Work, stress & the importance of down-time

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy A good work-life balance is important for a variety of reasons, not simply because devoting every waking moment to work can make you, well...a bit one-dimensional. References to The Shining aside (although the phrase is far older), all work and no play can lead to… Continue reading Work, stress & the importance of down-time

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In defence of social media

Social media is now everywhere. It's hard to remember a time without it. Since its inception at the turn of the new millennium, social media has changed the way we communicate, the way we access information, and even the way we teach. The darker side of social media Social media has received huge amounts of… Continue reading In defence of social media

Blocking With the Head Part 7: When you get injured

(This is part 7 of a series looking at the psychology of roller derby. For an introduction, read part one of the Blocking With The Head series) I had a cascade of emotions going through my head - pain, helplessness, fear. This was the sort of thing that happened to other people, not me! I thought… Continue reading Blocking With the Head Part 7: When you get injured

Pokémon GO: a Public Health Intervention

When Pokémon GO was first released in 2016, I was on it like a rash. I have fond memories of my teenage years, with my Gameboy, trading pokémon with schoolfriends via a cable. Pokémon was one of my favourite games as a kid - I played it constantly with friends, collected the trading cards, and… Continue reading Pokémon GO: a Public Health Intervention