How to Cure Readers Block

 I have, right now, three unfinished books piled up next to my bed. The last fiction book I finished, read all the way through, was in March. This happens to everyone occasionally, and it is so, so upsetting.  I think readers block is so distressing because for a lot of people (ME) the idea […]

Emergency Store Cupboard Brownies

We have awoken to a bleak, bleak day. The Tories have won an outright majority – something we didn’t think was possible yesterday morning – and support for UKIP is climbing terrifyingly high. I’m not sure our beautiful welfare state, our NHS, can survive another five years of cuts. It’s the weakest who will suffer […]

Presents to Stave Off Regret

You know those obnoxious Facebook updates where everyone lists the year’s triumphs, totally glosses over any low points and throws in a humblebrag at the end so no one can accuse them of being a self important, smug little dick head? I really want to write one of those. This year has been brilliant for […]

Breathing to Avoid Freaking the Fuck Out

Life is often full of overwhelmingness. This could be because you get panic attacks, or uncontrollably angry for a few seconds, or suddenly really sad or unsure of yourself, or an impulse to hide. For me this normally happens during confrontations, but we all have our triggers – and there might not be a reason. […]

Yoga for Anxiety

I think everyone has days sometimes where life seems overwhelming and terrifying and you kind of feel… chased. This routine is for those days. You don’t need a yoga mat for any of this stuff – you can actually do most of this routine in bed (recommended, because, bed). You can light a candle or […]

The Delicate Art of Being Hungover

If you are serious about drinking, the occasional hangover is inevitable. If you wake up with one, don’t try to defeat it. You won’t succeed, only waste energy and make yourself feel worse. No. Instead, you must learn to embrace the hangover, so she will leave on her own terms. It’s like the old legends […]