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Managing Anxiety with a Mindset Coach – Paul Sheppard
Episode 1413th February 2023 • Happy Space Podcast with Clare Kumar • Clare Kumar
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You’re in for a treat with today’s episode featuring mindset coach, Paul Sheppard. Paul and I connected recently when I was interviewed on his podcast, Mindset Change. Realizing Paul has had his own journey with sensitivity and listening to a few of his podcast episodes, I knew I had to bring his energy and insights your way. Paul is trained in a long list of healing modalities such as hypnosis, NLP, IEMT – integral eye movement therapy, and more. I was especially intrigued by his admission that traditional therapy didn’t work.

Given the challenges sensitive people face – the tendency for overwhelm, emotional responsiveness, and rumination – anxiety can be a constant companion. The more we can notice it and nurture a positive response, the more peaceful life can be.

In our chat, we explore Paul’s journey from a sensitive child (aka “The Incredible Sulk”) to the proudly sensitive, grounded, and thriving man he is today. I learned about the drama triangle, the physiological sigh, and a series of strategies that really work to calm anxiety.

Enjoy Paul’s calm and encouraging energy and do let us know what you take away.



00:04:47 Sensitivity for Paul: then

00:06:46 The Incredible Sulk

00:08:52 Sensitivity for Paul: now

00:11:55 The Drama Triangle

00:15:12 Bravery is what it takes

00:17:30 Compassion starts with yourself

00:20:41 Paul's journey through different healing modalities

00:25:53 Easy anxiety management strategies 

00:31:35 The power of mindfulness

00:34:08 The power of meditation

00:36:00 Moving past shame



The HSP Quiz

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Dr. Stephen Karpman - Drama Triangle

Huberman Lab

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Highly sensitive executive coach and productivity catalyst, Clare Kumar, explores the intersection of productivity and inclusivity continually asking how can we invite the richest contribution from all. She coaches individuals in sidestepping burnout and cultivating sustainable performance, and inspires leaders to design inclusive performance thereby inviting teams to reach their full potential. As a speaker, Clare mic-drops “thought balms” in keynotes and workshops, whether virtual or in-person. She invites connection through her online community committed to designing sustainable and inclusive performance, the Happy Space Pod. Why? Because everyone deserves a Happy Space.

Believing that productivity is personal, the podcast is produced in a variety of formats so you can enjoy it in the medium you prefer:

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If you prefer to read, please see the transcript below.

Ready to learn more, or want to find out more about coaching with Clare or hiring her for your next engaging event? Contact Clare here.

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And don't forget, everyone (including YOU) deserves a Happy Space.


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