Charlie Hoehn, Play It Away (Episode #233)

Charlie Hoehn talks about anxiety and how he cured it through play and structured time off.

“Man is God’s plaything, and that is the best part of him. Therefore every man and woman should live life accordingly, and play the noblest games… What, then, is the right way of living? Life must be lived as play.” – Plato 

Anxiety can destroy our lives, making us feel dead inside while hindering our ability to work productively. There are different drugs and pills which supposedly help us get rid of it.

Charlie Hoehn tells us otherwise. Instead of drugs, Charlie recommends play time to fight anxiety. He would know; Charlie was living the dream…then he burnt out and started having panic attacks. As in, curl-up-on-the-floor and shiver panic attacks.

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Charlie Hoehn is the author of Play It Away: A Workaholic’s Cure for Anxiety, and a marketing strategist for authors and startups. He has studied under and worked with a number of bestselling authors, such as Ramit Sethi, Seth Godin, and Tucker Max. He also worked alongside Tim Ferriss during the production and launch of The 4-Hour Body, which hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and sold over a million copies.

Charlie is also the author of Recession-Proof Graduate: How To Land The Job You Want By Doing Free Work, a popular career guide that’s been downloaded more than 150,000 times. His work has been featured by The New York Times, NPR, CBS, TEDx, and Business Insider.

Clearly he knows a few things about productivity, anxiety, and stress! In this episode of the show, we’ll discuss how and why he burned out, what he did about it, and what you can do if you find yourself in the same shoes.

We also talk about:

  • The mental shift (“A-ha!” moment) that allowed Charlie to snap out of his anxiety and workaholism, and finally enjoy life again
  • How the Work mentality affects us on an individual and cultural level
  • Why people who choose to play for a living are more fulfilled and successful
  • How to boost your productivity by having guilt-free fun
  • How anxiety drugs are bad for us in the long run,
  • The difference between anxiety and depression
  • The need to cut negative people and habits out of our lives
  • Methods to improve our relationship with people we cannot ignore
  • Why “anchors” fuel anxiety, and how to remove them
  • Why it is better to lead by example
  • Three common nutrient deficiencies that amplify anxiety, and how to easily fix them
  • How to optimize your sleeping schedule
  • A practical exercise to turn mental poison into nourishment.

The culture of work mentality can affect us negatively. Have a listen to this episode with Charlie and me to find out how to disconnect from your hectic schedule regularly and you will be even more productive at work and life in general.

You might also like:

-Episode #230: AoC Toolbox, Relationship Red Flags

-Episode #231: Sam Vaknin, Narcissistic Psychopath

More from Charlie:

Website: http://charliehoehn.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/charliehoehn

Buy his book on Amazon, or you can get the PDF here

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Jordan Harbinger - author of 729 posts on The Art of Charm

Jordan Harbinger has spent several years abroad in Europe and the developing world, including South America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East, and speaks several languages. He has also worked for various governments and NGOs overseas, traveled through war zones, and been kidnapped -- twice. He’ll tell you the only reason he’s still alive and kicking is because of his ability to talk his way into (and out of) just about any type of situation. Here at The Art of Charm, Jordan shares that experience, and the system borne as a result, with students and clients.

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