How To Be Sad with Helen Russell

BONUS! Steph Douglas of Don’t Buy Her Flowers

April 7, 2021

Steph Douglas is a businesswoman, mother of three, wife of Doug, and founder of the thoughtful gift company she started after realising that sometimes - when we’re in need of a pick me up - we might not want another thing we have to look after.


Steph has a dedicated Instagram following thanks to hilarious and occasionally heart-breaking posts about family life, her husband’s cancer treatment and the strains of running a business.  She’s a fellow firm believer that being more honest and vulnerable makes things better for everyone and says: ‘As hard and lonely as it has been at times, I’ve slowly realised there’s nothing unique about my experience. It only takes a few random conversations … and you quickly find that most of us feel the same.’


In this episode, Steph and Helen talk about:

  • Cancer diagnosis and treatment
  • So called body positivity movement and eating disorders
  • The three day cycle
  • Cancer diagnosis and treatment
  • Parenthood
  • Work stress and burnout
  • The struggle to look after our mental health
  • Redirecting our wasted capacity


Trigger: eating disorders, cancer

Find out more about Steph on her blog Sisterhood (And All That) at Don’t Buy Her Flowers or follow Steph on Instagram @steph_dontbuyherflowers

Follow Helen on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook @MsHelenRussell

Read more about Helen’s new book, How To Be Sad at Waterstones, Amazon or Apple.

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Thanks to Joel Grove for production and to Matt Clacher at HarperCollins for making this podcast happen.


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