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In this episode Joel and Antonia talk about Joel’s recent brush with death and how to deal with anxiety by finding your inner strength.

In this podcast you’ll find:

  • There’s plenty of anxiety around for everyone these days. The source, however, is something we can’t easily alter.
  • During emergency situations, our bodies and systems can feel like such a surprise: we are not fully consciously aware of the stages we go through.
  • People who encountered near death experiences often become speakers and they end up strongly empowered with their lives. They may also experience ego death.
  • We were, for a very long time, acted as “prey”. Eventually we evolved to use tools and suddenly we became predators. However, we became prey for too long that we can’t remove it inside of us.
  • As humans, we’re so much more insecure and anxious of death. We generally have the sense of like it’s all going down at any minute. We almost resemble that more than knowing that we’re on top of the food chain that predators have and yet we’re predators.
  • We’re so much insecure about all these made-up narrative stories, problems and challenges that might not actually be realistic but it seems like we make them up all the time to justify our nervousness or anxiety.
  • But what if our anxiety and nervousness has nothing to do with our actual abilities or limitations? What if we do have everything inside of us – a complex amazing brain that will help us in all levels and saving our lives?
  • Proving ourselves that we can survive as humans can make us feel more secure. It helps us prepare for the future and have radical self-reliance.
  • Is our nervousness and anxiety reasonable?
  • It’s all about mitigating your anxiety and focusing on your ability to take charge of your life.
  • Ask yourself, “Do you feel confident out there?” For example, when starting a business, you might feel anxious thinking if it will work out or not.
  • It’s really a matter of getting to that point where you know that you’re gonna be okay no matter what.
  • What if there’s still anxiety that occurs? Just power through and know that the resources you need will come through. Trust that you have it in you to summon it up whenever you need it.
  • Anxiety is probably the biggest energy sap that humans experience.
  • Ask yourself, “Is there something I can do in order to mitigate my anxiety in general? Is there something I can do to lower my anxiety?
  • Acknowledge that anxiety does not serve you. Let the anxiety hang in there for a second and diminish it as much as you can.

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  • Megan M.
    • Megan M.
    • April 3, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    1. So glad you didn’t die from this Joel! So scary!

    2. If anyone is tracking my comments today, clearly I’m binge-listening to episodes again.

    3. I slept on my floor sometimes as a kid too! And would try to get dressed and do my chores without using one of my arms, or with my eyes closed. Something about knowing that I could still function and survive even without comforts (or limbs or sight..) was oddly comforting and the ideas in this podcasts suggest a really interesting theory as to why that may have been true. Also, I am listening to this because I’m struggling with some social anxiety about an event this evening and this definitely helped put things in perspective, so thanks! (Though if the event turns into a zombie apocalypse I’m with Antonia, I’m definitely dead.)

  • Evelyn Baker
    • Evelyn Baker
    • November 8, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    So glad you are OK! And the podcast had some good ideas. But I do have to mention anxiety is much harder to shake off if you remember your near death experience. It’s in living through it and remembering that the real challenge comes in. In the moments of the experience the mind/body is so full of adrenaline you aren’t truly aware of the fear. Til later. And I’m glad you don’t have to remember! Hope your boys are doing well too!!
    In my near-death experience I was driving and saw ahead a van crossing over into my lane almost hitting two other cars before hitting me head-on. The sound…I opened my eyes and my car was crushed around me. I was having trouble breathing from the steering wheel hitting my chest and landing in the passenger seat. My car started to smoulder and bystanders tried to get me out, but couldn’t budge the door. They waited with me for the fire dept. It took them a half hour to cut me out of the car as it smoked and I assessed my injuries. I was in pain but nothing like I was later.
    Made it to hospital and had long recovery. Every time I dozed I would jerk awake to the sound of the crash over and over again. Once I awoke to see my smashed car on TV on the local news. PTSD was something I also had to recover from.
    It came from a conscious decision to not let the drunk driver take anything more from me than he had. I wasn’t going to live my life in fear and be crippled by it. It was a long road and in a way a gift. When either real or imaginary threats come my way, I can see how ridiculously small in comparison to what I survived.

  • Barbara
    • Barbara
    • November 4, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    This is so good! Just what I needed to hear.

  • Amber N
    • Amber N
    • October 29, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    I’ve struggled with anxiety my entire life. Again, you’ve given me another perspective to explore. <3

  • Charis Branson
    • Charis Branson
    • September 12, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Thanks Andrea! I do think we have the tendency to underestimate what we are capable of. Imagine how much we could accomplish if we weren’t controlled by our imagined limitations and fears!

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