Clare Bowditch: How to tell your inner critic to F-off

You know that anxious voice in your head – the one that tells you you’re not good enough, fit enough, thin enough, smart enough – the voice that sabotages all your good intentions? By the end of this episode, we’re betting you’ll have a name for it.


Today’s guest, ARIA-award winning singer Clare Bowditch, calls that voice Frank. When she was younger, she had to tell Frank to f*ck off quite often. Nowadays she has a more polite relationship with him, where a simple ‘no thanks’ will do, but it took her a long time to get there. In this chat with WH deputy editor Lizza Gebilagin, Clare gets honest about her struggles with mental health and the stories she shares in her memoir Your Own Kind Of Girl (Allen & Unwin, $29.99). We talk about the strategies that have helped her cope with anxiety, including more on Frank, how she learnt to love her body after going on her first diet at the age of 10, and how she turned her life around.


As she writes in her book, “What starts as a breakdown really can become the moment you look back on as a breakthrough, as the moment in which you started to live your own kind of life.”


Credits:

Your host is Lizza Gebilagin, @lizza_marie

With thanks to special guest Clare Bowditch, @clarebowditch

Your producer is Jake Taylor


If you’ve been affected by the themes in this episode, book in for a chat with your GP. For support around body image issues and eating disorders, contact The Butterfly Foundation’s national helpline on 1800 33 4673 or email support@thebutterflyfoundation.org.au. For mental health support, contact Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.


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