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distraction, avoidance, and anxiety | arizona road trip | uneven 31

While planning our road trip home from Mesa, a bit of travel anxiety returned. I've often used distraction and avoidance during times like this, but I know they're not true long-term solutions. Are there better choices?


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0:00:00 good morning

0:01:09 talkin' about anxiety

0:01:51 distraction & avoidance

0:03:24 obsessing about the weather

0:04:48 health worries

0:05:26 sometimes distraction helps

0:06:08 avoiding the news

0:08:11 two questions

0:09:19 two choices

0:10:07 sometimes we can't push through

0:10:34 careful with distraction & avoidance

0:11:07 understanding the core

0:12:28 the right counselor can help

0:13:19 drugs are another escape

0:14:03 driving anxiety

0:14:56 what ifs & mindfulness

0:15:50 today will be a good day

0:16:55 my wife says hi

0:17:38 hate recording in front of others

0:18:38 believing our lives can be better



Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Mayo Clinic)

What is Mindfulness? A Simple Practice for Greater Wellbeing

— Crystal Hoshaw,

Feeling Anxious? 7 Coping Skills to Try

— Steph Coelho, PsychCentral, October 29, 2021


Recording Info

— RECORDED: Saturday, March 2, 2024

— LOCATION: Mesa, Arizona


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