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Anxiety is something we all have experienced at some point in our life.
Rapid breathing. Mouth drying up. Excessive sweating. Hands shaking.
Everything seems to blur around us.
Thoughts come to us so quickly that it becomes difficult to keep track of them.
Experiencing occasional anxiety is very normal for people. It’s when the anxiety becomes frequent and gives birth to excessive worry and crippling fear about everyday situations, it becomes a serious issue.
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I’ve been living with social anxiety since childhood and I know exactly how difficult it feels.
Every day seems like a battle, sucking up every bit of my peace and energy, and leaving me all drained out by the end of the day.
It has never been easy. But giving up is not an option.
And wherever you may be in your journey to overcoming anxiety, a little bit of inspiration always helps.
And what better way to receive an honest inspiration than a TED Talk.
If you didn’t know, TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. They organize independently run TEDx events to help share ideas in communities around the world.
It’s been more than 5 years that I’ve been hooked to TED for new ideas and inspiration.
I absolutely love the platform and would definitely recommend you check it out if you haven’t already. They feature talks by people whose ‘ideas are worth spreading’ with the world, in almost every important topic.
Anxiety has definitely become a very important topic, with 1 out of 14 people reporting to have an anxiety disorder. And it’s important that people become more aware of what anxiety really is and how it can be overcome.
Watch these five TED talks and empower yourself with a new perspective on your anxiety.
This could be why you’re depressed or anxious | Johann Hari
This talk by the British journalist, Johann Hari is an eye-opener into the underlying reasons for depression and anxiety.
Johann shares his own journey with anxiety and takes us through the experiences and insights that he discovered in his quest to find out why more people were inflicted with depression and anxiety all around the world, and if there was any potent solution to it. He shares all of his findings in the book Lost Connections.
Johann Hari is a multiple awarding winning journalist and has worked as a columnist for The Independent. His works have also appeared in The Huffington Post, New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, The Nation, etc. He has written two more books, one on the war of drugs Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs, and another called God Save the Queen?. He has also delivered another TED Talk titled ‘Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong’ which has been viewed over 15 million times, across all platforms.
Rethinking anxiety: Learning to face fear | Dawn Huebner
In this insightful talk, Dr. Dawn Huebner shares the story of her son who at a very young age was crippled by anxiety towards a lot of things. In order to help her son, she looked at the traditional treatment methods of CBT and Exposure Therapy and devised an approach that she believes can be taught to everyone to conquer their fear and anxiety. Her personal journey against anxiety, both as a parent and an individual will inspire you to look at your anxiety in a new way.
Dr. Huebner is a clinical psychologist and treats children with a variety of emotional, behavioral, and developmental concerns in private practice. She is the author of 9 award-winning self-help books for children, including the popular “The What To Do Guides for Kids” five-book series. Often described as “must-have” resources for parents, teachers, and therapists, with well over 1 million copies in 23 languages, her books motivate children to think and act in new ways, empowering them to work toward change and engage them in learning practical skills.
How to cope with anxiety | Olivia Remes
In this interesting talk, Olivia Remes shares insightful information on how anxiety affects at least 1 out of 14 people in today’s world, and how it leads up to serious mental health conditions like depression and an increased risk for suicide. She goes on to discuss how many people, who often need treatment, never get to receive it and suggests a solution for them. Developing their own coping practices. She shares a few suggestions for developing individual coping methods and further explains how it can help you overcome anxious thinking in the long run.
Dr. Olivia Remes is a Psychologist and mental health researcher at the University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on mental disorders and is using the European Prospective Investigation of Cancer (EPIC) study, one of the largest, European cohort studies looking at chronic diseases and the way people live their lives. Her work has been featured by the BBC, Forbes magazine, and USA Today, and she regularly appears on radio shows and podcasts to talk and spread awareness about anxiety and the impact that it can have on people’s lives. Remes is also the creator and host of The Cambridge Talk Show, a weekly radio show focusing on mental health and lifestyle matters (Source: weforum.org, npr.org)
How to stop feeling anxious about anxiety | Tim Box
Anxiety expert, Tim Box addresses a very important aspect of suffering from anxiety; feeling anxious about anxiety itself. After years of suffering debilitating levels of social anxiety during his youth, Tim realized that simply thinking differently about our anxiety can help us take back control of any situation and eventually manage our anxiety in the long run.
In his talk, Tim explains why certain levels of anxiety are actually necessary for our living and how understanding what our emotional responses properly might be the key to controlling anxious thinking.
Tim is a therapist, remedial hypnotist, and mind management expert and has been helping people understand and control anxiety response. His first book, “Clear Your Head: The simple guide to enjoying your life without anxiety getting in the way” went on to become a best seller on Amazon.
Living With High Functioning Anxiety | Jordan Raskopoulos
Jordan Raskopolous is a comedian and performer. She doesn’t get stage fright but suffers from anxiety in everyday situations. In this captivating and funny talk, Jordan shares her personal journey with high functioning anxiety and gives us insight into how others often end up misunderstanding people like her. She also offers her personal strategies to deal with it.
Jordan is a comedian and lead singer, musician of the world-renowned musical comedy group called, The Axis of Awesome. She came out as transgender in a viral video called ‘What’s Happened to Jordan’s Beard’. Since then Jordan has been inspiring young LGBTQIA+ people by living her genuine life, openly and publicly, and using her platform and profile to promote awareness and understanding through humor. (Source: ted.com)
I hope these five TED talks help you to look at your anxiety in a new way and make it easier to think of new ways to manage it for the rest of your life.
When you understand that anxiety is just a natural emotion, not a mental illness, it becomes easier to treat it when it goes out of control. Changing your attitude towards anxiety is the first step in your journey to managing it. Hope these talks can inspire you to do just that!