits you have that I find very annoying.
You are notorious for propagating fake news which I’m sure you have heard of by now.
Many of the stories you have been telling me are simply not true, and they are always so negative and judgmental! They are kind of like reading tragic fiction all day and all night.
My neighbor, Mr. Wisemind has informed me of these tendencies of yours and I intend to rewrite those tragic tales you’ve been telling me into something positive. You can be so convincing sometimes and I’ve let you take me on some pretty hellish rides. This is going to stop, maybe not all at once but it will change over time.
My Aunt Mybody has encouraged me to sit down and relax with her and take time to breathe and listen to her. She is one of the most realistic, down-to-earth relatives I have and I need to spend some quality time with her every day. I’ve also been inviting Wisdom and Favor to accompany me on my life journey.

So … I appreciate your good intentions and your desire to help and I’ll be there for you when you feel you can’t live another moment without my undivided attention.
Everyone needs a little compassion and that includes you. I’m grateful for the things I have been learning because of you. All that being said, I will not continue to reward your bullying behavior by giving into your incessant demands.
Don’t be surprised if I just watch you from a distance and separate myself from you. I have a secret place I can go where you won’t be allowed to disturb me.

Sincerely,
C. R.

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Change your thoughts and you change the world. -Norman Vincent Peale

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Today Gina answers a question about anxiety around the opinions of others. Join in for the why and how to find peace!

Links/resources mentioned in the episode:

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What is anxiety?

Quote: Don't let other people's opinions burn holes in your dreams. ~Eksa Joy Bailey

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