Books

‘A Quiet Kind of Thunder’ by Sara Barnard: Book Review

"I want the world, I think. Even if it scares me."

Psychology and Mental Health, Science and Technology

Your Brain on Sugar

It's not just physical health that excess sugar can have an impact on. I discuss the effects sugar can have on the brain: from addiction, to anxiety and depression, to memory loss.

Lifestyle

Graduation: a Three-Year Retrospective

It's not in my nature to get too philosophical about graduation, and I don't want to write a heartfelt blog that reads like an Oscars acceptance speech. But I want to use this as an opportunity to take stock of what I've achieved over the last three years, and not just in terms of blogging. University has been more than just learning biochemistry. It's been throwing myself in at the deep end, facing my fears, and discovering that there is no escaping the fact that I am indeed the big nerd I always suspected myself to be.

Lifestyle

How to Recover Your Creativity

Dear creators: there will be days when you'll wake up so inspired and so full to the brim with ideas that there simply isn't enough time in the day to get them all down on paper. Those are the best kind of days. But then there are other days, days when you can't bring yourself… Continue reading How to Recover Your Creativity

Books, Psychology and Mental Health, Science and Technology

Our Age of Anxiety

"Van Gogh, Isaac Newton: most of the geniuses and great creators were not tranquil. They were nervous, ego-driven men, pushed on by a relentless inner force and best by anxieties." 25% of the US population are believed to experience an anxiety disorder at some point during their lifetime. So is it any surprise that a book titled My Age of Anxiety became a New York Times Bestseller, and was shortlisted by the 2015 Wellcome Book Prize?

Lifestyle

On New Year’s Resolutions and Feeling Like a Failure

"I've always felt like a failure inside if I'm not already a success, if that makes any sense." -Felicia Day, You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) I'm a perfectionist, and the way I sometimes see it, a failure until proven otherwise. And it’s a curse. I've drafted out this blog post three or four… Continue reading On New Year’s Resolutions and Feeling Like a Failure

Lifestyle

A Year of Blogging

Don’t chase perfection for perfection’s sake, or for any one else’s sake at all. If you strive for something, make sure it’s for the right reasons. And if you fail, that will be a better lesson to you than any success you’ll ever have. Because you learn a lot from screwing up. -Felicia Day It's… Continue reading A Year of Blogging

Psychology and Mental Health, Science and Technology, Uncategorized

Could Caffeine Reduce Stress?

We all know caffeine for its benefits as a pick-me-up, providing us with a burst of energy and alertness, whether it's the force that gets you out of bed in the morning, or the fuel that helps you finish that last-minute essay at 3am. Some of us might know it as something that makes us… Continue reading Could Caffeine Reduce Stress?

Psychology and Mental Health, Science, Science and Technology

Is Anxiety All in Your Head?

This is an article I wrote for Redbrick newspaper a couple of weeks ago. I'm currently on holiday, so I've queued this post in advance. Apologies if you've read it already! Whether it’s before an exam, during an interview, or in the middle of a crowded shopping centre, we’ve all felt the tell-tale signs of anxiety… Continue reading Is Anxiety All in Your Head?