A Simple Trick to Sidestep Self-Criticism

[this article was originally written for Puttylike] Sometimes I’m ashamed to share my work. You might think that’s understandable (particularly if you’ve been exposed to many of my posts before!) but this isn’t just a healthy sense of shame at my evident limitations.  Often, it’s fear of my own unoriginality. That inner voice of shame […]

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.)

Oh no, I’m Motivated By Fear!

Now that I’m (mostly) successfully managing my anxiety, everything should be great forever… right?! Well, no. Obviously life isn’t magically perfect. (Though of course “less anxiety” is a huge improvement!) This is fine. I never expected perfection. But something else I didn’t expect was that managing anxiety better could itself cause problems.

Loving Your Inner Critic?

I was asked to write a gentle article about self-love and our inner critics for selfharm UK. You can click here to read it over on their website. Inner critic: Save yourself the trouble, it’s rubbish. I think it’s fine. Probably some people will agree with me, some with my inner critic. That’s fine too. […]

My Day at TED X Leamington Spa

Update: The talk is out! Check it out here after reading the story below. Saturday was a huge day for me! I’ve finally made the switch to almond milk, and reduced my dairy intake. It’ll be interesting to see what effect this has on my morning digestion. Also, I gave a TED talk at TED […]

The Insultingly Simple Guide to Breathing

Breathing has become strangely fashionable in recent months. Not only is everyone doing it, they’re talking about it a lot too: “Just breathe”… “Focus on your breath”… “Breathe your way out of a panic attack”… “Our most powerful weapon against anxiety is our breath”…”BREATHE YOU FOOL, BREATHE, QUICK, THEY’RE COMING, WE HAVEN’T GOT MUCH TIME” […]

What I Learned In Berlin & Copenhagen (About The Future, Flying Vegetables & Travel Anxiety)

Anybody who has known me for even a short time knows I am attracted to ridiculousness like a moth attracted to fire. Where the thing on fire is a cow dressed as clown. (Of course, it’s possible that ridiculous events are attracted to me, and not the other way around. I’ve never been able to […]