Anxiety Slayer™ with Shann and Ananga
5 Common Anxiety Triggers To Watch Out For

5 Common Anxiety Triggers To Watch Out For

December 13, 2019

#476: We’re covering five common causes of anxiety to be mindful of. Listen in to know the triggers to look out for and how to stop them from escalating your anxiety.

 

Points covered in this episode:

OVERSTIMULATION

Ayurveda (India’s ancient science of life) teaches that the over-stimulation of the nervous system is the leading underlying cause of anxiety.

Too much incoming information overloads our nervous system. Social media, news, intense movies, noise, change.

Many of us live with constant noise and visual stimulation, even when we’re in bed trying to sleep there may be the rumble of traffic or aircraft or some other noise – these things are agitating to our nervous systems, and our nervous system becomes overwhelmed and overtaxed, and then we start to experience anxiety.

Ayurveda teaches that the mind is very sensitive and easily disturbed.

That is true for all of us; it is the nature of the mind to be disturbed. Accepting that fact and knowing how to help the mind feel safe and calm is one of the great lessons of personal development.

Find out about getting support for calming anxiety with an Ayurvedic lifestyle consultation with Ananga

 

CAFFEINE

Caffeine is a primary culprit in provoking anxiety.

Symptoms caused by caffeine include:

  • sleep disturbance
  • adrenal fatigue
  • feeling wired, anxious, or shaky

  • Coffee doesn’t give energy, it sets off a reaction in the body that provokes stress hormones to provide a burst of alertness.

Caffeine jolts the body into flight or fight mode.

Most relevant for Anxiety Slayer listeners to note is that caffeine can spark anxiety episodes because it can make us feel like we’re having an episode.

The physical responses to caffeine can feel the same as the symptoms of anxiety.

For example:

  • increased heart rate
  • feeling unsettled and restless
  • sweating or trembling

Look out for caffeine in over-the-counter medications, as well as in coffee and energy drinks.

 

LOOPING “WHAT IF” THOUGHTS

When unwanted thoughts arise, they often trigger an anxiety story in our head - something we fear, something we want to avoid at all costs, but the mind gets hold of the thought and starts expanding it into anxious predictions and possible outcomes and we get dragged along for the ride.

What helps? We need to be mindfully engaged in whatever we’re doing. Even if it’s chopping vegetables, washing dishes, taking a shower, whatever the activity is, we need to practice being present in the moment.

 

LACK OF ROUTINE

(again from Ayurveda) Change can increase anxiety. Especially for the vata body type. We become unsettled and ungrounded when our days are disordered and erratic.

What helps?

Set yourself a daily routine and follow it as much as possible: Try and get up and go to bed at the same time each day Eat regular meals - this will also help keep your blood sugar steady

Eat breakfast: Favor a warm nourishing breakfast like oatmeal made with almond milk with some chopped dates and cinnamon.

Bring Warmth into your day: warm baths soft, warm bed

 

PRESSURE/EXPECTATIONS

Practice replacing the need to be perfect and simply show up in your best light.

Please stop being too hard on yourself

What helps?

Replace your expectations with invitations and intentions

Self-compassion - Be gentle and loving with yourself

 

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Best of Anxiety Slayer: How to calm unwanted thoughts that often come with anxiety

Best of Anxiety Slayer: How to calm unwanted thoughts that often come with anxiety

December 6, 2019

#475: For the month of December, we're revisiting our most popular episodes and interviews from 2019. This week we're discussing how to calm the unwanted thoughts that often come with anxiety. Listen in and start to claim freedom from your unwanted thoughts today!

If you want to go deeper into this topic, you'll want to explore our How to Calm Your Fragile Mind Course at the Anxiety Slayer Academy.

 

How to Stop an Anxiety Attack with EFT Tapping

How to Stop an Anxiety Attack with EFT Tapping

November 28, 2019

#474: We’re talking about how to stop an anxiety attack. Learn the triggers to look out for that can provoke anxiety and how EFT Tapping is a powerful self-help tool that can help you stop anxiety in its tracks. This episode includes a guided tapping session at around 16:00 minutes to help you calm the fear of an anxiety attack.

  

Social Anxiety: You do not have to suffer in silence

Social Anxiety: You do not have to suffer in silence

November 22, 2019

#473: This week we're talking about how to care for yourself if you suffer from social anxiety and introduce our new course designed to support anyone who suffers in social settings.

Today's Anxiety Slayer podcast is brought to you by our brand new course, The Anxiety Slayer First Responder Series for Social Anxiety

Learn how to care for yourself with guided tapping sessions, affirmations, supportive commentary and our favorite Bach flower remedies for Social Anxiety

Enroll today and get our introductory half-price offer for a limited time.

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Chronic illness and anxiety

Chronic illness and anxiety

November 15, 2019

#472: Today we're talking about how to support yourself if you're living with chronic illness and anxiety. Ananga shares her personal experience with long-term illness in response to a listener question.

 

With over 6 million downloads and hundreds of episodes, Anxiety Slayer is a podcast for anyone who is suffering from PTSD, panic attacks, stress, and anxiety. 

 
For more support, you are invited to join our private Facebook Group at www.facebook.com/groups/anxietyslayer
Overcoming Feelings of Unworthiness with Dr. Dain Heer

Overcoming Feelings of Unworthiness with Dr. Dain Heer

November 8, 2019

#471: Today Shann has the honor of introducing you to Dr. Dain Heer. Dain is a popular speaker, author, and inviter to greatness and consciousness. It was seventeen years ago when Dr. Heer felt so hopeless and depressed that he set a date to take his own life. At the time he had two chiropractic practices, money, a wonderful girlfriend – everything he thought would constitute a perfect life. But inside, he was dying. Thankfully he made it through his dark night of the soul. Dr. Dain travels the world sharing his personal experiences with abuse, depression and near suicide to assure others they have everything to live for and to bring hope to others battling “unworthiness.”

Points covered in this podcast episode with Dr. Heer

  • Learn about Access Consciousness and how can it help people who are suffering from anxiety find relief?

  • Discover the crazy clearing statement and how It works.

    – a simple tool that thousands of people around the world use every day to continually create a life of ease, joy, and glory.
    Right and Wrong, Good and Bad, POD and POC, All 9, Shorts, Boys and Beyonds.”

  • Dr. Dain shares his experience with BARS

  • How to Overcome Feelings of Unworthiness

  • The importance of congruence.

  • Why perfection is a silent killer.

 

Learn more about Dr. Dain Heer’s offerings  at >> www.drdainheer.com

Be sure to learn more about the TASTE OF BEING with Dr. Heer later this month.

Guided Breathing Relaxation for Anxiety Relief: Mindful Connection

Guided Breathing Relaxation for Anxiety Relief: Mindful Connection

November 1, 2019

#470: This week we're sharing a guided breathing practice for calming anxiety from our free Anxiety Slayer Starter Course

 

Don't just listen to Anxiety Slayer, become an Anxiety Slayer! Join us for our free starter course including the first steps in how you can overcome anxiety. PLUS guided relaxations and EFT Tapping Sessions at anxietyslayer.teachable.com

Anxiety relief success stories & the power of taking action

Anxiety relief success stories & the power of taking action

October 25, 2019

#469: In part two of our tenth-anniversary celebration, we’re sharing some Anxiety Slayer success stories from our community and talking about the power of taking action steps. Though anxiety may tell us otherwise, there are many ways to calm our minds and take our lives back.

The Anxiety Slayer Podcast is brought to you by the Anxiety Slayer Academy with supportive courses to help you overcome stress and anxiety.

To celebrate our 10th anniversary, ALL of our courses are 50% off through the end of October.
Use the coupon code: halfpricesale at anxietyslayer.teachable.com

 

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Celebrate our 10th Anniversary with us!

Celebrate our 10th Anniversary with us!

October 18, 2019

#468: We're sharing a conversation about our friendship and experience together over the last ten years: how we met, our podcasting journey, some of our favorite moments, recognition, and answering some of your questions about our own experiences with anxiety.

This episode of the Anxiety Slayer Podcast is brought to you by the Anxiety Slayer Academy with supportive courses to help you overcome stress and anxiety.

To celebrate our 10th anniversary, ALL of our courses are 50% off through the end of October when you use the coupon code: halfpricesale at anxietyslayer.teachable.com

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Pivot toward what matters and liberate your mind with Steven C. Hayes, PhD

Pivot toward what matters and liberate your mind with Steven C. Hayes, PhD

October 10, 2019

#467: Shann had the pleasure of sharing a conversation with Steven C. Hayes PhD. about how to pivot toward what matters in your life.

As we all know, life can sometimes throw us a curveball—or go full throttle and throw us straight towards rock bottom. And, the struggle stems from the problem-solving mind, which tells us to run from what causes us fear and hurt. However, Steven C. Hayes, author of A Liberated Mind encourages us to run towards that fear because what we may not realize is…we hurt where we care.

As a struggler himself, Steven has pioneered a successful approach, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), to help those with mental health disorders feel fully, think freely, and live lives that reflect the qualities they choose. In his book, he reminds us that life is not a problem to be solved by showing us that we can live full and meaningful lives by embracing our vulnerability and turning towards what hurts.

Steven is Nevada Foundation Professor at the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada. An author of 38 books and more than 540 scientific articles, he has shown in his research how language and thought lead to human suffering and has developed “Acceptance and Commitment Therapy” a powerful therapy method that is useful in a wide variety of areas.