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A podcast about living with High Functioning Anxiety and building self-loyalty. Join me, Nancy Jane Smith, as I talk about my journey with High Functioning Anxiety. Through my own experience and 20+ years of training as a licensed professional counselor and coach, I have discovered the #1 way to quiet anxiety is self-loyalty. We are so loyal to other people. It is time to learn how to be as loyal to yourself as you are to others. Listen to learn more about quieting your High Functioning Anxi ...
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Welcome to “Hi I’m Anxious.” Are you an over-functioning, high-achieving, over-thinking perfectionist but an amazing woman who also suffers incessantly with anxiety? You are not alone. Hi I’m Katy Dahl and I am an HR professional, business owner, entrepreneur, wife, and mom and I have suffered from anxiety for what seems like forever. For as long as I can remember, anxiety has been part of my life. It’s the ugly little friend that rears its head at the time that is most inconvenient… when I ...
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High achiever, you’re no stranger to productivity and planning tools. But we can always find new and fresh ways to use our tools, and that’s what today’s episode is about. I’ll share with you how I have been using time blocking and time boxing successfully lately. Maybe you can incorporate them into your own toolkit. And if you want to, join our fr…
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It’s pretty easy to see how we don’t care for ourselves or prioritize ourselves on the daily, right sweet high achiever? But can you recognize this one, specific, sneaky way that you don’t honor your commitment to yourself? Let’s talk about it in this episode, so join me! And if you want to, join our free Facebook group! It’s an incredible communit…
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You’ve identified it’s time for you to slow down or take a break. Look at you, sweet high achiever - noticing your own needs! But, now what do you do? In this episode, I’ll share 3 things you can do when you’ve recognized it’s time to slow down or take a break - because I know you, you want tools! I got you, sweet high achiever! And if you want to,…
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Slow down to speed up. Have you heard this phrase, or something similar, and cringed? I know you, sweet high achiever, and you are not one to rest or slow down. But - you also know - you need rest and breaks. They are part of life! In this episode, we’ll talk about ways that you can figure out if it’s time for you to slow down, rest or take a break…
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Anxious high achiever, I know you’re a planner! But are you planning in a way to maximize your anxiety avoidance and overwhelm reduction? In this episode, I’ll share a few ways that you can do this to help your planning work for you and reduce your anxiety. And if you want to, join our free Facebook group! It’s an incredible community of high achie…
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As a high achiever, you’re likely ready or due for a refresh? It’s time for a spring cleaning for your mind sweet soul. In this episode, I’ll share four simple ways you can do this. And if you want to, join our free Facebook group! It’s an incredible community of high achievers who struggle with anxiety - just like you - and it’s a warm, encouragin…
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There are a number of terms related to or similar to anxiety - stress, worry, fear. Sometimes we use them interchangeably, but sometimes we use them for unique, specific purposes. In this episode, we’ll explore each of these terms, and how becoming familiar with their differences and how to use them, we can better understand our own anxiety, and pe…
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Sometimes anxiety can threaten to overwhelm is, right sweet high achiever? Using your senses is a tool that is always available to you, no matter what situation you’re in. And this tool, can help you to calm your anxiety quickly. In this episode, I’ll share some specific examples of ways that you can use your senses to calm yourself and your anxiet…
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The holidays are approaching, which could mean an opportunity for your anxieties to run wild, especially if you’re an anxious high achiever. In this episode, I’ll share some ways you can identify in advance what might trigger your anxieties, and how you can plan for and overcome that, so you can actually enjoy the holiday, rather than dread them or…
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Are you talking to others about your anxiety? Do you struggle with who to talk to about your anxiety? Or do you struggle to decide what to share with them? If this is you, listen to today’s episode, because it might help you decide who to talk to. And if you want to, join our free Facebook group! It’s an incredible community of high achievers who s…
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I don’t have time. You say it, maybe without even thinking - but is it serving you. If you ever say, I don’t have time, it might be disempowering you, and making you feel more anxious! But don’t worry, because in this episode, I’ll share a mindset shift that you can make to help take back your power and help relieve your anxiety. Wishing you freedo…
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I’m sorry. It’s so easy to say, isn’t it? But -is it serving you - or those around you? Or is it simply exacerbating problems for you, causing you to be more overwhelmed and anxious? If you’ve ever caught yourself apologizing when you didn’t need to, or over-apologizing, then this episode is for you! Wishing you freedom to live the life you want, d…
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You know grace when you see it, right? That person who exudes grace as they enter a room or speak - she’s got it! And you offer grace to others all the time, don’t you sweet high achiever? No worries, you can take on a little more, wait a little longer, make do with what you’ve been given. However, did you know, that you can offer grace to yourself…
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Are you feeling overwhelmed and stuck? Then, sweet sister, this is a show that you DO NOT want to miss! I’ll share with you something you can do, starting today, to figure out why you’re feeling overwhelmed and stuck, and then get out of it fast using tools you have available to you right now. Wishing you freedom to live the life you want, despite …
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Hey, hey sweet friend! I took a break from the podcast, and I’m back! I can’t wait to share with you a little about what has gone on during the break, and what’s up next. I hope you’ll join me. Wishing you freedom to live the life you want, despite anxiety, Katy P.S. Would you please leave me a podcast review on Apple podcasts? I would be so gratef…
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You KNOW there is more to life that what you’re anxious about. You know what’s important in life - but do you take the time to reflect on that enough? In this episode, we’ll talk about taking time to reflect on the things in our lives that really matter. I hope this episode helps you, friend! Wishing you freedom to live the life you want, despite a…
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Explaining ourselves can be important, at times, but as high achievers we may be compelled to do this beyond times when it’s helpful. To add insult to injury, we can often overthink how we can or should or did explain ourselves to others, sometimes beating ourselves up in the process. In this episode, I’ll discuss how to decide if you really want t…
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You know that feeling, sweet high achiever. The feeling you get when it’s time for the next step in your personal journey, the invitation for you to grow. This feeling can be really uncomfortable, and often challenging. In this episode I’ll share two things you MUST do when you’re feeling uncomfortable and ready for growth. I hope this episode help…
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There are so many tools available to us to help us with our anxiety. You know about most of them, but are you actually USING them? Affirmations are a simple, effective tool you can use to help you with your anxiety. In this episode, we’ll discuss some simple affirmations I use that help me, and how you can choose and use affirmations just for yours…
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Processes are so important, and high achievers tend to have lots of processes in place. Many of these processes help us, but some could be working against us. This is where systems come in. In this episode I’ll share about processes and systems, the difference, and why you may want to expand your use of processes to include entire systems. I hope t…
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Sleep can be a challenge, especially for high achievers who struggle with anxiety. We all know that good sleep hygiene is important, but it can still be a struggle. In this episode, I’ll share a sleep talkdown that I use for myself that you can use to help you fall asleep. I hope this episode helps you, friend! Wishing you freedom to live the life …
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Overthinking and overcomplicating things can be an issue for anxious high achievers. In this episode, I’ll share a simple method you could use to help reduce overthinking and overwhelm. I hope this episode helps you, friend! Wishing you freedom to live the life you want, despite anxiety, Katy P.S. Would you please leave me a podcast review on Apple…
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4 of my top lessons learned in my first year of podcasting for high achieving anxious women There are so many lessons I’ve learned in my first year of podcasting. In this episode, I share four of my favorite lessons learned. Thank you to all of my listeners for helping me celebrate my first year of podcasting! Here’s the link to Brene Brown’s Ted T…
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Somatic, or body-based, practices can help you release stress that can lead to more anxiety. In this episode, I’ll teach you a quick exercise you can do to release stress from your body. I hope this episode helps you, friend! Wishing you freedom to live the life you want, despite anxiety, Katy P.S. Would you please leave me a podcast review on Appl…
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Are you paying attention to the signals your body is giving you? I mean beyond that you’re craving that afternoon sweet, caffeinated pick me up. I mean what your body is trying to communicate related to your anxiety. I know you’ve heard of doing this before, but do you actually do it? We’re going to walk through how you can do that in this episode.…
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Sweet, high achiever - you support other people so much. And if you’re honest with yourself, sometimes you don’t support yourself enough - or at least not in the ways that are most healthy and beneficial to your overall well being. In this episode, we’ll talk about ways you can start supporting yourself. I hope this episode helps you, friend! Wishi…
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Likes, dislikes, preferences - sweet high achiever, do you know yours? Knowing yourself, especially what you like and don’t like are KEY to enjoying your life, and eliminating anxiety - both of which can help you to reach your goals and achieve what you want to. In this episode, we’ll discuss this crucial topic - and I hope you’ll join me! I hope t…
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It can be hard to ask for help, and as high achievers we often help others or allow others to lean on us. But do you ever allow others to return the favor? In this episode we’re going to talk about allowing others to help us, and how you can lean on your people. I hope this episode helps you, friend! Wishing you freedom to live the life you want, d…
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As high achieving women, we tend to do the opposite of what we need to do when we want to help and serve others. We tend to self-abandon, and subject our own needs and wants to others - thinking we are helping. Instead we need to care for ourselves first, and I share about that in this episode. I hope this episode helps you, friend! Wishing you fre…
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As high achievers, anxiety may drive us to attempt to use control to alleviate that stress or frustration. However, it may lead to even bigger concerns long term, like more stress, frustration, or even relationship issues. It’s important to pay attention to where we may be using control as a strategy in our lives. I hope this episode helps you, fri…
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As high achievers, we can often use controlling behavior in our struggle with perfectionism. In this episode, I’ll share an equation you can use to help you identify where control and perfectionism are taking away from positive opportunities and possibilities in your life. I hope this episode helps you, friend! Wishing you freedom to live the life …
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Are you using procrastilearning because you’re fearful of trying, perfectionism is stopping you from attempting something new, or you’re overwhelmed and don’t know where to start with what you’ve learned? If this sounds like you, today’s episode is for you sweet high achiever. We’ll discuss a couple of specific ways you can overcome procrastilearni…
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Are you struggling with anxiety? Do you want quick, effective relief from those anxious feelings? Listen in on this episode and I’ll teach you a simple tool you can use right away to help with this! I hope this episode helps you, friend! Wishing you freedom to live the life you want, despite anxiety, Katy P.S. Would you please leave me a podcast re…
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Are you afraid to ease up on yourself once in awhile? Do you avoid relaxing because you’re afraid you’ll relax too long? Have you ever avoided taking a break from your work because you fear that you won’t be able to get going again? If this sounds like you, sweet friend, then this episode is for you. I hope this episode helps you, friend! Wishing y…
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Are you overwhelmed? Do you find yourself overthinking a problem you’re facing? Are you anxious about a particular situation? Do you wish you could get moving on a specific project or task? In this episode, I’ll share a simple, effective tool that you can use to help get out of overwhelm and overthinking, make movement on any project or task, and f…
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Something you may be doing that is worsening your anxiety, damaging your brain, and what you can do about it, for high achieving women Do you find yourself complaining often? When your anxiety gets really bad, do you complain more? Or when your anxiety is causing you to fixate on one particular concern, do you complain about it? In this episode, we…
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Do you avoid community because you’re just too busy doing the doing? Do you avoid community because you avoid being reliant on others? Do you struggle being in community because of your anxiety? In this episode, we’ll think of ways community has helped you on your journey, and how you can find and engage with community now. I hope this episode help…
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Has your confidence been shaken? If so, has that exacerbated your anxiety? Lack of confidence increases your anxiety and you enter into a spiral of anxiety and lower confidence. In this episode I share ways you can boost your own confidence. I hope this episode helps you, friend! Wishing you freedom to live the life you want, despite anxiety, Katy …
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In this episode, I share some verses from the Bible that talk about anxiety, worry, and what you can do about your anxieties and worries. I hope this episode helps you, friend! Wishing you freedom to live the life you want, despite anxiety, Katy P.S. Would you please leave me a podcast review on Apple podcasts? I would be so grateful if you would t…
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Replay: One of my favorite strategies to get out of overthinking, creating movement and momentum, and relief from anxiety Are you overthinking about something, stressing, and not taking any action? Are you frustrated with overthinking. In this episode I’ll share with you one of my favorite strategies to get out of overthinking, making movement whic…
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A simple, effective strategy you can use to overcome overwhelm As anxious high achievers, we can typically identify when we’re feeling anxious - which can seem like most of the time! But, can you identify other emotions or feelings? Are there nuances of emotions similar to anxiety that you’re labeling as anxiety? Are you feeling things that are sim…
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We know that there are so many strategies available to us to help fight the things in our lives that cause us anxiety. Right? We know what the tools are. We have read about all of the tips. We have saved screenshots of the tricks. But how often are we just getting down to basics and doing what we know we should be doing or not doing what we know we…
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Do you have anxiety around sleep? I have talked with so many women who describe worrying about being able to fall asleep when they go to bed. Or they worry that they will fall asleep initially, but if they wake up during the night, then they worry about being able to fall back asleep. Anxiety can be exacerbated by lack of sleep. It can be a vicious…
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Is negativity bias feeding your anxiety? How can you interrupt the negativity bias cycle? You could celebrate! In this episode, we discuss celebrating as a way to help ease your anxiety. I hope this episode helps you, friend! Wishing you freedom to live the life you want, despite anxiety, Katy P.S. Would you please leave me a podcast review on Appl…
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A lot of what I share has to do with mindset and things you can DO. But lately I’ve been thinking a lot about things we don’t do. And how important it can be to focus on what you aren’t doing in order to help yourself feel your best, achieve your goals, and live the life you want to be living. How often do you find yourself scouring the internet fo…
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Let’s talk about the time of day that you tend to feel most anxious. Do you tend to feel most anxious in the morning? At work? Before bed? We’re going to discuss how you can work to manage your anxiety around the time of day that you tend to be most anxious. I hope this episode helps you, friend! Wishing you freedom to live the life you want, despi…
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One of my favorite strategies to get out of overthinking, creating movement and momentum, and relief from anxiety Are you overthinking about something, stressing, and not taking any action? Are you frustrated with overthinking. In this episode I’ll share with you one of my favorite strategies to get out of overthinking, making movement which can he…
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Anxiety is such a liar. Anxiety often lies to me. It will encourage me to think thoughts that simply aren’t true. Thoughts aren’t facts. But some thoughts can be so far from fact, and not based in fact, that I feel like I can classify them as lies. And these thoughts, or lies, can cause you to feel additional anxiety. Which exacerbates a spiral of …
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Do you find yourself shying away from taking opportunities to treat yourself? As an anxious high achiever you may push yourself to be busy working, achieving, and when you’re not you may tend to be spending time in anxiety, worrying. In this episode we’ll talk about how treating yourself can bring you to the present, and help you find good feelings…
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Does overthinking steal time from you? In this episode, we’re going to talk about the beast that is over-thinking, and how it robs us of precious time, and causes us to worry to the point of panicking, causes us to add unnecessary additional stress into our daily lives, and can increase our anxiety. AND the good news, is that there is one thing tha…
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