It has been some week gang – I wasn’t sure if I would get to write this week’s article! But I’ve managed to grab a half hour in my weekend to do it, and I’m loving sharing these posts. So here’s a quick recap on my past week!
What went on in my doctor life…
This week at work was…frantic, to say the least. The COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) situation has meant we in public health are extremely busy (flat out is the term I think!) working on preparation for this virus in Ireland. I’ve been sharing updates on my Instagram a couple of times per week, and sharing evidence-based trustworthy websites you guys can stay up to date on. I shared those in last week’s Weekly Balance article but I’ll add them here below again:
- The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (https://www.hpsc.ie/)
- The World Health Organisation (https://www.who.int/)
- The European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/home)
- Public Health England (https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england)
- NHS (https://www.nhs.uk/)
- The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (https://www.cdc.gov/)
Below is a nice infographic from the World Health Organisation on the novel coronavirus too:
What I’m thinking about…
This week I was thinking about the value of little acts of kindness in daily life. I finished my week very excited for the weekend but more so very grateful for great work colleagues and friends and the support we give each other, especially in these busy times with COVID-19. Something as simple as a hug, a cup of tea, a box of chocolates (we had one in the office on Friday and it was EPIC in a crazy afternoon), a smile, even a ‘thank you’ – it all adds up, and can make the difference between a good and a bad day. So this week, my challenge to you is to take 5 minutes to give a little bit of kindness to yourself and your loved ones in the day. It might be taking a few minutes for a cup of tea, a simple text message or a call, or just going to bed 5 minutes earlier – whatever warms your soul up a little bit!
What I’m reading…
I shared my review of Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez on my Instagram this weekend, while you can check out here! I’m currently reading The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. I’m really enjoying it – if a little bit disturbed by it. I’ve got the sequel to it – The Testaments -too so I’ll be starting that once I finish The Handmaid’s Tale. Let me know if you’ve read either, I’d love to hear what you thought!
My current audiobook is Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. I finished it today, and absolutely loved it. I’ll definitely be reading more of her books!
What I’m listening to…
My favourite Podcast I listened to this week was the latest episode on the Women’s Health UK Going for Goal Podcast – titled ‘How To Quit Perfectionism – And Why It’s Holding You Back.’ The author of the book The Imposter Cure, Dr. Jessamy Hibberd, is one of the interviewed guests, and it’s an absolutely lovely listen. Definitely one to download!
Brews and Eats
This weekend, I had a gorgeous family dinner at Matt The Thresher, a seafood restaurant in Dublin. I’ve been once or twice before and just love it – their seafood chowder is absolutely delicious!
I also got to try the afternoon tea at House Dublin with some family. I haven’t tried many afternoon teas, probably only one or two in the past – they’re such a treat of an afternoon out, and this experience was an awesome way to have a Sunday Funday.
Lastly, I spoke at Thrive Festival in Dublin today with KIND Snacks Ireland, about finding balance through kindness. I was asked to give a talk as part of my role as a KIND Snacks Ireland brand ambassador, and I’m very grateful for having been given the opportunity. If you went to Thrive Festival this weekend too, I hope you had a ball!, and thank you to those who came to my talk!
And that’s a wrap gang! I hope you enjoyed this Weekly Balance article. Have yourselves an awesome new week ahead!
Ciara 🙂 x