My Recovery from Bulimia

I was flicking through Facebook the other day and I noticed that a good friend of mine had been teaching yoga to members of the eating disorder charity Beat. It started off a chain of thoughts in my head about eating disorders and in particular bulimia - the focus of...

Chronic Pain – The Role of Emotions

Last weekend I attended the annual SIRPA conference – “The role of emotions in chronic pain”. I’ve blogged about the work of SIRPA before and you can find that information in a previous blog...

Understanding depression as a cycle

Depression is essentially a cycle of "experience" rather than part and parcel of "who we are". When we are depressed, we can worry about things that haven't happened yet. We may also worry about things that happened a long time ago but still bother us today. These...

10 tips for yoga newbies

I first stumbled into a yoga studio four years ago with a print out from Groupon for a block of classes. Since then I have practiced 2-4 times a week. Its a great way of conditioning the mind and the body. I’ve seen and tried a few things out over the years and these...

Tips for helping friends when they are going through a crisis

The topic for this blog came to me this afternoon after speaking to a friend I had known for years. We were actually talking about something highly amusing rather than crisis ridden. After I’d finished the call, I started to reflect on the tremendous value of good...

Thoughts on Grief

Grief is a natural process. It's part of being human. We tend to think of grief occurring when a person close to us dies. The reality is that any change in life -a relationship breakup, retirement or a behaviour change can trigger the grieving process. Grief is the...

Two fascinating books I read recently

A slightly unusual twist for the blog today.  I thought I would review two books that I have read recently and found really insightful.  One tackles the subject of trauma in humans and the other looks at how we can"rewire" our brain to change unhelpful patterns. The...

Tips to help with Health Anxiety

Today I'm focusing on the topic of health anxiety. It's a very common topic in my consulting room and the first thing that I wanted to do was to define what "health anxiety" actually is. It proved difficult because health anxiety is not a "thing" but a process - the...

Nine tips to reduce stress from your mobile phone

Mobile phones are a fantastic invention and I love mine. However the speed and instancy of communication does have a downside when you're trying to relax or get other important tasks done. Not to mention those Facebook messenger alerts and Candy Crush Saga requests....

Coping with suicidal thoughts

The subject of this blog was inspired by a number of conversations I have had with patients over the years. It’s a difficult topic and not often discussed which is precisely why I feel that we need to talk about this. Experiencing thoughts of wanting to die can feel...

Eight things I would tell my younger self about studying

December is the time of year when students tell me about their deadlines and exams looming on the horizon. I'm often asked if I have any tips that help with managing this potentially stressful time. Now I'm not a guru in the area of studying but I have sat a fair few...

Is alcohol costing you more than money?

We hear a lot in the media about the harms of alcohol both socially and on the body (http://www.knowyourlimits.info/know…-effects-alcohol). These are worrying statistics and sadly fit with what I am seeing daily in my practice as a GP. When I qualified 16 years ago,...

Freshers’ Flu

So first up is that eponymous syndrome known as “Freshers’ Flu”. It’s now the second week of October, the weather is getting colder and l’m starting to see more of this. What is it? Why does it occur and perhaps more importantly, what can you do about it? If you...

Talking about sex

Hi there, I hope you’ve all had a good week. This week’s blog focuses on matters of sex and relationships. It’s a bit of a mishmash of topics but is based on some of the most common questions that I get asked by students in my practice. I hope you find it helpful....

Social Hacks – Making Friends

A shorter blog this week about the topic of social relationships. Humans are social creatures and in our practice we see many people who report difficulties in these areas. They might not feel that they are connecting well with others or they might find that they are...

Staying Healthy

Hello everyone – this blog was inspired by a number of conversations I have had recently with our students about staying healthy. At this time of year, there are a myriad of coughs/colds/viral illnesses doing the rounds and many students feel that they have felt...

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