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Changing habits can be difficult, so it’s helpful to know if the benefit of a change will be greater than the effort involved. In this episode we’re sharing a simple exercise from the audiobook “The User’s Guide to the Human Mind: Why Our Brains Make Us Unhappy, Anxious, and Neurotic and What We Can Do about It,” written by psychologist Shawn T. Smith. This exercise will help you to experiment with small behavior change methodically and in easy steps.
Do you ever feel that bad habits have taken over your life? When stress and anxiety mount, do your go-to behaviors wreak havoc on your time, relationships, work, and finances? According to Dr. Amy Johnson, psychologist and author of the popular audiobook “The Little Book of Big Change,” changing bad habits is far less daunting and much more simple than you might think. It relies on neuroplasticity — the brain’s ability to reorganize itself — and requires no willpower at all!
Does it seem as though your emotions always get the better of you? That you need more time to recover from an emotional episode than others? Mental health therapist Sheri Van Dijk is the author of the best-selling audiobook “Calming the Emotional Storm.” Today she explains how practicing mindfulness can help you to manage your emotions, enjoy a calmer relationship with the world around you, and lead to an increase in positive emotions.
If you’ve ever experienced sudden anxiety, you may wonder how to calm a panic attack. In this episode, Dr. Catherine M. Pittman, author of the best-selling audiobook “Rewire Your Anxious Brain,” shares some powerful coping strategies that can help you to calm down when you need it most.
Today we’re sharing a soothing guided relaxation that will help you find your center in stressful moments. This relaxation is an excerpt from psychologist Ted Zeff’s audiobook “The Highly Sensitive Person’s Survival Guide: Essential Skills for Living Well in an Overstimulating World.” You’ll be guided through a soothing, grounding meditation, which will leave you calm, centered, and happy.
We all sometimes wish that life could be different than it is. We’d love to wave a magic wand and fix the annoying job, the inconsiderate friend, or the distant partner. But we can’t. The good new is, we don’t need to! In this episode, Chuck Hillig, author of the audiobook “Seeds for the Soul: Living as the Source of Who You Are,” inspires us to explore our vast potential, start taking ownership of our lives and live as the source of who we are.
Anxiety is a powerful force. It makes us question our decisions and ourselves, worry about the future, all while filling our days with dread and emotional turbulence. But are you truly in danger or has your brain simply “tricked” you into thinking you are? In today’s episode, we’re offering an excerpt from the best-selling audio book “The Worry Trick: How Your Brain Tricks You into Expecting the Worst and What You Can Do About It,” written by psychologist and anxiety expert, David A. Carbonell.
When we’re overwhelmed, we begin to start operating on surface levels, and lose touch with our inner wisdom. Being separated from your true nature can cause unhappiness, dissatisfaction, and cement bad habits. In this episode, psychologist Dr. Amy Johnson discusses the spiritual component of breaking a habit—though the advice she shares applies to any area of life where we need to connect with inner wisdom—the deep knowing of our true self. Dr. Johnson is the author of the audiobook “The Little Book of Big Change: The No-Willpower Approach to Breaking Any Habit.”
Today we’re sharing an exclusive interview with psychologist Dr. Shawn T. Smith. He offers tips to help eliminate anxiety and worry, and discusses his audiobook “The User’s Guide to the Human Mind: Why Our Brains Make Us Unhappy, Anxious, and Neurotic and What We Can Do about It.” This audiobook is a road map to overriding the mind’s natural impulses toward worry, self-criticism, and fear. It offers helpful guidance for overruling your thoughts and feelings and taking charge of your mind and your life.
Author and coach Robert Rabbin shares his insights about accessing the still space beyond the mind—the source of our deepest inner wisdom and clarity. In this conversation, recorded in late 2017 shortly before Robert’s death, he talks about finding our way to the wisdom, clarity and authentic direction that lies inside us. He shares his thoughts on dissipating fear by getting to the root of it through the process of inquiry, and also shares an excerpt from his audiobook “The Sacred Hub: Living in the Shimmering Light of Your True Self.”
Many people who’ve experienced panic attacks try to protect themselves from their anxiety. They tell themselves “don’t think about it;” they resist it; they try to force themselves to feel better; they feel shame and embarrassment and try to keep it a secret from others; and they try to medicate it away with alcohol, nicotine, and other substances. These all make the anxiety worse. Psychologist and anxiety expert Dr. David Carbonell offers a way out for people with panic attacks—whether the attacks are part of panic disorder, social phobia, specific phobias, or some other anxiety disorder. Dr. Carbonell is author of the audiobook “Panic Attacks Workbook: A Guided Program for Beating the Panic Trick.”
There are two core fears: losing what you have, and not getting what you want. According to spiritual teacher Jeff Foster, there is one solution. In this episode we offer an excerpt from Jeff’s popular audiobook Falling in Love with Where You Are. Jeff helps us discover a deep YES to our lives, no matter what we’re going through. He helps us to see crisis as an opportunity to heal, pain as an intelligent messenger, and our imperfections as perfectly placed.
In our modern society, weight concerns, obesity rates, and obsession with appearance have changed the way we look at food—and not necessarily for the better. If you have ever snacked when you weren’t hungry, used guilt as a guide for your eating habits, or cut calories even when you felt hungry, you have experienced “mindless” eating firsthand. Psychologist Dr. Susan Albers offers breakthrough mindfulness-based approaches in her audiobook “Eating Mindfully: How to End Mindless Eating and Enjoy a Balanced Relationship with Food.” No matter where you are on your journey toward mindful eating, this episode will help you gain insight into how mindfulness can provide you with the skills needed to control the way you eat—leading to a healthier, happier life
Are you on the cusp of a brand new story? If you can feel change brewing, if you want that change to be painless and almost instantaneous, Bob Litwin — a leading performance coach on Wall Street and a World Champion tennis player — offers a faster, more effective way to lasting change. In this conversation, Litwin shares insights into how to harnesses the power of your personal story and create positive change in any area of your life. He is the author of the audiobook “Live the Best Story of Your Life.”
Psychologist Dr. Randy Paterson is the author of the audiobook “How to be Miserable: 40 Strategies You Already Use.” In today’s illuminating conversation he shares a surprising, counter-intuitive approach to self-help — one that can inspire you to break out of old, unhealthy patterns and live a life of contentment.
What bad habit would you like to change? How many times have you tried to break free of it? Why is it that for all our good intentions and heroic willpower we’re often unsuccessful, and end up right back where we started? How can we overcome bad habits for good? Dr. Amy Johnson shares her insights to help you break any habit—once and for all—without using willpower. Dr. Johnson is author of the audiobook “The Little Book of Big Change: The No Willpower Approach to Breaking Any Habit.”
In this informative conversation, psychologist Dr. Karyn Hall talks about the power of mindfulness, and why it is especially helpful for those who struggle with emotional sensitivity. An emotionally sensitive person herself, she shares one of the most effective techniques she’s learned for managing emotions and finding self-acceptance. Dr. Hall’s audiobook “The Emotionally Sensitive Person: Finding Peace When Your Emotions Overwhelm You,” presents powerful tools for staying in the present moment, identifying emotional triggers, and experiencing overwhelming or uncomfortable emotions without becoming upset.
Dr. Judith Siegel, author of the audiobook “Stop Overreacting: Effective Strategies for Calming Your Emotions,” offers practical techniques to help us learn how to calm emotional memories. These techniques can be used in times of stress or pain to side-step your anxiety and stay in the present moment.
In this episode, we’re going to help you relax and reduce stress. You’ll experience a tranquil inner oasis with an abridged guided meditation for letting go from the audiobook “Guided Meditations for Letting Go.” This guided meditation utilizes relaxation, mindfulness and visualization to help you let go of stress and feel a greater sense of inner calm.
Mindfulness has been proven to help reduce anxiety, depression and stress while strengthening emotional stamina. Today mental health therapist Sheri Van Dijk introduces the basic techniques regarding how to to be present in the moment with mindfulness practice. The beauty of mindfulness is its accessibility—you can practice anywhere and anytime. In twenty minutes, you can feel clearer, calmer and more centered, regardless of what’s going on around you. And if you find yourself in the middle of an emotional storm, can you use mindfulness to get your bearings? Yes!