You Can Be Anxious AND Have Courage!

Hello there CBT School family!

Welcome to another episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit Podcast focusing on COURAGE.  Where is it found?  How do we become courageous amidst everything life throws at us?  Once have found courage, how do we keep it?

Don’t miss the most recent podcast episode to learn more! 

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Consider what it’s like to be courageous or brave in today’s day and age.  It comes with huge expectations.  If men don’t put on their “brave face” ALL of the time, they run the risk of appearing less “masculine.”  Women (and men, too, many times) are expected to look pretty and smile while multi-tasking many challenging things at one.  This creates a lot of pressure for society!

To add to this even further, what I call...

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Your Metaphorical Toolkit Helps You Lead With Values!

anxiety mindfulness ocd Jul 19, 2018

Hello there CBT School Family!

I am excited to share another episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit Podcast with you, in which I focus on your metaphorical toolkit – the box or belt in which you hold tools and ideas to help you live your best life.  Each week, I try my hardest to bring you at least one new tool for you to add to your toolkit, in hope that these skills will help you better manage anxiety, panic, and other difficult thoughts, feelings, and sensations. 

Don’t miss the most recent podcast episode! 

You can listen to the episode for FREE on iTunes HERE

You can listen to the episode for FREE on Stitcher HERE

You can listen to the episode for FREE streaming HERE

I love to picture myself slowing handing you one tool after another that you grab onto and carefully pack into your toolkit or tool belt, so that you feel prepared to tackle each day, with or without anxiety.

What I really want you to take from this podcast, the...

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Anxiety Makes Me Tired! How To Manage Anxiety & Exhaustion

anxiety mindfulness Jul 11, 2018

Anxiety Makes Me Tired! How To Manage Anxiety & Exhaustion

One of the most common struggles I hear from my clients and the members of the CBT School Campus is how EXHAUSTING anxiety and depression can be.   Does Anxiety Make You Tired and Exhausted? 

If you are barraged daily by exhaustion resulting from Anxiety (or any other mental health issue), you are NOT ALONE!  Experiencing Anxiety is a full-time job.  No one can argue with that.    Anxiety can drain us of our physical energy, our emotional energy and can cause us to have nothing left to give at the end of the day. It can make us too tired to be social and make us want to sleep the day away.   Anxiety-Related Exhaustion can make us feel alone and like there is no hope for us.

If this is you, this is the episode for you. Because you know what?!  There IS hope for US!

In this podcast, we talk about some mindfulness tools to manage anxiety-related exhaustion.  We talk...

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Interview with Sharon Selby, Author of Surfing The Worry Imp's Wave

Hello there CBT School Community,

I am so excited to share with you some wonderful tools and skills shared in Sharon Selby's amazing children’s book, Surfing the Worry Imp’s Wave.  

Before you click away form this blog post thinking, “This doesn’t apply to me.  This is about kids stuff!”, wait up! 

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After reading Surfing the Worry Imp’s Wave, I have loved using these techniques with some of my adult clients and they LOVE them too.   This episode of Your Anxiety Toolkit Podcast brings some helpful tools and tricks that can be used at any age to manage anxiety, panic, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and perfectionism.

Surfing the Worry Imp’s Wave is a...

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Advocacy and OCD: Interview with Ethan Smith

guest interview ocd Jun 15, 2018

When people talk about mental health advocacy, we often think of someone standing up on a stage, discussing statistics and spreading awareness and information about specific disorders.  What we don't think about is deeply compassionate and inspiring stories and discussions that move us towards understanding and belonging. Well, today I bring you Ethan Smith, who beautifully ties all of this together in a fun and hilarious way (that takes talent, my friends!) 

You can listen to the episode for FREE on iTunes HERE

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Ethan Smith was the 2014 Annual International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (IOCDF.org) Conference keynote speaker and is the International OCD Foundation National Ambassador.  Ethan is also a writer, director, producer and rockstar OCD Advocate.

During this interview, Ethan talks about his struggles to find correct therapy for...

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Does Having Anxiety Make Me Weak? Or Superhuman?

anxiety cbt Jun 12, 2018

Do You Feel Like You Are Weak For Having Anxiety? 

 If you are struggling with anxiety or depression or some other mental health challenge, you might find that you often repeat something along the lines of, "Why can't I be like them?" or "There must be something wrong with me!" 

In today's podcast, we address a simple perspective change that might help you along the way of your recovery journey.     

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So, here is the million dollar question. Are people with Anxiety weak, or are they a special kind of Superhuman? It's an interesting question, isn't it?  I think in order to answer this question, we need to address how we perceive a superhuman and how we view ourselves, as humans.  We need to reconsider how we "rate" ourselves and our worth.  

You...

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Is Fred In The Refrigerator: Taming OCD And Reclaiming My Life

guest interview ocd podcast Jun 01, 2018

You know, there are some people who REALLY inspire me, and today I have the honor of sharing one of those people.  

In this weeks episode of YOUR ANXIETY TOOLKIT, I interviewed the AMAZING Shala Nicely.  In Shala's new book, Is Fred In The Refridgerator?: Taming OCD and Reclaiming My Life, Shala talks about her journey with OCD, BDD, depression, substance abuse and much more.  If you have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) or another mental health struggle, Shala has written THE book for you. Shala will help you feel less alone and validated in your challenges and recovery.  

You can listen to the episode for FREE on iTunes HERE

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Shala's book is such an amazing read.   Shala walks us through her mental health struggles, her journey with finding the correct therapy for her OCD,...

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Celebrating 50 Episodes of Your Anxiety Toolkit!

Celebrating 50 Podcast Episodes of Your Anxiety Toolkit 

Well, today is an EXCITING day!  Today is the day we Celebrate 50 Episodes of Your Anxiety Toolkit!  

This day is quite an interesting one for me, as I reflect on how much Your Anxiety Toolkit has grown and changed.   This podcast started in my kitchen, while my son napped next to me.   From that sweet beginning, I have received so many wonderful blessings, the biggest being able to "meet" all of you.  Thank you again for your support and encouragement.   From that first kitchen recording, we went on to create CBT School and CBT School Campus.   It has been SO FULFILLING. 

So, THANK YOU!  

In today's podcast, I detail the 5 most important things I have learned from hosting Your Anxiety Toolkit Podcast.   Don't worry! This is NOTana episode about technology and stats.  It will apply to you, I promise.  

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All Thoughts Are Created Equal (Yes, Including "Scary", "Yucky" and "Bad" Thoughts)

anxiety mindfulness ocd May 18, 2018

Ok, so you had a thought that scared the "you know what" out of you. 

It wasn't a pleasant thought.   

And, this thought did not line up with the way you wanted your life to go. 

The really hard part is that this thought was coupled with a big sting of anxiety.  Panic, maybe. 

If this sounds like something you have experienced, you are not alone. 

One of the biggest challenges I see my client's struggle with is their instinctual reaction to specific thoughts.   They treat them like they are SUPER important and they feel they must be solved immediately. 

Actually, let's be honest.  It isn't just my clients.  We ALL do this sometimes.  Please don't feel blamed or ashamed of this.  We are all in this together, remember! 

THIS WEEKS PODCAST IS ALL ABOUT GIVING TOO MUCH VALUE TO OUR THOUGHTS. 

If you prefer the audio version of this blog, see below for the links.  Otherwise, keep on reading.

You can...

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We Can Do Hard Things (with guest Dennis A. Aguilar)

Uncategorized May 11, 2018

One of my favorite things to say is,  "WE CAN DO HARD THINGS!"  If you are on Instagram or Facebook, you will often hear me repeat, 

"We can do hard things!" 

"We can do hard things!" 

"We can do hard things!" 

I say this because it helps remind me that I am stronger than I give myself credit for and I also am a human, which means I can learn just about anything.  

This is the concept of Progressive Mastery.  Progressive Mastering is the theory related to how we learn new things.   Brendon Burchard talks a lot about this in his recent book High Performing Habits.  I love this concept because he discusses how we incredible humans can learn just about anything.   All we need to do is break our goal or struggle down into small steps.   Then, we take one step at a time.  

I cannot stress this approach enough when it comes to mental wellness. 

We must not look up at the mountain, tell...

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