Podcasts

The Spin Cycle–Mini Episode 1

March 19, 2020

In response to the current public health crisis, we are interrupting our regular monthly episodes to bring you 2 "mini-pods" each week. This first mini episode features the anxiety management technique of diaphragmatic breathing with a step by step tutorial.

The Spin Cycle–Episode 026

February 19, 2020

If you have a “quirky” brain (or if anyone you work with has one), this episode is for you! Joining the Anxiety Sisters is Denise Brodey–author, former editor of several big publications including Shape and Fitness, reporter for Forbes.com and founder of Rebel Talent, an organization dedicated to improving workplaces and productivity for people with […]

Orgasms

February 18, 2020

Since February seems to be our culturally-recognized love month, we thought it would be an appropriate time to talk about orgasms as anxiety soothers. Yup, we’re going there. And you should come with us (no pun intended). Here’s why:   When you climax, your brain releases a neurochemical called oxytocin, aka the “love hormone,” which […]

Panic at the Mall

January 16, 2020

I was walking in the mall with my new boyfriend when I got flushed, hot, and dizzy out of the blue. I had to get out of there as fast as possible because I thought I would pass out if I stayed in the mall. It was so embarrassing because I did not know what to say to my boyfriend. Why would I get a panic attack in the mall when I was not even feeling anxious? Now I am afraid to go back there! What do I do now?

The Spin Cycle–Episode 025

January 14, 2020

This episode is all about BFRBs (Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors) including skin picking, hair pulling and nail biting. Joining Abs and Mags are Ellen Crupi, trichotillomania sufferer and Director of Awareness at HabitAware and Lauren McKeaney, dermatillomania sufferer and founder/CEO of Picking Me Foundation. You do not want to miss this highly informative conversation!

Do You Freeze?

January 10, 2020

We Anxiety Sisters are all too familiar with the “fight or flight” response that gets activated by our sympathetic nervous systems when we perceive a threat (real or imagined). You know what I mean—the surge of adrenaline that runs through your body making your heart beat faster, your breathing get heavier, your body heat up, […]

The Spin Cycle–Episode 023

November 5, 2019

Season 3 opens with this episode featuring Claire Bidwell Smith, author, grief counselor and Anxiety Sister. Join us as we discuss grief, anxiety, motherhood, daughterhood, great books and techniques for managing both anxiety and grief. Claire's latest book, Anxiety: The Missing Stage of Grief can be found wherever books are sold. We highly recommend that book as well as her memoir, The Rules of Inheritance, for anyone who has ever lost someone they loved.

Relapse

September 25, 2019

Hello Sisters! As we all know, it can be scary to start to feel the signs and symptoms of mental illness after a dormant period. Inevitably, it will happen. Again, and again, and again. Usually when I feel my symptoms starting up again, I get overwhelmed, scared, and generally frustrated. It’s as if I allowed […]

The Spin Cycle–Episode 021

July 28, 2019

Join Abs and Mags for a chat with psychotherapist and former Buddhist monk Donald Altman about all things mindfulness. His new book, Reflect, is a wonderful guided journal and, for our listeners, can be purchased at a substantial discount using the code REFLECTSISTERS at www.pesi.com/store/detail/26448/reflect.

Does Self-Care Make You Anxious?

July 16, 2019

Lately, I’ve been noticing a bit of a social media rebellion over the term “self-care” (especially in relation to dealing with anxiety or depression). Like other trendy “buzzwords,” I have often thought that the term “self-care” is used so much in our culture that it feels almost meaningless. It seems that every activity from manicures […]

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