I’m Anxious About - A Humorous Podcast About Anxiety
I’m Anxious About Clutter

I’m Anxious About Clutter

November 26, 2020

Clutter is just one of those things that you know is so bad for your anxiety, and yet you feel overwhelmed by the thought of even making a dent in it. In this episode, we continue to put off tackling our own physical clutter by ruminating ad nauseam about our own mental clutter surrounding the supposedly-simple act of tidying up.

We mention a few articles, a Men's Health article titled "A Psychologist Explains Why Clutter Can Lead to Anxiety and Stress" and a NYT piece called "The Unbearable Heaviness of Clutter."

 And we encourage you to declutter yourself mentally by joining us in our Facebook group, We're Anxious About, and joining in the fun there.

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 Wasting Money

I’m Anxious About Wasting Money

November 19, 2020

This episode was a long time coming, so both Allison and Chris were collectively relieved and excited to tackle the topic today. They address how, with anxiety, we need to look just beyond the black and white/good and bad dichotomy and try to look at what spending might actually be a benefit. 

They also talk about how sometimes being anxious about wasting money is actually useful, but other times, it can just be another tool for self-flagellation. This is a topic that is near and dear to both of your hosts, and the result is a humorous, passionate, and lengthy episode. 

Here's the article that Allison referenced, "Say Buy Buy to the Blues." 

If you like what you heard and want to be a part of our community, come check out "We're Anxious About." 

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 Daylights Savings Time

I’m Anxious About Daylights Savings Time

November 12, 2020

In this week's episode, Chris & Allison bemoan the yearly "falling back" and the end of Daylights Savings Time -- and the beginning of The Period of Darkness. They talk about the disorienting effects of a sudden time change on people with anxiety, how scientists all agree that Daylights Savings is trash, and how people with seasonal affective disorder and anxiety can approach the coming winter months with a little more self-compassion.

They reference several articles in the episode: "A small Norwegian city might hold the answer to beating the winter blues" in The Conversation, "Daylight-saving time is deadly: Heart attacks and car crashes" in Business Insider, and "Is Daylight Saving Time to Blame for Seasonal Depression?" in Mental Floss, because they are People Who Read. 

You can join their anxious antics with fellow listeners in the "We're Anxious About" Facebook group

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 Learning New Technology

I’m Anxious About Learning New Technology

November 5, 2020

This week, Allison and Chris tackle a topic that it's likely many others are anxious about, and that's learning new technology. They examine why it is they break down when they're got to figure out something new, discuss whether its them or technology that's to blame, how different technology pushes different buttons, as well as whether the time of day has any effect on their learning. They then look at tips and tricks for contending with that anxiety.

This is an episode that's filled with playful jabs and heartfelt laughter, so buckle up. 

Here's the article that Chris referenced from the Harvard Business Review, "The Anxiety of Learning."  

Remember you can join us in our Facebook group, We're Anxious About

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 Missing an Episode*

I’m Anxious About Missing an Episode*

October 29, 2020

Okay, technically, we do have an episode this week, hence the asterisk, but for real: we're going on a short break while Allison attends to some personal four-legged family matters. We quickly explain why we don't have a full episode this week and probably next, and we wholeheartedly thank all our listeners for their understanding and support. We appreciate you! Back soon. 

 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 Halloween

I’m Anxious About Halloween

October 22, 2020

You'd think we could at least get excited about an innocent childish holiday, but alas: even thinking of Halloween puts a shiver up our anxious spines. From the misery of having to pick a funny-yet-relevant Halloween costume to hating Halloween parties but not wanting to feel like a full-on curmudgeon, we have a bone to pick with celebrating Halloween. 

As always, you can find us in our FB group, We're Anxious About, where you can share your costumes OR your anxiety about Halloween with us.

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 Helping Others (with Courtney Moreira)

I’m Anxious About Helping Others (with Courtney Moreira)

October 15, 2020

As it turns out, studying for 10 years to become a therapist leaves you with a good grasp on what anxiety is all about. That is the lesson we learned when we invited our guest, Courtney Moreira, on the show. 

We talk about how having our own mental health struggles can actually put us in a better position to help others, about overcoming imposter syndrome when giving advice, as well as some actionable tips on how people can begin to work through their anxiety on their own if therapy isn't in the cards just yet. 

We're so grateful that Courtney joined us on the show today, and it strikes us that this is one of those episodes where you'll be nodding a long an awful lot. 

We'd also like to celebrate the fact that Courtney has opened up her own practice, and you can find out more about that here

As always, you can find us in our FB group, We're Anxious About

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 Meditation

I’m Anxious About Meditation

October 8, 2020

Wait really... meditation? Isn't that supposed to be, like, all Zen and stuff? Well, anxiety is truly the gift that never stops giving, and meditation is no exception. From the exceeding painfulness of staying in one place to cripplingly high expectations about what meditation looks like (and who people who meditate look like), we break down our relationships with meditation in this mildly helpful episode. 

You can find us in our Facebook group, We're Anxious About

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 The Past

I’m Anxious About The Past

October 1, 2020

Allison and Chris knew they'd eventually have to do this episode, and they're happy that they've officially recorded it, and it's now in the past. 

Terrible jokes aside, they combat the notion in this episode that anxiety is only something related to thinking about the future, and talk about how the past can sometimes overwhelm us and, if we're not careful, how the past can define our present and future. 

It wouldn't be an IAA episode without an extended metaphor, and in this episode your cohosts build a "shame house," and talk about the rooms that would be in that shame house, and what room would be the most fitting to hold your very own "shame scrapbook" for all your past mistakes. Sounds fun, right? 

You can listen to Chris's interview on CBC about IAA here

The article that Chris referenced by Suma Chand about regret is also right here for you. 

Finally, you can find us as always in our FB group, "We're Anxious About." 

I’m Anxious About Being On Time

I’m Anxious About Being On Time

September 24, 2020

Is there anything more anxiety-inducing than knowing you're going to be late but not being able to do a thing about it? If so, speak not the horror, because we're already on a verbal bender about all our anxieties about being on time. From the balancing act of deciding when to leave when meeting up with friends in public to leaving the house in a flustered, cartoon-like panic, we discuss how our anxiety affects our relationship with time.

 

We also mention a few things throughout the podcast: the book Allison mentions is "The Antidote" by Oliver Burkeman, the episode Chris mentions is Overcoming Distractions, and Chris is also confirmed to be live on CBC's "Fresh Air" program in Ontario at 7:30 AM on Sunday, September 24th! So if you're up at that ungodly hour, please tune in!

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