[This post was originally written for puttylike.com] Today: some thoughts about life decisions. But First: Let’s Talk About Fourier Transforms, [WARNING: THIS SECTION CONTAINS MATHS! (It’s optional, so skip it, if you like.)] A few months ago, I was making a decision, and every time I thought about it, a mathematical analogy sprung to mind.
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…
“The unexamined life is not worth living” – Socrates THOUGHT: The over-examined life isn’t exactly worth living, either.
I rarely talk about my actual life on this site. So today, an update. In short, it’s fine. But, in long, there are two big projects to update you on:
[status: pretty obvious stuff, but may be helpful to people – like me – who tend to overthink things] Recently, somebody asked me for advice about making a big decision. Obviously, the fact they were asking me demonstrates terrible judgement, so I told them whatever decision they THOUGHT they should make, they should probably do […]
At my most anxious, I spent a LOT of time asking “why”. If only I understood the reason for my anxiety – if I could understand it, explain it – then I could solve it. But this was just a distraction. In fact, it made things worse.
[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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
[post status: a quick & messy throwaway thought] It’s a two-way street between our feelings and our actions. Sometimes we perform well because we’re confident, but acting confident also helps our performance. Hence the popular advice: “Fake it till you make it!”