Today we’re exploring the power of cognitive restructuring and ending anxiety by rewiring the brain. We’re sharing an excerpt from the audio book “Rewire Your Anxious Brain: How to Use the Neuroscience of Fear to End Anxiety, Panic, and Worry.” Thought patterns that are illogical or unhealthy can exacerbate anxiety or stress. Cognitive therapists focus on identifying and changing thoughts that are self-defeating or dysfunctional, particularly thoughts that lead to increased levels of anxiety or depression. This approach is known as cognitive restructuring. By changing your thoughts, you can establish new patterns of responding in the brain that become stable and lasting!
In this episode, author, coach and spiritual teacher Robert Rabbin explores the issue of addiction. He begins by breaking down the components of addiction and addresses our burning desire to break them. He asks us to look more closely. Instead of thinking of our addictions as problems waiting to be solved, he suggests that not only do we have more addictions that we may even realize, but that there is a spiritual view of addiction—addictive behavior is a sign of yearning for true freedom.
Dr. Jennifer Taitz, clinical psychologist and author of the audiobook “End Emotional Eating,” offers a four step process to help you learn how to handle urges of any kind, followed by an exercise to help you “urge surf,” to minimize the amount of self-control you need.
Psychologist Dr. David Klemanski tells us about two fields of psychological research—emotion regulation and mindfulness. Together they can provide a powerful framework for helping people gain mastery over anxiety. Dr. Klemanski is the author of the audiobook “Don’t Let Your Anxiety Run Your Life.”
In this informative conversation, Dr. Karyn Hall, author of the audiobook “The Emotionally Sensitive Person,” talks about mindfulness, and why it is especially helpful for the emotionally sensitive person. She also discusses what she calls “emotional first aid” and offers some practical tips to stop feeding overwhelming emotions.
Authors of the best-selling audiobook “Rewire Your Anxious Brain: How to Use the Neuroscience of Fear to End Anxiety, Panic, and Worry” offer great advice about being mindful of your interpretations during stressful situations. Interpretations are often shaped by past experiences and expectations, so it sometimes takes practice to identify a more helpful way to interpret it. Having the ability to change your interpretations can often go a long way toward helping you to reduce anxiety.