Another 7 days behind us gang! Let’s rewind the past week of mine in this week’s article. I’m so glad to see the series reach so many of you – and for you to enjoy it, more importantly! One of my favourite parts of the week is making a cup of tea and sitting down to write this article.
What went on in my doctor life…
I think that, while the COVID-19 pandemic continues, I’m going to leave out this section of The Weekly Balance for now. I can’t share the specifics of my day to day work – its not appropriate for many reasons, but confidentiality is the main one. I would also guess that many of you, like me, enjoy taking time to switch off from all things pandemic, and I hope these weekly posts might help with that a little. I hope you guys can understand that, and thank you!
What I’m thinking about…
The importance of communication, now more than ever. This is a really, really tough time for us all, and I’ve spoken quite a lot here and on my Instagram about the importance of staying connected with loved ones. Talking out the most difficult feelings we’re experiencing, all of the frustrations, worries, fears, anxieties and uncertainty can make the difference between getting through a day with a smile on your face or tears in your eyes. There is no right way to feel right now, and every feeling that passes through us is valid. Acknowledging those is very important – and making sure we don’t judge ourselves or others for them either is equally key. I’m making a big effort to ask my family and friends how they are regularly – a simple ‘How are you doing?’ can transform someone’s day and maybe influence their mental health for the better too. I have a sign up in my room that says ‘Be the reason that someone smiles today‘, and I try to live by that every day, in and outside of work.
What I’m reading…
Last week, I spoke about reading Nudge, a non-fiction book by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein, which is centered around our behaviours, and how the choices we make in daily life, for both the short and long-term, can be influenced by our environment. I was about halfway through it when two new fiction books I had ordered arrived, and I have to admit that I’ve put Nudge on hold for now! I think with all of the COVID-19 talk in and outside of work, right now I want to read fiction books over non-fiction, as I can escape into their stories and switch off properly. So my current read is Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan, and I’m nearly finished it so stay tuned for a review! This time next week I’ll have a new fiction novel to tell you guys about. As always, let me know what you’re reading in the comments below!
What I’m listening to…
This week, I especially enjoyed an episode of the Power Hour podcast by Adrienne Herbert, who is a runner, master trainer, influencer, podcast host (of course!) and motivational speaker. I’ve been a fan of this podcast since last year and went back to it this week for a catch-up. The episode this week I tuned into was with author Chidera Eggerue (@theslumflower on Instagram), who wrote What A Time To Be Alone and How To Get Over A Boy. I haven’t read either of her books, but What A Time To Be Alone has been on my list for a while now, and they went to the top of the list after this episode! I won’t spoil it for you, but definitely one to check out for some mantras and inspiration.
The second podcast I’m recommending this week is the most recent episode of the Happy Place podcast by Fearne Cotton, with singer-songwriter George Ezra. I ADORE George Ezra’s music (and his voice, its like chocolate!), and this interview was such a lovely listen, focusing mostly on mental health.
Last week I spoke about watching and loving the Normal People series based on the book by Sally Rooney. I’ve spent this week listening to the soundtrack and it is amazing! Well worth checking out on Spotify – my favourite song on it is called Sometimes, by Goldmund. Pop it in your ears for some chilled out (and emotional!) tunes, especially the original score for the series by Stephen Rennicks.
Recipe of the Week
This week’s recipe favourite from my blog is my Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Squares, which you can find on my website here. They are VERY tasty, and if I do say so myself, delish with a cuppa!
And that’s a wrap for this week gang! If you want to get in touch, you can find me @theirishbalance on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. And a massive thanks to everyone who joined my Instagram Live Cookalong today !I hope you have a lovely week ahead folks – remember, stay home, stay safe, wash your hands, keep your distance and be kind!
Ciara 🙂 x