Archive for the Category: How To A.S.K.

Posted April 18, 2021 by

A few years ago, before I wrote the Happier Approach before I developed A.S.K. I was driving to work. It was a particularly stressful time in my life, and I was feeling exceptionally anxious. As I often do, in an attempt to calm myself, I want to get to the Why? Why am I so […]

Posted February 7, 2021 by

For people with High Functioning Anxiety, denying stress is a way of life. We pride ourselves on being able to handle stressful situations. The reason I talk about “soldiering on” and “suck it up, buttercup” is whenever I have a stressful event, those are my default phrases. Pretending as if everything is fine is a […]

Posted February 9, 2020 by

Earlier last week I found myself spinning with anxiety. When I am faced with dealing with high functioning anxiety, I try to practice the A.S.K. approach:  Acknowledge what you are feeling Slow down and get into your body Kindly pull back to see the big picture I kept saying to myself, “Ok, you need to […]

Posted September 1, 2019 by

Over the next few weeks, I want to talk about some common symptoms of High Functioning Anxiety. The challenge with HFA is how socially acceptable it is — there is a fine line between “normal stress and anxiety” and HFA. Hopefully these posts will make that line a little more clear. People with High Functioning […]

Posted January 28, 2018 by

Part 3 of my system for quieting your Monger (inner critic) and hearing from your Biggest Fan.  In which I chat about stress, Mongers, BFFs and the potential healing power of Tim Horton’s doughnuts. Press  to Listen Transcript: Hi and welcome. You are listening to the Happiness Hacks Podcast, and I’m your host Nancy Jane Smith. […]

Posted January 21, 2018 by

Part 2 of my system for quieting your Monger (inner critic) and hearing from your Biggest Fan.  Gain peace, productivity and be happier. 1st step: Acknowledge What You Are Feeling.  I promise it isn’t as painful as it sounds. Press  to Listen Transcript: Hey there and welcome. You are listening to the Happiness Hacks podcast, and […]

Posted January 14, 2018 by

Today I am sharing my system for quieting your Monger (inner critic) and hearing from your Biggest Fan.  Gain peace, productivity and be happier. Press  to Listen Transcript: Hey everyone, I am so excited to be back. It has been quite a while before Thanksgiving before I did a podcast. I have missed you all, and […]

Posted April 23, 2017 by

One of the ways to decrease overwhelm is to ask for help, and yet we are SO resistant to it.  In this episode, I explore that resistance and what to do about it. Press  to Listen Transcript: Hi, and welcome. You are listening to the Happiness Hacks podcast, formerly Stories from a Quest to Live Happier. […]

Posted January 14, 2017 by

One of my intentions for the past 6 months is slowing down and not get so caught up in the ‘hustle’ of go, go, go (which tends to be my default). What has surprised me the most, is the more I practice slowing down throughout the day, the more I accomplish and the better I […]

Posted November 23, 2014 by

One of my favorite words is intentional.  I believe that when we bring intention to our lives we can reduce anxiety and live happier.  Too often we make decisions from a place of obligation, should, guilt, or habit.  The most frequent compliment I receive from clients is that I help them get honest about their […]