How to Step Into the Life You’ve Been Waiting For ft. Dr. Adina McGarr-Knabke

When life gets busy and stressful, our minds can sometimes get the best of us and make tough situations even more difficult than they already are. It’s easy to let anxiety take over your ability to think rationally in challenging circumstances. That’s why it is incredibly important to continually work to improve your mindset so that you can handle difficult situations when they arise. In turn, you can drastically change your whole outlook on life.

Dr. Adina McGarr-Knabke is a psychologist in private practice. Dr. Adina provides psychotherapy and consulting to help busy and professional women improve how they feel about themselves.

Her own therapy experience drove her to want to become a psychologist for others, providing a welcoming and transformational space for her patients. Firsthand, she has seen how the meaningful relationships she’s created with her patients have affected their lives for the better and how impactful having a safe space for your frustrations and worries can be.

In this episode, Dr. Adina helps us identify the common ways that our brain can “trap” us into unhealthy patterns of anxiety and how to overcome them. You will find out how to recognize these patterns in your thought process and learn to truly show up as the best version of yourself every day.

Listen now to hear the three ways you could be self-sabotaging yourself and how to change your habits for the better!

Casualties of Perfectionism: Insecurity or Just a Habit?

Breaking free from perfectionism.
 
 
We get good at what we practice.  Most of the time, a statement of this kind conjures up images of improving some sort of skill, sports skills, motor skills, math skills, and the like.  However, we also “get good” at things we aren’t intentionally trying to practice, but are repeated often enough that unbeknownst to us, we are, in fact, practicing and worse, habituating.

Captain Your Life: 3 Things You’re Doing That Sabotage Happiness

Five steps to living a happier life.

Are you waiting to be in a better mood or to feel less anxious?  Are you waiting to feel more confident and motivated?  Are you waiting till tomorrow to do what you really know should be done today?

I was…. There was a period in my early thirties when I remember thinking to myself “I didn’t used to be this way.  I wasn’t as anxious, irritable, or as pessimistic as I am now.  I would have this thought repeatedly and though I wasn’t necessarily putting it together at the time, I was waiting for something to happen for me.  I was waiting to “magically” return to my less anxious, less irritable, happier, more upbeat self.

The irony is, as a psychologist, I was fully aware of the brain’s ability to change in response to experience (neuroplasticity), I had just neglected to consider that it can also change for the worse.  Our brains sculpt itself around the most attended input and if that input is anxious thoughts, fear, negativity, personal hurts, self-doubt, insecurity, etc. these will all multiply and the networks that host them will become stronger.

Did you know that there are Brain Traps that hold us back from believing in ourselves, creates more negativity, and get in the way of achieving long term goals? In this episode of the Steven de Cuba’s Podcast, Dr. Adina McGarr-Knabke covers the 3 brain traps that keep individuals from being actionable.

Dr. Adina McGarr-Knabke is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in Santa Barbara, California. She specializes in anxiety, eating disorders, and addiction, but has a particular interest in helping busy professional women become more empowered to live their valued life, without being burdened by anxiety, unhealthy coping mechanisms, or negative mindsets. She has presented on The Neurophysiological Aspects of Addiction, Eating Disorders, Body Dysmorphic Disorders, and Affect Regulation.