What now?

What now?

There I had it, I had completed the degree. Having spent years of my life working towards this moment, I found myself suddenly with nothing to do to fill the bulk of my time. Without university I had lost my main purpose. I was asking “what now?”. An obvious choice of...
What Helps?

What Helps?

I was talking to Jo Hunt, an Occupational therapist in her first year of work. For any new recruit, it’s an exhilarating time but also a stressful one, so I asked Jo a question, “What helps?” Her reply surprised me, a single word that I didn’t see coming. That word...
Stress: a wave or a ripple?

Stress: a wave or a ripple?

Times of great stress. Call me naive but I had never considered this to be a part of my first year of practice. Yet here I am, writing about both my own experience of stress and a few ways I have managed it! What do times of great stress look like? Often it’s the...
“I can’t” to “I can”

“I can’t” to “I can”

One week after receiving my registration and there I am, sat on a busy acute hospital ward at the nurse’s station with staff buzzing around me like bees. It only seems like yesterday I was sat in the lecture theatre at university. But now there I am sat with my mentor...