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With over 6.5 million downloads and hundreds of episodes, Anxiety Slayer™ is an award-winning podcast for anyone suffering from PTSD, panic attacks, stress, and anxiety. Listen in for a rich collection of supportive conversations, meditations, relaxations, and breathing techniques to help you feel calm, centered and relaxed. Join us for weekly podcasts for your peace of mind and personal growth. Celebrating 10 years! www.anxietyslayer.com.

Anxiety Slayer™ with Shann and Ananga Shann Vander Leek & Ananga Sivyer

    • Mental Health

With over 6.5 million downloads and hundreds of episodes, Anxiety Slayer™ is an award-winning podcast for anyone suffering from PTSD, panic attacks, stress, and anxiety. Listen in for a rich collection of supportive conversations, meditations, relaxations, and breathing techniques to help you feel calm, centered and relaxed. Join us for weekly podcasts for your peace of mind and personal growth. Celebrating 10 years! www.anxietyslayer.com.

    Understanding what is at the core of suffering with Dr. John Demartini

    Understanding what is at the core of suffering with Dr. John Demartini

    #485 This week we’re sharing a conversation that Shann had recently with Dr. John Demartini. 
    Dr. Demartini is a human behavior specialist, International best-selling author, educator, founder of the Demartini Institute and the author of 40 books that have been translated into 36 languages. He has featured in films including The Secret, appearing on Larry King Live, and regularly contributes to Oprah Magazine.  
    In today’s fast-paced, hyper-connected society there’s an undeniable increase in people experiencing varying degrees of anxiety. We get loads of emails from our listeners about how they are suffering from all sorts of anxiety. At the top of the list is health anxiety followed by fear of having an anxiety attack. Dr. Demartini and Shann dive into the conversation discussing the relationship between fear and anxiety.
    Points covered in the episode John shares his view about anxiety being a form of fear. 
    “Fear is the assumption that you’re about to experience in the near or far future through your senses or imagination, more pain than pleasure, more negative than positive, more disadvantage than an advantage, or more challenge than support from someone, some event, or something.”
    We discuss the triggers of anxiety, understanding the benefits of anxiety and the value of understanding what is at the core of suffering.
    We discuss how you can dig deeper and learn to dissolve their anxiety.
    “We don’t have to be victims of our history we can be masters of our destiny by taking command of our perceptions. We can make a mountain out of a molehill or a molehill out of a mountain. We can transform our once assumed hell into an opportunity if we take the time to find out what’s behind it and how it serves us.”
    You can Access Daily Teachings from Dr. Demartini on Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn
    View interviews and videos from Dr. Demartini on YouTube & LiveStream and at www.drdemartini.com 

    • 30 min
    For freedom from anxiety, ban these words from your self-talk

    For freedom from anxiety, ban these words from your self-talk

    #484: This week we’re talking about words to ban from your self-talk to remain free from anxiety.
    The words you speak become the house you live in. — Hafiz
    Language is the painter of our psychological experiences. If we think and talk hope, we will feel hope. But if our thoughts and dialogue are rooted in anxiety and fear, that is how we feel. We will feel anxious, we will behave anxiously and we will further grow anxiety because we are feeding it at the root.
     
    Resources for this episode:


    HOW TO CALM YOUR FRAGILE MIND: Finding freedom from unwanted thoughts




    We often receive questions in our inbox asking us to teach more about working with unwanted thoughts and painful emotions. And also receive regular requests for more information on Ayurveda and its teachings on calming the mind - this is the course where we go in-depth into both subjects.
    Discover how to use your senses to calm your mind
    Feel the Emotional Stress Release Technique dissolving worry from the forefront of your mind
    Follow a guided EFT Tapping Practice for honoring and soothing your emotions
    Experience our Guided Ayurvedic Meditation for finding peace in the present moment
     
    I listened to a sample of How to Calm Your Fragile Mind. I cried. I cried because it made more sense than any medical practitioner I’ve met in my 38 years. Your words instantly helped. Thank you. - Nadene
     
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    • 24 min
    Managing anxiety when facing a serious medical test

    Managing anxiety when facing a serious medical test

    #483 We're talking about how to manage anxiety when facing a serious medical test, like a biopsy or blood test and how to support yourself getting through the test and while waiting for results.
     
    Resources for this episode:
     
    The SOS Tapping Sessions and guided Quick Anxiety Stopper 3 point tapping practice for calming high anxiety can be found in our First Responder Course for Anxiety Attacks 
     
    And in our First Responder Course for Health Anxiety you will find our Guided Tapping Sessions for calming the fear that there may be something wrong with you, our healing affirmations, and a lesson on the Bach Flower Remedies that help most with Health Anxiety and how to create your own supportive blend.
     
    You can find both courses at anxietyslayer.teachable.com

    • 29 min
    Anxiety Relapse: What to do when anxiety comes back

    Anxiety Relapse: What to do when anxiety comes back

    #482 We're talking about what to do when you experience an anxiety relapse.
    Points covered in this episode include:
    What causes someone to experience an anxiety relapse?
    How to support yourself when you're having a setback
    How to contain and calm anxiety flare-ups
    Did you know that if you become a patron for Anxiety Slayer with Shann and Ananga, you'll immediately get 24 patron-only posts?Join today and you can listen to the Guided EFT Tapping session that accompanies this week's episode on our Patreon page.

    • 22 min
    How to develop resilience and live an intentional life with Neil Pasricha

    How to develop resilience and live an intentional life with Neil Pasricha

    #481: Today it’s our pleasure to introduce you to NYT Best-selling author and speaker, Neil Pasricha.
    Neil thinks, writes, and speaks about living intentionally. All of his current work focuses on the themes of gratitude, happiness, failure, resilience, and trust.  
    Neil is the author of six books including The Book of Awesome, a spinning Rolodex of simple pleasures based on his award-winning blog 1000 Awesome Things, and his new book, You Are Awesome, How to Navigate Change, wrestle with Failure, and live an intentional life. Neil’s books are New York Times bestsellers and have sold millions of copies across dozens of languages. 
    Points covered in this podcastTen years ago, Neil’s life fell apart after his marriage ended in divorce and his best friend took his life. In the ten years since those heartbreaking experiences, he worked through his suffering and has so much to celebrate. How did you go from suffering these life-altering losses to living your life with intention?
    Why do we need to learn resilience?
    How can your nine steps or directional arrows help us cultivate resilience?
    What can we do to support our children and adolescents who are struggling at an astronomical rate with anxiety and panic attacks?
    If there was ONE thing our listeners could do today to start living more intentionally, what do you recommend?Neil’s Two-Minute Morning PracticeEvery day carve out a couple of minutes to fill in the following journaling prompts1. I will let go of…2. I am grateful for…3. I will focus on…
     
    Get your copy of You Are Awesome at neil.blog or wherever books are sold. You Are Awesome is packed with research-based strategies, tools, and lessons to move from thin-skinned to thick-skinned, failure-prone to failure-proof, and anxious… to awesome
    You can also The Book of Awesome for free when you share your email at 1000 awesome things.
    We invite you to take a look at our New Beginnings Course which is currently on sale at 30% until the end of January off with the coupon code: newyear
    Thanks for listening to Anxiety Slayer. Shann & Ananga

    • 38 min
    How changing your thoughts about anxiety can help you heal

    How changing your thoughts about anxiety can help you heal

    #480: Today we're talking about how our thoughts and feelings about anxiety affect the quality of our life. We'll be looking at the benefits of clearing resistance and resentment towards anxiety, and how that frees up our energy to start taking action steps toward feeling less anxious and more hopeful.
     

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    Thoughts that keep us stuck in anxiety

     
    Some thoughts we often hear are: 
     
    "I will never be free from panic attacks!" 
     
    "I know I'm stuck with this anxiety for life."
     
    "I've tried everything and nothing works."
     
     
    These are beliefs, not facts, and beliefs can be changed. Freedom from anxiety begins when we challenge those beliefs and look beyond them. 
     

    Breaking through the wall of anxiety

    When you see anxiety as an enemy or personalize it by saying you hate it, you are giving anxiety power over you. 
     
    It becomes something you have to fight, or you resent. Feeling this way about anxiety puts you in a victim mindset. You are feeding your anxiety and exhausting yourself.
     
    We’ve all done it. It's the default setting of a suffering mind. You don't like how you feel, so you declare it. I hate this. I don't want to feel this way. But anxiety isn't personal. It's not listening and it's not going to back off and leave you alone - unless you make the choice to deal with it by taking action.
     
     

    Two challenges for the anxious mind

    The mind tends to form grooves. Like an old record, our thoughts carve tracks that our mind falls in to and plays over and over again.
     
    The mind also has a negativity bias, which means it's particularly drawn to unhelpful thoughts and beliefs and likes to replay them and ruminate on them.
     
    This replaying makes the grooves of negative thought even deeper and difficult to escape, but we can, with determination and support.
     
     

    Changing our mind is easier when it comes from our heart

    Changing the way you feel about your anxiety and switching your perspective to seeing it as an emotion, or a messenger that is trying to communicate something to you is a positive first step in regaining your power and sense of control over anxiety.
     
    One way to do this is to ask yourself what would I love to do if I was free from anxiety?
     
    When you practice looking for purpose and meaning in your life, anxiety becomes a hurdle between now and what you want to experience instead of a brick wall.
     

    Using EFT Tapping to change unwanted thoughts 

    Tapping is a quick and effective way to change our unwanted beliefs and, in doing so, change your entire experience of anxiety from feeling trapped to feeling hope and finding freedom.
     
    You can try it by yourself via a book or course or work with a practitioner for support and to make sure you cover all the aspects of the thoughts that are affecting you. Read the rest of our show notes at www.anxietyslayer.com
     
     
     
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    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

MusickJunkee ,

Nice positive vibe...good to listen to at work.

I've never listened to something like this before but I've found that it is quite good. Helps you to focus on how important it is to relax and think about your health and mental state. Good to listen to while at work because each podcast only goes for about 5 mins. Could have done without the one or two profanities however as they tend to kill the vibe. "Loosen your grip" has 3mins of silence...is that for a reason? Otherwise provides a very positive and realistic view on life.

izayagpw ,

LOVE

Absolutely amazing podcast! Couldn’t live without it! Makes me feel so much better and helps me cope with my anxiety and helps me sleep at night! Thank you two so much for all your inspiration and help! I really appreciate it ❤️❤️

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Brilliant podcast

Fantastic content, I love how Shann and Ananga explain the hows and whys behind anxiety, taking the mystery and fear away. Both presents also have beautiful voices, it’s a pleasure to listen to them,
Very relaxing.

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