Relieving Anxiety and Breaking from Busyness with Judson Brewer MD, Ph.D. & Juliet Funt

Original Air Date Wednesday, September 15, 2021 

Do you remember the last time you had an uninterrupted couple of minutes to yourself, no pings, no dings, just a quiet moment for your mind to make its own decisions about what it wants to think about? Yeah, us neither. Today’s habitual ‘now’ culture has caused underlying anxiety and worry in many people. To discover strategies to open the release valve and alleviate anxiety’s grip on the subconscious, Positive Psychology Podcast Host Lisa Cypers Kamen speaks with two authors who offer up ideas for those venturing back into the world of work. Dr. Jud Brewer shares tips from his book, Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind, about how to re-engage with our peers post-pandemic. And, Juliet Funt describes the strategies from her book, A Minute to Think: Reclaim Creativity, Conquer Busyness, and Do Your Best Work, about the opportunity we have to redesign our new normal.

Dr. Jud Brewer — Relieving Anxiety:

  • How to harness energy and relieving anxiety. [3:34]
  • Updating our human software to relieve the anxiety related to reentering society post-pandemic. [9:55]
  • Remembering our common ground and curiosity are strategies for re-engaging with peers. [16:52]
  • Being present and attentive in listening supports others dealing with loss. [19:38]
  • There is a distinction between empathy and compassion. [22:06]

man with glasses and blue shirt, image of new podcast episode about relieving anxiety and breaking from busyness with Judson Brewer MD, Ph.D. & Juliet FuntaJudson Brewer MD, Ph.D., 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.

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


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Juliet Funt — Breaking from busyness

  • As people return to the workplace, now is the time to redesign their new normal. [26:50]
  • Juliet describes how strategic pauses can be used to reflect and reduce busyness, and construct. [29:50]
  • The secret to utilizing pauses in the world of business is to gain a reductive mindset. [35:18]
  • Making an appointment with your worries helps to compartmentalize them and give them a voice but only when it is convenient for you. [40:49]
  • Juliet describes how giving ourselves a slice of whitespace at home illuminates joy. [44:20]

woman with dark hair holding cup of coffee, guest of new podcast episode about relieving anxiety and breaking from busyness with Judson Brewer MD, Ph.D. & Juliet FuntaJuliet Funt is a renowned keynote speaker and tough-love advisor to the Fortune 500. As the founder and CEO of the boutique efficiency firm, WhiteSpace At Work, she is an evangelist for freeing the potential of companies by unburdening their talent from busy work.

Book: A Minute to Think: Reclaim Creativity, Conquer Busyness, and Do Your Best Work


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