Category: mental health

MINDFUL GARDENING — WI Life

Delighted to have written this feature for the Women’s Institute magazine about how gardening can become a mindfulness activity.

I’M WRITING A BOOK!

April 2017 I’m delighted to be writing The First Breath, a popular medicine book/memoir about fetal and neonatal care, for Pan Macmillan. Click here to read a little story in The Bookseller about my book in progress. I’m currently taking a break from most of my freelance journalism in order to write the book, but am […]

COHOUSING: THE BRITISH FAMILIES EMBRACING COMMUNAL LIVING — The Guardian

With their emphasis on shared meals and parenting, cohousing communities offer an antidote to the isolation of modern life, writes Olivia Gordon  

‘WE LAUGH AND SHARE STORIES – WHY EATING TOGETHER AS A FAMILY IS MAKING A COMEBACK — The Guardian

I have recently taken the decision to try to instigate family meals as much as possible. From when they were tiny, my children – now six and three – have always adored my parents’ Jewish Friday night family dinners. And it’s not just because Granny makes delicious roast chicken. It’s because of the ritual of […]

WOMEN IN THE HOLOCAUST — Oxford Today

Every Holocaust history is disturbing to read, but by focusing on victims’ voices which have traditionally been silenced – those of women – Dr Zoë Waxman’s new account is one of the darkest, and most shocking…

MOTHER’S PRIDE — The Oxford Times

For the June issue, a column about the life lessons I hope my children will learn which took me too long, and a rather disastrous first trip to the ballet for my daughter

WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE WHEN MED STUDENTS’ GRADES DEPEND ON LISTENING TO WOMEN — Broadly

With a blue paper sheet covering her pubic hair, a 30-year-old woman is lying naked from the waist down, with her legs spread open on an examination couch in a hospital room. A trainee doctor opens her vagina with a speculum and gazes inside to find the cervix. But this is no ordinary pap smear. […]

GROWING OUT OF SCHOOLGIRL BITCHINESS – – Glamour

Delighted to write for this month’s GLAMOUR about how schoolgirl bitchiness haunts us well into womanhood. Loved the positive response to this piece.

WHAT IT FEELS LIKE — Healthy

For the March/April issue of Healthy, I interviewed Laura Dernie about why she has set up mental health charity mydiscombobulatedbrain.com

DO YOU KNOW THE SIGNS OF BURNOUT? — Prima.co.uk

The term ‘burnout’ was coined in the 1970s by the American psychologist Herbert Freudenberger and describes an exhausted, extreme reaction to severe stress and high expectations. Many women feel exhausted by the demands of caring for children and ageing parents on top of earning a living – and at this time of year, with Christmas […]

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