The Anxious Achiever

By HBR Presents / Morra Aarons-Mele

Host Morra Aarons-Mele is on a mission to reframe how we think about anxiety and mental health in the workplace. Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S. We desperately need better models for leadership and a more holistic view of mental health. Our culture tells those of us who suffer from anxiety and depression that we can’t succeed but we tell a different story — without sugarcoating the tough stuff. We feature stories from people who’ve been there and experts who can help you thrive. The views expressed on this podcast are those of its hosts, guests, and callers, and not those of Harvard Business Review.

  1. 1.
    Back to Work: Calm Body, Calm Mind
    34:25
  2. 2.
    Bonus: Finding a New Balance with Esther Perel
    31:36
  3. 3.
    Bonus: How to Stop Remote Work Burnout
    9:49
  4. 4.
    Succeeding with ADHD
    42:14
  5. 5.
    Understanding Envy Part 2: Facing Professional Envy
    34:35
  6. 6.
    Understanding Envy Part 1: How Envy Impacts Anxiety and Leadership
    36:47
  7. 7.
    Lessons in Uncertainty, Anxiety, and Resilience
    37:38
  8. 8.
    Anxiety, Depression, and Working Moms in a Pandemic
    35:05
  1. 9.
    Why Start-Up Culture Still Hides Mental Health Struggles
    33:45
  2. 10.
    Kevin Love on Trying to Achieve His Way Out of Depression
    36:01
  3. 11.
    Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and the Stress of Creativity
    32:35
  4. 12.
    Finding the Funny – and Embracing the Pain – of Depression
    35:43
  5. 13.
    Success, Stress, and Money: Lessons from a Financial Therapist
    36:32
  6. 14.
    Why Learning to Label Your Feelings Makes You a Better Leader
    36:46
  7. 15.
    Notes to My Future Manager Self
    37:57
  8. 16.
    Art Critic Jerry Saltz’s Reckoning with Trauma and Anxiety
    36:25
  9. 17.
    How a Rising Political Star’s PTSD Fueled His Addiction to Work
    42:35
  10. 18.
    How the Cult of Sleep-Deprivation Affects Work and Mental Health
    34:22
  11. 19.
    How to Stop the Cycle of Overachieving
    36:52
  12. 20.
    Facing Reality, Modeling Positivity
    31:37
  13. 21.
    Millennials, Gen Z, and Generational Anxiety
    39:29
  14. 22.
    Discomfort, Anxiety, and Grief: Confronting Racism with Colleagues
    49:45
  15. 23.
    When Leaders Model Openness About Their Mental Health
    39:14
  16. 24.
    Managing Mental Health When Working for a Mission
    35:33
  17. 25.
    Substance Abuse, Success, and Self-Realization
    48:43
  18. 26.
    Goop’s Chief Content Officer on Balancing Self-Care at Work
    30:01
  19. 27.
    How Vulnerability Can Be a Leadership Superpower
    29:44
  20. 28.
    Leading Through Grief in Life and Work
    35:54
  21. 29.
    Wading Through the Imperfect Mess of Parenthood
    39:45
  22. 30.
    Freelancing, Self-Employment, and Mental Health
    45:03
  23. 31.
    Gabrielle Union on Toxic Workplaces, PTSD, and Social Anxiety
    40:12
  24. 32.
    Managing the Stress and Uncertainty of Coronavirus
    44:49
  25. 33.
    Strategies for Managing Day-to-Day Anxiety
    46:06
  26. 34.
    Designing the Mentally Healthy Workplace
    52:30
  27. 35.
    Mental Health in the Office: Difficult Conversations
    47:32
  28. 36.
    Building Mental Resilience While Building a Business
    46:13
  29. 37.
    Tackling Leadership Struggles, Burnout, and Performance Anxiety
    44:12
  30. 38.
    What No One Tells You: The Emotional Strain of Startup Life
    39:37
  31. 39.
    Battling Depression from the C-Suite
    32:58
  32. 40.
    Managing Career Transitions Part 2: Taking A Break
    34:11
  33. 41.
    Managing Career Transitions Part 1: Facing Childhood Demons
    31:51
  34. 42.
    How We Cope: Food and Eating Disorders at Work
    36:26
  35. 43.
    How the Mental Affects the Physical
    41:21
  36. 44.
    The Anxiety of Being the “Only”
    39:20
  37. 45.
    Social Anxiety and Success
    37:26
  38. 46.
    Your Mental Health and Your Work
    32:10
  39. 47.
    Introducing The Anxious Achiever
    3:27

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