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Life Free of Anxiety, with Erica & Dr. Charles Barr

Life Free of Anxiety, with Erica & Dr. Charles Barr

Author: Erica & Dr. Charles Barr

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Join Erica and her former therapist and anxiety expert, Dr. Charles Barr (licensed clinical psychologist) as we walk alongside you on your anxiety journey. They've both suffered from and overcome anxiety and panic attacks and now they want to help you do the same! Because: You're NOT broken. You're NOT alone. You're on your way to living a life FREE of anxiety!
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Forget the rude comments Aunt Sheila is going to make about your new blonde highlights, (she always preferred you brunette), how the heck are you even going to get to Christmas dinner in the first place?In this episode, Dr. Barr shares some incredible tips on how to battle anxiety and get through your drive or flight to your holiday destination. Oh, and don’t forget that he does this for a living! He gets people to their destinations all the time through his amazing coaching. We discuss a couple common questions, such as: Are prescriptions like Xanax the way to go? What do I do if I can’t stand the thought of the airplane door shutting and feeling trapped?How do you prepare for the inevitable stress that comes with holiday traffic, kids in the backseat insisting you play Baby Shark one more time, and who knows what else? (We've all seen Home Alone and Christmas Vacation) Find out how to get through just about any travel related anxiety in this episode!As always, remember that...You are NOT alone.You are NOT broken.You are on your way to a life FREE of anxiety!<3Have a question? Want to share how your anxiety journey is going? Need some encouragement or support? Come say hello at:https://www.facebook.com/lifefreeofanxiety and https://www.instagram.com/lifefreeofanxietyAnd don't forget, you can find all episodes at http://podcast.lifefreeofanxiety.comUseful Links:FreeFromFearsBook.com <--Get a FREE COPY of the book today!CHAANGE.com <--Join the next session of CHAANGE!Click this link to rate the podcast and make us happy! :)
"Election Stress Disorder." This election season has been so incredibly stressful that there's even a new name for it! But what is election stress and what can be done about it?In this episode Erica and Dr. Charles Barr discuss what symptoms come with election stress, how to take care of yourself, what to avoid and how to cope! We feel the stress right along with you and we are here to help. Don't miss this timely episode. As always, remember that...You are NOT alone.You are NOT broken.You are on your way to a life FREE of anxiety!Have a question? Want to share how your anxiety journey is going? Need some encouragement or support? Come say hello at:https://www.facebook.com/lifefreeofanxiety and https://www.instagram.com/lifefreeofanxietyAnd don't forget, you can find all episodes at http://podcast.lifefreeofanxiety.comUseful Links:FreeFromFearsBook.com <--Get a FREE COPY of the book today!CHAANGE.com <--Join the next session of CHAANGE!Click this link to rate the podcast and make us happy! :)
45-Holiday Boundaries

45-Holiday Boundaries

2020-11-0525:21

AHHH, the holidays. The smell of fresh pine, Hallmark Christmas movie marathons, beautiful lights, and oh yeah… family gatherings and all the personalities that come with them…Dreading the holidays? You’re not alone. Pretty much everyone gets stressed out by the holidays in some way or another, whether they are on an anxiety journey or not. Whether you have an upcoming family gathering or you just need some tips on dealing with different personality types, this episode is for you! Dr. Barr and Erica share about things that have worked for them in their own families and how to practice assertiveness for yourself when necessary. And also tips on how to extend grace to yourself and to others!  We have a great feeling that this year, you’re going to gasp… actually enjoy yourself!As always, remember that...You are NOT alone.You are NOT broken.You are on your way to a life FREE of anxiety!Have a question? Want to share how your anxiety journey is going? Need some encouragement or support? Come say hello at:https://www.facebook.com/lifefreeofanxiety and https://www.instagram.com/lifefreeofanxietyAnd don't forget, you can find all episodes at http://podcast.lifefreeofanxiety.comUseful Links:FreeFromFearsBook.com <--Get a FREE COPY of the book today!CHAANGE.com <--Join the next session of CHAANGE!Click this link to rate the podcast and make us happy! :)Have a question? Want to share how your anxiety journey is going? Need some encouragement or support? Come say hello at: https://www.facebook.com/lifefreeofanxiety and https://www.instagram.com/lifefreeofanxiety
Being a teacher has never been an easy, stress-free job, but throw online learning into the mix and that stress meter hits an all-time high.But this episode isn't just for teachers... this is a MUST listen episode for parents of kids in distance learning!In this Part Two episode (find Part One in Episode 43), fifth-grade teacher Danielle Roth joins us to discusses practical ways she’s learned to navigate through online learning. Dr. Barr also weighs in to answer pressing questions like:“How do I ensure that my students are getting enough stimulation through a computer screen?How can I ensure that my students are learning enough for their next grade?What about those angry parents? How do I deal with them?Join us today on the show for all of this and more!Useful Links:FreeFromFearsBook.com <--Get a FREE COPY of the book today!CHAANGE.com <--Join the next session of CHAANGE!Click this link to rate the podcast and make us happy! :) 
2020 has certainly thrown us some unexpected curve balls to say the least.The effects of the pandemic are in full swing and distance learning has become one of the greatest challenges for teachers, parents and students alike.In this episode, 5th grade teacher Danielle Roth (Erica's sister- in-law) joins the discussion on how to make online learning a bit more manageable at home.Dr. Barr also weighs in from his perspective as not only a therapist, but as a Grandfather!We hope to put our arms around you today and offer you some useful advice. We know it's not easy but we are here for you and we totally get it!Useful Links:FreeFromFearsBook.com <--Get a FREE COPY of the book today!CHAANGE.com <--Join the next session of CHAANGE!Click this link to rate the podcast and make us happy! :)
Wearing a mask doesn't have to suck!For us sensitive/anxious types, wearing a mask can feel claustrophobic, smothering, or down right out of control. Turns out... if you're feeling anxious and like you can't get enough oxygen when wearing a mask, it's not all in your head--but in your breathing!Besides our "new normal" of now having to wear mask in public, there's also a new breathing technique you NEED to learn to master stress free mask wearing.Licensed clinical therapist Dr. Charles Barr and Erica give you specific tools that are good enough for the Navy Seals!Useful Links:FreeFromFearsBook.com <--Get a FREE COPY of the book today!CHAANGE.com <--Join the next session of CHAANGE!Click this link to rate the podcast and make us happy! :)
Regrets. We all have them.They are a powerful, sometimes all-consuming problem for many of us. They can signify loss, embarrassment, failure, and more. But... Since this is a podcast about anxiety, what is the connection between regret and anxiety? Did you even know there was one?After thirty years of practice as a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in anxiety, Dr. Barr has certainly heard his share of regrets from his clients.Which is why he wanted to cover this sensitive topic along with Erica in this weeks episode.  Listen now to hear the connection between anxiety and regrets and how to break free from yours.Listen now!Useful Links:FreeFromFearsBook.com <--Get a FREE COPY of the book today!CHAANGE.com <--Join the next session of CHAANGE!Click this link to rate the podcast and make us happy! :)
Having trouble getting even the most renowned therapists and medical doctors to properly diagnose your anxiety? I was there too... Until I heard what I'm about to play for you.What you are about to hear is hands down one of the best (if not the best) breakdowns of the anxiety condition out there, and is part of the first audio session from the CHAANGE Anxiety Treatment Program.In this episode, we hear from psychologist Dr. Lou Owensby of the CHAANGE Anxiety Treatment Program, who will break down what exactly causes anxiety, what kinds of personality types develop this condition, why you haven't gone crazy from a physiological perspective, and a lot more. If there was ever an episode of our show to listen to... this is it!Seriously! Don't miss this one. Oh, and be sure to share this episode with anyone you know who is suffering from anxiety. It truly is life changing information.Useful Links:FreeFromFearsBook.com <--Get a FREE COPY of the book today!CHAANGE.com <--Get on the waitlist for the next session of CHAANGE!Click this link to rate the podcast and make us happy! :)
Heart palpitations can be a seriously troubling symptom of anxiety... but can they be prevented? The answer is yes! In this episode Erica and Dr. Barr discuss heart palpitations: why they happen...when to seek medical attention...and how to prevent them all together!Of course, we also discuss our own experiences with heart palpitations, which are about as opposite as could be!Useful Links:FreeFromFearsBook.com <--Get a FREE COPY of the book today!CHAANGE.com <--Get on the waitlist for the next session of CHAANGE!Click this link to rate the podcast and make us happy! :)
Sleep deprivation, plowing through mud, climbing treacherous mountains… They certainly don’t call it The World’s Toughest Race for nothing!In this episode, I (Erica) talk to my friend Heather Flebbe about her time competing in the World’s Toughest Race, also known as Eco-Challenge Fiji,* and how she was able to overcome some pretty intense situations!Heather shares how two of her teammates on Team Super Fighters overcame cancer before the race (one being her husband) and the physical limitations they not only endured, but overcame.You may never plan to race in the jungles of Fiji, but you will have to face your fears! Let Heather show you why you are tougher than you think.*(all 10 episodes are now streaming on Amazon Prime)  Useful Links:FreeFromFearsBook.com <--Get a FREE COPY of the book today!CHAANGE.com <--Get on the waitlist for the next session of CHAANGE!Click this link to rate the podcast and make us happy! :) 
“Anybody can become angry - that is easy. But to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy.” -Aristotle What an incredible quote. Aristotle knew his stuff! Seriously, take a second and read that quote again. Wow, right? Now throw your anxiety into the mix…yeesh…But the funny thing is, these two symptoms are far more connected than you might know.That’s why licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Barr and I covered this incredibly important topic over the course of two episodes (if you haven't listened to Episode 36, I recommend you go back and give it a listen!)In these episodes we discuss specific reasons anxious people are typically angry, including reasons why I was angry when I was feeling stuck in my anxiety. We also cover what a “slush fund” of anger is, and how to know if you have one.  Dr. Barr explains your body’s connection to anger and anxiety and the signals you can look out for.Most importantly, we give you some incredibly useful tools to start managing your anger today!Useful Links:FreeFromFearsBook.com <--Get a FREE COPY of the book today!CHAANGE.com <--Get on the waitlist for the next session of CHAANGE!Click this link to rate the podcast and make us happy! :)
“Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy.” -Aristotle Anger. Some people avoid ever even muttering the word. Anger can cause shame. It can cause damage to others. We can end up doing or saying things we really regret when are angry. And still…We ALL have it. Interestingly enough, us sensitive/anxious people have an especially complex relationship with the emotion for all kinds of different reasons. In this episode, Erica and licensed clinical psychologist and anxiety specialist Dr. Charles Barr discuss common reasons anxious people have anger. Dr. Barr also explains your body's connection to anger and anxiety and the signals you can look out for.Lots of great info ahead in this first episode in a two part series on the topic of anger.Useful Links:FreeFromFearsBook.com <--Get a FREE COPY of the book today!CHAANGE.com <--Get on the waitlist for the next session of CHAANGE!Click this link to rate the podcast and make us happy! :)
When I heard this weekend that Regis Philbin passed away, I knew that we had to push back our regularly scheduled episode and put this one up instead. We are bringing you the audio from a segment Regis did, focused entirely on anxiety and agoraphobia.At the time, CHAANGE was helping so many people recover from anxiety and panic attacks that Regis Philbin brought Faison Covington (who you know from this show!) and Ann Seagrave, two of the founders of CHAANGE, on to tell their stories to his audience.It's a great interview and lead to the CHAANGE phone lines blowing up almost immediately. That's the Regis effect!For those new to the the show, CHAANGE is the program Dr. Barr and I used to overcome anxiety and are relaunching online (for the first time!) in a few days.Regis really was someone special... I watched him growing up and heard stories from my mom about how kind he was to her. Much later, when I became a radio host in Los Angeles, I came to appreciate just how amazing he was at his job! Interviewing people is an art. And it's one he mastered like no other.I hope you enjoy this episode. It's sad to think that we will never get another event live-hosted by Regis, but we're lucky for the decades and decades we DID have him! ---Useful Links:FreeFromFearsBook.com <--Get a FREE COPY of the book today!CHAANGE.com/Beta <--SIGNUPS END THIS WEEKEND!Click this link to rate the podcast and make us happy! :)
Did that COVID-19 headline that you just stumbled upon convince you that you are suddenly very short of breath and feeling like you just spiked a fever? We've gotten a few questions on the topic of health anxiety and hypochondria, such as: What exactly is hypochondria and how “normal” is it?What’s considered obsessive symptom checking and what’s not?What if you live with someone who has recently become a full-blown hypochondriac?Licensed Clinical Psychologist Dr. Barr is back this week with Erica to answer these questions and more. Join us as we discuss how to navigate through this fearful time. ---Useful Links:FreeFromFearsBook.com <--Get a FREE COPY of the book today!CHAANGE.com/Beta <--Let us know if you're interested in the 16 week CHAANGE Anxiety Treatment ProgramDr. Barr's FREE Relaxation AudioClick this link to rate the podcast and make us happy! :)
“I was in the air and I remember thinking, okay, I'm where I want to be. I'm a whole lot better than I used to be.” -Barbara Linney---Do you read the show notes? If not, this is the week to start, since we have a number of AMAZING resources for you!---Today I (Erica) am joined by a VERY special guest: Barbara Linney. Recently, I received an email from Barbara saying that she had completed the CHAANGE Anxiety Treatment Program over thirty years ago and is still benefitting from it today... Talk about getting your money’s worth!In this episode, Barbara discusses her debilitating experience with anxiety that so many of us can relate to. In fact, her anxiety and panic attacks got so bad that her breaking point was 8 days straight nights of no sleep!Believe it or not, once Barbara finished the 16 week anxiety treatment program that her friend recommended to her, she was parasailing in Acapulco! How is that even possible you ask? Listen in to find out!Barbara’s journey with the CHAANGE Anxiety Treatment Program and overcoming her anxiety is actually documented in the book Free From Fears which you can still get for FREE at FreeFromFearsBook.com! (Barbara's name was changed for privacy in the book--and I didn't meet her until after we had finished updating the book!--Her pseudonym in the book is Betty Lewis.Listen to her incredible journey now!---Useful Links:FreeFromFearsBook.com <--Get a FREE COPY of the book today!CHAANGE.com/Beta <--Let us know if you're interested in the 16 week CHAANGE Anxiety Treatment ProgramDr. Barr's FREE Relaxation AudioClick this link to rate the podcast and make us happy! :)
Faison is back for Part II, but first... a couple exciting things to let you know!Want something FREE? Well, you're in luck! We're so excited today... because Free From Fears, the legendary and long out of print anxiety book, is back! And we want to give everyone a copy! (seriously, tell your friends... we'll give them a copy too). Get it at FreeFromFearsBook.comThe second big announcement is that we are looking for a small, committed group of people who would like to be a part of the online launch of the CHAANGE Anxiety Treatment Program on August 3rd. If you're interested, find out if it might be right for you at CHAANGE.com/BetaNow, back to the show notes: Adrenaline, anxiety triggers, and self-compassion. Fasison Covington is back this week to discuss these topics from her book (Grab a Free Copy here!) Free From Fears. Faison co-founded the CHAANGE Anxiety Treatment Program, a 16 week that has helped over 200,000 people recover from anxiety and has been featured on Oprah, Regis, Larry King and more. Faison is currently a licensed clinical social worker who practices psychology in South Carolina and is our favorite go-to guest for the show!Useful Links:FreeFromFearsBook.com <--Get a FREE COPY of the book today!CHAANGE.com/Beta <--Let us know if you're interested in the 16 week CHAANGE Anxiety Treatment ProgramDr. Barr's FREE Relaxation AudioClick this link to rate the podcast and make us happy! :)
Faison Covington is back to discuss her book Free From Fears with Erica and giving you a sneak peak inside this LIFE CHANGING book that you will be able to get TOTALLY FREE starting next week! (So, make sure you don't miss next week's episode!) Unlike so many books out there, this one is a major game-changer for anyone suffering from any type of anxiety condition. This book actually holds the answers to many of the questions that you likely have about your fearfulness and will guide you to some of the most important information you need to fully recover.Erica and Faison also discuss one of the topics in the book--something rarely discussed elsewhere--how anxiety may be affecting your sex life. Plus, what it takes to have lifelong success after recovery. You’ll also hear the background on how the book originated and some of the incredible successes people have had because of Free From Fears and the CHAANGE Anxiety Treatment Program.You don’t want to miss this episode! Useful Links:Dr. Barr's FREE Relaxation AudioClick this link to rate the podcast and make us happy! :)
In two weeks, we are republishing the LEGENDARY anxiety book, Free From Fears. It's been updated for 2020 and both Erica and Dr. Charles Barr have added written forwards to the book. This week, in addition to sharing how you might be able to get a FREE subscription to the Calm and Headspace apps, Erica reads her forward from Free From Fears.Join us next week to hear how you can get a FREE copy of Free From Fears!Useful Links:Dr. Barr's FREE Relaxation AudioClick this link to rate the podcast and make us happy! :)
NOTE: This is part 2 of a conversation on conversations, but we've also included a brief update at the beginning of the episode on how Erica and Kyle are dealing with one of the most anxious times of their lives.----Tired of others calling you sensitive? It’s time to get over that because it turns out you were BORN sensitive and it's time to embrace it! This sensitivity, and we're not just talking about being sensitive to comments, is a big reason why you developed anxiety, but there is good news!  Being sensitive is actually a very positive thing when embraced correctly. In this episode (Part 2 of 2), Erica and Dr. Barr break down what it means to be sensitive. They discuss everything from sensitivities to medications to being sensitive to other people’s emotions and why being sensitive actually makes you a good, dependable person. Erica and Dr. Barr both discuss what they are sensitive to and how they have learned to embrace these things in a productive way!Useful Links:Dr. Barr's FREE Relaxation AudioCHAANGE Program SignupClick this link to rate the podcast and make us happy! :)
Tired of others calling you sensitive? It’s time to get over that because it turns out you were BORN sensitive and it's time to embrace it! This sensitivity, and we're not just talking about being sensitive to comments, is a big reason why you developed anxiety, but there is good news!  Being sensitive is actually a very positive thing when embraced correctly. In this episode (Part 1 of 2), Erica and Dr. Barr break down what it means to be sensitive. They discuss everything from sensitivities to medications to being sensitive to other people’s emotions and why being sensitive actually makes you a good, dependable person. Erica and Dr. Barr both discuss what they are sensitive to and how they have learned to embrace these things in a productive way!Useful Links:Dr. Barr's FREE Relaxation AudioCHAANGE Program SignupClick this link to rate the podcast and make us happy! :)
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Love it! Best #anxiety podcast out there!

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