Ruby Wax – comedian, writer and mental health campaigner – shows us how our minds can jeopardize our sanity.
With her own periods of depression and now a Masters from Oxford in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy to draw from, she explains how our busy, chattering, self-critical thoughts drive us to anxiety and stress.
If we are to break the cycle, we need to understand how our brains work, rewire our thinking and find calm in a frenetic world.
Helping you become the master, not the slave, of your mind, here is the manual to saner living.
Stress and Fertility:
If you are actively trying to get pregnant, most doctors will tell you to try naturally for 12 months. They’ll also ask about your stress levels. This might seem like a brush off, but it is honestly difficult to conceive when you’re highly stressed.
The reason why? Our brains haven’t evolved to recognise a physical threat (being chased by a dinosaur) from an imagined/perceived threat (I missed my work deadline, now I’m going to get yelled at and things will be unpleasant).
It sounds like an oversimplification, but it’s genuinely true. If our brains are on constant high alert and feeling under threat, we will struggle to conceive. Can you imagine trying to run away from an apex predator while 9 months pregnant? If our threat levels are high, our brains will do what they can to ensure our survival, ie making sure we’re capable of running away!
Ruby Wax wrote a brilliant book about how our brains react to stress, that I highly recommend reading. I like understanding how my brain works. I find it comforting to know why I react to some situations in the way I do.