Anxiety and Feeling Bad About Feeling Bad

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

Looking for Spoons Podacast, a podcast about living with anxiety disorderFeeling bad is hard enough, but sometimes the guilt of feeling bad makes it even worse. If someone asks if you’re OK, what do you say? Sometimes, you just don’t know how to explain it. Jason also talks about the struggles he’s had lately with feeling some anxiety but not enough to feel justified in providing self-care. He also talks about some of the small things he’s done to feel just 2% better and get through the hard times as best as he can.


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Anxiety and Hyper Thinking

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Looking for Spoons Podacast, a podcast about living with anxiety disorderJason talks about the concept of hyper thinking, which includes overthinking and catastrophizing, but is so much more. At slow speeds, it’s a constant feeder of curiosity. At its highest speed, it’s debilitating, but you might be surprised what he would change about it.

 


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Anxiety, Walking Towards Fear and Finding It

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Looking for Spoons Podacast, a podcast about living with anxiety disorderJason talks more about the practice of walking towards what scares him to help reduce the fear that might happen the next time. But this time, Jason found a lot more than what he expected and what was going to be a simple exercise to overcome the fear of hiking alone, turned into something bigger and scarier. This post may contain affiliate links, thank you!


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  • Living somewhere that he can get out into nature and do things like hike and rock climb, and camp.

  • Having a job that gives him the freedom to spend his time doing things like this.

  • Not turning into a local newspaper headline “Local hiker falls to death while attempting solo hike on a fear quest.”

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Anxiety and Walking Towards Fear

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

Jason talks about the spectrum of feelings related to anxiety, that aren’t always just being in a state of panic. Using the example of a caveman facing a bear, he talks about the approach of walking towards fear and how it helped him deal with some of his greatest fears, including one that almost everyone feels and on that may be a big surprise. This post may contain affiliate links, thank you!


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  • All of the fear and pain and anxiety he’s felt over the years (you read that right)

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Anxiety, Surviving Today, and Setting Goals

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

Jason talks about setting several types of goal setting including some to survive for the next few seconds, some to help build yourself up, and some to really challenge your fears. He even talks about his BHAG. This post contains affiliate links, thank you!


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Anxiety, Support, and Being an Anxiety Ally

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

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

Anxiety, Sanctuary, and New Year’s Resolutions

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

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:

Anxiety, Judgment, and What Other People Think

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

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

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Suicide Prevention Lifeline 

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

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