Articles by Neil Hughes
How Tiny, Unconscious Habits Can Lead to a World of Pain
An injury reminded me that every single day I fail to take care of myself through dozens of poor, tiny decisions.
You Probably Need to Do This One Thing More Often
Many of us find it really hard to prioritise “retreat”. But we should!
Freedom vs Security
Do we have to choose between freedom and security in our work?
How to Choose the Right Path When There are SO MANY POSSIBILITIES
Should I study this, or that? Live here, or there? Date this person, or another? Possibilities multiply at a frightening rate.
Wasted Time Isn’t Wasted
Are you so determined to spend your time perfectly that you refuse to spend it at all?
It Might Not Matter “Why” We’re Anxious
I used to get lost trying to find the reason I’m anxious. But the reason why doesn’t always matter.
Why Good Advice Might Be Bad Advice (and vice versa)
The opposite of all advice is also (kinda) true.
A Talk about Anxiety – ‘Working Conversations’
A video of a talk I gave in at the Uni of Liverpool.
You Can’t Not Do Things, You Can Only Do Them
Trying not to do something is a trap. If you’re stuck, reframe it as a positive action.
Do You Plan, Ruminate, Worry, Poke, Prod, and Fumble? How to Stop Overanalysing Your Life
How to not get trapped in analysis paralysis, for my fellow overthinkers.
Sort of Fake It till you Sort of Make It
“Fake it till you make it” can be intimidating advice. Let’s tone it down a bit.
Do You Feel the Need to Be Impressive?
Because I’m human, I want you to be impressed by me.
Jiggling an Imaginary Rope Helps You Re-Evaluate Your Life
How to use the exact right amount of effort all the time.
Why You’re So Confused About What You Want
How can I fulfil my dreams if I don’t even know what they are?!
Is it Too Late for Me?
Sometimes I feel I’ve wasted so much time and I’m too old to fix my problems. But is that true?
Doing Things is Overrated… So Stop (A Bit)
The brain fears a lack of control. Let’s lean into that.
The Three Causes of Anxiety
I find it useful to think of my anxiety as coming from three different sources with three different solutions.
Why Am I Always Repeating the Same Problems Over and Over?
It’s not a coincidence that my problems keep repeating. It’s good.
The One Answer to All Our Problems
I swear I’ve solved it this time.
Oh no, I’m Motivated By Fear!
I’ve spent my life being motivated by anxiety. But now the anxiety has gone, so has my motivation!
The Power of Short Term Thinking
You can only ever tackle a tiny bit of anything at any given time.
How I Accidentally Had an Endoscopy, Or: Anxiety & Me
My health anxiety has taken me to some unexpected places.
Is The Whole World In Our Heads?
We can only perceive reality through our own senses and internal processes.
My Life Is Not Worth Living
My thoughts go straight to the extremes. Do they have to?
Enjoying The Bad Days Too
Bad days still happen after anxiety fades. We can learn to enjoy them too.