Unwinding Anxiety is a mindfulness-based approach to addressing anxiety and the habits that surround it. It was developed by Dr. Jud Brewer (https://drjud.com/), the director of research and innovation at Brown University’s Mindfulness Center, who designed the program based on behavioral neuroscience. Participants in Unwinding Anxiety learn to change the habits of anxiety by harnessing the power of reward based learning through mindfulness meditation practices. Research on the effects of Dr. Brewer’s programs for habit change are incredibly impressive. For information about recent research, check out this link. https://www.brown.edu/news/2020-04-01/burnout Josh and Erin have trained in Unwinding Anxiety with Dr. Brewer and his colleagues, Dr. Robin Boudette (https://www.robinboudettephd.com/) and Jacqui Barnett, and continue to stay involved with the Unwinding Anxiety team in ongoing consultation.
Unwinding Anxiety is a rather unique program, in that it is a “flipped classroom” model. Participants use a smartphone app for approximately 10 minutes per day. The app includes informational videos, quick assessments, and brief mindfulness meditation practices that range from 20 seconds to 20 minutes, with an emphasis on shorter practices sprinkled throughout the day. For a sample video found in the app, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPw3BbHLHoM
Once per week, participants will join Erin and Josh as we all come together for a little over an hour to practice meditation, support each other, problem solve, and individualize important points of the program. Participants will also have the option to join weekly Zoom calls with Dr. Brewer, his colleagues, and several Unwinding Anxiety users from around the world. Some participants also choose to make use of a closed community journaling option, where they can share their thoughts and experiences with other Unwinding Anxiety users to both give and receive support.
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