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35: Reclaim Your Life! This Woman Conquered Crippling Anxiety...And You Can Too! Here's How.

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Restlessness. Panic attacks. Depersonalization. Obsessive worrying. Yep, we're talking about anxiety. We all deal with it and struggle with managing anxiety. So what do you do? How do you handle it? Can you overcome your anxiety?

Today's episode is our signature segment, 'Real Woman, Real Story,' where Zuri is joined by podcast host Latoya D. Newton of The Analog Girl, who shares her powerful story with anxiety & chronic depersonalization and her journey through recovery to emotional wellness. This 'Real Woman, Real Story' spotlight is guaranteed to leave you LYAO + simultaneously ready to wipe away a thug tear.

LaToya shares her hilarious story of being fired from her corporate job. She shares her candid advice on how Black women + WOC should navigate mental health discussions in the workplace. The boundaries she's had to set with her family + friends (and why she's chosen to remain single throughout her journey).

Latoya also opens up to Z about the different anxiety treatments she's tried — from cannabis to transcendental meditation to therapy -- and hints at her trippy experience with weed. LaToya also shares her moving testimony on how she copes with anxiety as a Christian and the stigma of dealing with mental health in the Black community. LaToya also shares why she created her amazing support network for POC struggling with anxiety.

Stay tuned till the end, as LaToya takes us through a guided breathing meditation to help us slay our anxiety today, tomorrow, and in the future!!!

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LaToya D. Newton is a quintessential Bronx girl, who is a healthy mix of Cardi B and Lena James IYKYK. As the host of her own podcast The Analog Girl, LaToya shares her experiences with anxiety and her journey through recovery to emotional wellness. When LaToya is not raising awareness about anxiety as an advocate for mental wealth, a relaxing day for her is laughing at ridiculous memes on Instagram or watching episodes of 'A Different World'.

Connect with LaToya: | Instagram | Facebook | Podcast

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We welcome multi-cultural, inclusive individuals who identify as female/femme/women, non-binary, trans, genderqueer, agender, or any combination of the above! – who appreciate sharing & celebrating one another experiences and learning about others’ stories + POVs (especially BIPOC + Queer).

We’re women of all races + backgrounds, united by one mission: living our lives as fully, happily & mindfully as we can.

In the HHM Crew, we value Community. Kindness. A Work Hard, Play Hard Mentality

(she likes to laugh, have fun, and maybe have one vodka shot too many after a long day of getting her AlphaBabe on).

We can't wait for you to start sharing your stories, not just with one another, but also with Z! Remember, this is a safe space, so no topic is off-limits. We just want us to have FUN! We want this space to feel like a long-distance brunch. Y'know? So grab a drink, a snack, pull up a chair, and let's all virtually hang!


Recent episodes: if ya feel like bingeing!

ICYMI: Listen to Episode 34: How To Slay Your Anxiety ICYMI: Listen to Episode 33: Zuri Hall on Protecting Your Peace + Doing a Year of Yes

ICYMI: Listen to Episode 32: Get Your Boss On - The Keys to Corporate America

ICYMI: Listen to Episode 31: How To Network Without Being a Stalker

ICYMI: Listen to Episode 27: Screw Finding Your Dream Job! It’s Time for Your Dream Life!

Go back to the beginning --- ICYMI: Listen to Episode 1: How to Be Happy


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If you loved this podcast episode, you’ll also love our first episode in our Protect Your Peace Series: Episode #1: How To Be Happy

Come listen, laugh, and maybe even learn a lil something’ -- with new episodes of Hot Happy Mess dropping every Monday on the iHeartRadio App, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts!

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Zuri Hall is an Emmy award-winning TV host (Access Hollywood, American Ninja Warrior) and is the executive producer & host of this millennial-focused podcast that will empower women to avoid “best life burnout” through candid conversation, expert panel discussions, and real-life, human interest stories from everyday women.

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