Dr. Jud Brewer joins this week's podcast to talk about breaking bad habit loops, identifying your vices, reducing stress, and understanding the thoughts that power our actions.
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January brings big ambitions to tackle one’s goals – and it can bring lots of stress and anxiety with it. Dr. Jud Brewer, a psychiatrist, neuroscientist and New York Times best-selling author who is also an internationally-renowned expert in mindfulness training for addictions, including smoking, emotional eating, and anxiety, and has extensively studied the neural mechanisms behind mindfulness practices. He joins WHOOP VP of Performance Kristen Holmes to share practical tips for reducing the stress and anxiety that can come from trying to build new habits, or break them.
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4:03 – The difference between anxiety and stress
6:02 – What our mind is doing in a moment of anxiousness
12:40 – How to approach habit change and habit loops
15:29 – Getting someone to be aware of their habit loops
19:36 – Finding a way to be okay with our own thoughts and stresses
21:51 – Examples of vices that cause worrying and how to break those habit loops
30:20 – Awareness is key to understanding a habit
36:50 – Becoming more aware of our internal state so we can be more consistent in our daily life
42:27 – How to use stress to your advantage
45:34 – How Dr. Jud changed his commute and rethought his everyday problems
49:25 – How different mental states impact the reward hierarchy
52:40 – Spreading the word on how to become more self-aware and mindful