Meera Patel Talks With Dr. Gundry About Tapping Into Your Creative Side To Help Ease Anxiety


If you ever find yourself feeling anxious, on-edge, or stressed out (and who isn’t these days?), know that you are not alone. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America roughly 40 million adults regularly suffer from an anxiety disorder. 

And very few of these folks are getting the help they need. 

Well, according to today’s guest, engaging in creative activities – like journaling and drawing – can help you learn to ease your anxiety and reshape your mindset for the better. 

Meera Patel is a talented artist, author, and columnist at Spirituality & Health, where she writes and draws about mental health. 

Her new book is called, “Create Your Own Calm: A Journal for Quieting Anxiety,” and it’s full of beautiful illustrations, inspirational quotes, and writing exercises.

On this episode of the Dr. Gundry Podcast, Meera and I will talk about how art, writing, and reflection can help you ease YOUR anxiety, so you can live a better, more fulfilling life.

On this episode you’ll learn:

  • How learning about yourself can help YOU overcome fears, experience freedom from anxiety, and live a truly fulfilling life (8:50)
  • Why staying at that job you HATED was worth it (11:30)
  • Two “mind-body exercises” you can do ANYWHERE to help you turn OFF the cycle of anxiety (18:00)
  • What DOODLING does to your brain (21:15)
  • Why your “scribbles” may actually be MORE valuable than a Picasso!” (24:20)
  • How you can express your creativity every day — even while washing the dishes (28:30)
  • How YOU can turn anxiety into a SUPERPOWER – and why vulnerability isn’t such a bad thing (29:00)
  • The importance of self-acceptance and how to use it as a tool for managing anxiety (32:00)
  • The one thing you should do EVERY DAY to rewire your attitude, your thoughts and even your personality (33:30)

Mentioned on this episode:

Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration By Meera Patel

Create Your Own Calm: A Journal for Quieting Anxiety By Meera Patel

Meera’s Website

Meera’s Instagram

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093: What to do when EVERYTHING is falling apart

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