Dr. Arthur Stabolidis: How Anxiety Affects Your Body and Ways to Manage It | Sero Boost #12

In this episode, host Lu Ngo is joined by Dr. Arthur Stabolidis, a clinical psychologist with a Master's and Doctorate from the University of Melbourne and The Royal Women's Hospital

Having anxiety can cause physical stress on one’s body. So, this episode with Dr. Arthur Stabolidis not only unravels the intricate connection between anxiety and physical stress but equips you with invaluable tips to conquer those anxious feelings. 

Meet Dr. Arthur Stabolidis

Dr. Arthur Stabolidis has a warm, compassionate, and innovative style in his evidence-based practice. His training includes a Masters of Psychology (Clinical) degree and a Doctorate through the University of Melbourne and The Royal Women’s Hospital. 

Moreover, Dr. Stabolidis is endorsed by The Psychology Board of Australia as a Clinical Psychologist, and he is also trained in clinical hypnotherapy. In his current research, he authors and develops a technology-based program for anxiety and chronic pain and provides consultation for psychologists seeking to utilize these therapy approaches in their practice. 

He narrates and produces audio files for clinical use, some of which can be accessed in the Resources section of this website. Where appropriate, he also has a keen interest in adopting clinical approaches that involve creativity.

About the episode

The conversation started when host Lu Ngo asked Dr. Stabolidis’ definition of happiness. For the latter, happiness is about being comfortable in your own skin — it’s embodying one’s feelings and emotions and not being afraid of them.

Dr. Stabolidis shed light on anxiety, explaining that it’s the body’s response to various threats, whether physical, psychological, or emotional. When the amygdala can’t distinguish between real and imagined dangers, an anxiety disorder may emerge.

Moreover, he said that anxiety is not necessarily mutually exclusive to happiness in many ways. Sometimes, a person needs anxiety to get places on time, to make sure that they are treating people well and they’re keeping socially connected. However, anxiety can certainly get in the way of happiness if it’s excessive.

He also shared some practical tips on how to manage anxiety, such as doing daily exercise and may incorporate nature when doing some walks; having a relaxation or meditation routine, which helps calm the nervous system and release tension; and connecting with loved ones and being vulnerable with them, which are also crucial for managing anxiety.

In conclusion

Incorporating healthy and practical habits into your daily routine can have a profound impact on managing anxiety and increasing happiness. By reducing distractions and becoming more comfortable with your emotions, you can experience a greater sense of well-being. Consider that anxiety is a normal part of life, and by developing healthy ways to manage it, you can lead a more fulfilling and joyful life.

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