Ruby Wax

November 24th and 25th - Budget Day

Ruby Wax | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

I can't get it in my head that politicians can't get it in their heads that most of our 21st Century woes are caused by mental illness; crime, addictions, disease, rape, suicide, domestic violence, child abuse is caused by something that is mentally misfiring in our brains.

The Black Dog

Ruby Wax | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

I would love to be able to write how joyous I am that Christmas is around the corner but I'd be lying. I feel like I'm falling down the rabbit hole. I had this depression exactly at this time of year last year (after a gap of seven years). I think my mind is recalling what happened a year ago which triggered me into a mental whirlwind of despair...

Equality 4 Mental Health

Ruby Wax | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

The research into Alzheimer's and dementia is one of the most prevalent problems of this decade and these are brain diseases so why should depression or bi-polar be any different? If the government don't put funds for mental health in this budget at the end of November, it won't happen for a long time and the suffering and lack of help will continue.

Why I Get on the Train

Ruby Wax | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

Every time I run for my train that's taking off five minutes ago (I get an adrenaline high whenever I just make it), I think, "Why am I doing this?" And every night when the audience and I have a discussion after the interval, I remember why...

You Are My Tribe

Ruby Wax | Posted 21.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

So after my little trip to Burning Man, New Zealand and Cape Town I've come back to London. Don't worry - I'm whipping myself with guilt how lucky I am to have gotten that kind of gig. I worked in two out of the three...

From the Land of Hobbits to the Heart of Wisdom

Ruby Wax | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

I wish this were my life, being fed by beautiful men, in the presence of great minds discussing new and better ways to live and hopefully change the world. I had these type of discussions when I was 18 when I was hopeful and then never again but here's the spark and hopefully some day all this might come to fruition and I can say I was there.

On World Mental Health Day

Ruby Wax | Posted 09.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ruby Wax

Could we please wake up. It's 2015 for God's sake. It's time to spend some money on why people aren't mentally healthy to come up with solutions to alleviate the suffering. When I perform my show, Sane New World, I invite the audience to have a discussion or ask questions. Three times I've had people stand up and say that they've had cancer and mental illness and when I ask which is worse to them they've all said the depression. One man told me and the audience that with cancer he wanted to live, with depression he wanted to die.

Darkness Even in Paradise

Ruby Wax | Posted 07.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

My impression was that New Zealand is a virgin, not yet corrupted by greed and ruthless competition. People here are sweet, not aggressive. Even the birds are friendly. There have never been any predators so even the robins come up and stare at you with absolutely no fear; practically feeding you crumbs

More on Burning Man

Ruby Wax | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

The last night they burned the 80 foot wooden Man. It began with a firework display that kicked the ass of anything I've ever seen or heard about. The sky was filled with lattices of electric sparks that went on for hours and then the effigy of the Man exploded to the crowd's howling while fire dancers went primitive.

On Burning Man

Ruby Wax | Posted 18.09.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

So much to choose from - the fruit, donuts and balls sex exhibition party, naked pub crawls, kundalini cooking classes, the orgasmatron experience, slut Olympics, booty shines, workshops on how to turn your panties into a face mask, male stripping, spanking at Spankies and - my favorite - the strap-a-thon in Beavertown for women and transgender people only.

Silence Is Golden?

Ruby Wax | Posted 02.09.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

For the end of my book Mindfulness for the Frazzled I wanted to be my own guinea pig so had a brain scan done before and after a silent six day retreat practicing mindfulness eight hours a day...

My Take on Teens

Ruby Wax | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

The moment I hit puberty I went into shock. It's like my organs were just sitting around chewing gum, shooting the breeze and suddenly, BAM! A big oestrogen rush and my hormones started bubbling like Vesuvius about to blow. The harder my parents tried to discipline me the harder I rebelled.

Waking Up

Ruby Wax | Posted 12.08.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

If I see an American Bald Eagle or my kids' kids doing a school play, I want to be able to tear my mind away from the velcro of mundanity (where it usually lurks) and pull focus to the only thing worth watching on earth at that moment. Even my cat Socks can focus.

You Can't Learn Mindfulness by Taking a Pill

Ruby Wax | Posted 06.08.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

No one can help you except you and only you. The big yawn about this is, as with any other skill, you have to practice doing it in order to break the old habits. It's the only way you'll be able to get off cruise control and start to notice the scenery, smell the roses, taste the chocolate and hear the cry of a she-wolf.

On Glastonbury

Ruby Wax | Posted 22.07.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

I had the Glastonbury experience a few weeks ago for the first time. I can check that one off my bucket list. No one told me to bring wellies; I thought - it's summer, why would it rain? I ended up impacted in mud having to beg passers-by to help me lift my feet.

Mindfulness and Teens - Will They Ever Work Together?

Ruby Wax | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

Each generation thinks their parents have screwed up the world. The teen's job is to clean up his parent's mistakes and blame them for being selfish, greedy bastards who just think about themselves and are to blame for the world being a mess, the ice cap melting and the fact that there are no jobs or money because we've spent it all. (On these points they're right on all fronts).

Stigma Begone

Laura Lee | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Lee

Stigma is powerful in it's ability to cause harm and the only way to beat it, is to bring those issues at it's foundations to the surface. As an out and proud sex worker, I've stared stigma down many times.

Pay Attention

Ruby Wax | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

If a child is going to become an emotionally successful adult he/she needs to begin to learn to pay attention. That's why mindfulness in schools is not just a great idea but a necessity or this world of distractions will swamp his little brain.

How Honest Should You Be About Your Mental Health?

Amy Jane Smith | Posted 08.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Jane Smith

Mental health campaigner and OBE recipient Ruby Wax recently told The Times: "When people say, 'Should you tell them at work?', I say: 'Are you crazy?' You have to lie. If you have someone who is physically ill, they can't fire you. They can't fire you for mental health problems but they'll say it's for another reason. Just say you have emphysema."

Mindfulness for Babies

Ruby Wax | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

Early on you should try and see baby for what he is - not what you project on him. Nature, in the name of survival, is using everything's she's got to make you see this pink package as containing all your dreams and hope - otherwise you'd dump it.

Me and the Dalai Lama (I've Never Said That Before...)

Ruby Wax | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

So, I went to Australia to meet the Dalai Lama, as you do. I was asked to speak at a conference called, "Happiness And Its Causes", like I know? I told them this was not my specialty as I am a cynic but they held out the Dalai Lama as bait, and I bit...

Why We're Chasing Our Tails

Ruby Wax | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

Our mind is always 'flitting'. It's a leftover from the old days when our lives depended on it. Back then if we didn't keep flitting our focus in all directions, something with large teeth would have come up behind us and had us for lunch.

A Word About the Body (Actually More Than One Word)

Ruby Wax | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

If you went down a manhole and sat there in the dark, what's swarming around up there in your brain sums up whom you really are. I'm not saying don't think about redecorating your house but in the big scheme of things the rehaul won't make your experience of the world any different, even in a new chair.

On Cleanses

Ruby Wax | Posted 26.05.2015 | UK Comedy
Ruby Wax

I've decided to start mind fasting where I cut off all outside stimuli and see what's left in my brain. I'm starting with newspapers, to cut off my addiction to world atrocities then I'm going to wean myself off my iPhone and then the computer...

Why Mindfulness Is the 'It' Girl

Ruby Wax | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruby Wax

Mindfulness isn't about smelling a butterfly wing, though if you're into it be my guest, what it does deliver is a practice that may potentially give you a longer life and while you're living longer, living better.