I’m Anxious About - A Humorous Podcast About Anxiety
I’m Anxious About Public Transportation

I’m Anxious About Public Transportation

July 30, 2020

In this episode, Chris and Allison go off the rails discussing the anxieties of public transportation. From crowds to unexpected delays, from unwanted performances to brazen displays of eye contact: the perils of public transportation are plentiful.

 

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Theme music: "I'm Not Nervous" by Square People, used under a CC BY 3.0 license, via the Free Music Archive.

I’m Anxious About Conflict

I’m Anxious About Conflict

July 23, 2020

In this episode, Allison and Chris break down what makes them anxious when it comes to conflict. Even just the word "conflict" sends shivers down Allison's spine. In a move that clearly shows they're upping their game (for which they'll undoubtedly expect praise for), they bring in a few external resources to break down how anxiety mixes with conflict. This is deep dive, and, unlike bananas, they're both rather anxious about this one. 

 

Here's the TED Talk, "Dare to Disagree"

 

Here's the article Allison referenced on cat poo making you love them. Yes, it exists. 

 

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Theme music: "I'm Not Nervous" by Square People, used under a CC BY 3.0 license, via the Free Music Archive.

I’m Anxious About Grocery Stores (with Ciara McNally)

I’m Anxious About Grocery Stores (with Ciara McNally)

July 16, 2020

In this special episode, guest Ciara McNally of My Suitcase Diaries joins Chris and Allison to chat all things grocery stores in the Covid-19 era. Perhaps unsurprisingly, they manage to get sidetracked by pressing matters such as does Ireland have snakes (locally known as danger noodles) and Allison’s grave concern about the impending broccoli shortage.

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Theme music: "I'm Not Nervous" by Square People, used under a CC BY 3.0 license, via the Free Music Archive.

I’m Anxious About Festivals

I’m Anxious About Festivals

July 9, 2020

While festivals may be a joyous occasion for some, that doesn't always ring true for your hosts, and particularly Allison. Chris and Allison touch upon the pressure to dress up (and go on a tirade about costumes), how long lines can be rather soul destroying, and Chris also pleads his case to Allison for why some festivals can actually be a cure for anxiety. And, if that wasn't enough, they also remembered to drop a helpful tip or two at the end. Woah, it looks these hosts are going through some emotional growth, so thanks for being along for the ride, tiger!

Also, they're quite sure that this is probably the best intro and outro they'll ever be able to pull off. 

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Theme music: "I'm Not Nervous" by Square People, used under a CC BY 3.0 license, via the Free Music Archive.

I’m Anxious About Meeting New People

I’m Anxious About Meeting New People

July 2, 2020

In this episode, Chris and Allison discuss how they feel when meeting new people. Chris, basically a Golden retriever in Canadian flannel, just wants to meet everyone at the party, whereas Allison is a slightly aloof English mastiff who arrives way too early. Allison throws herself into embarrassment and self-deprecation so you can't do it for her, while Chris is suffering from paralyzing FOMO from not getting to meet people who, in all likelihood, are actually kind of terrible. Who wouldn't want us at their next event?!

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I’m Anxious About Adulting

I’m Anxious About Adulting

June 25, 2020

All those children's books don't quite capture of the strange essence of becoming an adult. In this episode, Allison and Chris adopt a bit more of a serious tone and dive into how guilt and shame can shape our lives if we let it. They go on to talk about how how they "adult," and how they feel that for folks with anxiety, the system may just be rigged against them. Don't worry, there's still plenty of laughter and opportunity for laughter, but, suffice to say, this episode goes a little bit deeper than their now famous episode on bananas. 

 

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Theme music: "I'm Not Nervous" by Square People, used under a CC BY 3.0 license, via the Free Music Archive.

I’m Anxious About Silence

I’m Anxious About Silence

June 18, 2020

They say silence is golden; we say it’s absolutely terrifying. In this episode, Chris and Allison babble their way through uncomfortable silences so that they don’t have to hear their own anxious inner monologues. Touching on important topics like sleep, meditation, social anxiety, and that person who exhales far too loudly in a yoga class, Chris and Allison blather on ad nauseam until sense gets the better of them and they stop recording.

 

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Theme music: "I'm Not Nervous" by Square People, used under a CC BY 3.0 license, via the Free Music Archive.

I’m Anxious About Airports

I’m Anxious About Airports

June 11, 2020

You'd think two travel writers would have airports down pat, but even in the pre-Covid era, the thought of getting to the airport would send Chris and Allison into nervous tailspins. Listen with sympathy (or schadenfreude) as they descend into madness detailing all the things that make them anxious about airports: the cruelty of early morning flights and the impossibility of sleeping the night before a flight, paranoia during airport security, and the dreaded short connection. Allison waxes poetic about throwing money at airport lounges and taxis; Chris is concerned someone has planted drugs in his bag; and no one ever wants to fly with us again.

 

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Theme music: "I'm Not Nervous" by Square People, used under a CC BY 3.0 license, via the Free Music Archive.

I’m Anxious About Movies

I’m Anxious About Movies

June 4, 2020

In this episode, Chris and Allison dive into their anxiety around the big screen. They talk about how different genres of movies affect them (including Allison's use of horror movies as a coping mechanism), how to confront that dreaded time commitment that might make anxiety sufferers a little squirrelly, the peculiar stress of being the one to pick the movie, and what differences there are for them between watching movies at home or at the theatre. As per usual, what they thought might be a quick hitting convo extended into long, winding diatribes that the've come to appreciate, and can only hope listeners will as well. 

 

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Theme music: "I'm Not Nervous" by Square People, used under a CC BY 3.0 license, via the Free Music Archive.

I’m Anxious About Bananas

I’m Anxious About Bananas

May 28, 2020

In this fruitful episode, the proclamation of yet another National Banana Day (this time in Australia) triggers Allison to discuss her anxiety about bananas and why she thinks they’re basically a form of bioterrorism. Meanwhile, Chris wonders why there’s a day for literally everything.

 

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Theme music: "I'm Not Nervous" by Square People, used under a CC BY 3.0 license, via the Free Music Archive.