Radical Resilience: How to Live Well in a Sick World

Dealing with Anxiety

May 27, 2021


It is estimated that almost 20% of adults in America suffer from some form of anxiety.  While this disorder can be treated, many people are suffering in silence. Your hosts Susanna Barkataki and Dr. Neelam Pathikonda take this week’s episode of Radical Resilience to discuss the interworks of anxiety in their own lives and on a systemic level, and offer tips on conquering it. 

Anxiety manifests in every one of us differently, says Dr. Neelam. It can cause one person to isolate themselves and another to fear being alone.  While everyone may experience different symptoms of anxiety, the treatment is pretty much the same. Dr. Neelam suggests treatment options such as: doing things that are good for your body, obtaining professional help when necessary, finding a community of support and ultimately seeking out joy. And Susanna suggests focusing on both movement and stillness.

Susanna and Dr. Neelam  want listeners to know how important it is to take care of your anxiety. Our bodies are so interconnected and while it seems easy to skate by, untreated anxiety can play a role  in much more serious health conditions. 

Tune in to this episode of Radical Resilience for a safe conversation surrounding the most common mental health disorder. Susanna and Dr. Neelam will break anxiety down on a scientific level to help you understand what’s going on inside your own body. The  hosts want you to be able to come to a place where you can see your anxiety, honor it, and love yourself without judgement. 


“The Mayo Clinic says occasional anxiety is a normal part of life, however people with anxiety disorders frequently have intense, excessive, and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations.”  (01:42- 01:52) 

“The Anxiety and Depression Association of America estimates that 40 million adults in the U.S 18 and older has anxiety, making it the most common mental health disorder.”(04:52- 05:10)

“It’s very difficult to make good decisions. People with a lot of anxiety are more prone to making bad nutrition decisions for instance, or getting into conflict with people, or worrying what other people are doing,, because they can’t see that big picture.” (24:10-24:25) 

“Find the stillness in your movement, and the movement in your stillness.” (31:18- 31:22)


For more information about anxiety please check out our resources at healthline and The Mayo Clinic 

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Journal Prompts

  1. In what ways does anxiety show up in your body?
  2. Does your anxiety have a color? A face? A shape? What does your anxiety say to you?
  3. What situations bring on anxiety for you? What is your game plan when those situations arise?
  4. How do you manage your anxiety? What ways work best for you? What are some other methods you could try to help deal with anxiety?

(Medical Disclaimer: We want to remind you that any yoga wellness or health advice presented is not meant to replace the advice of your personal physician or other healthcare professional always seek competent medical care.)


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