TAP 135 - Charlie Hoehn on Play It Away: A Workaholic's Cure for Anxiety

Summary:

In this episode I speak to Charlie Hoehn about his own experience with burnout.  From working day and night to having panic attacks and realizing things needed to change.  Charlie realized play was an important component to his recovery. 

Links:

Charlie's book on anxiety https://www.amazon.com/Play-Away-Workaholics-Cure-Anxiety/dp/0615918174

Charlie's Ted talk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMP8h7fPpoY

Charlie's site: http://charliehoehn.com/

In this particular episode you will learn:

- How Charlie first got stressed out and anxiety while working with Tim Ferriss the author of "The 4 Hour Work Week."

- How Charlie became obsessed with worrying as he thought that was the only thing which was helpful

- How he was prescribed benzodiazepine's but after reading the side effects list decided not to take them

- How he tried everything to undo the anxiety

- Sitting behind a laptop for all hours of the day made Charlie very stressed out

- How Charlie came across the book "Play" by Stuart Brown and that was a lightbulb moment for him

- Why play is such an important part of us being healthy mentally

- How people with a severe deprivation of play are not able to function as well socially

- *Fun Activity* Take out a piece of paper and write down all the activities you did as a kid just for fun, with no particularly agenda

- How improv was a big part of Charlie's recovery (for more on improv see a previous episode with Cameron Algie http://www.timjpcollins.com/podcast/cameronalgie )

- "He who cares less wins"

- Why a good gratitude practise makes such a big difference

- We discuss why mindset is such a big part of the equation

- Charlie talks about what it was like working for Tim Ferriss

- Why you should really commit to having great friends

- “I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it's not the answer.” Jim Carrey