Blind Boy from the comedy group Rubberbandits could be considered an unusual figurehead for emotional and mental wellbeing considering that in public he never appears without a plastic bag on his head. However, dismiss him at your peril, he is a fountain of knowledge about the coping mechanisms for panic and anxiety based disorders.

In this episode with Russell Brand he talks passionately about how Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) supported him, alongside exercise and mindfulness in overcoming a debilitating set of inherited thought processes based in fear.

#057 The Masks We Wear (with Blindboy, The Rubberbandits)

If you are interested in hearing more about Blind Boy’s take on CBT, then he did a four part series on his own podcast called An Introduction to Cognitive Psychology:

 The Blind Boy Podcast

One of the most common thinking traps that people get locked into is catastrophising, which can also be called ‘what if’ thinking. CBT teaches you to rationally evaluate thought patterns and look to address them as the route cause of how you are feeling. So if you find your self-talk narrativising a situation in this style “What if I lose my job? Well that’ll be it, I will lose my home. And if I lose my home, what if my wife leaves me and takes the kids?”. The best way to address it, is 1) To recognise you are doing it and it isn’t a rational thought process and 2) Repeat a positive version back to yourself (i.e. “What if I get recognised for the brilliant work that I am doing and I get a pay rise. Imagine how much extra I can pay to the mortgage and how much financial freedom my partner will feel”).

It may seem trite, but addressing how you narrate your life can have a significant positive impact on your emotional wellbeing & quality of life.