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The secret to actually following through on 2021 goals

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This is a modified excerpt from Inside Your Head 🧠, a weekly newsletter exploring why your brain makes you think, feel, and act the way you do, written by me, Elemental’s senior writer and a former brain scientist. Subscribe here so you won’t miss the next one.


One writer’s defense of the Covid-19 cocktail hour

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April is the cruelest month, breeding daffodils and gin and tonics.


Illustration: Matija Medved

One Day at a Time

Daily insights on life in the face of uncertainty, by psychiatrist and habit change specialist Dr. Jud Brewer

Are you feeling stuck at home, unable to do anything but watch the current crisis from the sidelines? Maybe even feeling guilty or ashamed that there are doctors, nurses, and other first responders on the front lines of the battle while you’re safely at home? What you’re feeling is totally normal — and there are ways to keep from spiraling into negative emotions and recognize that we’re all doing our part.


Illustration: Matija Medved

ONE DAY AT A TIME

Daily insights on life in the face of uncertainty, by psychiatrist and habit change specialist Dr. Jud Brewer

Scientists are working furiously these days on testing therapies and vaccines to treat the coronavirus, but it will take time and focused effort before they’re ready. In the meantime, we’re all wrestling with a lot of emotion. Fortunately, there is already a way to vaccinate ourselves against panic, anxiety, and selfishness. It’s called loving-kindness.


Illustration: Matija Medved

One Day at a Time

Daily insights on life in the face of uncertainty, by psychiatrist and habit change specialist Dr. Jud Brewer

Have you been on an emotional roller coaster lately — irritable one minute and full of worry the next? Getting angry at the news but still addicted to knowing the latest and perhaps still panic buying more than you need?


Illustration: Matija Medved

One Day at a Time

Daily insights on life in the face of uncertainty, by psychiatrist and habit change specialist Dr. Jud Brewer

Could some of what you’re feeling right now, as the discomforts of this new life unfold, be grief? Do you have a sense of loss about being unable to spend time with a loved one or your job being disrupted or are you missing close connection with other people?


Illustration: Matija Medved

One Day at a Time

Daily insights on life in the face of uncertainty, by psychiatrist and habit change specialist Dr. Jud Brewer

Earlier this week, I hosted a live office hours on YouTube so that people who don’t have access to a psychiatrist could come to me with questions about how to cope with fear, anxiety, and uncertainty. Someone asked how to deal with anger and used the examples of fake news and people not taking this pandemic seriously as things that caused it.


Illustration: Matija Medved

One Day at a Time

Daily insights on life in the face of uncertainty, by psychiatrist and habit change specialist Dr. Jud Brewer

Today’s column is about how to use this unusual situation we’re all living through to set good mental habits instead of creating or adding to unhealthy ones.


Illustration: Matija Medved

One Day at a Time

Daily insights on life in the face of uncertainty, by psychiatrist and habit change specialist Dr. Jud Brewer

Today’s column is going to be a little different.

And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed…


Illustration: Matija Medved

One Day at a Time

Daily insights on life in the face of uncertainty, by psychiatrist and habit change specialist Dr. Jud Brewer

These are strange days.

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