Needy and Normal Podcast

Ashley Levering

What do you need? Introducing the podcast that normalizes your needs. Through weekly teachings, stories and conversations, we’ll explore together. Come as you are as host Ashley Levering, a life coach on a mission, proves that the better you tend to your unique needs, the better your life can become! read less
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I have anxiety, you too?
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I have anxiety, you too?
Anxiety is a THING most of us are aware of and probably on a personal level. This episode will be one of many where anxiety is front and center. It's more normal to have it (and admit it) nowadays than ever, so let's normalize it for you too, dear listener. This episode was not an easy one for me to share. I get personal and vulnerable. My goal is to connect to you with my story and my struggles. And to show you that it's okay, I see you, and you're not alone. It's hard to regulate your emotions, and it's even harder when you don't know how. Listen for how I went from an anxious mess, waiting for my dad to come out of open-heart surgery, to managing my stress and anxiety with tools and consistent practices. You can do it, too! Please send me a note if this one strikes you, and please share this with someone who may need to hear that it's okay to struggle with anxiety. WARNING: F*bombs drop at 10:28 and 11:38 As promise in this episode, here is a full list of my tools and best practices to manage my own anxiety. To create your own menu of tools and best practices, please reach out. I can help with that. 1. To calm the nervous system - anxiety meds (if needed), THC gummies (dosed), Ashwagandha or Holy Basil for other natural alternatives. 2. Good SLEEP habits. 3. Regular exercise. 4. Accept it. "I have anxiety, it's normal, and I can manage it." 5. Noticing the anxiety, calling it out, being curious, and taking action (action = distraction). 6. Talk to someone who feels safe (get support) i.e. therapist, coach, family, husband, close friend. 7. Less alcohol, MORE water. 8.  Manage expectations of situations and of other people. Accept that things will happen or change and I can only control myself. Live in flow, not in survival mode (always working on this one). 9. Reframe an anxious or negative thought to a positive thought, or change the story I am telling myself. I pause to reflect and get real with myself. 10. Breathing - in for 5, out for 8, either with eyes closed or by looking up or out to reset my brain (learned that piece of science from my therapist, and it's great to disrupt ruminating or overthinking). 11. Meditation - I usually listen to a short one on YouTube, Balance app or Insight Timer app. 12. Read before bed INSTEAD of scrolling. And DO NOT look at the phone first thing in the morning. 13. Be present with my kids. Focus on their needs (emotional needs especially), listen with my whole body to the things they share, and say YES when they want to play and have fun with me, and especially when they want to snuggle. 14. HUGS - I need lots of hugs (and smiles). 15. Eat healthy. And for me, I cut out gluten after years of sensitivity to it. I finally had enough, and I feel better overall and more clear-minded. 16. Have fun - dance, laugh, be silly/play, be a little spontaneous! 17. Use boundaries - say "NO" if my mind and body resists, I listen to it! I speak up, if need be. 18. I got off of birth control, and it seems to have regulated my hormones back to their natural rhythm...helped with monthly mood swings. 19. Remind myself that worrying is like sitting in a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but nowhere to go. Or my new fav from my sister, Lindsay, "don't borrow trouble." Love that. 20. Love myself by taking care of my needs whether I need a massage, a moment of silence, or a good cry. DO you use any of these, too? I'd love to hear from you! Visit me on the web at www.ABLlifecoaching.com or on Instagram @abllifcoaching. Please rate, review, & subscribe. If you're curious about coaching, feel free to book a complimentary discovery session with me. Thanks for listening! Your needs matter, because you matter. -A   #mentalhealthawareness #anxiety
Changing your life and facing new challenges, with guest Liz Brodek (Wendt)
17-04-2024
Changing your life and facing new challenges, with guest Liz Brodek (Wendt)
Sometimes life throws difficult changes at you that cannot be sugar-coated. Liz Brodek (Wendt) is a client and friend of mine, who has experienced the highest highs and the lowest lows, all within the last few years. She has gone from completely changing her life, for the better, to facing some of her hardest times that she never saw coming. In this episode, you'll hear Liz's story and about making use of her best mindset tools. Through our work together as coach and coachee, Liz has developed universal ways to get her though the uncontrollable. Listen for the power of trusting yourself, shifting your perspective, and weathering the "storm" while growing and healing anyways. Listen for what it means to face devastation and to keep going. Learn to use your boundaries guilt-free, because it's necessary to take care of your own needs, no matter what! Are you facing an impossible challenge in your life? Are you considering making life-changing decisions? If you are facing something difficult in your own life, perhaps you'll find just the inspiration you need from hearing Liz's journey. *Sensitive subject begins at 21 mins. If you or someone you know is experiencing a pregnancy loss, seeking support and speaking about it may be healing for you as well. Bio: Liz Brodek (Wendt) is a leading lady in Wausau, Wisconsin as the city's Development Director. With a passion for the environment and for developing communities, Liz has taken her law degree (from Marquette University in Milwaukee), and her extensive experience in economic development, to new heights. Her ability for taking things from "okay" to functional and extraordinary does not just show up in her professional life. Liz has also made extraordinary, life changing moves in her personal life, to create a life she truly loves. Liz also loves art, writing, the outdoors, and spending time with her new husband, Ben, along with their two cats and dog. To schedule your free coaching consult, visit www.abllifecoaching.com or email directly at coachlevering@gmail.com. Thank you for listening to the Needy and Normal podcast. Please subscribe, rate and review! It would mean the world to me.