I’m Anxious About - A Humorous Podcast About Anxiety
IAA 55: I’m Anxious About Caffeine

IAA 55: I’m Anxious About Caffeine

June 3, 2021

Allison and Chris are on opposite sides of the spectrum when it comes to caffeine. Allison refuses to move a finger without being well-caffeinated where as Chris, once caffeinated, can't really stop moving his fingers. 

That, to be fair, is an exaggeration on both accounts, but what are show notes for if not to exaggerate?

They explore whether all caffeine is created equal and whether tea may still be a viable option for those who don't drink coffee, how caffeine can both help and hinder the anxious brain, and a whole lot more. 

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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

IAA 54: I’m Anxious About Live Music

IAA 54: I’m Anxious About Live Music

May 20, 2021

As the world starts to slowly inch its way back to the old normal, there are some things that Chris & Allison have to face that haven't been A Thing in over a year, like live music. While Chris is excited to start tapping his feet to the beat again, Allison has a little more trepidation and has to confront her fears of crowds and enthusiastic acoustic guitar players who make too much eye contact. 

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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

IAA 53: I’m Anxious About Looking Stupid

IAA 53: I’m Anxious About Looking Stupid

May 6, 2021

In this episode (which, in truth, was long overdue), Allison and Chris explore why looking stupid is actually a central tenant of their anxiety, and also anxiety in general. They break down what it is about "looking stupid" that's actually so hard to stomach, and whether or not most of that is actually to do with their own perspective.

It's an episode which is a bit summative in that you could argue that, in a way, all IAA episodes have touched upon this in some way. They discuss how they've tried to overcome their anxiety about looking stupid, while acknowledging, with a dash of humour, that it's also just a part of life. 

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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

We're also building out our library of show notes over on our site for anyone interested!

IAA 52: I’m Anxious About Running a Podcast

IAA 52: I’m Anxious About Running a Podcast

April 22, 2021

You may remember that our first "real" episode after the brief introductory episode is "I'm Anxious About Starting a Podcast." Well, this is essence, is the part two of that episode. At first we were anxious about starting it, and now here we are, one year later, anxious about running it. 

In many ways, this episode serves as a bit of an opportunity for Allison and Chris to recap and reflect on the journey thus far. They also have an important announcement to share on how the podcast will run moving forwards (don't worry, it's not ending). 

Long time listeners, they hope, will also appreciate the chance to sit back and reflect on the year that was - through 52 episodes. 

If you enjoyed this episode, please join us over on our Facebook group, We're Anxious About, or share it with a friend who you think will enjoy our show.

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

We're also building out our library of show notes over on our site for anyone interested!

IAA 51: I’m Anxious About Compliments

IAA 51: I’m Anxious About Compliments

April 15, 2021

Compliments may seem innocuous, but for people with anxiety, they can offer trigger thoughts of worthlessness and awkwardness. We discuss the three typical anxious responses to a compliment -- deflect, reciprocate, or discount -- and talk about what our personal approach to handling compliments is. Spoiler alert: we don't handle them 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

IAA 50: I’m Anxious About Shopping

IAA 50: I’m Anxious About Shopping

April 8, 2021

Wherever there are definitive choices to be made, you'll find just a dash of anxiety - and that certainly applies to shopping. 

In this episode, Allison and Chris explore their own anxieties around shopping. They talk about how clothing is closely tethered to identity, which can make shopping a stressful experience (especially if you're not feeling like yourself on that particular today). They also explore how the emergence of online shopping might benefit certain folks with anxiety, and in particular, Allison. 

It's a wide-ranging discussion filled with the usual appropriate amount of absurdity, but, hopefully, with an underlying sense of helpfulness and authenticity. 

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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

IAA 49: I’m Anxious About Naps

IAA 49: I’m Anxious About Naps

April 1, 2021

If you think these two podcast hosts are the kind of people who can unwind and settle into a peaceful midday nap, it's probably your first time listening (in which case, hi!).

Indeed, Chris & Allison are pathologically incapable of napping, and the sheer thought of it is enough to invoke a nervous tailspin or two. In this episode, they break down what it is about naps that make them so antsy and restless and give a few tips for other people who are constitutionally unable to relax.

For the show notes and transcript, check out: https://imanxiousabout.com/anxious-about-naps/

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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

IAA 48: I’m Anxious About Flying

IAA 48: I’m Anxious About Flying

March 25, 2021

If there's one thing that Allison and Chris have done a lot of, it's flying. And, as you well know, anything that anxious people do a lot of - they end of feeling strongly about. 

In this episode, they talk through the entire flight process, from boarding, to taking off, to being in the air, to landing. And they share their feelings on it all, while speaking from experience. Of course, they also offer some tips and tricks along the way, and share a few laughs and poorly timed jokes. 

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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

IAA 47: I’m Anxious About Energy Levels

IAA 47: I’m Anxious About Energy Levels

March 18, 2021

Allison and Chris first ensure that listeners know that they're talking about "energy levels," as it relates to human beings, and not the energy sector, and then dive into the complicated world of maintaining a baseline of energy as someone with anxiety. 

The truth is that, with anxiety, sometimes our best laid plans are flipped on their head when we wake up and realize that, unfortunately, it feels as if we've been tranquilized. They talk in-depth about the important of accepting ourselves as we are, as opposed to as we wish we were - and how, truthfully, they fail at that more than they'd like. 

Allison also kind of becomes a farmer, or at least uses quite a bit of farm imagery. You'll see what we mean. 

You can find our transcript and show notes for the episode here: https://imanxiousabout.com/anxious-about-energy-levels/

If you enjoyed this episode, please join us over on our Facebook group, We're Anxious About, or share it with a friend who you think will enjoy our show.

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

IAA 46: I’m Anxious About Closets

IAA 46: I’m Anxious About Closets

March 11, 2021

We know what you're thinking... "you're anxious about closets, really, guys?" Well, we won't deny that it's ridiculous (especially Allison's fear of literal closet demons -- don't let a 9-year-old watch whatever horror movies they want, or this is what you'll get), but we will say that we think this episode is a lot of fun and goes to surprisingly deep places at times.

 

Chris & Allison discuss their non-metaphorical relationships with their closets, touching upon topics such as body image, self-identity, minimalism, organization, spending, and yes, actual demons.

 

You can find our transcript and show notes for the episode here: https://imanxiousabout.com/anxious-about-closets/

 

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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

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