A therapist and a science writer look at the issues with wellness apps and argue for a radical new approach.

In 2017, two psychologists from Duke University published the results of a decades-long study that stands to change the way we think about mental health and what we do to protect our own wellbeing. After following more than 1,000 people from the time they were 11 until they turned 38…

The happy-family aspirational blueprint is a farce. It’s time to make a decision for yourself.

“Hazel, I think it might be time to freeze your eggs.”

Mum barely bothered with a “hello” before dropping that telephone bombshell — but she was probably right to convey some urgency. Menopause comes early for the women in our family. Her periods stopped at age 42 and I was…

How to escape the distraction trap and train your mind to flow

On a hot Tuesday evening last summer, I leant over the ropes of a boxing ring to watch two men sparring. Something wasn’t right. Having coached both of them for years, I knew these fighters well. Normally, their rounds were full of classy angles, pinpoint accuracy and quick reactions. But…

How to write for greater emotional meaning, self-empathy and change

Magic happens when we engage with our inner worlds from a place of curiosity rather than fear. All those horrible human tangles of anxiety, doubt, resentment and pain can unravel when pen meets paper in the spirit of enquiry. What’s more, when we choose to share this kind of writing…

A six-step process for generating true drive

How do you know when you’re feeling motivated? Think of an activity that draws you in — one that has the kind of shiny, sparkly lure that gets you moving automatically in its direction.

This article is about finding and fuelling that experience.

But first, let’s talk about what happens…

How to Unearth the Joys of Wonder, Awe and Epiphany

When I was about seven, I found fragments of a buried relic in our front garden. Outdoors was my favourite place to be. Few things could fascinate me as much as an army of ants marching up a skyscraper-scale plant stem, or a butterfly painted in impossible colours. The garden…

On death, longing and little glimpses of more

I once thought myself into a state that verged on existential crisis. I was at art school (predictably), comparing the work of Lucio Fontana to the photography of Jeff Wall. …

How to beat the failure formula

Self-sabotage. We’ve all been there. The crappy decision that ruins our chances of promotion. The mindless splurge when we’re supposed to be saving money. The completely unnecessary Tuesday night tequila shots that lead to Wednesday morning misery…

People often talk about the “keys to success,” but those things don’t work…

Hazel Gale

Therapist, and co-creator of Betwixt, the interactive novel that helps you make sense of yourself (www.betwixt.life). Author of “The Mind Monster Solution”.

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