A new plan for anxious feelings: escape the custard! | Neil Hughes | TEDxLeamingtonSpa



Comedian, author, and physicist Neil Hughes lived with anxiety for years before he had a strange realisation: anxiety is just like custard! This surprising pudding-based insight led to a new approach to his mental health.

In this talk, he uses physics, humour, and poorly-drawn doodles to share this new way of thinking about mind management, including practical suggestions for improving mental habits.
He also explains the hidden links between fluid dynamics, custard, and emotions, and how these links might help to build a more peaceful life. This amusing and enlightening talk will help you identify the ‘custard traps’ in your mind and start plotting your escape.

Neil Hughes is a comedian, anxiety sufferer and the author of ‘Walking on Custard & the Meaning of Life’, a unique combination of autobiographical confessions, humorous fantasy fiction, and a ‘how-to’ for living less anxiously and more happily. As well as speaking about mental health, he is currently working on developing a comedy show, writing his first novel and perfecting the art of the pasta bake.

You can find Neil Hughes at http://www.walkingoncustard.com and on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/enhughesiasm.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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29 thoughts on “A new plan for anxious feelings: escape the custard! | Neil Hughes | TEDxLeamingtonSpa

  1. swimming is also a metaphor for something you must keep doing. Fighting off alien attack kittens is a metaphor for something you must keep doing. What makes the custard metaphor really good is that there's that little custard flavor in the back of your mind every time you think about the custard.

  2. Do you guys feel really weird at a moment (for me it last no longer than one minute) when the fear is gone? I don't know how to explain it, but sometimes I feel like I was worrying so much, that when the anxiety is gone, I'm feeling uncomfortable and I feel the need to find something to worry about…

  3. insightful! I really liked the part where he said that when you're triggered by something that makes you anxious, that's the time where you do something different like drink a glass of water, meditate, etc to get your brain to associate that trigger with something more positive!

  4. love this talk.. such a great take on it..and I love the bit about it being difficult and it gets worse before better as so many people stop when things feel worse.. I did.. and I'm glad I realised that it's normal for it to be difficult..but the pay offs are getting to actually feel alive xc

  5. Thank you for your TED type talk. It was most inspiring and I feel better about myself now. I suffer from the custard march too, I was about to go back into the denial cycle as well. I have a choice in how I react, thank you for reminding me.

  6. I don't normally comment on YouTube, but this video was just too good! Thanks for making me laugh and putting a difficult topic into a situation which everyone can understand and connect with. I am also impressed that he stayed calm and cool under pressure with his slideshow errors. Bravo!

  7. That was really brilliant. Especially about when negative thoughts come into your head over nothing. I do it constantly.. so now I'm going to try your advice about paying attention to the thought and breaking the habit.

  8. This is one of the best I've seen! An informative and entertaining speaker to be sure, and these techniques are simple yet it's obvious that they've made a difference for him. I intend to try them myself when I get anxious.

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