“Impact”: Illusive and tempestuous

You can disagree without being disagreeable –Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Supreme Court Justice   I do not typically engage in ‘making friends’ because the motions have never been simple for me. Unfortunately, emotional maturation and professional development have not increased the frequency or success in my cultivating ‘friendships’. So, networking? …

Transition from Sporting to Geeking

Back in October 2015, I was competing for an elusive space in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. My sport was canoe slalom; a technically, physically, and mentally demanding sport that requires its athletes to navigate a canoe/kayak through a set course of gates, without touching or missing any of them, …

International Day of Happiness: when hope is needed the most!

This Saturday, on March 20th, we are celebrating the ‘International Day of Happiness’. I have to be honest, it feels strange to write about happiness amongst so much confinement and grief that COVID-19 has brought into all of our lives. I believe that is important to acknowledge those who suffered, …

To Create Your Own Oasis- Plantings, Mental Health and Well-being

There is no doubt that people like to live and work in civilized, comfortable and pleasant surroundings like bright and airy rooms, colourful walls, a few pots of plants by the windows. But very few people know that growing plants with our own hands can also have various benefits on our mental health and well-being.   There are two main types of planting – house planting and community gardening. House planting refers …

Is it Okay to Have a Bad Day? A Docu-Music Video

On a cold February afternoon, I posted a special invitation on a Facebook group in Edinburgh called ‘The Meadows Share’. I asked if anyone would be willing to share  any advice for themselves when they are having a bad day. My goal was to create a short film that reaches people, so I figured it would be great to feature as …

World Diabetes Day: Self-compassion, physical activity and gestational diabetes 

When I tell people that I am studying gestational diabetes as part of my PhD, I mostly receive a blank stare or a vague “oh, that’s interesting…” in return. As a disease of pregnancy, gestational diabetes doesn’t affect half of the population and for those it does impact, it usually goes away …

Food – the present and the future generations´ wellbeing: making the food system sustainable

“Access to adequate food is a human right, and belongs to the economic, social and cultural rights” Human rights exist to protect human dignity and they are characterized by principles such as being universal, indivisible, and interlinked. This means that access to food should be a universal experience, which implies that all people all over the world should have access to adequate …