Beth Kurland, Ph.D.: Loosening the Grip of Regret & Worry | Sero Boost #33

In this episode, host Lu Ngo is joined by Dr. Beth Kurland, a renowned clinical psychologist, TEDx speaker, and acclaimed author

Regret is a universal human emotion, yet its grip on life can be profound. In this podcast episode, listeners delve into the depths of regret and worry with clinical psychologist Beth Kurland, exploring strategies to navigate these emotions and cultivate a more fulfilling life.

Meet Beth Kurland. Ph.D.

Beth Kurland is a psychologist who uses mindfulness and other helpful tools to help people feel better. She has written three books: Dancing on The Tightrope, The Transformative Power of Ten Minutes, and Gifts of the Rain Puddle. These books teach ways to feel happier and less worried using simple exercises anyone can do.

Beth started learning about psychology because she wanted to help others, especially when she felt sad. She aims to help everyone find peace and happiness, one step at a time. To this end, she likes to use mindfulness meditation, a calming practice, to help people relax and feel better. 

Besides writing books, Beth shares her podcast knowledge and recommends helpful resources like the “Insights at the Edge” podcast and the movie “Coda.” She learns from other experts like Tara Brach and Rick Hansen and continues to study ways to understand the brain and help people feel happier and less stressed. 

About the episode

In this insightful podcast episode, clinical psychologist Beth Kurland explores regret and worry, shedding light on their impact on your well-being. Beth delves into the misconceptions surrounding happiness as the conversation unfolds, offering a refreshing perspective on its true nature.

She challenges the notion that happiness should be constant and explores the detrimental effects of societal pressure, particularly exacerbated by social media. Through personal anecdotes and professional expertise, Beth encourages listeners to embrace the highs and lows of life, emphasizing the value of reflection and self-compassion in cultivating a sense of well-being.

Highlighting the spectrum of regret and worry, Beth acknowledges that these emotions vary in intensity, from minor daily concerns to more profound existential anxieties. She underscores the importance of seeking professional support for extreme cases, recognizing that some challenges may be too overwhelming to handle alone. By understanding the habitual patterns of your mind, such as the “false alarm” response and the tendency to get stuck in past or future thoughts, Beth empowers listeners to navigate these challenges with mindfulness and self-awareness.

Offering practical tools and techniques, Beth introduces several helpful practices for acknowledging, grounding, and choosing how to move forward in the face of regret and worry. She advocates for a balanced approach, encouraging you to engage in activities that promote well-being, such as meditation and embodiment practices. 

In conclusion

Living in a state of regret and worry is expected every day. Whether it’s the pressure to constantly chase happiness or the tendency to get entangled in past or future concerns, these challenges can weigh heavily on your well-being. However, by embracing mindfulness, self-compassion, and seeking professional support when needed, you can loosen the hold of regret and worry, paving the way for a more balanced and fulfilling life journey.

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