Columns Health and Wellbeing

Ask Aunty Annabel: Burnt out and blue? How to manage expectations of productivity

Aunty Annabel (Bella Stock) responds to a reader on how to prevent burnout.

Artwork by Iris Bowdler

“I’m a connoisseur of spending the entire week procrastinating, beginning an essay at midnight and finishing bang on the deadline at 8am before hitting the hay. It’s a technique which has served me reasonably well, though it has probably taken its toll on my sleep and the life expectancy of my long-suffering mother, who is forever fretting about my notorious all-nighters. So when I say, ‘do as I say and not as I do’, I really mean it.”

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Ask Aunty Annabel: the Dilemma Dater

Aunty Annabel gives advice on seeing multiple men, developing feelings in non-exclusive relationships, and talking to yourself drunkenly in Spoons.

Written by Bella Stock; illustration by Iris Bowdler

“From a purely practical perspective, it’s not easy to schedule a full-on dating life with life as an Oxford student, but it’s also emotionally (never mind physically…) draining to be *cough* ‘amorous’ with multiple people.”

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Ask Aunty Annabel: Negotiating the friendzone

In the first instalment of her column, our resident agony aunt, Aunty Annabel (known in her free time as Bella Stock), advises a Master’s student on how to see if his friend wants to take things to the next level.

Illustration by Iris Bowdler

“While the idea of it might make you cringe, the fact is that if two people enjoy spending time together and have lots in common, it really is a totally natural progression. Embittered old third-wheel that I am, I grumble incessantly about pals starting to fancy one another, but even I have to admit that friendship really is the best basis for a relationship (don’t mind me on the shelf up here).”