Managing Anxiety, Interview with Jude, Podcast Ep. 1-8

Managing Anxiety

There are many ways to manage anxiety. Some are helpful, others are okay in some contexts, and some are detrimental to you and the people around you. Listen to this interview with my 20-year-old nephew, Jude, to learn the various ways he has been managing anxiety, from when he was very young, during a few years of drug use, and now, through meditation and creativity. You’ll learn:

  • The importance of community and belonging
  • Various paths to get to the top of the mountain
  • Daily practices that sustain well-being
  • How diet can affect anxiety
  • How some escapes are good escapes
Managing Anxiety with Jude

Managing Anxiety: My Interview with Jude

To know Jude is to love him, and I am thrilled to inspire you with his wise words. Have a listen:

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Jude’s personal post for his anniversary.

Jude’s post copied-and-pasted here:

Social media is both a blessing and a curse – how beautiful that we are able to connect with each other so instantaneously, to share our thoughts and feelings? And yet, how honestly are we choosing to present them? I’m aware of this as I celebrate an important day in my life – a year sober from drugs and alcohol.

A year ago, I jumped from the second story of my house onto my neighbors’ driveway, fracturing both of my arms, and three bones in my face. I share this to help disarm (haha) what I think is so dangerous about social media – presenting only the parts of yourself which you want others to see; I spent a great portion of my life avoiding being seen – making efforts to avoid being known as I saw myself.

I have made mistakes, and I will continue to make mistakes.

That is the nature of being human. But no longer do I care to hide them. Life is too short to spend time worrying about how others view you, something that I often used drugs to try and escape. Coming to terms with the things that make you uncomfortable – jumping into the lake on a cold windy day because that’s what you are asked to do – that is what has made me proud to be where I am today.

This didn’t happen by my will alone. The support that I’ve received from family and friends has been the most important part of moving forward. They have allowed an environment of love and care to fill me up. It is one, I can recognize, that not everyone is so lucky to have. I would be remiss if I did not thank in particular, my mom and dad, who both helped me to find my way. Additionally, in working with Robert Veeder, I have been able to explore what life is all about (

The loneliness that can feed any kind of mental illness is something that we should all be acutely aware of. Being able to join communities that I can identify with has been an eye-opening experience for me. And one that has transformed both how I view myself, and the world around me.

Please feel free to message me if you have any questions or want to know more about the recovery community or what that has been like for me.

I wish you all a happy 2023.

Peace & Love

Jude Aman
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