I’m Anxious – What Do I Do Now?

Quite often, I get asked “what should someone do after they realise they’re anxious?” There’s no definitive answer to that question – every person and every situation is different, so it’s impossible to give one-size-fits-all advice. But there are a few ideas which might help someone figure out the next step for them…

Why Good Advice Might Be Bad Advice (and vice versa)

[post status: a little rough, but there’s something useful buried in here!] Here’s some advice you might hear if you’re dealing with anxiety: “It doesn’t matter WHY you’re struggling, accept the feelings and focus instead on the present” Sounds great. But, then, so does this: “we should confront and heal our past traumas so they […]

‘Working Conversations’ Talk about Anxiety

You might be interested in this talk I was invited to give recently at the University of Liverpool. The occasion was “Working Conversations”, a conference intended to discuss what a better mental health service might look like. I was invited to share my experiences with anxiety, some thoughts about custard, and to throw open a […]

How to Write a Great Non-Fiction Book, Probably

Instead of my usual musing about anxiety & brains & life & things, today I’m going to answer some questions I got sent about how to write a book. Specifically, my correspondent wanted to know how to write a great non-fiction book. Before you say it… god knows why they came to me. I certainly […]

October 2016 News

Super quick update today with two bits of news! On Friday I’m performing at OneTrackMinds in London, an incredible storytelling night about songs that have changed people’s lives. I’ll be telling a story with at least one joke in it, and a lot of vulnerability. OneTrackMinds Tickets available here. Also, the wonderful Harriet from ‘The […]

Why Am I Always Repeating the Same Problems Over and Over?

[May be relevant if you feel as if the same problems keep resurfacing in your life without ever being properly dealt with.] I Imagine that you’re untying a giant tangle made up of many, many pieces of coloured string. (I have no idea why you might be doing this. Presumably you’re very bored.)

Things I Was Going To Do But Didn’t

I’ve been travelling. I had great plans to work while I travelled. I’ve done some, but mostly I’ve failed to be the super-productive me I envisioned. Staying on top of food, sleep, exercise, seeing people, seeing places, adventures AND work was always going to be hard. I haven’t written several posts for this blog (albeit […]