How to cope with the natural fears that arise during challenging times, the difference between useful and harmful anxiety, and how we can grow the inner strengths we need to thrive when things get tough.
We haven’t generally done episodes related to current events, but these events are challenging to ignore. The coronavirus pandemic has already placed a heavy toll on society – over a hundred thousand people have already been sick, thousands are dead, businesses, schools, and recreational events have closed, and there's been substantial economic turmoil.
Today we’re exploring how to cope with the natural fears that arise during challenging times, the difference between useful and harmful anxiety, and how we can grow the inner strengths we need to thrive when things get tough.
New Sponsor: Join over a million people using BetterHelp, the world’s largest online counseling platform. Visit betterhelp.com/beingwell for 10% off your first month!
4:50: Rick’s approach to this moment.
6:00: Claiming your agency.
10:40: Useful anxiety vs. harmful anxiety.
13:45: What makes something uniquely scary.
18:15: Finding, sometimes not particularly useful, ways to express agency.
22:30: How to start determining which form of anxiety you’re experiencing.
25:00: Three ways to work with excessive negative rumination.
28:30: Tools for managing needless anxiety.
33:00: Recognizing privilege while working through survivor’s guilt.
36:30: Anger and the sadness underneath it.
From Dr. Hanson: The Foundations of Well-Being brings together the lessons of a lifetime of practice into one year-long online program. Podcast listeners can use the code BEINGWELL25 at checkout for an additional 25% off! Please don't hesitate to apply for a scholarship if you're in need.
Hardwire lasting change into your mind and heart in just a few minutes a day with Dr. Rick Hanson's new program: Just One Minute. Use the code BEINGWELL at checkout for 10% off the purchase price!
Support the Podcast: We're now on Patreon! If you'd like to support the podcast, follow this link.
Connect with the show: