If you’re feeling rather exhausted, anxious, and a little overwhelmed, author Timothy Caulfield might know why.
In his latest book, Relax, Dammit! A User’s Guide to the Age of Anxiety, Caulfield explores how even just small decisions — like when to wake up, or if our kids should walk to school on their own — are fraught with stress and anxiety, and why it doesn’t have to be this way if we explore what the science says. He joins host Shaun Haney for this LIVE! Q&A.
- Go SCIENCE!
- What’s this new book about?
- Relax! Less stress and better health throughout your day
- What about this, throughout the day concept?
- Even basic decisions are influenced by so many other things
- We are anxious and worried, on the whole
- From the beginning, decisions like what time we think is best to wake up — have become overly complicated. It’s a biological act
- Ignore the noise. The early bird doesn’t get the worm! Unless you actually like early morning
- Breakfast as the most important meal of the day?
- Challenging these entrenched ideas!
- What about “shutting off your brain”? This is part of the chaos and the noise!
- Constant bombardment of information is part of the issue
- It’s OK to turn off notifications, set times for social media, etc.
- Email time management. Huge amount of time wading through emails!
- The firm handshake science (well, when we’re allowed to again)? It’s sort of like dog butt-sniffing, to be crude
- Will we land with fist bumps
- How stressed out are we over parenting and spending time with kids?
- We’re spending so much time with our kids! Love them, but you don’t need to be with them every second
- Has social media created much of this anxiety? Social comparison!
- Comparison is the thief of joy, y’all
- Helicopter parents and guilt — don’t want to let kids walk to school because of them getting kidnapped. It overwhelms our rational thinking
- There are far higher risks to your kid NOT walking (exercise, friendships, good boredom)
- It’s the knowledge paradox: moving towards an information utopia, and almost the opposite has happened
- It does make it harder to know how to separate fact from fiction. Adopt some critical thinking and be aware of types of bias
- Finding out how the sausage is made…not always good 🙂
- Science is slow, and sometimes messy (i.e. masks early in the pandemic). And it’s hard to do
To find out where you can purchase Caulfield’s new book, click here.