Episode 6

Coping with Anxiety with Ali Dignard - Part 2 in a 2 Part Series

Anxiety is a term we hear almost everyday in our world, but what is anxiety, what does it feel like, how is it different or the same from one person to the next? 

In part 2 of this 2 part series, we talk with Ali Dignard. Ali is a bartender, an energy healer, and unashamedly diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Suffering from anxiety since childhood, Ali has been in a constant state of learning, growth and healing for the last decade. 

“A significant part of my purpose is opening up conversations surrounding anxiety in hopes that some day, the loneliness and isolation that are so often associated with mental illness become things of the past. Empathy and compassion are of the utmost importance to me, and I try to lead each day and each encounter with both. I am a firm believer that each and every one of us has the right to unconditional love and acceptance.” 

We discussed: 

  • Her experience as a child with anxiety
  • Catastrophizing
  • What is social anxiety? 
  • CBT
  • Physical manifestations of anxiety
  • Mental induced illness
  • Flight or Fight and perceived threats
  • Challenging your fears   
  • Strategies for coping and managing anxiety
  • Dealing with anxious thoughts
  • Anxiety vs Panic Attack

In addition to this Ryan and I also shared our personal stories. 

Mental Health Resources

Distress Centre Ottawa - https://www.dcottawa.on.ca/24-7-crisis-line/

Mental Health Crisis Hotline - 613-722-6914 or 1-866-996-0991

Crisis Linke - https://crisisline.ca

If you have question for Ali, please email us at havealittleinsight@gmail.com and we will be happy to pass them along and get back to you. 

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Have a Little Insight with Jennie Leaver is a podcast about exploring topics that strive to deepen our human experience and our connection to ourselves and the people around us.

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Jennie Leaver

Jennie is a Designer with a 15-year background in hospitality. Passionate about making a difference in this world, she teamed up with Ryan in 2019 to create Have A Little Insight after the two met waiting tables at Milestones Bar and Grill.

“I want to contribute to the good in this world. There is enough bad news, negative slants on things and anger. I want to bring people a different perspective, where we strive to create understanding, compassion and kindness. Where we look for the good and how we are connected as opposed to operating from fear, judgement and separation.”