Nervous Energy: Harness the Power of Your Anxiety

Nervous Energy: Harness the Power of Your Anxiety

by Chloe Carmichael


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A roadmap for high achievers to harness restlessness, roadblocks, and distractions into a productive drive towards personal and professional fulfillment.

Many people reach success by deliberately being their own worst critic and obsessively double-checking their work; or by pushing their feelings aside. This strategy is seductive because it does work, at least up to a certain point. The problems arise once you advance beyond school and early career stages. The higher you climb, the more complex projects and issues in your life become. Meanwhile, you may have become so good at putting your emotions aside in certain situations that it’s hard to reconnect with them. This is when the old tools no longer suffice.

The "somewhat OCD" tendencies we pride ourselves on, or rather, the “Nervous Energy” we possess, can become mismanaged, and lead us down a rabbit hole of excessive self-criticism, anxiety, and pessimism. In Nervous Energy, Dr. Chloe Carmichael outlines nine tools with step-by-step instructions that can help you harness your Nervous Energy in order to live a more productive and fulfilling life. If managed correctly, the nervous energy that some people label as anxiety can actually be a source of stimulation, productivity, and fulfillment—and Dr. Chloe Carmichael has tried and tested methods for making this happen.

If you've ever felt a sense of excess energy that you didn't quite know how to direct, or felt that your creativity and motivation was being drained by constant analysis paralysis, Nervous Energy is for you.

“Anxiety and stress are the number one epidemic of modern civilization. Frequently, stressed people find themselves at the pinnacle of success at the cost of unhappy lives, fractured relationships, and unhealthy bodies. Their energy is wasted even though they may have an excess of it. If 'high energy' people learnt to harness their energy to go beyond reactive responses to modes of intuition, creativity, and emotional resilience, they would achieve even more by doing less and be happier and healthier. This book offers the tools they need." —Dr. Deepak Chopra, MD

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250241214
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/23/2021
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 243,252
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

DR. CHLOE CARMICHAEL graduated with honors from Columbia University and holds a doctorate from Long Island University. Her private practice focuses on stress management, relationship issues, self-esteem, and coaching. She is also a former adjunct college professor, yoga instructor, psychologist for the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, and co-chair of a committee for the New York Junior League. She has been published in various academic journals, and has been featured on VH1, Inside Edition, ABC Nightline, and other media. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Part I The Foundations

1 Introduction 3

2 What Are "High Functioning Clients" and Why Does It Matter? 15

3 Menu of Techniques 30

4 How to Use This Book: Channel Your Nervous Energy for Success 36

Getting Started 37

Three Examples of Typical High Functioning People and Good Starting Points for Each "Type" 40

Set Yourself Up for Success 57

5 Essentials of Nervous Energy: Self-Discipline, Perfectionism, and Mindfulness 61

6 Special Considerations for High Functioning People Seeking Therapy 89

Part II The Techniques

7 The Three-Part Breath 101

8 The Zone of Control 135

9 Mental Shortlist 152

10 To-Do List with Emotions 162

11 Mind Mapping 185

12 Worry Time 210

13 Response Prevention 218

14 Thought Replacement 234

15 Anchoring Statements 247

16 Moving Forward 267

Acknowledgments 271

Notes 273

Bibliography 281

Index 283

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