Ep. 9: Ben Aldridge – Overcoming anxiety and challenging yourself

Ben Aldridge Podcast

A super valuable episode for anyone struggling with anxiety! I had the pleasure to interview UK writer Ben Aldridge, who writes about mental health, stoicism, buddhism, psychology and CBT.

In this interview he shares his own journey around anxiety and how studying different life philosophies and setting himself challenges made an enormous difference to his mental health.

Lots of practical advice in this episode and plenty of inspirational thoughts too!

About author Ben Aldridge


Ben Aldridge writes about practical philosophy, comfort zones, mental health and adventure. His first book How to Be Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable: 43 Weird & Wonderful Ways to Build a Strong Resilient Mindset is an exploration of unique ways to leave your comfort zones, face your fears and overcome your anxieties. 

Heavily influenced by Stoicism, Buddhism, Popular Psychology and CBT, Ben’s challenges encourage you to get uncomfortable and experience the personal growth that we can only gain from pushing ourselves to the limit. 

Discover more at Ben’s website and on social media: 

Instagram: @dothingsthatchallengeyou

Twitter: @iambenaldridge

How do you deal with uncertainty and not knowing what’s going to happen in the next few weeks and months, particularly now as we are heading into a winter with Covid? How can you be kinder towards yourself? And how can you approach self-care in a way that is truly nurturing, rather than being yet another thing on your to-do list (and yet another thing to fail at)? 

These are some of the topics that counsellor and mindful self-compassion coach Ali Pember and I discuss in this interview. Ali is full of wisdom and full of “you are good enough” messages- plus she offers us lots of practical tips in this episode. I promise you will feel lighter and more at ease after listening!

The link to my free guided meditation I have mentioned:



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I’m Claudia Smith and I help women get to better mental health naturally. Having overcome depression once myself, I am now a qualified nutritionist and positive psychology coach.

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