Ruby Wax
Ruby Wax - comedian, writer and mental health campaigner - shows us how our minds can jeopardize our sanity.

With her own periods of depression and now a Masters from Oxford in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy to draw from, she explains how our busy, chattering, self-critical thoughts drive us to anxiety and stress.

If we are to break the cycle, we need to understand how our brains work, rewire our thinking and find calm in a frenetic world. Helping you become the master, not the slave, of your mind, Ruby's book SANE NEW WORLD is the manual to saner living.

Ruby Wax is probably best known for her T.V. documentaries and interviews. She was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company for 5 years, and has been script editor for many shows including all series of Absolutely Fabulous. Previously Ruby studied psychology at the University of Berkeley, California and obtained a Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling from Regent’s College, London. Recently Ruby obtained an MSt in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy at Oxford University.

"We are not equipped for this century, it’s too hard, too fast, and too full of fear; we just don’t have the bandwidth. Our brains can’t take so much information in a world where we’re bombarded by bad news and force-fed information. I can just about take in the weather then I’m exhausted. You open a newspaper, everyone’s dead. We’re only supposed to know what our neighbour is up to; if the woman next door to you is having sex with the man next door to her we need to know; but four doors down and it’s none of our business."

You can find Ruby at, on twitter @RubyWax and on facebook/RubyWaxOfficial.

Ruby also facilitates leadership groups to improve their communication skills.

Entries by Ruby Wax

Me at TEDTalks, or a Journey Into Brain Candy

(2) Comments | Posted 16 October 2014 | (00:00)

I just got back from TEDTalks, which were held in Rio this year. It's like going to Glastonbury but the acts are geniuses who've invented things I've never dreamt possible. It's extraordinary - and the sense of "I'm not worthy" bubbles below my surface as I'm surrounded by all this...

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Too Much Before We Explode

(4) Comments | Posted 9 October 2014 | (00:00)

Here's another fly in the ointment; choice. When I came to the UK I would have killed for ice cream that wasn't chocolate or vanilla. Then my country started to make 31 flavours. Then 1,310 flavours. It started slowly, strawberry, mint bubble gum, bacon with egg, alfalfa, no calories, no...

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On Happiness

(1) Comments | Posted 25 September 2014 | (00:00)

One of the problems with the 'H' word is that we can't all agree on what it is or how to hold on to it.

As humans we all get it free with the package, this ability to sense over 50,000 emotions, and yet there's only...

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How Much Can We Do Before We Explode?

(0) Comments | Posted 13 September 2014 | (00:00)

We do more work than ever before. We were conned into the belief that at the dawn of computers they would do all the boring stuff and free us up to paint landscapes or flower arrange.


We are the slaves, they are the slave-drivers. It's back-fired, what...

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On Stigma

(13) Comments | Posted 11 September 2014 | (00:00)

Here's my rant about stigma. I will not shut up until it's abolished. Why should there be one, I ask and ask, since it affects one in four people. That means either it's you or someone you know. Why,when you have a mental disease, is it always considered an act...

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Being Human or Not

(2) Comments | Posted 28 August 2014 | (00:00)

To be human is not in fashion these days. Successful people like to think of themselves as an extension of their digital hardware, that they are the software like the Wizard of Oz was behind the curtain, playing God. There we are alone in the darkness on a constant drip...

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On Robin Williams

(4) Comments | Posted 20 August 2014 | (17:07)

Why is it such an 'out of the blue' experience for everyone that Robin Williams killed himself? Is it because we think if someone's funny they must spend their lives, head thrown back, wheezing away? I know very few comedians who in their real lives have their heads thrown back,...

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Brian Cox and Me

(1) Comments | Posted 7 August 2014 | (00:00)

In Edinburgh, not having a depression, no, this is a feeling and when you have a feeling you don't have depression. With depression you feel nothing, dead, frozen inhuman. There is no reason for this sadness; I'm doing my show, it's full, I don't forget my lines so all's good...

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Under Siege

(2) Comments | Posted 1 August 2014 | (00:00)

I feel under siege, everything feels like an emergency from the fear we're on the cusp of a World War to the fact I missed my dentist appointment and he's going to charge me for it. Why am I so strung out?

I'm sure in the past I wasn't this...

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On Getting Old

(0) Comments | Posted 23 July 2014 | (16:26)

One thing I really will never recover from is the realization that I am an adult as in a grown up person. I never thought this would happen. I only realized when one day I was called 'ma'am' instead of 'miss'.

When exactly did this 'ma'am' transformation happen, what...

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Alone Amongst Many

(1) Comments | Posted 17 July 2014 | (16:39)

I don't know when it started but I've recently noticed when I'm talking to someone they don't ask me one question, not one. I don't even want to talk about me but for God's sake I'm sitting in front of them aren't they embarrassed that they're taking up all the...

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Noticing Is Half The Battle

(0) Comments | Posted 10 July 2014 | (00:00)

Every morning I drag myself from sleep (it's so hard especially when I've been starring in my own dream and I've been a hit) to sitting up on my pillow to do 20 minutes of mindfulness.

Every morning I think why am I doing this because when I look...

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Learning to Manage Our Ancient Whispers

(0) Comments | Posted 2 July 2014 | (16:46)

I've been thinking how little we know about ourselves no matter how much has been coughed out to shrinks. Surely to understand our inner inconsistencies there must be some other influences outside our paltry life stories which some of us repeat on an endless loop tape to get to the...

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A Day In The Life In My Head

(0) Comments | Posted 20 June 2014 | (00:00)

Most mornings I try to drag myself into a sitting position to practice mindfulness. I do this because if I delay and say to myself, "Later," I'll never do it. My body craves to stay prone, probably forever. But sitting up and following my breath, I can check my internal...

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Mindfulness in Parliament (Go Figure)

(1) Comments | Posted 13 June 2014 | (00:00)

Last Wednesday I went to Parliament to hear Arianna Huffington speak about her new book, Thrive. I loved that we all had to go through high security, each item electrically sniffed and to make sure my mascara wasn't a weapon, to hear a talk on mindfulness. We were led through...

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On Using Mindfulness as Party Survival Skills

(0) Comments | Posted 5 June 2014 | (00:00)

I don't like parties anymore, I don't think I ever did but when you drink, the world is your oyster card. I remember in the old days throwing it back as fast as I could and thinking I was a joy to behold. I wasn't, I told the same story...

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Forgiveness Without Tears

(3) Comments | Posted 26 May 2014 | (00:00)

I woke up this morning with that agony that fills your body when you're deep in the depths of despair. There are people who think emotional pain isn't as bad as physical pain but here's the rub, there's empirical evidence that physical pain and emotional pain are registered in the...

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Mindfulness - Wake Up and Pay Attention!

(1) Comments | Posted 22 May 2014 | (00:00)

I just spent three days at an incredibly expensive hotel, which I would never have paid for but Ed (husband) won it in a raffle. I can only relax knowing that I'm not paying - it's part of my heritage. So I'm sitting here jaw-dropped, looking at a mile long...

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Look Ma! I'm in Parliament

(0) Comments | Posted 14 May 2014 | (00:00)

Well, this mindfulness thing seems to be taking off, which I never expected. When I first went to Oxford three years ago to get my masters in MBCT (mindfulness-based cognitive therapy) I wouldn't tell anyone what exactly I was studying I thought it sounded fluffy. I would say I was...

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Adventures on the Road

(0) Comments | Posted 8 May 2014 | (00:00)

I'm still on tour with my show "Sane New World" where I've zigzagged across and up and down the UK and Ireland and Wales and have never been happier, in spite of the four hour train journeys between 'gigs.' (Not a word I've used much having not been...

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