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A New Way of Approaching Anxiety

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Have you noticed anxious feelings and thoughts creeping in more and more into your life? If you could use some real talk about handling stress in your family, this episode of the Lead with Love podcast is for you.

In this episode, I get cozy with my right hand of over 5 years, Michele. Before jumping into business and strategy on our team meeting calls, Michele and I take about 15 minutes to connect and share what’s going on in our lives on a personal level. I believe business is personal and when we bring our whole selves to work, we’re that much more productive when we’re able to connect on a human level.

Over the years, we’ve talked about our daughters and the challenges and joys in raising them. So in this episode, we’re letting you in on one of our conversations. We talk about anxious feelings that we’ve experienced in raising our daughters and various ways and tools that we find useful in helping them navigate the uncertainty of being a teen in our current world. Also, how we can use these same tools in our own lives and businesses to turn down the volume on stress.

Anxiety is not a bad thing. It’s a signal, and it’s a sign that your body and your mind feels it’s in a stressful situation.”


What you'll hear (and don't want to miss!)

  • What anxiety is and how it impacts our kids, specifically around their schooling [3:25]
  • How we can begin to minimize anxiety [5:53]
  • A look at some of the behaviors associated with anxiety [9:04]
  • Questions to ask yourself or your team, and ways to begin building a “play menu” [13:48]
  • Tools and tips to help cope with anxiety [18:40]
  • Some of the best strategies for anxiety reduction that I’ve used with my child and also my clients [25:13]
  • Why I’m not a big fan of the word “anxiety”, and the terms I prefer to use instead [27:12]

Resources + links mentioned:

» Helping Your Anxious Teen by Sheila Achar Josephs

» Reform Your Inner Mean Girl by Amy Ahlers and Christine Arylo 

Key Quotes:

  • “Anxiety is not a bad thing. It’s a signal, and it’s a sign that your body and your mind feels it’s in a stressful situation.” [Jadah, 4:24]
  • “As humans, we need to be put in situations to train ourselves up to deal with the unknown.” [Jadah, 5:53]
  • “Your kids are going to go out in the world and be adults without us, so we want them to feel the anxious feelings.” [Jadah, 20:35]
  • “You don’t have to call it anxiety, because to me, sometimes anxiety feels like a very heavy word.” [Jadah, 27:12]

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