Paula 'Must Try Harder' McGuire - On living alongside her anxiety rather than letting it take over, taking on new challenges and pushing herself out of her comfort zone
Just Like the Moon (we go through phases)
Paula McGuire, also know as Paula Must Try Harder, is an adventurer, writer, speaker and life coach.Paula is an anxiety survivor, that went from being practically housebound to being an endless trier and the world's most unlikely adventurer. After being told by doctors 'this is as good as it gets' and not wanting to live her life crippled by anxiety and fear anymore, she decided it was ultimately down to herself to change her situation. So she came up with an extraordinary sporting challenge in the hope it might save her life, and it did. In this episode Paula recalls how taking on adventures changed her life immeasurably, how learning to fail and pick herself up again and again may have been hellish at times, but allowed to manage her anxiety, and how all of these experiences ultimately help her remember that life is utterly ridiculous and that no matter what is happening to your or in the world, there is always light.To find out more about Paula’s work check out her website www.paulamusttryharder.co.uk or you can follow her on Instagram or Twitter @pmusttryharder
Paula McGuire - Everyday adventurer, anxiety survivor, trier, fail-er, author. Currently trying something new every day in 2020.
Tough Girl Podcast
Paula is an adventurer, speaker and author, but, most of all, she’s a trier. For thirty years Paula suffered crippling anxiety, panic attacks and depression that would eventually rob her of even the most basic freedoms. After decades of medication and intervention, adventure became Paula’s personal therapy in 2012, when she became Paula Must Try Harder, trying the 17 Commonwealth sports, facing her fears head on and fighting her way back into the world. Ever since, Paula has terrified herself daily in the name of recovery, and now spends all that nervous energy writing and speaking about the importance of allowing a little fear into each day. From flying a plane and wing-walking to becoming a triathlete when she couldn’t actually swim, Paula’s adventures demonstrate that even the most ordinary person can do extraordinary things when they give that little bit extra. Paula is currently trying something new every day in 2020. Take a listen to Paula on the Tough Girl Podcast Extra! Show notes Who is Paula What she had done Dream Jobs Challenge Becoming an everyday adventurer Being terrified of failure Walking away from the Big Mad Swim around Great Britain Dealing with post adventure blues The Year of Fear Becoming a different person The process of dealing with loss TedX Talks Writing a list of all her fears Having a support team Adventure as a full time job Writing her second book Trying something new everyday The start of 2020 Starting with a beach clean Trying to fit in the adventures/challenges around everyday life Feeling exhausted in the first two weeks Having a purpose Dealing with Covid Knowing her trigger points and keeping herself well Therapist? Getting use to the new ‘normal’ Quick Fire Questions Social Media Website http://www.paulamusttryharder.co.uk Facebook @pmusttryharder Instagram @pmusttryharder Twitter @pmusttryharder Youtube @paulamusttryharder
Geshcast Experiments: Chatmosfear - with Paula McGuire
So a long time ago we recorded a special experimental NEW FORMAT with our good pal Paula McGuire. It obviously didn't work, alright? But it's funny in places. So listen to this while we prepare to come back! Remember to pledge-ure yourself on Patreon: www.patreon.com/geshcast Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/geshcast Follow Paula on Twitter: www.twitter.com/pmusttryharder
Ep. 552: Conquering 30 Years of Anxiety Through Adventure Revisited - Paula McGuire
Adventure Sports Podcast
Originally Published August 31, 2017 Paula ‘Must Try Harder’ McGuire isn’t exactly your average adventurer. She doesn’t even own a sleeping bag. In fact, Paula spent her early years hiding from life and seeking better places to hide, eventually finding her world shrinking to the confines of her own home without an escape route. Thirty years of crippling social anxiety will do that to a girl. Adventure became Paula’s personal therapy in 2012 and, ever since, she has terrified herself daily in the name of recovery. So far, it’s working. www.paulamusttryharder.co.uk Athletic Brewing Company is a pioneer in craft non-alcoholic beer. They make great-tasting beer for the healthy, active, modern adult. Athletic uses certified all-organic grains and only 50-70 calories a can. With IPA, Golden Ale, stouts, and tons of seasonal style offerings. Save 15% by using ADVENTURE at athleticbrewing.com @athleticbrewing ASP is also sponsored by CS Instant Coffee. CS Instant Coffee is 100% Arabica Instant Coffee. Their compostable packaging provides guilt-free convenience that is perfect for the trail, office, and fitness. Visit csinstant.coffee and use promo code 'Adventure' for 20% off at csinstant.coffee @c.s.coffee If you're in need of some personalized advice before buying your gear, go to backpacktribe.com. You're not only able to purchase the gear you need on their website but talk with someone with the experience and know-how. They also offer gear bundles and free shipping. @backpacktribal Support the Adventure Sports Podcast by giving as low as $1/month to our efforts to produce this show at patreon.com/AdventureSportsPodcast Call and leave us a voicemail at 812-MAIL-POD or 812-624-5763 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.orgSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/adventure-sports-podcast/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
Paula is an author, columnist, public speaker, radio presenter and adventurer. Since her youth she has dealt with crippling anxiety disorder, which saw her confining herself indoors and unable to communicate comfortably in the world. Through an incredibly unique approach she has found a way to manage her anxiety and do the things she has always been terrified of - in her own words turning her barriers into climbing frames. She is a force to be reckoned with and has proven to her own mind many times over she is ok in the world.
SIM Ep 187, Chops 69: Paula McGuire's Year of Fear
Standard Issue Podcast
In this week's episode of the Sunday Chops, our Jen catches up with Paula McGuire, Standard Issue favourite, writer, speaker and all-round legend. Last year, Paula spoke to Jen about her Big Mad Swim. It didn't go according to plan. Not that Paula's let it stop her journey. They talk anxiety, failure, and facing your fears. Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/standardissuespodcast.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Paula McGuire - “Must Try Harder” an unlikely adventurer who is an anxiety survivor.
Tough Girl Podcast
Paula McGuire's world was shrinking. Bullied as a child and plagued by excessive social anxiety, she had become a recluse. Unable to even go into a shop on her own, Paula's life was effectively over before she hit thirty. But then something changed. She isn't even quite sure what. But after years of running away from life, Paula decided to make a change, and decided to face up to her fears. Paula gave herself less than 2 years to try all 17 Commonwealth Games sports! After learning how to ride a bike and completing a triathlon. Paula decided, she was going to continue facing her fears, one of her biggest was swimming, even though she was frightened of the water, and couldn’t swim, she decided to set the biggest challenge possible. Deciding to swim around Great Britain! Although he Big Mad Swim around Britain didn’t quite go in the direction she wanted, she’s leant a huge amount about herself and continues to talk about mental health and wanting to encourage others to face their fears and to live their most full lives. Show notes Where Paula is based at the moment Being an unlikely adventurer and an anxiety survivor Growing up in Glasgow and not being sporty or outdoors at all! Being very shy and hiding behind books and her family Dealing with childhood anxiety at 5/6 years old and how her parents handle it Not having risk management skills or social skills Entering her teenage years and how her anxiety developed Leaving school for university and wanting to start a new life, and how it didn’t happen Starting work while dealing with anxiety, and it getting to the point where she couldn’t leave the house Maybe this is as good as it gets… Learning to live with her anxiety Giving herself a chance to live her life - starting to blog about it to have accountability The first challenge/fear she decided to face and why she decided on a sport Taking the negativity and turning it around! Learning to ride a bike and what she learned from it Why you have to keep trying and keep on learning Feeling pride in her accomplishment Getting joy from these new experiences Why 99% of people want to help you Taking the power away from anxiety The timeframe she gave herself to complete these challenges The magical moment - and why doing a triathlon helped to propel her forward Not being able to swim and being afraid of the water The Big Mad Swim Around Britain! April 24th starting her swim! Dealing with panic attacks in the water and not being able to overcome it Failure and what’s she learning from the experience Adapting the challenge to the Big Mad Splash - to help raise awareness for mental health challenges How she’s funding the trip Advice and tips for others who are dealing with anxiety How to get in touch with Paula if you need someone to talk to Social Media Website - www.paulamusttryharder.co.uk Twitter - @pmusttryharder Instagram - @pmusttryharder Facebook - @pmusttryharder
Ep. 75: Paula McGuire - Adventures in Anxiety, and a Big, Mad Swim Around Britain
The All Things Risk Podcast
Imagine that you suffer from social anxiety that is so acute that you struggle to answer the phone, open the door to your home if someone knocks, or to go outside. Now imagine that in spite of this, you’ve become an adventurer, a speaker and writer. Now imagine that in two short months, you will start a journey to be the first person to swim around Great Britain.Meet Paula McGuire – our guest on Episode 75. Paula hails from Glasgow and for many years has suffered from acute social anxiety. She was bullied at school growing up, was eventually placed on medications for the condition, and found it nearly impossible to figure out what she truly enjoyed and wanted to do in life. Fear was pervasive.And yet somehow, Paula took control. She started to try things – beginning with having a go at every sport of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. She moved on to try other things – rally car driving, farming, and even being an astronaut for a day. She is a speaker and gave a wonderful TEDx talk. She is an author and has a book coming out called Must Try Harder – Adventures in Anxiety. In April 2018, she set out on her biggest challenge yet – a 1800 mile (2897 km) swim around the coast of Great Britain – the Big, Mad, Swim Around Britain. That’s not bad for an aquaphobe! As you’ll hear, Paula has not eliminated anxiety. A big part of this episode and of All Things Risk is that we all grapple with fear and anxiety to an extent. We all deal with the reptilian part of our brains which wants us to avoid losses at all costs. We all have part of our psyches that want to keep us in our comfort zones. So, what Paula is doing is not only inspirational, it is also a great example of healthy risk-taking. We get into tons of wonderful stuff in this episode. I am sure you will enjoy it.Show notes:Paula’s websitePaula on TwitterPaula on FacebookPaula on YouTubePaula’s TEDx talk The Big, Mad, Swim Around BritainPaula’s forthcoming book Must Try Harder: Adventures in Anxiety on: Amazon UK Amazon USA Barnes and Noble Waterstones __Like what you heard? Subscribe and/or leave a rating and review on:iTunes: http://apple.co/1PjLmKhStitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/all-things-risk/the-all-things-risk-podcastFind all episodes here: www.allthingsrisk.co.uk
Ep. 301: Conquering 30 Years of Anxiety Through Adventure - Paula McGuire
Adventure Sports Podcast
Paula ‘Must Try Harder’ McGuire isn’t exactly your average adventurer. She doesn’t even own a sleeping bag. In fact, Paula spent her early years hiding from life and seeking better places to hide, eventually finding her world shrinking to the confines of her own home without an escape route. Thirty years of crippling social anxiety will do that to a girl. Adventure became Paula’s personal therapy in 2012 and, ever since, she has terrified herself daily in the name of recovery. So far, it’s working. www.paulamusttryharder.co.uk Kickstarter: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1449974390/the-big-mad-swim-around-britain-the-movieSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/adventure-sports-podcast/donationsAdvertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brandsPrivacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy
SIM Ep 24: Chops 1: Big mad swim and kicking anxiety with Paula McGuire
Standard Issue Podcast
An extra slice of our Jen's weekly sports section, Jenny Off The Blocks. In this week's podzine, Jen chatted to Paula McGuire, a self-professed "recluse turned adventurer". In the full interview, Jen and Paula chat about the power of sport to change lives, mental health and a shared love of bonkers challenges. Paula battled against anxiety and mental health issues to become an unlikely sporting hero and now hopes to become the first ever person to swim the coast of mainland Britain. Find out more about Paula's Big Mad Swim around Britain at: http://www.paulamusttryharder.co.uk/the-big-mad-swim-around-britain/ Read about Jen's US roadtrip on Beyonce (the bike, not the person) in our archive: http://standardissuemagazine.com/health/burn-in-the-usa/ Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/standardissuespodcast.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.