When you have difficulty managing your emotions, it can feel like you’re losing control of your whole life. Anger, hurt, grief, worry, and other intense feelings can be overwhelming, and how you react to these emotions can impact your ability to maintain relationships, succeed at work, or even think straight! If you find it difficult to understand, express, and process intense emotions—and most of us do—we have some helpful information from the popular audiobook “Calming the Emotional Storm: Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills to Manage & Balance Your Life” by Sheri Van Dijk.
Today we’re sharing an excerpt from the popular audiobook “The Power of Focusing: A Practical Guide to Emotional Self-Healing.” Focusing is a gentle yet powerful self-awareness technique that lets you tap into your body’s wisdom and make positive changes in your life. It is the process of listening to your body in a gentle, accepting way, honoring the wisdom that you have inside you, and hearing the messages that your inner self is sending you.
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!
In this episode, author, coach and spiritual teacher Robert Rabbin explores the issue of addiction. He begins by breaking down the components of addiction and addresses our burning desire to break them. He asks us to look more closely. Instead of thinking of our addictions as problems waiting to be solved, he suggests that not only do we have more addictions that we may even realize, but that there is a spiritual view of addiction—addictive behavior is a sign of yearning for true freedom.
Dr. Jennifer Taitz, clinical psychologist and author of the audiobook “End Emotional Eating,” offers a four step process to help you learn how to handle urges of any kind, followed by an exercise to help you “urge surf,” to minimize the amount of self-control you need.