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Our Anxiety Connection is where anxious people can come together for a sense of connection, understanding, and to get information on what causes anxiety and how to manage it.

Host Wendy Leeds, a three-time cancer survivor and psychotherapist, shares her personal story of life-long anxiety, how she’s dealt with cancer, and found her way through her fear. As an experienced therapist, she shares the latest research, explores ways anxiety impacts our lives and offers simple, effective tools and techniques that you can use to ease your anxiety.
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Do you feel like you’ve taken the wrong road in life? You’ve ended up lost, afraid, and you have no clue what to do next? Join us as we explore the step-by-step process of creating a life plan that’s specifically tailored to who you really are, where you really want to go with your life, and the best way for you to get there.   LINKS AND RESOURCES FROM EPISODE 63: DOWNLOAD: Daily Anxiety Log.pdf Includes 12 key questions so you can look for anxiety patterns or specific triggers.   MORE RESOURCES FROM WENDY:  PODCAST: Anxiety Connection, hosted by Wendy Leeds https://wendyleeds.com/podcast QUIZ: Find Out the Cost of Your Anxiety  https://wendyleeds.com/quiz READ: 10 Powerful Questions to Calm Your Anxiety by Wendy Leeds for additional ways to get to calm your anxiety. https://www.wendyleeds.com/post/10-powerful-questions-to-calm-your-anxiety   WAYS TO CONNECT: I respond to every message I get, so please do reach out.   I send infrequent emails and I love to get replies from the community: EMAIL: https://wendyleeds.com/subscribe My Facebook page is active; Instagram less so: FACEBOOK: https://facebook.com/wendyleedskeepingcalm  INSTAGRAM: https://instagram.com/wendyleedskeepingcalm I have a lot of anxiety and panic-related videos on my YouTube page: YOUTUBE: https://youtube.com/@wendyleedskeepingcalm © 2020 - 2024 Wendy Leeds
Maybe you feel like your anxiety has you trapped and there’s nothing you can do about it. Or maybe you’d like to make a change, but fear is holding you back. In this episode, we discuss how a simple shift of focus can get you past that fear and get you started on the road to feeling better. LINKS AND RESOURCES FROM EPISODE 62: Taking action means listening to your body and mind. READ: Calm & Sense: A Woman's Guide to Living Anxiety-Free by Wendy Leeds https://wendyleeds.com/book. All of Part 3 (Chapters 11-25) is devoted to the concept of Reframing Your Anxiety. DOWNLOAD: Techniques to Ease Anxiety.pdf https://d875ac62-c9ec-4647-9e46-6e3985079b73.usrfiles.com/ugd/d875ac_7cb34c17860b4ea9be78965ac2f080e9.pdf MORE RESOURCES FROM WENDY:  PODCAST: Anxiety Connection, hosted by Wendy Leeds https://wendyleeds.com/podcast QUIZ: Find Out the Cost of Your Anxiety  https://wendyleeds.com/quiz READ: How to Listen to Your Body and Give it What it Needs by Wendy Leeds, published by TinyBuddha https://tinybuddha.com/blog/how-listen-to-your-body-and-give-it-what-it-needs/ LISTEN: Just Breathe: Controlling Anxiety from the Inside Out (Episode 12 of Anxiety Connection) https://wendyleeds.com/podcast/episode/1d18487c/ READ: A Guide to EFT Tapping by Jayne Leonard in MedicalNewsToday to learn more about Tapping or Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/326434#how-to-do-eft-tapping WAYS TO CONNECT: I respond to every message I get, so please do reach out. I send infrequent emails and I love to get replies from the community: EMAIL: https://wendyleeds.com/subscribe My Facebook page is active; Instagram less so: FACEBOOK: https://facebook.com/wendyleedskeepingcalm  INSTAGRAM: https://instagram.com/wendyleedskeepingcalm I have a lot of anxiety and panic-related videos on my YouTube page: YOUTUBE: https://youtube.com/@wendyleedskeepingcalm   Citations from Episode 62: Berg, Allen. (March 2023) The Basics of Driving a Race Car Fast. Allenbergracingschools https://www.allenbergracingschools.com/expert-advice/the-basics-of-driving-a-race-car-fast-2/ McCall, Timothy, MD. 2007. Yoga as Medicine. New York: Bantam Dell. Page 35. © 2020 - 2024 Wendy Leeds
Anxiety shows up differently for all of us. Your anxiety is uniquely yours. Identifying the specific pieces of your anxiety puzzle is an important step in the healing process. Together, let’s take a look at exactly how anxiety is affecting your thoughts, your beliefs, your body, and the steep price you may be paying for all the time spent worrying. LINKS AND RESOURCES FROM EPISODE 61:  DOWNLOAD: Anxiety Symptoms Physical Emotional Cognitive.pdf https://d875ac62-c9ec-4647-9e46-6e3985079b73.usrfiles.com/ugd/d875ac_8670508b4237496d9d202fca8c17f44c.pdf DOWNLOAD: Checklist of Anxiety Symptoms Mind vs Body.pdf https://d875ac62-c9ec-4647-9e46-6e3985079b73.usrfiles.com/ugd/d875ac_ac89f406534a42d1b157ea43f74919cd.pdf READ: To learn more about Gephrophobia (a fear of crossing bridges) in this summary article: https://psychtimes.com/gephyrophobia-fear-of-crossing-bridges/ MORE RESOURCES FROM WENDY:  BOOK: Calm & Sense: A Woman's Guide to Living Anxiety-Free  https://wendyleeds.com/book  QUIZ: Find Out the Cost of Your Anxiety  https://wendyleeds.com/quiz  MINI-COURSE: Why You're Anxious & What to Do About It https://wendyleeds.com/mini-course LISTEN: Change Your Self-Talk, Change Your Life (Episode 9 of Anxiety Connection) to learn more about your mind and anxiety. https://wendyleeds.com/podcast/episode/3ba67649/ LISTEN: Anxiety: What’s Your Body Got to Do with It? (Episode 13 of Anxiety Connection) to learn more about your body and anxiety. https://wendyleeds.com/podcast/episode/229df522/ LISTEN: Easing Anxiety: Interview with Martha Henry MacDonald (Episode 29 of Anxiety Connection) to learn more about how to connect the body and mind. https://wendyleeds.com/podcast/episode/256bb9b5/ READ: The Power of Your Posture by Wendy Leeds. https://wendyleeds.com/post/the-power-of-your-posture LISTEN: 7 Steps to Living A Courageous Life (Episode 23 of Anxiety Connection) for the motivation to get started. https://wendyleeds.com/podcast/episode/2a3a0cb8/ WAYS TO CONNECT: I respond to every message I get, so please do reach out. I send infrequent emails and I love to get replies from the community: EMAIL: https://wendyleeds.com/subscribe My Facebook page is active; Instagram less so: FACEBOOK: https://facebook.com/wendyleedskeepingcalm  INSTAGRAM: https://instagram.com/wendyleedskeepingcalm I have a lot of anxiety and panic-related videos on my YouTube page: YOUTUBE: https://youtube.com/@wendyleedskeepingcalm © 2020 - 2024 Wendy Leeds
If it feels like anxiety is keeping you a prisoner in your own life, please join me as we explore the internal causes of that anxiety, how those fears may be keeping you trapped in a prison of your thoughts and fears, how those fears affect your life, and the key to finally setting yourself free.   LINKS AND RESOURCES FROM EPISODE 60:  DOWNLOAD: What Is the Impact of Your Anxiety.pdf LISTEN: Feeling Anxious? Trust Yourself (Episode 17 of Anxiety Connection) https://www.wendyleeds.com/podcast/episode/32bb48bd/feeling-anxious-trust-yourself-or-ep-17   MORE RESOURCES FROM WENDY:  BOOK: Calm & Sense: A Woman's Guide to Living Anxiety-Free  https://wendyleeds.com/book  QUIZ: Find Out the Cost of Your Anxiety  https://wendyleeds.com/quiz  MINI-COURSE: Why You're Anxious & What to Do About It https://wendyleeds.com/mini-course   WAYS TO CONNECT: I respond to every message I get, so please do reach out.  I send infrequent emails and I love to get replies from the community: EMAIL: https://wendyleeds.com/subscribe My Facebook page is active; Instagram less so: FACEBOOK: https://facebook.com/wendyleedskeepingcalm  INSTAGRAM: https://instagram.com/wendyleedskeepingcalm I have a lot of anxiety and panic-related videos on my YouTube page: YOUTUBE: https://youtube.com/@wendyleedskeepingcalm   SOURCES: Mellan, Olivia, and Piskaldo, Katrina. Reviewed June 9, 2016. “Men, Women and Money.” Psychology Today.  Andrews, Linda, Wasmer. June 9, 2015. “Why Women Need More Me-Time – and How They Can Claim It.” Psychology Today. Edited by Real Simple. April 4, 2012 “How Do Women Spend Their Time?” Real Simple.   © 2020 - 2024 Wendy Leeds
In the U.S., women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with anxiety, and the reasons might surprise you. While there are all sorts of things that can make us anxious, some of those things are specific to women. In this episode we explore those causes, and I also share one of the best techniques I know to calm anxiety instantly. LINKS AND RESOURCES FROM EPISODE 59:  DOWNLOAD: What Is Making You Anxious.pdf https://d875ac62-c9ec-4647-9e46-6e3985079b73.usrfiles.com/ugd/d875ac_f5db810b315646b0a446332bb55178d4.pdf  LISTEN: Feeling Anxious? Trust Yourself (Episode 17 of Anxiety Connection) https://wendyleeds.com/podcast/episode/32bb48bd/feeling-anxious-trust-yourself-or-ep-17  LISTEN: How to Get Unstuck (Episode 6 of Anxiety Connection) https://wendyleeds.com/podcast/episode/2d5fd2eb/how-to-get-unstuck-or-ep-6  FOR REFERENCE: The 6 different categories of external causes of anxiety: Physical  Caffeine Genetic Hormonal Trauma Media   MORE RESOURCES FROM WENDY:  BOOK: Calm & Sense: A Woman's Guide to Living Anxiety-Free  https://wendyleeds.com/book  QUIZ: Find Out the Cost of Your Anxiety  https://wendyleeds.com/quiz  MINI-COURSE: Why You're Anxious & What to Do About It https://wendyleeds.com/mini-course   WAYS TO CONNECT: I respond to every message I get, so please do reach out.  I send infrequent emails and I love to get replies from the community: EMAIL: https://wendyleeds.com/subscribe My Facebook page is active; Instagram less so: FACEBOOK: https://facebook.com/wendyleedskeepingcalm  INSTAGRAM: https://instagram.com/wendyleedskeepingcalm I have a lot of anxiety and panic-related videos on my YouTube page: YOUTUBE: https://youtube.com/@wendyleedskeepingcalm   SOURCES: Young, Joel, MD. April 22, 2015 “Women and Mental Illness” Psychology Today Mufson, Michael, J. MD. 2017 “Can a Traumatic Event Cause Anxiety Disorders?” Sharecare © 2020 - 2024 Wendy Leeds
While we all share important similarities, we’re also uniquely different. And it’s the same with our brains. Just the way no two of us are alike, no two brains are alike as well. Understanding these similarities and differences can offer us a new way to look at our relationship with ourselves, the people around us, and can deepen our understanding of how we respond to our anxiety.   MORE RESOURCES:  READ: If you are interested in reading more about the differences in our brains, I highly recommend this book The Female Brain by Louann Brizendine MD https://amzn.to/41IBlod LISTEN: "What Fuels My Mission" (Episode 5 of Anxiety Connection)  https://wendyleeds.com/podcast/episode/e1c84252/ LISTEN: "How Does Anxiety Affect Your Relationship?" (Episode 8 of Anxiety Connection)  https://www.wendyleeds.com/podcast/episode/30609b38 BOOK: Calm & Sense: A Woman's Guide to Living Anxiety-Free  https://wendyleeds.com/book  QUIZ: Find Out the Cost of Your Anxiety  https://wendyleeds.com/quiz  MINI-COURSE: Why You're Anxious & What to Do About It https://wendyleeds.com/mini-course   WAYS TO CONNECT: I respond to every message I get, so please do reach out. I send infrequent emails and I love to get replies from the community.  EMAIL: https://wendyleeds.com/subscribe My Facebook page is active; Instagram less so.  FACEBOOK: https://facebook.com/wendyleedskeepingcalm INSTAGRAM: https://instagram.com/wendyleedskeepingcalm I have a lot of anxiety and panic-related videos on my YouTube page: YOUTUBE: https://youtube.com/@wendyleedskeepingcalm © 2020 - 2024 Wendy Leeds
The holidays can be a tough time of year for those of us with anxiety. But there’s a way we can remove some of the stress and worry. Simply by changing the way we think about the holidays, we can lower our stress level and help us keep our calm through the holiday season. The 6 Gifts: Filling Your Cup First So You Can Give to Others 1. The gift of lower expectations  2. The gift of saying no  3. The gift of healthy habits  4. The gift of positive self-talk  5. The gift of honoring your needs  6. The gift of GIVING TO OTHERS  LINKS FROM THE EPISODE: Calm & Sense by Wendy Leeds https://wendyleeds.com/book  Prioritization Worksheet in Chapter 29 DIY Affirmations in Chapter 21 Take the Time for Your Life by Cheryl Richardson https://amzn.to/484Lnlt MORE RESOURCES: QUIZ: Find Out the Cost of Your Anxiety https://wendyleeds.com/quiz DOWNLOAD: Four Techniques to "Panic-Proof" Your Life https://wendyleeds.com/techniques MINI-COURSE: Why You're Anxious & What to Do About It https://wendyleeds.com/mini-course WAYS TO CONNECT: I respond to every message I get, so please do reach out. I send infrequent emails and I love to get replies from the community.  EMAIL: https://wendyleeds.com/subscribe My Facebook page is active; Instagram less so.  FACEBOOK: https://facebook.com/wendyleedskeepingcalm INSTAGRAM: https://instagram.com/wendyleedskeepingcalm I have a lot of anxiety and panic-related videos on my YouTube page: YOUTUBE: https://youtube.com/@wendyleedskeepingcalm © 2023 Wendy Leeds. All rights reserved.
Let’s get straight to the root of our anxiety. Understanding how our brains work, and how our brains are different, is a critical first step of addressing our fears to better manage our anxiety. In the second episode of this 10-part mini-series, we take a clear look at the science of how fear shows up in our brain. MORE RESOURCES:  LISTEN: Worry vs. Anxiety (Episode 2 of Anxiety Connection) https://wendyleeds.com/podcast/episode/20c99bc3/ LISTEN: Reframing Anxiety (Episode 19 of Anxiety Connection) https://wendyleeds.com/podcast/episode/ea7d9aaa/ READ: Five "Big Deal" Misconceptions About Anxiety by Wendy Leeds https://wendyleeds.com/post/five-big-deal-misconceptions-about-anxiety BOOK: Calm & Sense: A Woman's Guide to Living Anxiety-Free https://wendyleeds.com/book  QUIZ: Find Out the Cost of Your Anxiety https://wendyleeds.com/quiz  WAYS TO CONNECT: I respond to every message I get, so please do reach out. I send infrequent emails and I love to get replies from the community. My Facebook page is active; Instagram less so. I have a lot of anxiety and panic-related videos on my YouTube page: EMAIL: https://wendyleeds.com/subscribe FACEBOOK: https://facebook.com/wendyleedskeepingcalm INSTAGRAM: https://instagram.com/wendyleedskeepingcalm YOUTUBE: https://youtube.com/@wendyleedskeepingcalm   © 2020 - 2023 Wendy Leeds
Anxiety shows up differently in all of us. This means that the plan to heal your anxiety is naturally going to be different from the plan to heal mine. Our work together is to find the plan that works for you and then to put that plan to work! This episode is Part 1 of mini-series of 10 episodes examining anxiety – getting at the root causes of what’s making you anxious and, more importantly, what you can do to feel better. MORE RESOURCES: BOOK: Calm & Sense: A Woman's Guide to Living Anxiety-Free https://wendyleeds.com/book QUIZ: Find Out the Cost of Your Anxiety https://wendyleeds.com/quiz WAYS TO CONNECT: I respond to every message I get, so please do reach out. I send infrequent emails and I love to get replies from the community. My Facebook page is active; Instagram less so. I have a lot of anxiety and panic-related videos on my YouTube page: EMAIL: https://wendyleeds.com/subscribe FACEBOOK: https://facebook.com/wendyleedskeepingcalm INSTAGRAM: https:// instagram.com/wendyleedskeepingcalm YOUTUBE: https://youtube.com/@wendyleedskeepingcalm © 2020 - 2023 Wendy Leeds
This episode is the beginning of an important, ongoing conversation about how best to care for our mental health. We talk first about 1) how to identify our anxiety triggers and then 2) staying on track by focusing on the glimmers of hope that can light our way back on the road to feeling better.   LINKS FROM THE EPISODE: BOOK: Chapters 49 and 50 of my book are all about techniques for staying on track. The book is: Calm & Sense: A Woman's Guide to Living Anxiety-Free https://wendyleeds.com/book FACEBOOK: https://facebook.com/wendyleedskeepingcalm MORE RESOURCES: QUIZ: Find Out the Cost of Your Anxiety https://wendyleeds.com/quiz MINI-COURSE: Why You're Anxious & What to Do About It https://wendyleeds.com/mini-course DOWNLOAD: Four Techniques to "Panic-Proof" Your Life https://wendyleeds.com/techniques WAYS TO CONNECT: I respond to every message I get, so please do reach out. I send infrequent emails and I love to get replies from the community. My Facebook page is active; Instagram less so. I have a lot of anxiety and panic-related videos on my YouTube page: EMAIL: https://wendyleeds.com/subscribe FACEBOOK: https://facebook.com/wendyleedskeepingcalm INSTAGRAM: https://instagram.com/wendyleedskeepingcalm YOUTUBE: https://youtube.com/@wendyleedskeepingcalm © 2020 - 2023 Wendy Leeds
Have you ever thought about seeing a therapist? Or maybe there’s someone in your life you think might benefit from talking to a mental health professional? In this episode I tackle the stigma of seeking help for our mental health in today’s culture. And I share the 8 reasons for talking to a therapist and how it can make a real difference in how we think and feel. LINKS FROM THE EPISODE: If you are having suicidal thoughts or plans, please take this seriously: Call a trusted friend Call or text 988, the Crisis Lifeline Go to the nearest emergency room Call the suicide prevention number 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Chapter 10 of my book is about how to assess a therapist to make sure they are a good fit – including the questions to ask a therapist. The book is: Calm & Sense: A Woman's Guide to Living Anxiety-Free  https://wendyleeds.com/book MORE RESOURCES: QUIZ: Find Out the Cost of Your Anxiety https://wendyleeds.com/quiz DOWNLOAD: Four Techniques to "Panic-Proof" Your Life https://wendyleeds.com/techniques MINI-COURSE: Why You're Anxious & What to Do About It https://wendyleeds.com/course Click here or use the coupon code “SUBSCRIBER” to get 40% off the mini-course. And if the cost is a burden to you in any way, just ask – I’ll grant you lifetime access for free. No catch. I just want to be helpful to anyone who’s struggling.   WAYS TO CONNECT: I respond to every message I get, so please do reach out. I send infrequent emails and I love to get replies from the community. My Facebook page is active; Instagram less so. EMAIL: https://wendyleeds.com/subscribe FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/wendyleedskeepingcalm/ INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/wendyleedskeepingcalm/ CITATIONS: 1.    Robinson, Byran, Ph.D. Bebruary 4, 2021. 47% of Americans Believe Seeking Therapy is a sign of weakness. Forbes.com https://www.forbes.com/sites/bryanrobinson/2021/02/04/47-of-americans-believe-seeking-therapy-is-a-sign-of-weakness/?sh=72c00e884413 2.    What is EMDR? Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing. https://www.emdr.com/what-is-emdr/ 3.    Sack, David, MD. March 18, 2013. 5 Signs It’s Time to Seek Therapy. Psychology Today. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/where-science-meets-the-steps/201303/5-signs-its-time-seek-therapy © 2020 - 2023 Wendy Leeds
Fear can keep us feeling stuck, alone, and helpless. But having an effective plan of action can take us past those fears to get what we really want out of life. Please join me as I share my simple 4-step process for creating that action plan and then putting it to work. LINKS FROM THE EPISODE:  In my last episode, I covered procrastination – which is also fueled by fear: Procrastination: 4 Simple Steps to Reduce Its Power Over You (Episode 51) https://www.wendyleeds.com/podcast/episode/2cb1a84a/ Yes, you can safely get your tongue unstuck from a frozen pole! Here’s where I learned how: Grande, Laura. Feb. 23, 2015. How to Unstick a Tongue From a Metal Pole. Todaysparent.com https://www.todaysparent.com/kids/how-to-unstick-your-tongue-from-a-metal-pole/ See below for ways to connect with me. I look forward to hearing from you! MORE RESOURCES:  BOOK: Calm & Sense: A Woman's Guide to Living Anxiety-Free https://wendyleeds.com/book QUIZ: Find Out the Cost of Your Anxiety  https://wendyleeds.com/quiz DOWNLOAD: Four Techniques to "Panic-Proof" Your Life https://wendyleeds.com/techniques MINI-COURSE: Why You're Anxious & What to Do About It https://wendyleeds.com/course Click here or use the coupon code “SUBSCRIBER” to get 40% off the mini-course. And if the cost is a burden to you in any way, just ask – I’ll grant you lifetime access for free. No catch. I just want to be helpful to anyone who’s struggling.    WAYS TO CONNECT: I respond to every message I get, so please do reach out. I send infrequent emails and I love to get replies from the community. My Facebook page is active; Instagram less so. EMAIL: https://wendyleeds.com/subscribe FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/wendyleedskeepingcalm/ INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/wendyleedskeepingcalm/ © 2020 - 2023 Wendy Leeds
It may sound counterintuitive, but I believe that procrastination is the act of putting off what you really want in your life. It's a way of cheating yourself out of the life you were born to live. Procrastination can have a substantial impact on our self-esteem, so let's take a good look at its root cause and a 4-step plan for how to break free from procrastination's grip. LINKS FROM THE EPISODE: BOOK: Calm & Sense: A Woman's Guide to Living Anxiety-Free https://wendyleeds.com/book MORE RESOURCES: QUIZ: Find Out the Cost of Your Anxiety https://wendyleeds.com/quiz DOWNLOAD: Four Techniques to "Panic-Proof" Your Life https://wendyleeds.com/techniques MINI-COURSE: Why You're Anxious & What to Do About It https://wendyleeds.com/course Click here or use the coupon code “SUBSCRIBER” to get 40% off the mini-course. And if the cost is a burden to you in any way, just ask – I’ll grant you lifetime access for free. No catch. I just want to be helpful to anyone who’s struggling. WAYS TO CONNECT: I respond to every message I get, so please do reach out. I send infrequent emails and I love to get replies from the community. My Facebook page is active; Instagram less so. EMAIL: https://wendyleeds.com/subscribe FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/wendyleedskeepingcalm/ INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/wendyleedskeepingcalm/   © 2020 - 2023 Wendy Leeds
Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a celebration of love. But that simple truth gets buried under an avalanche of roses, candy hearts, expectations, and disappointments. But it doesn’t have to be that way – love comes in many different forms. In Episode 50, we explore some ways to put love back into your Valentine’s Day.   LINKS FROM THE EPISODE: BOOK: Calm & Sense: A Woman's Guide to Living Anxiety-Freehttps://wendyleeds.com/book QUIZ: Find Out the Cost of Your Anxietyhttps://wendyleeds.com/quiz DOWNLOAD: Four Techniques to "Panic-Proof" Your Lifehttps://wendyleeds.com/techniques MINI-COURSE: Why You're Anxious & What to Do About Ithttps://wendyleeds.com/course Click here or use the coupon code “SUBSCRIBER” to get 40% off the mini-course. And if the cost is a burden to you in any way, just ask – I’ll grant you lifetime access for free. No catch. I just want to be helpful to anyone who’s struggling.   WAYS TO CONNECT: I respond to every message I get, so please do reach out. I send infrequent emails and I love to get replies from the community. My Facebook page is active; Instagram less so.  EMAIL: https://wendyleeds.com/subscribe FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/wendyleedskeepingcalm/ INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/wendyleedskeepingcalm/   © 2020 - 2023 Wendy Leeds
Do the short, cold days of winter leave you feeling exhausted and “blah?” Are you feeling paralyzed with sadness? If so, you may be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder or S.A.D.  Please join me as I share my story of how a tiny surprise reminded me how to find light and color on even the “blah” days.   LINKS FROM THE EPISODE: Episode 24 “10 Ways to Beat the Winter Doldrums” Episode 48: “Dealing with Holiday Stress and Anxiety” Subscribe to follow my progress on the new book: https://wendyleeds.com/subscribe   SPECIAL NOTE FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON: If you’re suffering or feeling overwhelmed by your fears, one of the most powerful things you can do is to reach out to a qualified, licensed mental health professional. Getting help is not a sign of weakness. It’s a sign of strength. And working with a good therapist can help you feel better almost immediately. According to a study by David Sack, MD, published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology “88 percent of therapy goers reported improvements after just one session.” If you’re not sure where to start, please talk to your health care provider. Also, here are three reputable websites that you can use to connect with a therapist in your area: American Psychological Association: https://locator.apa.org Psychology Today: https://psychologytoday.com/us/therapists Anxiety and Depression Association of America: https://members.adaa.org/page/FATMain ​ IMPORTANT: If you’re in crisis, especially if you are thinking of harming yourself or anyone else – please call for help NOW! CALL or TEXT 988 The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a U.S.-based suicide prevention network of over 200+ crisis centers that provides 24/7 service via a toll-free hotline with the number 9-8-8. It is available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. It is founded and run by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. ONLINE: https://988lifeline.org OR CALL: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Crisis Text Line also provides free, 24/7, confidential support via text message to people in crisis when they dial 741741.   MORE ANXIETY-RELATED RESOURCES: BOOK: Calm & Sense: A Woman's Guide to Living Anxiety-Free https://wendyleeds.com/book QUIZ: Find Out the Cost of Your Anxiety https://wendyleeds.com/quiz DOWNLOAD: Four Techniques to "Panic-Proof" Your Life https://wendyleeds.com/techniques MINI-COURSE: Why You're Anxious & What to Do About It https://wendyleeds.com/course Click here or use the coupon code “SUBSCRIBER” to get 40% off the mini-course. And if the cost is a burden to you in any way, just ask – I’ll grant you lifetime access for free. No catch. I just want to be helpful to anyone who’s struggling.   WAYS TO CONNECT: I respond to every message I get, so please do reach out. I send infrequent emails and I love to get replies from the community. My Facebook page is active; Instagram less so. EMAIL: https://wendyleeds.com/subscribe FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/wendyleedskeepingcalm/ INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/wendyleedskeepingcalm/   © 2022 Wendy Leeds
If you’re dreading the holiday season this year, you’re not alone. The holidays are tough for so many of us. If you’re already feeling anxious and worried about how you’re going to get through the next few weeks, please join me in making 5 powerful commitments to help you meet the challenges ahead with a sense of peace and calm.   LINKS FROM THE EPISODE: Chapter 51 of my book is about how to manage difficult relationships that bring you stress & anxiety: Calm & Sense: A Woman's Guide to Living Anxiety-Free. More info here: https://wendyleeds.com/book   SPECIAL NOTE FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON: If you’re suffering or feeling overwhelmed by your fears, one of the most powerful things you can do is to reach out to a qualified, licensed mental health professional. Getting help is not a sign of weakness. It’s a sign of strength. And working with a good therapist can help you feel better almost immediately. According to a study by David Sack, MD, published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology “88 percent of therapy goers reported improvements after just one session.” If you’re not sure where to start, please talk to your health care provider. Also, here are three reputable websites that you can use to connect with a therapist in your area: American Psychological Association: https://locator.apa.org Psychology Today: https://psychologytoday.com/us/therapists Anxiety and Depression Association of America: https://members.adaa.org/page/FATMain ​ IMPORTANT: If you’re thinking of harming yourself or anyone else please call for help NOW! Call 911 or the Suicide prevention hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Visit: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org   MORE ANXIETY-RELATED RESOURCES: QUIZ: Find Out the Cost of Your Anxiety https://wendyleeds.com/quiz DOWNLOAD: Four Techniques to "Panic-Proof" Your Life https://wendyleeds.com/techniques MINI-COURSE: Why You're Anxious & What to Do About It https://wendyleeds.com/course Click here or use the coupon code “SUBSCRIBER” to get 40% off the mini-course. And if the cost is a burden to you in any way, just ask – I’ll grant you lifetime access for free. No catch. I just want to be helpful to anyone who’s struggling.   WAYS TO CONNECT: I respond to every message I get, so please do reach out. I send infrequent emails and I love to get replies from the community. My Facebook page is active; Instagram less so. EMAIL: https://wendyleeds.com/subscribe FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/wendyleedskeepingcalm/ INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/wendyleedskeepingcalm/
What you focus on in life is what you get. When you’re focused on the failures, blame, and shame of your past, you can’t be fully present in your life. What’s worse is that this can impede your future potential as well. Ready to stop living in the rearview mirror? Please join me as I share the one simple thing you can do to switch your focus from past to present and get a clear view of the road ahead.   ANXIETY-RELATED RESOURCES: BOOK: Calm & Sense: A Woman's Guide to Living Anxiety-Free https://wendyleeds.com/book QUIZ: Find Out the Cost of Your Anxiety https://wendyleeds.com/quiz DOWNLOAD: Four Techniques to "Panic-Proof" Your Life https://wendyleeds.com/techniques MINI-COURSE: Why You're Anxious & What to Do About It https://wendyleeds.com/course Click here or use the coupon code “SUBSCRIBER” to get 40% off the mini course. And if the cost is a burden to you in any way, just ask – I’ll grant you lifetime access for free. No catch. I just want to be helpful to anyone who’s struggling.   WAYS TO CONNECT: I respond to every message I get, so please do reach out. I send infrequent emails and I love to get replies from the community. My Facebook page is active; Instagram less so. EMAIL: https://wendyleeds.com/subscribe FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/wendyleedskeepingcalm/ INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/wendyleedskeepingcalm/
Firefighters have an iron-clad rule about how to walk into a fire, which can be applied to those of us who suffer from anxiety: Never go in alone. As a cancer survivor, I know the power of community for getting through some very dark days. I know what it’s like to struggle with the loneliness and fear of anxiety’s flame. Join me in this episode as we apply the lesson, together. Having a community here in OUR Anxiety Connection means we never have to walk into the fire alone. WAYS TO CONNECT: I respond to every message I get, so please do reach out. I send infrequent emails and I love to get replies from the community. My Facebook page is active; Instagram less so. EMAIL: https://wendyleeds.com/subscribe FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/wendyleedskeepingcalm/ INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/wendyleedskeepingcalm/ MORE ANXIETY-RELATED RESOURCES: BOOK: Calm & Sense: A Woman's Guide to Living Anxiety-Free https://wendyleeds.com/book QUIZ: Find Out the Cost of Your Anxiety https://wendyleeds.com/quiz DOWNLOAD: Four Techniques to "Panic-Proof" Your Life https://wendyleeds.com/techniques MINI-COURSE: Why You're Anxious & What to Do About It https://wendyleeds.com/course Click here or use the coupon code “SUBSCRIBER” to get 40% off the mini-course. And if the cost is a burden to you in any way, just ask – I’ll grant you lifetime access for free. No catch. I just want to be helpful to anyone who’s struggling. © 2022 Wendy Leeds
Did you know what you eat may play a role in your anxiety? We all know that what we eat can have a real impact on our physical health, but recent research suggests what we eat can have a real impact on our mental health as well. Please join me as I share my three simple rules for what and how to eat to promote good health and to ease your anxiety. LINKS FROM THE EPISODE: I have three chapters on this topic in my book, Calm & Sense: A Woman's Guide to Living Anxiety-Free. I cover which foods are best for easing anxiety – and which foods to avoid: Chapter 44: Nourish Yourself. Chapter 45: Eat and Drink This, and Chapter 46: Don’t Eat and Drink This. More info and purchase links here. Since I’ll be taking a break until September, I invite you to SUBSCRIBE to be notified when new episodes publish. Here are the articles I mentioned if you’d like to do a deeper dive: “In her article in the MIT News, Judith Wurtman writes….” February 25, 2004. Carbs essential for effective dieting, good mood, Wurtman says. MIT News “On the other hand, the “bad” or simple carbs….” Leal, Darla. May 21, 2021. All You Need to Know About Carbohydrates: Simple, Complex, Fiber, and What to Chose.” Verywell life “When we eat something sugary….” Peterson, Tanya, J. January 6, 2020. Sugar and Anxiety: How Sugar Can Make Your Anxiety Symptoms Worse. Healthyplace.com “According to Sara Lindberg, writing for healthline.com….” Lindberg, Sara, BS, ME.d. June 23, 2020. Your Anxiety Loves Sugar. Eat These 3 Things Instead. Healthline.com “A report in the November 2021 issue of the Sapien Journal…” November 28, 2021. People who eat meat experience lower levels of depression and anxiety compared to vegans. Sapienjournal.org "In her new book, The Anatomy of Anxiety, Vora, Ellen, MD. writes…. Vora, Ellen, MD. (2022) The Anatomy of Anxiety: Understanding and Overcoming the Body’s Fear Response Harper Collins, New York. (pg 101) “And if you’re interested in eating to ease anxiety….” Mazzulllo, Natalie April 12, 2022 What spices and foods can help with anxiety and stress. Nevada Today.edu. “According to an article in Web MD…” Dallas, Mary Elizabeth. June 23, 2015. Food Eating Order May Affect Type 2 Blood Sugar. WebMD “Emotionally it can cause feelings of regret, shame and failure….” Abraham, Micah. March 1, 2021. What Causes Anxiety After Eating? calmclinic.com MORE ANXIETY-RELATED RESOURCES: QUIZ: Find Out the Cost of Your Anxiety DOWNLOAD: Four Techniques to "Panic-Proof" Your Life MINI-COURSE: Why You're Anxious & What to Do About It Click here or use the coupon code “SUBSCRIBER” to get 40% off the mini course. And if the cost is a burden to you in any way, just ask – I’ll grant you lifetime access for free. No catch. I just want to be helpful to anyone who’s struggling right now. © 2022 Wendy Leeds
The people you spend the most time with have a real impact on who you are and what you think. Take a look at your closest relationships. Are they people who consistently fill you with joy and satisfaction? Or do they make you anxious or stressed out? Please join me in this episode as I discuss the impact negative people can have on our anxiety, and more importantly, the power of setting yourself free. LINKS FROM THE EPISODE: I cover more on this topic in Chapter 51 of my book, Calm & Sense: A Woman's Guide to Living Anxiety-Free. More info and purchase links here: https://wendyleeds.com/book I invite you to subscribe to be notified when new episodes publish: https://wendyleeds.com/subscribe MORE ANXIETY-RELATED RESOURCES: QUIZ: Find Out the Cost of Your Anxiety https://wendyleeds.com/quiz DOWNLOAD: Four Techniques to "Panic-Proof" Your Life https://wendyleeds.com/techniques MINI-COURSE: Why You're Anxious & What to Do About It https://wendyleeds.com/course Click here or use the coupon code “SUBSCRIBER” to get 40% off. And if the cost is a burden to you in any way, just ask – I’ll give you lifetime access for free. No catch. I just want to be helpful to anyone who’s struggling right now. © 2022 Wendy Leeds
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