Episode 38 – You are NOT your stress

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Is it hard to manage your stress some days? Others more than usual? Have you had a difficult time finding ways to alleviate it? 

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In this episode, Nathan and Aaron answer all these questions and more as they share their observations and experiences as therapists.

In This Episode


  • What is stress
  • Why stress is actually inside of you
  • What is a locus of control and how does it relate to stress?
  • How to recognize it when it’s happening and what to do with it

What is stress

  • Sometimes is more place-specific
  • The stuff that causes your body to get anxious/restrictive
  • It’s happening because of what you’re thinking

Why stress is actually inside of you

  • Recognize your own unconscious ineffective stress management style
  • You choose this feeling of stress subconsciously since it’s become a habit
  • You can freak yourself out by thinking you can mindread

What is a locus of control and how does it relate to stress

  • Whether you feel your life is controlled by you or by forces outside yourself
  • Internal locus = feel that they have a choice in their lives and control over their circumstances
  • Absence of control leads to an uptick in stress

How to recognize when it’s happening and what to do with it

  • Ask yourself: Do I want to experience all of this stuff internally or do I want to reduce it?
  • Take control over your body to impact your emotions
  • Recognize where you function the best

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Meet Nathan & Aaron

Nathan Hawkins and Aaron Potratz are both licensed therapists and clinical supervisors in the state of Oregon. They each own their own private group counseling practices and co-own a third group practice together. Nathan and Aaron have been in the field since 2004 and 2007, respectively, and have over 100,000 hours of therapy experience each. On their show, they discuss facing fears and common challenges from a therapist’s point of view, imparting wisdom and humanity to their viewers. Along the way, they hope to not only share their insights but bring some light-hearted entertainment to make the journey easier.

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