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 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, …

A guide to medical internship

This time of year can be one that is high in emotion for anyone. Today I want to reach out to final year medical students who are about to start their internship. The elation of finally graduating from med school is often mixed with the anxiety of starting work as a ‘real’ doctor. Just remember …

Decluttering Part 1: “Friends”

I am not your typical Japanese person. When I think “Japanese” I think of someone who is elegant, softly spoken, polite and minimalist. I want to be more minimalist; one of my current life goals is to declutter my life. I have had a turbulent year, which has made me realise that decluttering your mind …