456: 5 Meditation Habit Forming Tips For Anxiety

In today's episode, Gina reminds listeners of the importance of a meditation practice and shares five mediation habit forming tips.  Meditation can help us with relaxation, acceptance, distress tolerance... the list goes on and on.  Whether you are just getting started with the many guided meditations that are available or are a seasoned silent meditator, Coach Gina's tips will help you improve you mediation habits today!

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There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.
-Buddha

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455: Pet the Lizard Brain to Calm Anxiety

In this episode, Gina discusses how different parts of the brain function differently according to their developmental age (how long ago and for what purpose various parts of the brain developed and thus continue to function) and how we can use this knowledge to reduce our anxiety.  The most ancient part of our brain, the "lizard brain", is the part of our brain associated with our basic survival functions.  Listen in as Gina describes how being aware of how this lizard brain functions and how to address it with the other parts of our brain and being can improve our struggle with anxiety.

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A calm mind releases the most precious capacity a human being can have: the capacity to turn anger into compassion, fear into fearlessness, and hatred into love. –Eknath Easwaran

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454: Mini Coaching Session with ACP Listener Krystal

In today's episode, coach Gina shares a mini coaching session with ACP listener and Group Coaching mini-member Krystal.  Krystal shares with listeners some of the issues with anxiety that led her to find the podcast as well as a number of skills she has adopted since becoming a listener and a mini-member.  Meditation and caffeine reduction have played an important role in Krystal's recovery.

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The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change. -Carl Rogers

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453: Practical Acceptance to Help Ease Anxiety

In today's episode, coach Gina discusses acceptance and allowance as a primary method of easing and clearing anxiety.  Acceptance is a core component of the Claire Weekes approach to anxiety recovery (Face, Accept, Float, Let time pass).  Using the term 'allowance' can help people who have some resistance to the word 'acceptance'.  Gina offers practical steps to employ the power of acceptance in your life today.

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Happiness can exist only in acceptance. – George Orwell

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452: Are Meditation Distractions Causing You Stress Listener Q&A

In today's episode, Gina answers a listener question relating to meditation and experiencing distraction and interruption during this generally quiet, peaceful time.  Gina responds and allays any concerns Joanna or other listeners may have about these issues with meditation and makes a few suggestions for avoiding common causes of interruption and distraction.

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So what is a good meditator? The one who meditates. – Allan Lokos

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451: 3 Tips to Help With The Anxiety of Waiting

In today's episode, Gina discusses the anxiety of waiting, such as occurs in long lines at the market or on busy city streets or the highway where traffic is congested.  Gina offers listeners three specific methods to bring mindfulness to bear on these moments when the waiting seems to last forever and help soothe the angst and discomfort that can arise.

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Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace. –Dalai Lama

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450: Circling the Wormhole of Anxiety While Healing

In today's episode Gina talks about the inevitable revisiting of the anxiety wormhole as we progress in our healing.  It is natural and common to experience temporary setbacks as we grow through our experience of anxiety-panic.  Gina discusses both less desirable defense mechanisms that can bring us back to the wormhole of anxiety as well as practices that can help us to regain the balance and peace we desire.

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What is anxiety?

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Be of good cheer. Do not think of today's failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourself a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find a joy in overcoming obstacles. -Helen Keller

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449: Mini Coaching Session With ACP Listener Carolyn

In today's episode, Gina interviews ACP listener Carolyn, who shares her story of anxiety and panic.  Carolyn describes her initial experience with a panic attack when driving with her child in an unfamiliar area.  From this point she describes her pathway to overcoming anxiety, including help from Gina and the podcast.  A number of important and useful techniques for overcoming anxiety are shared.

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You are not a mess. You are a feeling person in a messy world.
-Glennon Doyle Melton

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448: How to Ignite Peace and Calm Over Fight, Flight, Freeze

In today's episode, Gina discusses how to ignite peace and calm in our minds and bodies through activation of our parasympathetic nervous system.  When the rest and digest side of our nervous system is activated, our fight, flight and freeze side is de-emphasized, thus providing us with relief from anxiety.  Gina offers a number of ways to go about doing this, including using laughter and singing.  Listen in for more suggestions!

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What is anxiety?

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For me, singing sad songs often has a way of healing a situation. It gets the hurt out in the open into the light, out of the darkness. -Reba McEntire

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447: Decreasing Anxiety By Increasing Sacred Moments

In today's episode, Gina explores the use of realizing the sacredness of the present moment for decreasing our suffering relating to anxiety.  Gina discusses the anxiety that emanates from a focus on our mortality and individuality, and the separateness and aloneness that are associated with these issues.  Gina offers listeners a number of suggestions for cultivating sacred moments in which we can experience refreshing emotions such as gratitude and compassion.

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Your sacred space is where you can find yourself over and over again.
-Joseph Campbell

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446: Noticing Anxiety Recovery

In today's episode, Gina discusses the importance of taking notice of our anxiety recovery.  As sufferers of anxiety, we tend to devote a great deal of attention to anxiety itself and forget to reflect on the progress we have made in our recovery.  This can actually make anxiety worse.  Gina recommends a number of steps we can use to recall and acknowledge the progress we have made in overcoming anxiety.

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No matter how dark the night may get, your light will never burn out.
-Jeanette LeBlanc

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445: 5 Habits That Help Free You From Anxiety

In today's episode, Gina discusses beneficial habits to be learned and practiced to reduce your experience of anxiety.  Five habits in particular are discussed that will help you improve your condition, including:  having a direction for yourself and allowing yourself to be vulnerable and compassionate towards yourself and others.  Listen in as Gina discusses these habits and three more!

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Happiness is a habit—cultivate it -Elbert Hubbard

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444: Put Your Anxious Worries On The Back Burner

In today's episode, Gina talks about a useful method to use the inherent wisdom and intelligence of the human being to reduce the intensity of anxiety surrounding particular ideas or issues we may be facing in our lives.  Essentially, this method calls for "containing" the idea or issue that is causing the anxious distress in a mental container (Gina refers to it as a "pot") and putting the container away until a later time.  Doing so can make the anxiety weaker, and make ourselves stronger, over this period of time.

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Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow. –Swedish Proverb

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443: Mini Coaching Session with ACP Listener Donna

In today's episode, Gina conducts a mini coaching session with ACP listener Donna.  Donna describes her experience of anxiety and behaviors related to OCD and how she came to find the Anxiety Coaches Podcast.  Gina proceeds to offer her wisdom and guidance much as she would a client in a one-on-one coaching session.  Listen in for tips that may help you improve your experience with anxiety.

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Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.
-James Baldwin

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442: Anxiety and Attachment 4 Ways To Let Go A Little Easier

In this episode, Gina discusses how attachment to the world, our experience and various entities can substantially impact (increase) our anxiety.  Gina draws a clear distinction between attachment and acceptance and suggests that acceptance is the very opposite of attachment!  Gina offers a number of methods to make acceptance easier and lessen the burden of attachment in our lives.

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People become attached to their burdens sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them. ~George Bernard Shaw

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441: Understanding Negativity Bias and Anxiety

In today's episode Gina discusses negativity bias in the context of anxiety further (touched on in the previous podcast).  The evolutionary perspective of our history and present state of functioning are used to provide useful insights into why we can be afflicted with anxiety and how to improve the situation we find ourselves in.  The hereditary component of anxiety is also discussed.

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Perhaps home is not a place but simply an irrevocable condition.
-James Baldwin

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440: Why Is Anxiety So Common?

In this episode, Gina discusses some of the basics of anxiety and anxiety diagnoses.  The pervasiveness of anxiety among the population of the contemporary world is touched on as well as the origins of anxiety from an evolutionary perspective.  Negativity bias is discussed in this context.  Gina makes the recommendation of keeping a journal of things we are grateful for on a daily basis to combat the tendency to reinforce the negativity we experience.

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You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith, and hope.
-Thomas Merton

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439: Heart Rate Monitoring and Health Anxiety

In this episode, Gina explores the issue of self-monitoring with health care equipment for persons with anxiety.  Anxiety and panic are thought to account for one in five visits to the emergency room and are often mistaken for heart attacks.  Gina advises on whether or not persons with anxiety should be using medical self-monitoring devices outside of that prescribed by health care professionals and recommends finding a health care provider you can trust and work with.

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Never be so focused on what you're looking for that you overlook the thing you actually find. -Ann Patchett

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438: Mini Coaching Session With ACP Listener Jane

In this episode, Coach Gina shares a mini coaching session with ACP listener Jane.  Jane has been experiencing anxiety relating to loss and has been listening to the Anxiety Coaches Podcast for some time.  Gina discusses some of the specific instances of Jane's experience of anxiety as well as numerous effective coping methods and activities Jane has found helpful.

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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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437: Using Courage To Guide Your Way Out Of Anxiety

In this episode, Gina describes how to use courage to guide yourself out of anxiety.  Courage is the capacity to move ahead despite feelings of despair.  Gina revisits the topic of volunteer vs victim mindset from podcast 436, and talks about how great athletes and artists still experience substantial fear.  Gina describes how to start using your courage today.

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The secret to happiness is freedom... And the secret to freedom is courage. -Thucydides

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