Episode 10: Anxiety, Support, and Being an Anxiety Ally

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Looking for Spoons Podacast, a podcast about living with anxiety disorderEpisode 10: Anxiety, Support, and Being an Anxiety Ally

In this episode, Jason talks about the do’s and don’ts of supporting someone with anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues. He lists some of the biggest mistakes he sees people make when trying to be helpful, what you shouldn’t say to someone with mental health struggles, and his top 10 things to do to actually be helpful.

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Top 10 Things You Can Do To Be An Ally

1. Listen
2. Be patient
3. Tell someone you care
4. Play the long game
5. Give a hug (with consent)
6. Be the safe person
7. Educate yourself
8. Speak up
9. Don’t Judge
10. Listen – I know I already listed this but it’s so important I listed it twice.

Jason’s Gratitude this week

• Everyone who is at least trying to be helpful

Episode 9: Anxiety, Having Kids, and Being a Parent

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Looking for Spoons Podacast, a podcast about living with anxiety disorderIn this episode, Jason talks about being away for a bit, about imposter syndrome, and about the anxiety and added pressures of raising completely independent and healthy human beings. Along with the fear of messing it all up, there’s the added distress of potentially passing on anxiety to your kids and giving them the curse we wouldn’t wish on our worst enemies. From Infant to adult, raising kids while suffering through anxiety adds an entirely different level of stress and anxiety.

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Imposter Syndrome video

Imposter Syndrome Article, Psychology Today

Jason’s Gratitude this week

    • His family

    • Thank you, Nikki!

Episode 8 : Anxiety, Technology, & the Digital Diet, Part 1

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Looking for Spoons Podacast, a podcast about living with anxiety disorderIn this episode, Jason talks about anxiety, putting himself on a digital diet, eliminating the negative and focusing on the positive. Jason also shares some of his favorite sites and apps to help with anxiety, depression and just stress in general.

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Jason’s Gratitude this week

Tech for Mental Health:

Episode 7 : Anxiety, Sanctuary, and New Year’s Resolutions

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Looking for Spoons Podacast, a podcast about living with anxiety disorder

In this episode, Jason talks about anxiety, creating your own sanctuaries and an alternative to new years resolutions. While the new year is a time for change, it’s also the perfect time to reflect on everything you’ve survived and that’s something to be proud of.

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Jason’s Gratitude this week

      • Making it through the year in one piece.

    His recent life preservers are:

Episode 6 : Anxiety, Escape, and Running Away

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Looking for Spoons Podacast, a podcast about living with anxiety disorderIn this episode, Jason talks about feeling the need for escape, how to build an escape plan for anxiety situations, and the urge to run away. He also talks a bit about the horror that is holiday shopping and gives an update on the company holiday party.  Spoiler alert: he survived.

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Jason’s Gratitude this week

      • Amazon and online shopping (because shopping at a mall during Christmas is hell.)

    His recent life preservers are:

Episode 5 : Anxiety, the Mask, and Being Myself

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Looking for Spoons Podacast, a podcast about living with anxiety disorderIn this episode, I talk about anxiety, the mask and being myself. For most people with a mental illness, the day-to-day can be about maintaining the illusion of being “normal” and preventing people from finding out your true feelings. I’ve struggled with this for many years and it can take it’s biggest toll at work.

 

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Jason’s Gratitude this week

  • The support of family and friends this week.

His recent life preservers are:

Call to Action

Episode 4 : Anxiety, Socializing, and I Do Not Know How to People

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Looking for Spoons Podacast, a podcast about living with anxiety disorderIn this episode, Jason talks about anxiety, socializing, and I do not know how to people. This is all about the terrible torture that is socializing and how difficult it can really be for someone with anxiety. There are affiliate links in this post.


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Waldeinsamkeit YouTube Video

Jason’s Gratitude this week

My Fiat, Luigi

Insurance (not all insurance but mine this week)

His recent life preservers are:

My new headphones which kept my music going and the noise of the world out

My Julba glacier sunglasses which keep a lot of the visual noise of the world out

Call to Action

Find a therapist in your area

Suicide Prevention Lifeline 

General lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Veterans Lifeline Confidential chat

Episode 3 : Anxiety, Judgment, and What Other People Think

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Looking for Spoons Podacast, a podcast about living with anxiety disorderIn this episode, Jason talks about dealing with the feeling of being judged, why that has so much power over us, and how hard it is to overcome in the moment. He also shares a gratitude related to a recent attack and the light on the other side.


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Jason’s Gratitude this week

Toby [name changed for anonymity] at 7 Cups

His recent life preservers are:

Mystery Science Theater 3000 (Netflix and Pluto TV)

The Robot vs the Aztec Mummy trailer

Voxer app

Call to Action

Find a therapist in your area

Suicide Prevention Lifeline 

General lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Veterans Lifeline Confidential chat