• The anxiety – and danger – of isolation when you live alone The other day I did an Instagram Live about the impact of isolation policies on single people, people without kids and, solo dwellers. The already-lonely. I am one such. My interest was vested…but is also based on my understanding of anxiety science. Sadly, I didn’t keep the Live video to be able to share on more
  • I now sleep 7-8 hours! This is what changed my entire life… I’m aware the headline above is perhaps predictably blog-bait-ish. But it’s actually the truth. I’ve been insomniac since I was seven years old I’ve experimented with all kinds of salves. But, after many trials and errors, I’ve found a handful of (almost)  silver-bullets. Like most of you, I also have multiple lifestyle things I do, more
  • A guide to Peaceful Tokyo This post is a bit of departure from my normal travel guides. And from how people normally travel in big cities. Cities are loud, frenetic affairs that toss my nerves like gravel in a sieve. And I wobble my way around them, assaulted by smells and noises and missing the view. Sleep suffers. I’m not more
  • The First, We Make the Beast Beautiful book club guide is here One of the reasons I wrote First, We Make The Beast Beautiful was to start a new conversation about anxiety. Every chat we have about anxiety –  with loved ones, friends, colleagues, strangers – brings us in closer, and making us feel less lonely, which, as I explain in The Beast, allows us to do more
  • The sisterhood of pain and PTSD…an interesting perspective I just read Sebastian Junger’s Tribe. Junger is a war journalist who posits that post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among veterans is mostly an issue with homecoming. That is, the most devastating and longterm psychological stress doesn’t come from the horrors of war so much as from the cold contrast of reintegrating into a society that more
  • Parenthood makes you mature. But what if you don’t have any kids? I’ve been thinking about this a bit. Maturity. I realised I’ve not really grown up. But I’m getting there. At 44. I was swimming across Bondi beach (where good thoughts often come to me), reflecting on a chat I’d had recently with my friend Rebecca. She has three kids, a full-time job, writes books and more
  • It’s called continuous partial attention… I read this Atlantic article about the dangers of screen time on kids. Yeah, blah, blah. But, no! This article turns things around. The bigger, broader, scarier issue (bigger than the direct effects of kids’ screen addictions) is the impact of parents’ screen addictions. Yeah, we’ve all been projecting. We always do when we experience shame, which reminds me more
  • Kanye is bipolar. And he’s a narcissistic bigot. I’m being asked a bit about Kanye’s recent album Ye, which I listened to over the weekend as part of my “remain pop culturally relevant in my 40s” project. (I read recently we stop exploring music in our 30s…I wish/beg to differ; I’m also resisting increasing the font size on my phone, but that’s another more
  • I want to own the fact I rant about consumerism and then this… I appeared in a Stellar magazine on the weekend (the popular colour insert that runs in the News Corp newspapers in Sydney and Melbourne; it also ran in Queensland and WA). I agreed to do the interview to be able to talk in more (hopefully useful) detail about walking away from “more” and money and more
  • It’s hard for me to love a weak character Existentialist Hannah Arendt famously coined the phrase “the banality of evil”. She used it to describe what she felt was the most extreme failures of personal moral awareness –  not thinking and not responding adequestly when the times demand it. You know, sitting back and doing nothing even though the world is falling apart. And more
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