“Let’s make one thing clear: we’re not just addicted to drugs, sex or alcohol, we can also get addicted to our thoughts and feelings of panic, anxiety and despair.”
I learnt so much from this book. I’ve always been keen to learn more about how depression/stress actually affects the biology of the brain – and wow, did it fascinate and scare me. At one point I was like, “well my brain must be so damaged and I’m almost definitely going to die young”. But then she explained neuroplasticity and the positive biological effects that mindfulness can have on your brain. I learnt that my amygdala is a super-charged little shit with too much power. But I also learnt that I can change that.
Simply put, mindfulness is flipping hard. I have in the past and continue to practice it, but I’m still a massive amateur. But the way that Ruby Wax explains the benefits of it in this book was pretty damn convincing. I try to do it in almost every situation I find myself in because I know and have experienced the success of it.
We should be teaching children from the get-go how to train their brain in this way so they’re equipped with the skills when they need it. Everyone should have this skill, mentally ill or not. This book is well worth a read.
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