Sun, 16 May 2021

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm BST

Unwinding Anxiety – Train Your Brain to Heal Your Mind

Dr Judson Brewer In Conversation With Matthew Stadlen

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‘You cannot thrive if you’re perpetually anxious. It’s that simple. Jud Brewer has given us a plan that can help us overcome our anxious thoughts, feelings and habits, to create true well-being. It is absolutely game-changing.’ – Arianna Huffington

Anxiety is a complex, deeply rooted emotion that exerts a stronger force in our lives than we ever imagined. Anxiety drives anxiety – and is often masked by addictions and bad habits that we cannot break. The brain gets stuck in anxiety habit loops: we continue to procrastinate, we eat the extra biscuit, we binge-watch Netflix. And it goes without saying that in the year of COVID, our anxieties have played a starring role.

Drawing upon more than 20 years of research into anxiety and the addictive behaviour it drives, psychiatrist and neuroscientist Dr Judson Brewer joins us with a solution-oriented way to calm our agitated brains and regain focus. He will walk us through simple steps to uproot anxiety at its source and start living the lives we choose.

Our best attempts to break anxiety loops using willpower or change our mindset ultimately fail because anxiety lives in a deeper part of the brain than rational thinking and decision making – what Dr Judson calls the “old brain.” It has an unconscious power over our actions. You cannot consciously think your way out of anxiety any more than you can wish away a bad habit. Willpower is just not that strong. The only antidote to anxiety is offering the brain a bigger, better alternative to the way it currently feels.

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Judson Brewer

Psychiatrist and neuroscientist

Judson Brewer MD, PhD, is an internationally renowned addiction psychiatrist and neuroscientist. He is an associate professor in the School of Public Health, and Medical School at Brown University. His 2016 TED talk, A Simple Way to Break a Bad Habit, has been viewed over 16 million times. He has trained Olympic athletes and coaches, government ministers and business leaders. His first book, The Craving Mind, was published in over 16 languages.

Matthew Stadlen

Broadcaster, writer and regular How To Academy host.

Matthew Stadlen is a broadcaster, writer and regular How To Academy host. Previously he was an LBC presenter, wrote The Matthew Stadlen Interview for the Telegraph and presented the TV series Five Minutes With and On The Road With for the BBC. He is a birdwatcher and photographer, and his book How To See Birds is out now. Twitter: @matthewstadlen