For this week's Friday Focus, I wanted to bring you guys a flavour of the topic of the panel I was part of at Wellfest two weeks ago as a proud Kindsnacks Ambassador. Myself and my fellow four other ambassadors spoke on the importance of community, (in-person) social interaction, and minding your mental health when … Continue reading Social Media – Positives, Productivity and Pressure
Grab a cuppa lads, this one goes deep. Two things happened recently that made me want to write this post. First, I read an utterly incredible book by author and journalist Elizabeth Day called 'How To Fail'. Some of you may have read it (if so, let me know what you thought!), some of you … Continue reading Reflecting on Failure for a Focus on Mental Health Awareness
This post is a little bit of a different topic from those you might be used to my blog, but smoking and tobacco-related harms comprise a major public health issue, and I wouldn't be a public health advocate if I didn't address it on my platform! Now, this article is not about shaming smokers, past … Continue reading Saying No to Smoking – Moving Towards a Tobacco-Free Ireland
A BIG 2019 goal of mine was to get my butt back into reading. I spent a lot of last year talking about it, but not so much doing it. I've always loved reading and writing - as I kid, I used to enter 'Read-a-thons' for charity, and I wrote more short stories than I … Continue reading You Can’t Beat A Good Book – 3 Reasons To Make Reading A Priority Right Now
When I started working as a junior doctor, we had two weeks of induction before being officially 'let loose' on the wards, so to speak. We learnt about the common medications we would prescribe, heard the stories of the outgoing interns, did our hand hygiene training, and got a much-needed copy of our 'Intern Handbook', … Continue reading Working Around The Shift Work Clock – Healthy Habits for Day and Night
Introduction from Joe O'Brien - Creator of @headfirst0: Thank you for taking the time to read my blog! My name is Joe O Brien, I work in mental health and have experience in clinical and research settings in the UK and Ireland. I’ll be posting more on this topic in the near future on my Instagram … Continue reading Guest Post: Is Your Phone Addictive? The Impact For Mental Well-being
This post has been one I've been excited to write for quite a while, and now that the festive season is behind us and my brain has had a little bit of post-exams chill time, I was finally able to sit down and write it. The end of the year always makes me quite reflective, … Continue reading My Masters in Public Health & Nutrition – Lessons Learnt From Semester 1
Now that 2019 is officially here, I wanted to share an article to help YOU achieve those New Year's resolutions. Goal-setting is THE starting point if you want to cultivate a lifestyle change, and there are some key things to consider when setting your goals. These are applicable to any and all areas of your … Continue reading Goal Setting for 2019 – Are You Being SMART About It?
Have YOU made New Year's Resolutions? I prefer to call mine intentions & goals, but I do it every December. I reflect on the year just gone, what I've achieved and what I haven't, and look forward to a new beginning. I set new intentions, and source renewed motivation to continue working on those from … Continue reading 9 Resolutions for 2019 – The Importance of Simplicity and Sustainability
It's fair to say that discovering a real, genuine love of yoga has been one of my absolute game-changers of 2018. I had given it a go last year, as a way to 'stretch' after a serious amount of high intensity workouts at Wellfest (an Irish wellness festival many of you will be familiar with!), … Continue reading 12 Days of Christmas Yoga – Namaste All The Way!