In 2020, I had the privilege of speaking with one of my dearest blogging friends, Dr. D! We discussed all things anxiety. She explains the difference between anxiety disorder and situational anxiety.

This conversation is especially important for women over the age of forty because anxiety and depression can increase during these peri- or menopausal times.

During our conversation, Dr. Dinardo provides 3 strategies to help us cope with situational anxiety, especially because it may be heightened during the pandemic and times of racial unrest. I also revealed a real-time experience that caused me a bit of anxiety.

If you don’t want to hear Dr. D. and I dote on one another, then you should begin this episode around the 7-minute mark.

Finally, if you’re experiencing anxiety disorder, then I’d like to encourage you to consider and seek cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for treatment.


Dr. Andrea Dinardo is a psychology professor and former school psychologist. During her TEDx Talk and on her psychology blog, she discusses how to thrive under pressure using three stress resilience tools: challenge, commitment, and control, a framework for mental health and motivation used throughout her psychology videos and workshops.

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