APS 2018 Round-up (Pt.1).

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…

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What fills you up?

I’m currently at a conference in the USA and despite having jet lag, dealing with health flare ups and having a super packed schedule – I’m enjoying it, and I feel like the time I am spending here is filling me up. It got me thinking about the different ways and parts of our lives where we can nourish and fill ourselves up, and why it’s important to do so.

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My experience at Spit Camp

I’ll be honest – this post is going to be a little niche, and it might not be up your street – which is totally fine. But in this post I’ll be sharing my experience of some recent training that I attended at the University of California Irvine. It might be useful for you if you’re considering some Salivary Bioscience training of your own or if you just want to know a bit more about what that even is! I was fortunate enough, thanks to an Overseas Institutional Visit grant awarded by the ESRC, to attend two days of Salivary…

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The #metoo movement: we need to take care of each other

This is another one of those posts that I never expected to write. But I woke up this morning with a sense of urgency that this message needed to be shared. So here it is. I am by no means an expert on trauma, but I do have some personal and academic experience which I hope puts me in a place to share my thoughts in a responsible and informed way.

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Dear Anxiety: A letter to my anxiety

Dear Anxiety, We meet again Anxiety. Thank you for dropping by. No really, thank you. I am using a different tactic this time – I hope you’ll understand and be patient whilst I try to work with you, and not against you. Let’s see how it goes shall we? See, Anxiety, I think I understand your game. You aren’t this big, strong, overwhelming force really are you? No, I think the truth is, you’re just a bit scared, and perhaps, you just need to be heard. In the past, when you’ve come along I’ve been in a place where I’ve…

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