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541: Working With Anxiety's Retreat and Freeze Modes

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In today's episode, Gina discusses the important topic of retreat and freezing when anxiety-panic symptoms present themselves and how these responses can cause the further increase of the very anxiety-panic symptoms we are trying to avoid.  Gina advises to float and to put one foot in front of the other when presented with these symptoms.

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Episode 326 "Floating With Anxiety" mentioned in the show
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What is anxiety?

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Fear is contagious and so is courage.
-Elizabeth Gilbert

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537: Understanding Original Fear and Reactive Fear

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In today's episode, Gina discusses a key component of chronic anxiety: reactive fear.  Gina orients her discussion to the distinction between original fear and reactive fear.  Through learning to control our response to the original fear, we can significantly reduce our susceptibility to panic and anxiety.

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What is anxiety?

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We are more often frightened than hurt, and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.
—Seneca

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533: Struggling With Anxiety And Sinking Deeper

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In today's episode, Gina discusses the importance of pausing to take stock of what is truly real in our situation as we experience anxiety.  Gina emphasizes the distinction between our own personal fear and the reality of what is around us.  Gina reinforces the importance of acceptance and guides listeners through a brief meditation exercise.

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What is anxiety?

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Healing requires from us to stop struggling, but to enjoy life more and endure it less.
-Darina Stoyanova

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515: First Fear Second Fear and Anxiety

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In today's episode, Gina discusses the important distinction between first fear and second fear in the realm of anxiety experience.  Sufferers of anxiety may not have total control over the first fear (initial fear-inducing stimuli) but we have much influence over our experience of the second fear (our reaction to the first fear).  Listen in for Gina's thoughts, analysis and tips to help minimize your experience of the second fear!

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What is anxiety?

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Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. —Viktor Frankl

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511: Understanding Your Nervous Systems Fear Cycle

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In today's episode, Gina discusses fear in the context of the physical nervous system.  Claire Weekes' fear-adrenaline-fear cycle is explored, as well as the understanding of anxiety as a state of over-sensitization.  Gina offers tips and suggestions to help listeners break out of this cycle and prevent it from happening.

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What is anxiety?

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I discovered I always have choices and sometimes it's only a choice of attitude. -Judith M. Knowlton

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506: Letting Fear Be Your Teacher

In today's episode, Gina shares steps for adapting to any particular fears we may have and how to become more confident and comfortable by doing so.  Through patience and self kindness, following these tips can lead to great changes in your life!

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What is anxiety?

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Without darkness nothing comes to birth, as without light nothing flowers.
-May Sarton

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489: How Acceptance and Change Help With Anxiety

In today's episode, Gina talks about the importance of acceptance and change in healing anxiety.  In particular, Gina discusses the benefits of allowing our anxiety experience to unfold, in contrast to fighting the anxiety and trying (often desperately) to make it stop.  The fear of and fight against the anxiety is exactly what keeps anxiety sufferers in the loop of anxiety-panic.  Listen in for suggestions on how to prevent this anxiety loop from taking over your life.

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What is anxiety?

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I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.
-Louisa May Alcott

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488: Why Avoidance and Aversion Don't Help With Anxiety

In today's episode, Gina discusses avoidance and aversion in the context of anxiety.  Included in this discussion is an emphasis on the importance of how we interpret signals and information that we are perceiving and how very often we are able to choose whether or not we are threatened by a particular thing.  Anxiety sufferers tend to be biased toward overestimating the threat of things.  Listen in for tips on how to overcome this tendency.

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What is anxiety?

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Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.
-Marie Curie

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479: 10 Tips For Responding To Life with Gratefulness vs Fear

In today's episode, Gina shares with listeners ten tips for responding to life with gratefulness rather than fear. The source of these suggestions is an article by Kristi Nelson linked below. Using the mental state of gratitude can help extricate oneself from pain and anxiety in remarkable fashion. Listen in for these ten practical tips!

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The root of joy is gratefulness … For it is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful. -Brother David Steindl-Rast

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474: Working With Anxiety's Roots

In today's episode, Gina discusses anxiety's roots, including the notion of signal anxiety, which involves the anxiety we experience around the content of our own minds (thoughts).  Mindfulness practices and RAIN are discussed as practices that can help us ease our experience of fear and anxiety.

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Episode 167 about RAIN: http://www.theanxietycoachespodcast.com/episodes/167-clearing-stress-and-anxiety-with-rain?rq=167

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What is anxiety?

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Whatever our individual troubles and challenges may be, it's important to pause every now and then to appreciate all that we have, on every level.
-Shakti Gawain

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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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407: Listener Q and A When Your Worst Fear Happens

In this episode Gina answers a listener question about what to do when you worst fear actually happens to you.  In the case of this listener, the fears in focus relate to health.  Gina recommends a few particular strategies when facing great anxiety relating to specific fears and are not limited to the domain of health anxiety.  In particular Gina goes over:  acceptance, surrender, leaning towards uncertainty rather than turning away from it, recalling your ability to overcome prior challenges, and closely examining the evidence you are facing in your current situation.  Listen in for explanation of these anxiety relieving tips.

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What is anxiety?

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Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase. -MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

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