Ground Rules for a Healthy Mind


A few years back now, I went to the doctor’s and was diagnosed with a case of mild depression. He gave me some simple advice that has proved invaluable and shaped my ground rules for overcoming depression:


  1. Regular Exercise. Ideally 30 minute sessions at least 3 times a week. If this seems daunting, think about what kind of exercise you like to do or perhaps other ways you can keep active. Do you like exercising solo or in a team/with friends/your dog? Indoors or outdoors? Do you prefer cycling or jogging? How about an exercise video, garden work or simply a long hike in the countryside? The possibilities are endless so you are bound to find something you enjoy. If you are not the athletic type, remember that Pilates and Yoga also count as exercise.Image
  2. Fresh air & daylight. Of course this goes hand in hand with number 1; you…

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Navy SEAL Designed Push Up Improvement Plan

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I personally think everyone who works out regularly should be able to do at least 20 straight push ups minimum. I would hope everyone strives to go over 50, but if you can’t you can learn how. And if you are going to learn anything, learn from the best, so to take your max to the next level, here is a push up plan designed by former Navy SEAL Stew Smith:

On Odd Days

Do 200 pushups in as few sets as possible in addition to your regularly scheduled workout of cardio exercises. You can still do upper body workouts on these days if you are already on a program. This is a supplemental 200 pushups using maximum repetition sets (4 x 50, 8 x 25 … it’s your choice how you get to 200).

On Even Days

Do 200 pushups throughout the day. This can be little sets of…

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WE RUN THE NIGHT: an ode to hospital night-shifts

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I just completed my 7th night-shift in a row.  It may have been the post-nights delirium setting in, but I found myself reflecting wistfully on the strange, scary and unique experiences a hospital night-shift can provide. What else to do, but write an ode to night-shifts, and the staff who keep the hospital alive overnight?

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Now I’ve used up all my delirious creativity, it’s back to bed to recover. These night-shifts are doing me in! I’m training for my Diploma in Obs & Gyn, and it’s been an interesting experience to re-enter the hospital after a few years in General Practice. Makes me glad I’ve chosen a career that can be 9-5 if I want it to be. More frequent posts promised when I’m back doing a day job in GP!

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