The Transforming Anxiety Podcast

Kelly McCormick

Do you struggle with anxiety? Feel as if you're trapped in a Groundhog Day loop of stress, worry, and overwhelm? Are you tired of fluffy advice from well-meaning friends and experts that leave you in the same place you started with anxiety? This podcast is the resource you've been looking for. Each week, certified Life Coach Kelly McCormick will guide you on the path to true transformation around anxiety. She'll walk you through specific tools and resources to support your work with this emotion. No fluff or New Age woo involved. Tune in each week for new episodes that offer practical and pragmatic steps for you to integrate into your life. Find out more about her programs and offerings at www.kellyhanlinmccormick.com. read less

Discomfort on Purpose
26-10-2022
Discomfort on Purpose
Well, this sounds super fun. Let's talk about feeling UNCOMFORTABLE on purpose, yeah? 🙃 But there's a reason for this... The key to doing / getting / achieving / feeling pretty much *anything* you want? It's on the other side of some discomfort. If you want to do something new, you're going to have to feel uncomfortable. If it were totally easy and obvious how to do that thing, you'd already have done it. If you want to get or achieve something you've never had before (a loving partner, a promotion, a new habit), you're going to feel some discomfort on the way. You'll definitely have to get vulnerable, face rejection, and dig deep to uplevel your relationships, work, and routine, so it's bound to get uncomfortable. And if you're used to feeling anxious, stressed, overwhelmed, and worried and really want to create a new feeling state for yourself? It's going to require you to do new things, challenge your thinking, and open yourself up to new emotions. Spoiler alert: not totally comfortable, that journey. So, being willing to practice discomfort on purpose? It's not for the sake of being uncomfortable. It's in the interest of things, feelings, and experiences you want for yourself. All of that is on the other side of discomfort. Let's explore how you can practice discomfort in a safe way and how that training can cross-pollinate over into strength and resilience in all areas of your life. Join me for this week's episode of The Transforming Anxiety Podcast. Full show notes are located at: www.kellyhanlinmccormick.com/podcast/190
Protecting Your Efficiency
19-10-2022
Protecting Your Efficiency
Now, despite the word "efficiency" in the title of this week's episode of The Transforming Anxiety Podcast, this is NOT a discussion about time management, life hacks, and getting more done. In fact, this is about the *opposite* of that stuff. We're talking about protecting your efficiency today. So, let's back up. I had a moment on a tall mountain in Colorado during a long hike when I thought to myself, "I bet there are people out there who are way more efficient with their hiking." People who aren't distracted, who aren't fiddling with their packs, who aren't spending time and energy doing things that don't serve them while they're on a tough hike at high altitude. And this shows up in our minds and our emotions, too. We get distracted with planning thoughts, judgmental thoughts, thoughts about how a conversation went yesterday or how we want something to go tomorrow. And when we get lost in those thoughts, we can't use our minds efficiently with what we find valuable, meaningful, and important. We feel anxious, overwhelmed, and stressed on a regular basis and when we try and show up in our lives as the parents, friends, workers, and family members that we want to be, we have to try and funnel all the anxious energy into something completely different...and we can't use our emotions efficiently at all. So...let's talk about protecting your efficiency and clean all of this up together. Full show notes are located at: www.kellyhanlinmccormick.com/podcast/189
It Matters...And It Doesn't Matter
12-10-2022
It Matters...And It Doesn't Matter
As you go through the motions of your day, it's easy to lose track of the bigger picture. We get so mired in our to-do lists, the work deadlines, the kids' activities, and just trying to keep our heads above water, that we can completely miss the larger perspective. Or any perspective, really. Everything starts to feel important. Little things add up and we get stressed out. Overwhelm comes in waves as we try to do more, keep it together, and press forward. I know this all too well. I hear you. Which is why I want to offer you a reframe on this week's episode of The Transforming Anxiety Podcast: it matters...and it doesn't matter. Is it important that you get you get your work done, get dinner on the table, send a well-timed "happy birthday" message to a close friend, and clean out the basement? Sure. It matters. ...and it just doesn't matter at all. I offer you this concept as a portal to freedom. Of course it all matters. It's meaningful to you. You value the things you're doing and the experiences you're having. Absolutely. And in the end? It doesn't matter as much as we think it does. When we can hold both of those truths at the same time, we're really on to something. You can't look too closely at it, or else it gets all mind-bendy and slithers out of view. But recognizing that all of it matters, and at the same time none of it matters, is one of the most liberating realizations I've come across. Full show notes located at: www.kellyhanlinmccormick.com/podcast/188