SOUL LIFE

Being the best versions of ourselves is more than being physically healthy. Our emotional and mental health is crucial to being well.

 

  • Do you need a digital detox? Social media is the phenomenon of our time. It has allowed each one of us to connect with new and old friends and companies like never before and it has become an integral part of our lives. A couple of weeks ago, my wife took us both to Rome to celebrate my birthday.  This is me in ...
  • Wonder Woman/Super Man – what’s so great about them anyway? This post is inspired by a patient I have, we’ll call her Jane. In reality the patient I met today is like so many that I have, and your doctor has, met before. It could easily be John, or Jenny, or Jeff. Jane is in a cycle of trying to care for family members and hold everyone together, ...
  • “All that I am, or ever hope to be, I owe to my Mother” It’s Mother’s Day today in the UK and this gives us a chance to show our mums how much they mean to us – whether they are still with us or not. There is an undeniable connection to your mother, no matter what is going on in life. As babies we are conditioned to bond to the person ...
  • Why am I so tired all the time? “Doctor, I’m just exhausted. All the time. I’m so tired, there must be something wrong with me” Pretty much every GP or family doctor will hear this several times a day. Tiredness is ubiquitous with our fast paced modern lives, but at what point is it more than just our lifestyle and an indicator that something ...
  • What makes you happy? Mindfulness, Hygge and beyond. It’s International Day of Happiness, a good time to think about what makes us happy and steps we can take to improve. Our emotional wellbeing can have an impact, both positive and negative, on our physical health. It’s a fact backed by countless studies including the annual World Happiness Report. In 2017, Norway topped the polls of the World Happiness ...
  • Your sense of self: the magic five. Self Confidence. Self Esteem. Self Worth. Self Belief. Self Respect. All priceless. All fragile. All unique. Our sense of self is intricately tied to our personalities, experiences, belief systems and the bubble we find ourselves in. It can take a life time to build and a second to shatter.   On the face of it, the five S’s may all seem similar concepts ...
  • A lost art? All week it’s National Conversation Week. Sounds simple enough, do we really need to be reminded to put down our myriad of devices to have an actual conversation? Sadly, we do. In these days when we can communicate via 180 characters or by stringing emoji’s together, the art of the conversation is risking being lost. As human beings ...
  • #BeBoldForChange on International Women’s Day So today is International Women’s Day. The theme for this year is to be bold and make a change for women’s rights. As doctors, we are reasonably lucky that in many regards we are on an even footing with our male colleagues. Although recent amendments to junior doctors contracts in the UK have had my female peers ...