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RUBY’S Magical Mindful Moments
Known for her razor sharp wit and vivaciousness on and off screen, no-one would have guessed that for years Ruby Wax suffered from depression. Seven years ago, following a particularly bad episode, she decided she’d learn to “lasso my wild mind”, as described in her book, A Mindfulness Guide For The Frazzled.
Never one to do things by halves, she threw herself headlong into a Masters Degree in mindfulnessbased cognitive therapy from Oxford, in a bid to gain a deep understanding of the science behind depression.
“Obsessed, I plunged into research mode and found that with depression, for those who’ve had three or more episodes, mindfulnessbased cognitive therapy yields a 60 per cent chance of preventing relapse.”
She is now a mindfulness devotee, practising daily meditation exercises.
“I do mindfulness because if you have your ear to the ground, there are certain clues. You have a forewarning that a relapse could be coming.
“I take medication for my depression, but if antidepressants carried a guarantee, no-one would ever relapse, yet most of us do. This is why I’ve added meditation to my medication. It’s not easy but when the real stress drones come in, you can dodge the bullets.”
“I’m able to focus much more easily, particularly when I’m up on stage.
“Mindfulness doesn’t mean I don’t get angry or that I never snap. It means I
“When the stress drones come in, you can dodge the bullets”
don’t get carried away.”
In her book, Ruby discusses the effect manic modern life is having on all of us and gives plenty of practical tips to avoid feeling burnt out and frazzled.
“Try to recognise your tipping point and then do something to distract yourself so you don’t go over the top. It can be looking at a picture of your cat or simply breathing – it doesn’t really matter, as long as you are focused, paying attention.”
Eager to help others, Ruby has done a run of walk-in sessions where stressed members of the public can come and chat to Ruby and other experts for advice.
“I’m going to roll these sessions out further; I want to open a walk-in centre. Doing that for the public and giving them a place to park… it makes me feel good!”
Ruby with her daughters