Audience:General / adult
Dimensions:8.2in x 5.4 x 0.81 in | 0.69 lb
Page Count:304 pages
Illustrations:MINIMAL B&W GRAPHS
Platform: Jud Brewer is an internationally renowned neuroscientist and the media’s go-to guy for anxiety. His TedMed on breaking bad habits (rooted in anxiety) has been watched almost 26M times (Ted and YouTube). He and his work have been featured on The Today Show, NPR, The New York Times, 60 Minutes, Goop, and more.
Anxiety is Hot! Anxiety has taken over our lives. With Trump, Covid, social injustice (not necessarily in that order) and the constant uncertainty of our jobs, our health, our families, and the state of the world, anxiety has exploded.
So are Habits! In the last few years books about habits (Atomic Habits, The Power of Habit, Tiny Habits) have been megasellers. Jud shows us how to break bad habits by attacking them where they start: anxiety. During Covid out habits have run amok (e.g., the Covid 30).
Practical Element: More than meditation! Jud gives us a complete plan for addressing anxiety, with steps that uproot it at the source and smaller hacks to counter it in our daily lives.
“One of the hardest things about tackling a bad habit is confronting the anxiety behind it. Jud Brewer has given us a breakthrough program with great tips and hacks that anyone can use to feel better. We all need this book!”
—BJ Fogg, PhD, New York Times bestselling author of Tiny Habits
“Unwinding Anxiety provides a step-by-step guide to Judson Brewer’s personally designed, clinically proven path that can alleviate your mind from anxiety, obsessive thinking, addiction, and more. It guides your brain to rewire in helpful ways as it inspires your mind to understand it’s inner processes more deeply and to live with more freedom, gratitude, interpersonal connection, and joy.”
—Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., New York Times bestselling author of Aware
“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, Founder & CEO, Thrive Global
“Grounded in the best of current science and totally user friendly, Unwinding Anxiety reveals how a powerful set of mindfulness tools can free us from the worry that rules our lives. This is the most helpful and informative book on anxiety I’ve read!”
—Tara Brach, Ph.D , author of Radical Acceptance
“In a world that can be overwhelming, Jud Brewer has created a plan to stop the overwhelm. He shows us accessible ways to stop worry in its tracks and mindfulness techniques that can redirect our energy in positive, healing ways. It’s exactly what we need right now.”
—US Representative Tim Ryan, Ohio
“An incredibly relatable and practical guide to anxiety. Judson Brewer’s research has contributed greatly to our understanding of why anxiety is so hard to shake. This book gives us the tools to break free. Anxiety is at the root of so many of the habits we want to change. Unwinding Anxiety will not only help you deal with anxiety, but will also help you find freedom from the behaviors that hold you back.”
—Kelly McGonigal, PhD, author of The Joy of Movement
“Brewer weaves together science from his lab and stories from his clinic to expertly illustrate how anxiety develops, becomes a habit loop, and why our anti-anxiety strategies continue to fail us. Unwinding Anxiety provides actionable steps that you can implement into your own life to stop this cycle. Compellingly written, this compassionate book is full of insights that couldn’t have come at a better time.”
—Jewel, New York Times bestselling author of Never Broken
“This may be the only book on anxiety you’ll ever need. Drawing on his lab’s latest neuroscience and clinically proven techniques, Dr. Brewer ingeniously reveals why anxiety loops are so hard to break. Showing clearly how and why worry is so addictive, he guides you how to shift through the gears to break the old habits that keep anxiety going, and to unwind the rope that’s been coiled around your life. With new insights on every page, this is evidence-based psychological science at its best.”
—Mark Williams, Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology, University of Oxford, UK, Co-author of Mindfulness: Finding Peace in a Frantic World
“In Unwinding Anxiety neuroscientist Judson Brewer offers a brilliant breakthrough, brain-based methods for lessening our anxiety-driven habits. And anxiety, after all, is the common cold of our emotional life.”
—Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence
“Judson Brewer has written a relatable, introspective guide to overcoming anxiety. Backed by research and experience Unwinding Anxiety is an exploration on how anxiety grows in our brains and offers a key to unwinding those habitual thought patterns. Much more than relaying research and science, this book offers user-friendly, practical steps to the possibility of managing worry!”
—Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Change
“A helpful guide…These evidence-based, structured recommendations will be useful to anyone who feels caught in a negative loop.”