What would it mean to make it to solid ground. And naturally, my response to this was to worry about it — which just made it worse! I remember a time when I used to sit down at a cafe everyday after office, and work on one thought at a time. So I set up this basic WordPress site, and voila: a place where I can muse about anxiety and life without having to put in much effort. And the more people I talk to, the more I realize this feeling of exhaustion — of not being able to rest, of not getting anywhere — is common. And, somehow, it turns out everything can be explained using custard… What Others Have Said: Hughes offers a humor-filled and useful guide for anxiety… disarmingly relatable. It was a very pleasant surprise. It's got to the point where I have no idea where I've even picked up half of the tips and tricks I know, whether it's grounding exercises or a crash course on the amygdala.
I don't particularly find myself an anxious person, but I do stress over small things and have a wicked mean inner voice so I was able to glean a lot of helpful information from this book. This was an incredibly relatable read and it really helped me to get it into my anxious, ever-looping brain that anxiety is something that affects so many of us and it was such a relief to be able to read something that I felt I could have written though not as cleverly or funnily and to be able to laugh so much while reading it too! Everything we do becomes normal. It gets more realistic and decreases the anxiety. This book is at least 5X better than I was expecting. Instead, I would choose to heal the world of anxiety because anxiety just makes everything about life miserable and probably causes, or at least contributes to, all the other pain, discomfort and disease. This is heavily focused on anxiety as evidenced by the title which I somehow managed to ignore , so people suffering from anxiety would be good to start there search here. We have all spent years developing our own individual mental habits, our own personal custard traps.
At some points I felt so trapped, I even wondered if suicide was the only way out. I snorted on the train. For me there are physical sensations: I get a stab in the chest, a fizz in the brain. At times laugh out loud hilarious, at times surprisingly emotionally moving, this is a unique, vulnerable book like nothing you've ever read before. My own Inner Critic is telling me that I shouldn't even try to make this review slightly amusing because I'm not really funny like Neil Hughes is, and that I probably shouldn't even leave a review at all because what can I really say to convey what an enjoyable read this book is?? Without forgetting to cover love, crises, relationships, purpose, contentment. The author doesn't set himself up as an expert, and neither is he selling anything, and that combination is actually very refreshing in this genre. I was reading your book.
The more years that pass, the more I almost believe in serendipity. As for the writing style, the author has put in all his inner critic's thoughts as he talks about anything. I particularly liked the structure of it, as it was well thought through and a little bit different. Without forgetting to cover love, crises, relationships, purpose, contentment. It will instead give you a plethora of tools and let you decide what will work best for you. Our anxieties protect themselves by making us too anxious to face them. So as I feel myself falling into a trap, those feelings remind me to take a positive action.
Insightful, hilarious, poignant: the talk remains one of my favourites. This is a must read for anyone suffering from anxiety, minor or major it doesn't matter, it's helpful, funny, and insightful. Despite the constant interruptions of his Inner Critic, he explores the workings of the brain, love, relationships, purpose, contentment. Occasional comedian and full-time worrier Neil Hughes isn't the kind of person whom you would expect to write a helpful book. It's really funny too beware if you're reading it in public, like I was - you ma I loved the conversational style of this book and found it a really engaging read. It makes the text feel exquisitely self-aware and compassionate. The tips in here will likely be helpful to everyone, but some acknowledgement that altered brain chemistries can sometimes be made 1000X easier to deal with when medicated would have been nice.
Great book, would recommend to anyone… which brings me onto my only criticism: The title. At times you'll find yourself groaning at the author's ridiculous puns and inner critic, but it's all in good fun and makes the book even more enjoyable. When reading it on a sunny day the black letters glisten mesmerisingly against the paper Roger Wood Features illustration by the marvellous and also some considerably less impressive doodles by Neil Hughes Smiling icon made by from is licensed under colour inverted version is by me. And the solution to this is observation. This is a must read for anyone suffering from anxiety, minor or major it doesn't matter, it's helpful, funny, and insightful. But, during his anxious bumbling through existence, he has somehow figured out how to live a rich, meaningful life, how to be happy ish , and how to find freedom from unpleasant thoughts, feelings and panic.
Despite the constant interruptions of his Inner Critic, he explores the workings of the brain, love, relationships, purpose, contentment… and even death and the Meaning of Life itself. Anyhoo, I actually picked up waay more advice than I ever thought possible from a self-help book. Instead, I would choose to heal the world of anxiety because anxiety just makes everything about life miserable and probably causes, or at least contributes to, all the other pain, discomfort and disease. So we need to have a long-term outlook. That's why I like this book - it brings together the author's experience including his ability to laugh at himself , his own journey towards a more peaceful way of living, a whole raft of sometimes quite whacky humour and a serious offering to help others on their own personal journey towards a more harmonious life. I have long thought that if I were given the power to rid the world of one disease, it wouldn't be cancer or leprosy or any of the terrible diseases and conditions that we read about and sometimes experience in our lives and in the lives of those we know and love.
This book is definitely not only for anxious humans. Look around you and see how many wannabe authors are there and how many actually take the plunge. Humor is an underlying element which helps make the topic of anxiety less scary. In this compelling, surprising and delightful guide to life for humans, Neil overcomes the constant interruptions of his Inner Critic to explore everything from brains to beliefs to panic attacks. As a child, I was deeply worried about mortgages — for some reason — and then as I grew up it became obvious worrying was my main way of relating to the world. What else am I going to do?! And as I thought about walking on custard — and I thought about it way more than anyone probably should — the more I realized how exhausting it would be.
When I bought Walking on Custard I bought it for my partner originally, because I thought it would mostly cover all of the things I already knew. And then we can be anxious about being ill, which feeds itself with more illness and then more anxiety. All in all, I opened this book thinking it was going to be a nice light refresher on some mental health pointers, and I closed it feeling inspired and fulfilled and understood. Sure there are parts you may find yourself disagreeing with are all comparisons negative? Humor is an underlying element which helps make the topic of anxiety less scary. Another reason I think I enjoyed it so much is because Neil isn't some fancy dancy psychologist or therapist, he's an average educated bloke that's dealt with anxiety his whole life and has compiled years worth of researches and best practices to help others out.