Women in Wellness: Tackling anxiety through a podcast with Ida & Sofie from Ångestpodden
As a part of my series about the women in wellness, I had the pleasure of interviewing Ida Höckerstrand & Sofie Hallberg from Ångestpodden
I believe that people are here in order to make a bigger impact in the world — and with my book, ‘Make an Impact’, I had the chance to prove that hundreds of people are using their influence to improve other people’s lives.
As the founder of the Health Bloggers Community, my mission is to support people with growing their passion into a business — and so many women are building businesses empires all over the world.
This series is a chance to spotlight some of these women
“We believe that the way we talk about mental illness can inspire others to dare to start talking about it too. We cannot do everything, but together we can really influence people and politicians to address the topic.”
Ida Höckerstrand & Sofie Hallberg
We are Sofie Hallberg and Ida Höckerstrand. Together, we run the Ångestpodden in Sweden, a podcast about the different kinds of anxiety. Our mission is to help tackle mental illness and encourage open discussion about anxiety in all its forms.
Thank you so much for doing this with us! What is your ‘backstory’
Everything started with the fact that we both suffered from anxiety. We lacked a place on the internet where we could communicate with others feeling the same or someone else who has gone through it. We looked at the statistics on mental illness in Sweden and realised that very many people are feeling anxiety, but no one seemed to be openly talking about it. We wanted to change that.
Can you share your top three “lifestyle tweaks” that you believe will help support people’s journey towards better wellbeing?
Don’t try to compare yourself so much to others.
Try to learn to put words, descriptions, on the anxiety you’re feeling.
Unfollow people on social media that are constant sources of stress to you.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your career?
It was when we first received a message from a person claiming that we saved her life through our podcast. In respect to the person, we’ll keep the story private. However, it really brought home the fact that we can indeed help.
Before receiving the message, we had an idea of how to help, but with this
we knew that it was helping as well, which felt amazing to know we could make that difference for this person.
Can you share a story about the biggest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
It was when we had decided to open a webshop. We were so ready to get it underway, but in reality had no idea how much longer everything would take. We set far too tight of a deadline and went out publicly that the webshop would be opened without even having solved a payment solution yet.
It was a very stressful period that nobody felt good about. Our excitement and haste led to the opposite, and we definitely think there is a lesson to be learned from that.
When it comes to health and wellness, how is the work you are doing helping to make a bigger impact in the world?
We believe that the way we talk about mental illness can inspire others to dare to start talking about it too. We cannot do everything, but together we can really influence people and politicians to address the topic. In the long term we’d like to see improvements in healthcare for mental illness, reduce the
loss, and get more people feel better just by feeling less lonely and willing to talk about their anxiety.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
Absolutely! When we started our company, we joined a company program called “Start up Stockholm”. There we met an innovation advisor named Lunkan. Without him we could not be where we are today. He was the first we told of our entire business idea.
He believed in us and has been like a spider in the net, helping us manage all the strings that running a thing like this needs since the first day we met him. He has connected us with people that today we have a very close relationships with when it comes to our business. It’s amazing to have someone like that supporting you.
If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of wellness to the most amount of people, what would that be?
Therapy for everyone! We want everyone to be able to seek out opportunities to improve their mental wellness. Mental illness is an epidemic, but if we could start a change in how we view it, it could lead to greater developments in how we address it. The longer it remains out of focus creates opportunities
for it to have dire consequences, both in ourselves and our communities.
What is your ‘3 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started’ and why?
Everything takes much longer than you think: We had to know this to reduce our own stress and get better at planning. You will encounter adversity: It is important to be reminded that everyone is encountering adversity when you are doing something. It is easy to forget and feel unsuccessful but it is important to dare to continue fighting!
Celebrate: The Absolutely Most Important. Celebrate all your successes, no matter how big or small your success is!
Do you have a “girl-crush” in this industry? If you could take one person to brunch, who would it be?
A Swedish actor and comedian named Mia Skäringer. We admire her for her courage and her way of talking about important things in a very humorous way. She has a fantastic way of breaking the ice on these topics that may not be addressed otherwise.
Sustainability, veganism, mental health and environmental changes are big topics at the moment. Which one of these causes is dearest to you, and why?
Of course mental health, because they are the questions we work with every day through our podcast Ångestpodden (The Anxiety Pod). We think it’s pretty clear as to why by now, so our second choice would have to be sustainability, because there are many different factors that would make society more sustainable, not just for mental but also physical health and for the well-being of society and the earth.
Follow the Ångestpodden on Instagram and Facebook and listen on Podcaster and Spotify, search ‘Ångestpodden’
About the author:
Fab Giovanetti is a business mentor, published author, influencer-specialist, best known as the founder of the Health Bloggers Community and co-founder of the Register of Health and Wellness Influencers.
Serial start-up founder and professional troublemaker, she is obsessed with avocados and helping people making an impact in health and wellness. Sounds like you? Get daily tips on how to grow your influence via the HBC magazine.