Anxiety Slayer™ with Shann and Ananga
How to stop being scared of anxiety

How to stop being scared of anxiety

September 18, 2020

#511: Today we’re talking about how to protect yourself from being swept away by the fear of anxiety.

 

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Never Give Up, Never GiveIn, Never Quit with Dr. Dain Heer

Never Give Up, Never GiveIn, Never Quit with Dr. Dain Heer

September 9, 2020

#510: Welcome to the Anxiety Slayer podcast. Today Shann is speaking Dr. Dain Heer on how we can support our youth who are struggling with depression, self-esteem, and an alarming increase in the rate of suicide.

Suicide prevention remains a universal challenge. It is responsible for over 800,000 deaths or one suicide every 40 seconds. In 2019, worrying trends in U.S. suicide rates continued as suicide ranked the 2nd leading cause of death for 10-to 34-year olds.

…From the outside, Dr. Dain had a seemingly perfect life, but what no one knew is that he had set a date to take his own life. Years later, his mission continues to save lives each year by sharing his own story and to bring hope to others battling unworthiness.

We discuss suicide as a result of feeling worthless and “wrong” in the face of societal ideals and pressures.

Dr. Dain shares some of the Access Consciousness tools that saved him from committing suicide 20 years ago.

Learn more about Dr. Dain and Access Consciousness at www.drdainheer.com

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Thinking about breathing makes my anxiety worse

Thinking about breathing makes my anxiety worse

September 3, 2020
We often receive questions about how to slow anxious breathing down, or what to do when breathing exercises make anxiety feel worse. And that's what we’ll be talking about in this week’s podcast, along with some other natural ways to calm anxiety that don't involve breathing exercises.
 
Many people find breathing exercises helpful for calming anxiety, but for some, focusing on their breath becomes a trigger for anxiety.
 
We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who’s supported the podcast on Patreon this month, and to our new patrons Katy and April.
 
If you found this episode supportive, we hope you’ll consider becoming a patron! We have over 50 Anxiety Slayer downloads available on Patreon including our guided relaxations, Tapping Sessions and extra resources for calming your anxiety.
 
What helps morning anxiety

What helps morning anxiety

August 28, 2020

#508: This week we're talking about how to calm morning anxiety as many of us are facing returning to work, or have children returning to school or heading off to college.

 

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Women’s health, hormones & happiness with Dr. Sarah McKay

Women’s health, hormones & happiness with Dr. Sarah McKay

August 21, 2020

#507: Welcome back to the award-winning Anxiety Slayer podcast. Today Shann is speaking with Dr. Sarah McKay about the neuroscience of women's health, hormones and happiness.

Sarah is an Oxford University-educated neuroscientist, educator, media commentator, director of The Neuroscience Academy, and author of The Women's Brain Book: The neuroscience of health, hormones and happiness.

Sarah lives on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia with her Irish husband. Together they're raising two boys and a cocker spaniel, and they can be found sailing, surfing, mountain biking or skiing. 

Show Notes

-Sarah's journey and why she wrote a book about the female brain, 

-How hormones affect our brain, and in turn our emotions, behaviors, and anxiety? 

-What are some of the greatest myths or misunderstandings we have about the female brain and PMS? 

-What Principles of neuroscience should all of our listeners know?

-Habits, motivation, and behavior change — The struggle is real and the brain is the reason why.

-Can you really ‘think yourself’ into a healthier happier version of yourself? 

 

Learn more about Dr. Mckay and get a copy The Woman’s Brain Book at www.drsarahmckay.com You can also download her Free Check List: 9 Daily Habits of Highly Healthy Brains

 

Health Anxiety: how to stop fixating on symptoms and feel more peace

Health Anxiety: how to stop fixating on symptoms and feel more peace

August 14, 2020

#506: This week we're talking about health anxiety and sharing some practices from Qigong and EFT Tapping to help you feel more relaxed and at peace in your body when symptoms are triggering fear.

 
If you are suffering from Health Anxiety and want some relief you can
Save $20 on our popular First Responder Series health anxiety course until August 21st at anxietyslayer.teachable.com
 
Follow our guided Tapping practices for calming anxiety about your health and learn how to make your own Bach Flower Remedies blend for peace of mind.
How to regain calm when anxiety hijacks your brain

How to regain calm when anxiety hijacks your brain

August 7, 2020

#505:

Today we’re speaking about how you can regain calm when anxiety hijacks your brain.
 
Anxiety frequently hijacks our thinking with a fearful narrative. For example: “what if” thoughts or worst-case scenarios.
 
The body responds as if those fearful thoughts are true—because it doesn’t know the difference between a real threat and imagined scenarios.
 
When the body reacts it makes the mind more disturbed and we get caught in this fear cycle that feels frightening and completely takes over our body and mind.
 
Here’s what happens:
 
Anxiety starts with a trigger, a symptom or sensation, a message, or news item - something that strikes a vulnerable place in us.
 
The mind zooms in on it and instantly creates an anxious narrative. A story around the trigger that makes it instantly more solid, or a potential threat.
 
As soon as the mind creates its story, and it can happen in an instant, the body reacts. Our heart beats faster, our breathing becomes shallow, we might feel lightheaded, or shaky. And these sensations in the body feedback into our mind and further disturb the mind.
 
This repeats and builds into a fear cycle that feels very real and very hard to bear.  Until we know how to stop it.
 
A mind in balance can respond calmly to incoming information, but a mind that’s already challenged by anxiety will react rather than respond. It lacks the resilience to process the incoming information and respond in a self-supporting way.
 
The good news is that we can change this. We can learn to break the fear cycle. Listen in to learn more.
 
For help with calming heightened anxiety, you can join Ananga for a new Guided Tapping Session video on Patreon at patreon.com/anxietyslayer
How to get a handle on your mental health with Scout Sobel

How to get a handle on your mental health with Scout Sobel

July 31, 2020

#504: Welcome back to the award-winning Anxiety Slayer podcast. Today Shann is speaking with Scout Sobel about her lifelong mental health journey.  

 

Scout suffers from a severe case of bipolar type 2 disorder and general anxiety disorder. Her symptoms include depression, hypomania, anxiety, psychosis, suicidal ideation, harming myself, and catatonia. Scout has been hospitalized, been through outpatient twice, dropped out of college, quit internships and jobs, and was deemed "unfunctionable". Her friends and family didn't know if she would be able to ever hold a job or make something of herself.

 

Today Scout runs a successful PR agency. She earned over $100k in revenue in her first year AND MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL, SHE HAS A HANDLE ON HER mental health.

 

Show notes:

  • We talk about Scout's healing journey and how we can do a better job de-stigmatizing mental health and inspire others to take control of their lives and dreams regardless of their mental health state
  • What kinds of holistic and spiritual healing Scout recommends
  • Not being a victim and the importance of taking action
  • How to hold yourself accountable
  • How entrepreneurship helps conquer anxiety
  • What to do when you're feeling low and struggling with self-esteem

 

Learn more about Scout at https://www.scoutsagency.com/

Check Scout's podcast wherever podcasts are played.

 

Best of Anxiety Slayer: How to Cultivate Mindfulness and Calm Anxiety with Marc Lesser

Best of Anxiety Slayer: How to Cultivate Mindfulness and Calm Anxiety with Marc Lesser

July 24, 2020

Shann has the pleasure of introducing you to Zen Teacher and CEO, Marc Lesser. Marc is the Cofounder of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute and the author of Seven practices of a mindful leader - Lessons from Google and a Zen Monastery Kitchen and several other books. Marc leads mindfulness and emotional intelligence programs at many of the world’s leading businesses and offers trainings and talks worldwide.

We begin our conversation by talking about the origin of and Marc's inspiration for writing his new book and the delve into the following topics. 

  • How Marc's book can support business leaders who struggle with anxiety.
  • The Dalai Lama and Anxiety
  • How to begin a mindfulness practice
  • The importance of connecting to our pain
  • How simplifying your life can open you to more mindfulness

You can get a copy of Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader at Amazon and wherever books are sold.

 

Best of Anxiety Slayer: Magnesium Deficiency and Anxiety with Dr. Carolyn Dean

Best of Anxiety Slayer: Magnesium Deficiency and Anxiety with Dr. Carolyn Dean

July 17, 2020

We're replaying Shann's conversation with Dr. Carolyn Dean about the benefits of magnesium for anxiety relief. 

Carolyn Dean, MD, ND is a health pioneer with over 35 years of experience with stress management, sleep, and nutrition issues. She’s authored 30 books including “The Magnesium Miracle".  

With over 7 million downloads and hundreds of podcasts, Anxiety Slayer is a podcast for anyone who is suffering from PTSD, panic attacks, stress, and anxiety. 

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