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With almost 8 million downloads and hundreds of episodes, Anxiety Slayer™ is an award-winning podcast for anyone suffering from anxiety, PTSD, panic attacks, and stress. Listen in for a rich collection of supportive conversations, meditations, relaxations, expert interviews, and breathing techniques to help you feel calm, centered, and relaxed. Join us for weekly podcasts for your peace of mind and personal growth. AnxietySlayer.com.

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

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With almost 8 million downloads and hundreds of episodes, Anxiety Slayer™ is an award-winning podcast for anyone suffering from anxiety, PTSD, panic attacks, and stress. Listen in for a rich collection of supportive conversations, meditations, relaxations, expert interviews, and breathing techniques to help you feel calm, centered, and relaxed. Join us for weekly podcasts for your peace of mind and personal growth. AnxietySlayer.com.

    Be Mighty with Jill A. Stoddard PhD

    Be Mighty with Jill A. Stoddard PhD

    #525: Shann is speaking with Dr. Jill Stoddard about her new book, Be Mighty: A Woman's Guide to Liberation from Anxiety, Worry, and Stress Using Mindfulness and Acceptance.
     
    Dr. Jill Stoddard’s Be Mighty leads you on a bold quest to gain a deeper understanding of your anxiety by exploring your own “origin story”—how your early experiences led to thoughts and behaviors that may have offered comfort and protection at one time, but are now keeping you from living your best life.
    After reading this book you’ll learn to respond to present-day triggers in a new way, making choices from a more conscious, values-driven place.
     
    Jill A. Stoddard, PhD, is founder and director of The Center for Stress and Anxiety Management, a multisite outpatient clinic in San Diego, CA. She specializes in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for anxiety and related issues. She lives in San Diego with her husband, two kids, and two French bulldogs.
     
    About a year ago I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Stephen Hayes, Originator of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. He pioneered ACT to help people with mental health issues feel fully, think freely, and live lives that reflect the qualities they choose.
     
    Today Jill and I discuss how ACT can support women who often struggle with health anxiety and anxiety attacks.
     
    We discuss the Anxiety Triumvirate  
    Intolerance of uncertainty
    A lack of perceived control
    An overinflated sense of responsibility
    Jill shares how we can cultivate Might through mindfulness and acceptance to help us move through our anxiety
     
    We explore the cycle of anxious uncertainty: uncertainty + anxiety + get my fix + temporary relief + more questions and back to the beginning of the cycle with uncertainty.
     
    And finally, we dig into the questions we can ask about ourselves (and our anxiety) to help us live with more confidence
     
    Be Mighty Acronym
    Breathe
    Explore present experience
    Make space for feelings
    Impartially observe thoughts
    Give self-compassion
    Highlight values
    Take action
    Yell from the rooftops
     
    You can get a copy of Jill's new book, Be Mighty wherever books are sold.

    • 32 min
    Celebrate every step you take to feel better

    Celebrate every step you take to feel better

    #524: This week on the Anxiety Slayer Podcast we’re talking about the importance of celebrating every step you take to feel better
    Anxiety is such a big issue that we sometimes forget the power of the little things - little things like your breath, meditation, and other different ways to relax. Yet, small though they are, the difference these little things can make in managing stress and anxiety is huge.
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    Today’s Anxiety Slayer podcast is sponsored by Betterhelp.
    Are stress and anxiety interfering with your happiness? Have you been considering seeing a therapist but not sure where to start? Betterhelp will assess your counseling needs and match you with your own licensed professional therapist so you can start getting the support you need online, in under 24 hours. Special offer for Anxiety Slayer listeners - get 10% off your first month at http://betterhelp.com/slayer   

    • 26 min
    The perfect self-care blend

    The perfect self-care blend

    #523: This week we're talking about the two key elements to self-care that can help us when we're struggling with anxiety or with our health.
     
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    Today’s Anxiety Slayer podcast is sponsored by Betterhelp.
    Are stress and anxiety interfering with your happiness? Have you been considering seeing a therapist but not sure where to start? Betterhelp will assess your counseling needs and match you with your own licensed professional therapist so you can start getting the support you need online, in under 24 hours. Special offer for Anxiety Slayer listeners - get 10% off your first month at http://betterhelp.com/slayer   

    • 34 min
    The benefits of having an anxiety calming practice to begin the New Year

    The benefits of having an anxiety calming practice to begin the New Year

    #522 This week we're talking about how having a regular anxiety calming practice can help you feel calm and present as we step into this New Year.
     
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    Today’s Anxiety Slayer podcast is sponsored by Betterhelp.
    Are stress and anxiety interfering with your happiness? Have you been considering seeing a therapist but not sure where to start? Betterhelp will assess your counseling needs and match you with your own licensed professional therapist so you can start getting the support you need online, in under 24 hours. Special offer for Anxiety Slayer listeners - get 10% off your first month at http://betterhelp.com/slayer   

    • 25 min
    Best of Anxiety Slayer: How to regain calm when anxiety hijacks your brain

    Best of Anxiety Slayer: How to regain calm when anxiety hijacks your brain

    Happy Holidays! We hope you are enjoying the season with your loved ones. Enjoy the most popular Anxiety Slayer episodes we produced in 2020!
    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. Today we share how you can regain calm when anxiety hijacks your mind.

    • 25 min
    How Yoga can help you make peace with stress with Stephannie Weikert

    How Yoga can help you make peace with stress with Stephannie Weikert

    #521: Welcome back to the Anxiety Slayer podcast. Today Shann is speaking with Stephannie Weikert. Stephanie is a Certified Yoga Therapist, mentor, teacher, and speaker. She teaches individuals and organizations to use challenges as catalysts for growth with the time-tested wisdom of yoga.
     
    We begin our conversation with the story of Stephannie's decade-long battle with stress that manifested itself as overwhelm, anxiety, worry, and exhaustion.
     
    How her experience informed the changes she made that led to her personal growth.
    The yoga pose that helped Stephannie reduce the overwhelm when nothing else seemed to work.
     
    We hope you come away from this conversation feeling inspired and will consider a simple yoga practice as a starting point to managing your own stress.
     
    Get the intro of Stephannie's new book, Make Peace with Stress at
    www.makepeacewithstress.com

    • 32 min

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