Why are bad habits so difficult to overcome? When and how does the will fail? Is there a key to overcoming compulsive cravings that we know are unhealthy for us? Can we take advantage of our brain’s learning circuits to break destructive habits and cultivate behaviors and states of mind that support our health and happiness?
In a very accessible way, Judson Brewer will show us how attention, curiosity and mindfulness help us to break free of habits. Indeed, being the subject of scientific validation, mindfulness can be used as a tool that promotes a clearer vision of our operating patterns, subjective biases and the resulting reactivity.
In this workshop, we will explore how our minds work and how we can tap into the very processes of forming habitual behaviors to bypass our unhealthy patterns and change our habits in a pragmatic way.
Interweaving patient stories, mindfulness practices and the latest scientific discoveries, this workshop offers a way to go beyond compulsion, reduce stress and anxiety, increase compassion and live a fuller life.
It is aimed at mental health professionals who are looking to deepen their understanding of the behavioral and cerebral mechanisms that underlie addictive behaviors, as well as people who hope to end certain habits such as emotional eating or anxiety.