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Neil Hughes
Neil Hughes Published in October 18, 2018, 1:46 am
 Walking on Custard & the Meaning of Life A Guide for Anxious Humans:Hotviral

Walking on Custard & the Meaning of Life A Guide for Anxious Humans:Hotviral


LMac Reply to on 12 May 2015
I was a very anxious person from childhood into my mid-20s and was intrigued to see how this book tackled the subject. It offers a reassuring message that you’re not alone, as well as some brilliantly practical steps on reducing anxiety and understanding destructive thought patterns - if only it had been around all those years ago. The best thing about this book is that it’s relatable and it will make you laugh! What I got out of it most was the realisation that even though I’m a much more relaxed person these days I was still beating myself up over not being efficient or productive enough… it had never occurred to me that it was the anxiety talking. Now I can understand that old way of thinking and pay attention to the positives instead!
Faye S
Faye S Reply to on 11 July 2016
Loved reading through this book! There are many stories throughout this book which made me chuckle - my favourite one being the one at university with a bottle of pop! Being a fellow anxious human myself, I really liked reading through Neil's experiences and realising someone goes through the same processes as I do! There are also numerous metaphors that I really enjoyed imagining. The whole idea of walking on custard was very interesting to me as I never new these properties of this common dessert before - and it was a much appreciated metaphor. The start of the book felt very welcoming and I'm so glad it was recommended to me!

The self help aspect of this book comes as a bonus and is definitely worth giving a go! It was great for exploring and I think this book is brilliant, especially if you suffer from anxiety!

I would like to recommend that you would give this a read and don't miss the footnotes because they're a great addition to the main body of the book!
Joanna James-Lynn
Joanna James-Lynn Reply to on 18 May 2015
This is one of the most unique books I've ever read. Tackling a serious topic such as anxiety with comedy is pure genius. You can't help but laugh and nod along as the author lets you inside his head, revealing his darkest worries, daily dilemmas, and biggest fears.

Whether you suffer from anxiety or you're just a bit of a worrier, you'll realise by reading this book that you are not the only one who feels the way you do. You'll also learn how to manage your anxiety in a fun and effective way. I'd recommend this book to anyone who is at all anxious.
Niall Robinson
Niall Robinson Reply to on 7 June 2015
This book does some very clever things that no other self help book I've read has done: it combines considered, practical advice with humour and a disarming tale of the authors own personal journey to contentment.

Ironically, self help books can be a bit of a downer sometimes because they spend the whole time talking about being sad. The master stroke of this book is that it's so funny (the author is a part time stand up) which allows you to contemplate issues as big as mortality and a the meaning of life whilst still being happy...quite a feat.

I often find self help books to be a little preachy - "if you follow all of my advice, one day you could be as awesome as me!" By talking so frankly about his own personal experience, Neil Hughes has written a book which lets you know that it's not been easy, and he doesn't have all the answers - and all the while you really enjoy listening to his advice! The advice in this book ranges from practical exercises (often along the lines of mindfulness), to surreal funny parables, to pretty deep thinking about the root of these common problems.
Miss S. Kumar
Miss S. Kumar Reply to on 2 August 2016
An extremely helpful manual for anyone who has ever struggled with any sort of anxiety or self-doubt, and for anyone lucky enough not to have experienced anything of the like (although, I imagine this may only include a handful of people, if any at all...) still a very worthwhile read, as I can't believe you couldn't take at least something useful from it. Intelligently and humorously written, yet so honest and heartfelt, the theories and findings are straightforward to grasp and the exercises suggested are easy to put into practice. I would go as far as saying it has almost been more useful than all the hours spent in therapy. Would recommend everyone to read it.
Geri, SupportLine
Geri, SupportLine Reply to on 21 August 2015
How refreshing to see a serious subject tackled in a light hearted and amusing way. Free from jargon Neil's unique and engaging style of writing holds the reader's attention and enables the reader to feel fully involved as Neil talks about his struggles with anxiety in a humorous way. I think sometimes we all lose the ability to laugh at ourselves and laughter in itself can be a great therapy. I think this book gives the reader a true insight into the world of anxiety and especially our inner critic, from the perspective of a sufferer and demonstrating that throughout the daily struggles of coping with this condition, there can also be laughter, hope, motivation and inspiration. The many practical exercises and tips would be invaluable for anyone who experiences anxiety and a most enjoyable and informative read.
VR Reply to on 3 June 2016
What a refreshing read on a serious issue. I bought the book after watching Neil's TED Talk - I knew I'd like his style and wasn't disappointed as he writes like he talks; easily, with humour and authenticity. This is a great book for anyone in need of reassurance that other people suffer with anxiety too, and it really helps you to put issues into perspective.
Amazon Customer
Amazon Customer Reply to on 15 August 2016
I loved the conversational style of this book and found it a really engaging read. I particularly liked the structure of it, as it was well thought through and a little bit different. It really worked. Although I am not someone who has experienced severe anxiety first-hand, I definitely related to many of the (often very amusing) anecdotes and found myself taking away a number of important personal learning points. It's really funny too (beware if you're reading it in public, like I was - you may chortle out loud). I'd definitely recommend to all human beings, regardless of perceived anxiety levels!
Hope McGarry
Hope McGarry Reply to on 1 June 2017
What a funny, pleasant and informative read! Neil provides practical and simple day-to-day ways to handle anxiety, whilst drawing on his own (rather entertaining!) experiences. I found the writing incredibly witty yet 'human' - the book really embraces the idea that we are 'all in this together', which I found comforting. I really felt like he was speaking to me, the reader, when I read it. I must admit, I shed a tear at the end! Highly recommend. :-)
jmom Reply to on 23 July 2017
If you have ever wondered what was wrong, why you feel 'bent out of shape,' why there is this cloud following you around everywhere you go... then read Neil's book. He asks as many questions as you are probably doing, he has a few answers (possibilities) and lots of personal (&quite funny) anecdotes. If you want to understand yourself better, and why you feel the way you do - with a a guy whose humility invites you in to the warmth of his writing... then read this book. You will be glad you did.
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