Lifestyle, Psychology and Mental Health

The Busy Introvert’s Dilemma

How do you find the energy to socialise when so many other things are already draining you?

Psychology and Mental Health, Science, Science and Technology

States of Mind: Tracing the Edges of Consciousness Review

I have no shame in saying that I am a big fan of The Wellcome Trust. I have a lot of admiration for their ability to engage the public with science, and it was actually their editorial team who gave me my first ever paid writing job, an article about cell division for Big Picture. So naturally,… Continue reading States of Mind: Tracing the Edges of Consciousness Review

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

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?

Lifestyle

Being A Quitter: Not Necessarily a Failure

A couple of days ago, I handed in my notice at my part-time job. I'd been thinking of doing it for a while, but it took me a few weeks to really commit to the motion. I'm not a quitter, I told myself at the first thoughts of giving it up after only a few months in the job, I don't quit things: I worked hard to get here. I owe it to myself to stick it out. Winners never quit. The cliches flew through my head, and I'm not the only one thinking about quitting right now: New Year's resolutions are slowly fading away, with more and more people dropping out of my previously oversubscribed exercise classes (I won't lie, I wasn't a fan of the overcrowding). We could all benefit from considering why we quit things, when quitting is a good thing, and when it's not.