Health ballz

Awesome bites of energy that taste as bad for you as they are good for you.  Cocoa powder Dates Pumpkin seeds  Flax seeds  Sunflower seeds  Pine nuts  Cashews  Ginger  Turmeric  Cinnamon  Smash em up in a food processor and squash into bite size balls of goodness. 

An exercise in Optimism 

  The problem Facebook and Instagram, and various other forms of social media, are amazing. They let you keep in touch with friends and relatives around the world, organise events and share photos, you can even make a living from them. However I'm pretty sure they are absolutely terrible for your mental health. Remember at school when…

The 1 minute rule

If something takes less than a minute, do it now.   I used to be absolutely terrible when it came to having a whole load of little jobs to do. I'd try and work out the best order to do things in to be productive, or write a list and work my way down it…

Fail, a lot

  Failing sucks. Nobody likes getting it wrong, but it is an incredibly useful way to learn to get it right next time, because the emotional response to failure (especially in neurotic med students) really cements it in your memory. At medical school you have five (or six) years of opportunities to make mistakes, and hopefully…

Lose control

More specifically, don't try and control everything... Having spoken to a number of my senior colleagues about how they ended up where they are, one thing became apparent: a lot of things are completely beyond your control, and this is not always a bad thing. One consultant described how he had applied for a job,…

Why I stopped using Facebook

  Facebook is toxic. It's an incredible tool, an ingenious creating, allowing potentially unlimited communication between anyone with internet access, but psychologically it is an absolute nightmare. When I'm feeling crap, and I go on Facebook to distract myself, I invariably feel more crap after five minutes of scrolling. Why? Because I'm warmly greeting by…