Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind

Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind

A step-by-step plan clinically proven to break the cycle of worry and fear that drives anxiety and addictive habits

We are living through one of the most anxious periods any of us can remember. Whether facing issues as public as a pandemic or as personal as having kids at home and fighting the urge to reach for the wine bottle every night, we are feeling overwhelmed and out of control. But in this timely book, Judson Brewer explains how to uproot anxiety at its source using brain-based techniques and small hacks accessible to anyone.

We think of anxiety as everything from mild unease to full-blown panic. But it's also what drives the addictive behaviors and bad habits we use to cope (e.g. stress eating, procrastination, doom scrolling and social media). Plus, anxiety lives in a part of the brain that resists rational thought. So we get stuck in anxiety habit loops that we can't think our way out of or use willpower to overcome. Dr. Brewer teaches us map our brains to discover our triggers, defuse them with the simple but powerful practice of curiosity, and to train our brains using mindfulness and other practices that his lab has proven can work.

Distilling more than 20 years of research and hands-on work with thousands of patients, including Olympic athletes and coaches, and leaders in government and business, Dr. Brewer has created a clear, solution-oriented program that anyone can use to feel better - no matter how anxious they feel.

Title:Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780593330449
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    Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind Reviews

  • Gary Anderson

    Psychiatrist Judson Brewer says anxiety is a habit, and habits can be broken and replaced by other habits. Brewer explains how to practice habits of mindfulness, curiosity, and kindness to “unwind...

  • Jessica

    Deeply disappointed by the final chapter. While I am sure it was personally enjoyable to the author to inject his political affiliation into the book and implicitly claim moral high ground for his "si...

  • Ryan Boissonneault

    Anxiety disorders represent the most common group of mental disorders in the US, affecting tens of millions of individuals each year. Since anxiety is so common, and since most of us struggle with it ...

  • Emilie22

    I found many parts of this book insightful and helpful (and dare I even say enjoyable, thanks to Brewer’s self deprecating humor?). He frames the book by starting off with different examples and lev...

  • Lisa

    I think this may be the only self help book you ever read need to read.This book provides helpful information on why our brains create anxiety and practical guidance for how we can manage and reduce t...

  • Nancy

    I sure have noticed that the very air seems to crackle with anxiety. It seems to be the result of certain human characteristics coming to the fore. Like self-centeredness, like in-groups vs. out-group...

  • Ed

    If you’ve read The Craving Mind or used any of Brewer’s apps, you will find this book to be a meandering, rambling regurgitation of those resources. It feels like he copied and pasted the transcri...

  • Vince

    I rarely read self-help books since, for the most part, they are not all that helpful. Unwinding Anxiety is one of the rare exceptions. Dr. Jud Brewer does a terrific job of explaining the science beh...

  • Bret

    This one has me torn. While I only rate it a 2/5, it has a ton of useful and interesting information. I'd probably recommend it to others as a result of all that info.I think I rated it 2/5 based on h...

  • Melissa

    Self-help books tend to fall into the "braggy" category for me sometimes and this one is no different. The author had to mention that his writings were submitted with "very little edits" just so we kn...