Ironically, when you worry, your efforts to stop worrying often backfire on you. All too often, when you try to “talk yourself out of” a worry, you’re likely to fail. So what can you do? In today’s episode, psychologist and anxiety expert David Carbonell shares his funny and wise thoughts on how worry tricks us from his best-selling audiobook “The Worry Trick.” He discusses the difference between doubt and danger, and how to feel more balanced and in control of your worries.
Many people struggle with panic attacks and phobias. Dr. David Carbonell is a psychologist, anxiety expert and author of the audiobook: “Panic Attacks Workbook: A Guided Program for Beating the Panic Trick.” Today he tells us there’s good news and bad news about panic attacks, and the phobias that usually accompany them. The bad news is that panic is a devious, insidious trick that can make you a prisoner in your own life, home and head. The good news? It’s only a trick! People can, and do, overcome this trick.
Today we’re exploring the power of cognitive restructuring and ending anxiety by rewiring the brain. We’re sharing an excerpt from the audio book “Rewire Your Anxious Brain: How to Use the Neuroscience of Fear to End Anxiety, Panic, and Worry.” Thought patterns that are illogical or unhealthy can exacerbate anxiety or stress. Cognitive therapists focus on identifying and changing thoughts that are self-defeating or dysfunctional, particularly thoughts that lead to increased levels of anxiety or depression. This approach is known as cognitive restructuring. By changing your thoughts, you can establish new patterns of responding in the brain that become stable and lasting!
Psychologist Dr. David Klemanski tells us about two fields of psychological research—emotion regulation and mindfulness. Together they can provide a powerful framework for helping people gain mastery over anxiety. Dr. Klemanski is the author of the audiobook “Don’t Let Your Anxiety Run Your Life.”
Authors of the best-selling audiobook “Rewire Your Anxious Brain: How to Use the Neuroscience of Fear to End Anxiety, Panic, and Worry” offer great advice about being mindful of your interpretations during stressful situations. Interpretations are often shaped by past experiences and expectations, so it sometimes takes practice to identify a more helpful way to interpret it. Having the ability to change your interpretations can often go a long way toward helping you to reduce anxiety.
What can you do when your mind is spinning and your thoughts just won’t stop? Today we’re offering a guided relaxation exercise by psychologists Dr. Colleen Carney and Dr. Rachel Mamber, authors of the audiobook “Goodnight Mind: Turn Off Your Noisy Thoughts and Get a Good Night’s Sleep.” This guided progressive muscle relaxation will teach you to relax muscles, release tension and experience a quiet mind.