Tackling Tough Topics and Festering Feelings of Anxiety in Adults and Children with Dr. Abigail Gewirtz & Jordan Reid


Original Air Date Wednesday, July 8, 2020 

Everyday situations and environments can evoke feelings of fear, anxiety, and emotional turmoil that can lead to overwhelm if we don’t have the skills to properly process our emotions. And, with the constant barrage of information from all over the globe of seemingly insurmountable obstacles, how do we categorize what we are feeling and help our children to do the same? How do we build resiliency and strengthen our emotional well-being? Is laughter the best medicine? To track down tools to help us better manage our fears and redirect our attention to something more productive, Positive Psychology Podcast Host, Lisa Cypers Kamen speaks with Dr. Abigail Gewirtz, an award-winning child psychologist, who creates skills-based programs for parents. And, Jordan Reid, a lifestyle blogger, and author, who pokes fun at her anxious nature and creates calming tools for other anxious people.

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Dr. Abigail Gewirtz — Tackling Tough Topics:
  • Navigating through the issues that make us feel scared? [2:44]
  • Regulating our emotions changes the amount of anxiety we experience. [6:11]
  • Emotion coaching gives parents the skills to educate children about their emotions. [13:24]

Dr. Abigail Gewirtz is a child psychologist and professor at the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development. Her career has been devoted to developing and testing award-winning, skills-based parenting programs to promote children’s resilience. Dr. Gewirtz has consulted for and presented to national and international organizations, including the US Congress and UNICEF, on parenting

Book: When the World Feels Like a Scary Place: Essential Conversations for Anxious Parents and Worried Kids


Abigail Gewirtz Website

@itr_umn on Twitter




Jordan Reid — Overcoming Fear and Anxiety:

  • Why Jordan wrote The Big Activity Book for Anxious People. [24:25]
  • How to navigate your social media feed without having an anxiety attack. [28:14]
  • Anti-anxiety office strategies. [31:51]
  • Admit when you are wrong, but stop apologizing for being yourself. [33:09]
  • Fun facts about aging. [36:50]
  • Jordan shares some of the activities in her Big Activity Book. [39:19]
  • Zen mantras for the anxiously inclined. [44:13]

Jordan Reid is the founding editor of the lifestyle blog Ramshackle Glam and the author of The Big Activity Book for Anxious People. Her hobbies include creating unnecessary complications, insomnia, and maintaining an impressive collection of fake plants. She lives in California with her two children, elderly Shih Tzu, and twin orange cats.

Book: The Big Activity Book for Anxious People


Ramshackle Glam Website

@ramshackle on Twitter

Ramshackle Glam on Facebook

@ramshackleglam on Instagram

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