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.
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.
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.”
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!
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.