It’s been a while since I’ve managed to get around to posting here. You could say that things have ‘changed gear’ now that I’m in the latter stages of my PhD. But as it is Mental Health Awareness week I wanted to share something that I’ve pondered over myself, which may be useful to you too. I was at the BPS Annual Conference recently, and during a talk we were asked to talk about ourselves when we felt ‘at our best’. Some of us found this difficult and uncomfortable (we were saying I’m proud of myself), even more so when… View Post

Hello! I hope that everyone had a lovely Easter and that you were able to take some time off or at least take things at a more steady pace. This week I wanted to share my thoughts on celebrating the little moments that take place within the bigger picture, and why I think it’s really important to do so. I’ve already given my two cents on whether it is ok to be proud of ourselves, and whilst this post has some similarities, I wanted to share a slightly different message.

As I mentioned in my most recent post, last week I was fortunate enough to attend the American Psychosomatic Society Annual Meeting, in Louisville, Kentucky – home of Muhammad Ali, The KFC Colonel and Bourbon! All of which featured in my trip! This conference was extremely timely and relevant to me and my thesis as the overall theme was ‘Optimizing Health and Resilience in a Changing World’. Most conferences lead me to make lots of notes and although I have the best intentions, beyond typing them up I rarely look at them again. But during this conference I felt compelled… View Post

I am writing this from Amsterdam airport whilst en route to some training in the USA. There is something about airports that make me feel reflective. In my last post I was feeling reflective too, and I have done whilst I had the chance to attend my regular women’s circle and catch up with friends after a few weeks out of the loop. I’ve taken the opportunity to share with these friends about my experiences, challenges and successes over not only the last few weeks but the last year or so. It got me thinking, there was a time when I… View Post

We’re midway through January, and at the start of this month I really wasn’t feeling the New Year vibes. Aside from the fact that I much prefer to be carried by the spring energy when setting new intentions or plans, as I shared, I was having a bit of a rough time before Christmas and I was facing a busy 5-6 weeks at the start of the year. I am currently on some medical leave after an operation which required two weeks out from my PhD, and I feel like this has been a really good and timely reminder for… View Post