My top 5 (re)reads for 2018

Leisure reading is a luxury. That’s something I have learned to appreciate this year. I never thought I would ever say this because as a child, I hated reading. I felt like I was forced to read, and I managed to do well in English without finishing any of the prescribed texts so I got …

How to start the exercise journey

My weight has seen a very wide range during my adulthood. When I’m fit and doing lots of long-distance running, my weight is about 51kg. The highest it’s ever been is in April this year, when I weighed 64.5kg due to an excessive workload, a toxic work environment, eating poorly, sleeping poorly, not having time …

How chronic stress leads to physical and mental illness

I’m healthy. I’m fit. I practise yoga. I can stay calm during any crisis (medical or otherwise). I’m the eternal optimist. I’m resilient. I have all the personality traits and coping skills necessary to manage any stressors that come my way. Except I couldn’t this time. This year there was nothing I could do to …

Training as a doctor in Australia

The pathway and the hierachy To become a doctor, one must pass medical school, which can be either an undergraduate or postgraduate degree for 4-6 years. I did a six-year undergraduate degree, which included an Honours research year when I was in fourth year. Then, you become an intern. Each state is different in Australia. In New South Wales …

Love ya guts

I got a lump in my throat. Gut feeling. Trust your gut. I feel sick to my stomach. Hard/bitter pill to swallow. Gut instinct. Butterflies in your stomach. Emotional eating. Gut-wrenching. Misery guts. Gut reaction. You’ve got guts. Kick in the guts. Hate your guts. Love your guts. Hangry. Comfort food. I don’t have the …

Decluttering Part 2: Forgiveness

What is the purpose of decluttering? For me, decluttering is not just about removing excess from my physical space, but also about clearing my mental and emotional space in order to give myself peace. Forgiveness is one way you can lessen the emotional load on yourself. When you feel hard done by, you carry anger, …