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'Like having a therapy session'. Calm your anxiety, build your confidence. Anxiety expert Chloe Brotheridge, author of 'The Anxiety Solution' and 'Brave New Girl' gives you the guidance and inspiration to be your calmest, happiest and most confident self. Expect practical tools, expert interviews, audio hugs, encouragement and a reminder that you are not alone.

Calmer You Podcast: Anxiety & Confidence Chloe Brotheridge

    • Mental Health

'Like having a therapy session'. Calm your anxiety, build your confidence. Anxiety expert Chloe Brotheridge, author of 'The Anxiety Solution' and 'Brave New Girl' gives you the guidance and inspiration to be your calmest, happiest and most confident self. Expect practical tools, expert interviews, audio hugs, encouragement and a reminder that you are not alone.

    Ep 89. Owning It with Caroline Foran

    Ep 89. Owning It with Caroline Foran

    Caroline Foran is the number 1 bestselling author of Owning It and The Confidence Kit. She is currently working on her third title. She’s the host of the ‘Owning it’ anxiety podcast. 







    * Her experience with anxiety* Why so many of us are anxious* Practical ways to deal with anxiety* How to support a friend or ask for support from others

    • 44 min
    Ep 88. Being Mentally Fit with Shona Vertue

    Ep 88. Being Mentally Fit with Shona Vertue

    This week I speak to personal trainer and yoga teacher Shona Vertue.







    We discuss:







    * Her experience of therapy and SAD * Attachment theory and why there’s nothing to be ashamed of if you are needy or codependent in relationships  * The pressures and boundaries of social media  * And of course, ask her the question – how are you really? 















    Transcript







    Mentally fit with Shona Vertue







    Chloe Brotheridge: Hello and welcome to the ‘Calmer

    You’ podcast. This is your host Chloe Brotheridge. I am a coach, a

    hypnotherapist and I’m the author of the ‘Anxiety Solution’ and ‘Brave New Girl’.

    Thank you so much for listening today. I have an amazing guest this week Shona Vertue.

    Shona is known for being a fitness instructor and yoga teacher. But for some

    reason, this conversation isn’t actually that much about fitness. We get into

    such a varied number of topics. She has had her career so far in the fitness

    industry, but she is now studying psychology and so this is a real passion of

    hers.







    So, we get into topics like her experience of therapy, why it’s totally

    okay to have therapy and we talk about things like how to find a therapist. We

    talk about something called ‘Attachment Theory’ and you might have heard this

    before. Some of us might be anxiously attached for example and it has to do

    with things that happened in our childhood. We really get into why there’s

    nothing to be ashamed about if you’re somebody that is perhaps needy or

    codependent in relationships because it’s not your fault and it can often go

    back to these things in childhood. So, we chat about that.







    We get into the pressures and boundaries of social media and I also ask her my favorite question to ask people which is. How are you really? I love Shona’s answer this, she’s really honest and open and talks about something that I think a lot of us can relate to particularly at this time of year. So, I think gonna love this episode. I felt like I was chatting to an old friend where I met show know even though we just met ten minutes before.







    Confidence Challenge







    Also, I want to let you know that my confidence challenge is coming up on the 24th of February 2020. You can sign up at Calmeryou.com/confidence.







    It’s going to be 5 days of community, fun challenges, helping you to

    think differently and take some action. So, that you can take a few steps

    towards living the life that you want to live, being the person that you want

    to be, accepting and loving yourself more, building your own self as and just

    feeling better about being you overall. Last time I ran, it was really really

    amazing to see how people made profound changes over just five days and made

    new friends and expanded their idea of what’s possible for them. So, I’d love

    for you to join us as well. You need to sign up and register to get all the

    downloads and workbooks and access the community. You can do that on my website

    calmeryou.com/confidence.







    So, let’s get into the episode, with Shona. Welcome Shona, thank you so

    much for joining me. How are you?







    Shona Vertue: I am good. Thank you for

    having me.







    Chloe Brotheridge: I would love to know a bit

    about, what it is that you do people that don’t know.







    Shona Vertue: Okay.







    Chloe Brotheridge: And how you got to where you

    are today? Can you share a bit about that?

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Ep 87. Ice cream for Breakfast, mental health and play with Laura Jane Williams

    Ep 87. Ice cream for Breakfast, mental health and play with Laura Jane Williams

    In this episode we chat about:







    * The ups and downs of work* Her experiences with anxiety and mental health * Giving yourself the recognition you deserve * When your life is “amazing” on the outside but inside you’re struggling* The complexities of adulthood



























    Transcript







    Chloe:                        Hello, and welcome to the comedy podcast. This is your host Chloe Brotheridge. I am a coach. I’m a therapist and the author of the Anxiety Solution and Brave New Girl. I welcome you to this podcast. Thank you so much for listening. Thanks for being here. I’m talking to the wonderful, brilliant Laura Jane Williams. Laura Jane Williams is an author. She has written several books. The latest of which is called Our Stop. If you’ve read her books or you follow her online, she is just one of these people who has an amazing way of putting words to things that so many of us experience but find it hard to express.







    She’s got an incredibly

    magnetic personality, an amazing way with words and she talks a lot about

    mental health. We get into discussions about the ups and downs of work and this

    thing that can happen so often when our life seems really amazing from the

    outside. Maybe people are congratulating us on how well things are going and

    yet inside, we’re really struggling. This can happen to so many of us and we

    chat about this.







    We talk about her

    experiences of her journey with her mental health and anxiety. We talk about

    why it’s so hard to give yourself recognition for things. She shares a practice

    and an example of the experiences she’s had where she’s really been able to

    give herself that recognition. I think in having this discussion, it also gives

    us, the listeners, the permission to give ourselves recognition as well. We

    talk about the complexities of adulthood and just get into that whole topic,

    which I think all of us will be able to relate to.







    I love this conversation

    with Laura. I think you’re going to love it as well and get loads from it. So,

    I just want to let you know that my amazing, if I do say so myself, confidence

    challenge is coming up at the end of February 2020. I would love you to join us.

    It’s completely free. It’s a five-day challenge. I am confident that if you

    join us, you will notice a change in your life and how you feel.







    Here’s what Michelle said,

    someone who joined the last on that around there. She said, “This challenge

    gave me the courage to go out of my comfort zone and try something new. It also

    gave me the nudge I needed to reach out to some old friends and reconnect. More

    importantly, it’s made me realize I’m not alone. I now understand it’s okay to

    be open, honest and vulnerable.” So many people have said this from this free

    challenge that I run, they met new friends. They took action that they wouldn’t

    have taken before. They learned things about themselves.







    They took a step outside

    of their comfort zone and I would love all of these things for you and more. You

    can sign up for free if you head to my website calmer-you.com/confidence. Pop

    your email address in there and I’ll send you all the details about the

    challenge. That’s calmer-you.com/confidence and I hope to see you there. Let’s

    get into the interview with Laura Jane Williams. Welcome, Laura, thank you so

    much for joining me. How are you today?

    • 53 min
    Ep 86. More Confidence in 8 Steps

    Ep 86. More Confidence in 8 Steps

    In this solo episode, I discuss:







    * The thing I teach all my 1 on 1 clients about confidence* The most important belief you must develop in order to transform * How to get to the root of your issues with confidence in order to change it* Simple steps to boost your confidence and self-esteem







    My confidence challenge is coming up at the end of Feb:







    5 days to become more confident, connect with others on the same path and have fun. It’s one of my favourite offers and totally free. Join at www.calmeryou.com/confidence







    A special offer from our sponsor







    This podcast is sponsored by Blinkist. Get a 7-day free trial and 25% off when you head to www.blinkist.com/calmeryou















    Transcript







    Hello, and welcome to the Calmer You Podcast. This is your host, Chloe Brotheridge. I’m a coach and a hypnotherapist and the author of two books, The Anxiety Solution, and Brave New Girl, which is all about how to grow your confidence. So, today I’m going to be sharing with you a number of steps that I think if you follow them, will help you to be calm and your most confident self, to tap into the innate courage that is within you, and start to feel better about doing the things that you want to do, being you in the world, and going outside of your comfort zone.







    Journey to becomming a more confident person







    And so this is really an area that I’m passionate about talking about having to struggle with my own issues around confidence and self-esteem for so so long and going on a journey to become a more confident person. And I’m not saying that it’s the case that we will just one day emerge like a butterfly out of the chrysalis a new person. But the reality is that it’s a journey. It’s a process. And little by little, we can start to make changes and we can grow. And we can discover more about what’s possible for us and expand what is possible for us. So, I’m going to share with you eight steps for becoming your most confident self.







    Believe that you can change







    So,

    number one is to believe that you can change. And I can’t tell you how

    important this step is. It sounds so simple, but actually is an incredibly

    powerful shift that so many of us actually need to make before we can start to

    make a change. Because when we are in a bad place, when we struggled with

    something for a long time, when we feel that we’ve tried a lot of things and

    they haven’t worked, it can be so easy to tell ourselves, that we are just not

    confident people and we are going to be stuck, feeling this way forever and

    there’s not much we can do about it. And yet, and yet, the reality is that

    change is always possible. We are always changing your brain is always

    changing. Depending on what you do, depending on what you think, what you focus

    on, those neurons are being created, old patterns of thinking, old neural

    pathways are degrading as you use them less and less. And so [??? 02:18]

    neurological level it is possible to change. And there’s that old classic quote

    from Henry Ford, “You believe you can or you believe you can’t. And either way,

    you’re right.” And this really encapsulates, even though it’s quite a cheesy

    quote, by now, it will encapsulate this truth, that when we believe we can

    change, it makes it easier to change. And so even if you are just experimenting

    • 18 min
    Ep 85. Help Me! (Like a virtual hug) with Marianne Power

    Ep 85. Help Me! (Like a virtual hug) with Marianne Power

    On today’s Calmer You Podcast I speak with Marianne Power the Author of Help Me! 







    We chat about:







    * Facing your fears (Marianne has done some incredible things!)* How Marianne upgraded her identity to be a more confident person * The things that Marianne has found most (and least) helpful on her self help journey * How to overcome a fear of public speaking * Powerful and Reassuring advice for those with anxiety and depression.







    My confidence challenge is coming up at the end of Feb:







    5 days to become more confident, connect with others of the same path and have fun. It’s one of my favourite offers and totally free. Join at www.calmeryou.com/confidence







    A special offer from our sponsor







    This podcast is sponsored by Blinkist. Get a 7-day free trial and 25% off when you head to www.blinkist.com/calmeryou















    Transcript







    Chloe:

    Hello, and welcome to the Calmer You Podcast. This is the place to be to become

    your calmest, happiest, and most confident self. And this is your host, Chloe

    Brotheridge. I am a coach and a hypnotherapist. I’m the author of The Anxiety

    Solution and Brave New Girl. Today, I’m so lucky to get to speak the Marianne

    Power, who is the author of the brilliant book, Help Me, which is her

    experience of reading a different self-help book every day for a year, and

    putting things into practice, and seeing what the results were for her. And

    this book is firstly, very, very funny, and secondly, very helpful, comforting,

    inspiring, reassuring. There are practical assets in there as well. I really

    think you’re gonna love it. And so myself and Marianne talked about facing your

    fears, and Marianne really has faced a lot of fears and she shares some of the

    incredible things that she’s done through the course of writing this book, and

    I think it’s quite amazing. I’m very, very in awe of her.







    We

    talked about the things that Marianne has found the most, and also the least

    helpful from all the things that she’s tried on her self-help journey. We also

    get into how to handle her fear of public speaking. So, many of us struggle

    with this, and Marianne shares really beautifully about her experience of that

    and what she’s doing is overcome it. And she just gives some really reassuring,

    lovely, comforting words of advice to people who are struggling with anxiety

    and depression. And this podcast, I hope is going to feel like a big hug and a

    reassuring message that you are actually okay. And you’re not as bad as you

    think you are basically. In fact, you’re wonderful. So, I really hope you’re

    going to enjoy this episode. If you’re looking to become a more confident

    version of yourself in 2020, then I want to invite you to come on over to see

    my website and join me in the upcoming confidence challenge where every day

    I’ll be sending you free resources and invites to connect with our community to

    grow your confidence in five days in very, very simple, simple and fun steps

    and with simple fun exercises. So, you can join us, we’re going to be starting

    soon over at CalmerYou.com/Confidence. So, let’s get into the interview with Marianne Power.

    Welcome, Marianne,

    • 43 min
    Ep 84 Lift Yourself with Laura Hoggins

    Ep 84 Lift Yourself with Laura Hoggins

    On this week’s Calmer You Podcast, I really enjoyed speaking with Laura ‘biceps’ Hoggins, PT & Head of Brand @foundryfit. She has introduced a form of fitness that celebrates effort over results and empowerment over appearance.







    We chat about:







    * How to overcome gymtimidation * The mental and physical benefits of lifting weights (some of these will surprise you)* Getting back into exercise after a break * Weight lifting for anxiety and confidence







    My confidence challenge is coming up at the end of Feb:







    5 days to become more confident, connect with others of the same path and have fun. It’s one of my favourite offers and totally free. Join at www.calmeryou.com/confidence















    Transcript







    Chloe B.:                Hello, and welcome to the calmer you podcast. This is your host

    Chloe Brotheridge, I am a coach and a hypnotherapist, and I’m the author of the

    anxiety solution and brave new girl. Thank you so much for listening today. I’m

    talking to you, Laura Hoggins, and she is sharing all about the power and the

    magic of weightlifting and why it’s so amazing for us, particularly if we are

    struggling with anxiety and confidence.







    Gymtimidation







    And she gets into telling us about

    how to overcome gymtimidation, because this is a real thing guys, I’ve

    experienced it myself. A sense of walking into the gym not knowing what to do,

    intimidating people everywhere how do we overcome that and start to feel

    confident enough to go into the weights rooms and try something new, and we

    talk all about that. We also get into what are the mental and physical benefits

    of lifting weights, and some of these actually really surprised me, I wasn’t

    expecting one or two of these. And as a way of hopefully motivating you to want

    to give it a try.







    We talked about getting back into

    exercise after a break; this was just a personal thing that I’d experienced

    recently. It can be so difficult if you haven’t worked out in a while to then

    get going again. How do we overcome those barriers and struggles? And Laura

    tells us exactly how to do that. And we also get into weightlifting for anxiety

    and confidence specifically, and what is it about weightlifting particularly

    that can really change our perception of ourselves and our bodies, and how we

    feel about ourselves, and calm us down in a different way than other types of

    exercise.







    So I think you’re going to love this

    episode. If you’re looking to grow your confidence in 2020, I’m running a free

    challenge in the next couple of weeks, the brave New Year confidence challenge.

    The last time I ran it, I absolutely loved it. Seeing you guys, helping each other,

    taking action, growing your confidence noticing real shifts in how you’re

    speaking to yourselves, and how you’re feeling about yourselves in the world.

    It was really moving for me, and I’m so excited to be able to offer this again.

    It’s a free challenge, you can enter your details at Calmeryou.com/confidence,

    and you get all the details of when that’s starting and how to get involved. So

    let’s get into the interview with Laura Hoggins.







    Chloe B.:         &...

    • 44 min

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Excellent podcast!

Chloe’s podcast is a gem! Not only is her voice so easy to listen to (an important thing!) but her guests are always so interesting. I feel like I’m learning something new with each episode, and it’s always a comfort to come to when I’m not having the best mental health day. 10/10 would recommend to everyone!

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Great help!

I’ve always been anxious, and it fluctuates. Chloe addresses different facets of anxiety and makes them very relatable. She also gives great strategies to work to improve and overcome anxiety-related problems (overthinking, etc.). Her voice is super calming and she’s a pleasure to listen to on my early morning work commute!

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