Embracing Your Anxiety

Starts Monday, August 30th, 2021. This course is for: Everyone. In this 4-week course with author Karla McLaren and DEI professional Sherry Olander, you’ll learn how to recognize, work with, and appreciate the genius in your anxiety!


Discovering the Hidden Genius in Your Anxiety and Procrastination

If you’re feeling anxious, very anxious, or deeply anxious right now, it may help to know that your anxiety is normal and necessary. You need your anxiety, and there are supportive skills and practices to help you work with anxiety instead of being overwhelmed by it.

Most of us have been taught to feel ashamed or afraid of our anxiety, or to treat it as a sign of weakness. Some people even talk about anxiety as an epidemic, as if it’s a serious disease that’s also contagious. But none of that is helpful or true.

Anxiety is an essential emotion with an important job: it helps you prepare for the future, organize yourself, and gather the energy you need to get things done.

When you can reframe your anxiety and learn how to work with it intentionally, it can help you focus, plan, take action, complete your tasks, and fulfill your goals.

A course to help you embrace and understand your anxiety

Join Embracing Anxiety author Karla McLaren and Dynamic Emotional Integration® professional Sherry Olander for this relaxed 4-week course. You’ll develop new skills and explore emotionally-respectful ways to befriend and embrace your anxiety.

You’ll learn new practices to help you engage with the energy and foresight your anxiety brings to you, and you’ll also learn how to work with your anxiety when it pairs up with other emotions such as fear, panic, depression, or shame.

We’ll also explore the often-unseen genius in procrastination, and learn how to identify whether your natural motivational style includes procrastination (and how to honor and welcome it in yourself and others).

In Embracing Your Anxiety, you’ll explore:

  • New and healthy ways to befriend and embrace your anxiety
  • Strategies to engage with the brilliance and foresight your anxiety brings to you
  • How to work with anxiety when it pairs up with anger, fear, shame, and other important emotions
  • How to embrace procrastination and get things done in your own unique way

As you learn how to listen to and embrace your anxiety, you’ll be able to access its foresight, conscientiousness, and motivation to help you get things done with skill and grace.

Course Details

Length: 4 weeks

Dates: Starts Monday, August 30th and ends Friday, September 24th, 2021

Price: $175

Learning and Interaction Structure: This multimedia course contains written curriculum units, PDF downloads, audio and video components, forum discussions, and live one-hour weekly webinars using the Zoom video conferencing program.

Live Zoom Webinar Discussions: These weekly 1-hour sessions will be held each Monday at 4:00pm Pacific on the Zoom webinar program, and will be recorded if you cannot attend.

Webinar Schedule: We will meet for 1 hour each week on Mondays at 4:00-5:00pm Pacific time. Dates are: August 30th, and September 6th, 13th, and 20th.

Time Commitment: You’ll read the course curriculum and interact in the forum on your own schedule (plan for a minimum of two to three hours per week), and you’ll meet with Karla, Sherry, and your classmates for one hour in the Zoom each week for additional discussion and practices.

This Course is Suitable For: Everyone who’s interested in learning how to work brilliantly with anxiety.


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