The brain and diet. Carbohydrates.

The brain and diet. Carbohydrates.

Image courtesy of Safefood.eu Brain function is vital for existence. We all need to feed ours brain regularly with the right mix for it to work properly & to feel mentally well. The human brain uses up to 20% of the energy used by the entire human body which is...
Poetry Therapy

Poetry Therapy

One of my very earliest memories of writing is of learning how to write my name at age 3 or 4. I saw nothing wrong with writing in large letters “mad” then underneath “ge”. It looked lovely to me. Adults around me laughed. “You have to write it...
A life well-lived

A life well-lived

Everyone is talking about ‘Happiness’, but so far no single definition of it actually exists. One thing is certain. Everybody wants to be ‘Happy’. Although there may be some rare pathological exceptions to this generalisation, in reality the human desire for...
Disconnect and Connect

Disconnect and Connect

Tips for Parents to manage technology use at home: 1. Be the best role model you can be: Switch off the mobile when your child is present, don’t be distracted by emails or news feeds. Demonstrate that there is a time for technology but there are also times when...
How cancer taught me compassion and gratitude in suffering

How cancer taught me compassion and gratitude in suffering

I should probably be afraid of Tom Hanks. His movies are the ones I seem to be watching just before those I love depart this world. Morbid, I know, but it’s amazing the things you remember after traumatic events. My mum and I loved watching movies together and on the...
10 ways to get through Blue Monday and beyond

10 ways to get through Blue Monday and beyond

After the buzz and good cheer of the festive season, January can feel like one long and exhausting slog. Researchers have dubbed January 16th as ‘Blue Monday’ or the most depressing day of the year. It’s dark and cold outside, summer is nowhere in sight, morale is at...
How to Reduce Stress at Work: 6 Simple Strategies Anyone Can Follow

How to Reduce Stress at Work: 6 Simple Strategies Anyone Can Follow

Work is stressful, and so what we do about that stress is important. Anxiety, depression, burnout and substance misuse may all arise directly or indirectly from stress in the work environment. At their most extreme work-related stress issues make up a significant...

Eating Disorder, disordered eating or just a diet?

Today is International No Diet Day. One of the questions many people have is how do you diagnose an eating disorder? This occurs for people who become concerned about a friend, a child or themselves. Most people find going to the text books unhelpful as the categories...
Holding on to the Holiday Feeling

Holding on to the Holiday Feeling

Holidays are good for us. We all need rest. A vacation provides the kind of break a body cries out for. Why doesn’t the holiday feeling last longer?

9 Common myths about sleep

9 Common myths about sleep

The average human will spend one third of his or her life asleep, so that a person who manages to live to 90 years will have spent at least 30 years of that life in the state of altered consciousness we call sleeping. Something we devote so much time to, as much as...
“When music hits you, you feel no pain”

“When music hits you, you feel no pain”

A question I often ask new music and health students is ‘how would you describe music to an extra-terrestrial landing on earth for the first time demanding to know more about this strange phenomenon?’ Their answers vary greatly but often cluster somewhere around the...

No Diet Day 2016

International Diet Day is dedicated to promoting a healthy life style and raising awareness of the potential dangers of dieting and the unlikelihood of success. There are numerous fad diets out there claiming rapid and sustainable weight loss, however we often need to...

Occupational Stress – what it is and how to deal with it

Today is World Day for Safety and Health at Work What do we mean by stress? There are many useful definitions that describe in detail what stress is and what occupational stress means. A scientific definition could be that stress is one’s reactions to life’s events:...
Happiness is relative to expectations

Happiness is relative to expectations

In today’s world our expectations are being increased and increased on a daily basis as we are promised things that are bigger, faster and easier to attain. Unfortunately sometimes our reality lags considerably behind this ‘ideal’ and therefore our...
Women and Mental Health

Women and Mental Health

International Women’s Day, Brain Awareness week, 8 March It is an undeniable fact that women are four times more likely than men to suffer from stress-related mental health disorders. By contrast, the major clinical disorders of mental health afflict women with the...
Mindfulness for the modern mother

Mindfulness for the modern mother

Busy mums can benefit from being mindful this Mother’s Day This weekend, mammies across Ireland will be honoured with breakfast in bed, flowers, chocolates, and the promise of a chore-free day. However, as demands of motherhood become more complex in a modern society,...
Body Shame to Body Compassion

Body Shame to Body Compassion

The human body, at peace with itself, is more precious than the rarest gem. Cherish your body; it is yours this one time only. The human form is won with difficulty, it is easy to lose. All worldly things are brief, like lightning in the sky; this life you must know...
Mind Your Mental Health As The Christmas Countdown Begins

Mind Your Mental Health As The Christmas Countdown Begins

The carols are singing out on TV and radio adverts, decorations are appearing in shop windows, and the must-have gifts for 2015 are lining the shelves. Yes, the countdown to Christmas is well and truly on. For many, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year,...

Emotional Eating – Do we eat to live or live to eat?

Prof. Jim Lucey on RTE Radio 1 with Sean O’Rourke 27/10/2015 Do you tend to overeat? Are you inclined to eat more when you are stressed, or angry or lonely? Does eating help you relax and cope with difficult times? If your answer to any of these questions is...

Holding on to the Holiday Feeling

Listen to Today with Sean O’Rourke RTE Radio 1 Wednesday 15th. July 2015 here.  Dr Jim Lucey MD PhD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at TCD and Medical Director at St. Patricks Mental Health Services Holidays are good for us. We all need rest. A vacation...