Periods of high stress and social isolation, such as a pandemic or moving countries (or both), can have huge impacts on mental wellbeing and food behaviours. Whilst acute sudden stress tends to suppress appetite, longer-lasting chronic stress and elevated levels of cortisol can lead to cravings for hyper-palatable high-fat, sugar and calorie-dense foods. Surveys suggest we have been turning to comfort foods during this… Read More Nostalgia, comfort foods and cooking during COVID-19
We have all been there – a long evening in the lab, pipetting a thousand tubes, wishing there was something a little more substantial than music to fill your ears and your brain… But what to listen to? Maybe you are very picky about your podcasts (like some of us), maybe you are a little overwhelmed by… Read More The favourite Podcasts From the Blog Team
In my blog introduction I promised a recount of my experiences starting a new postdoc during the pandemic. For me at least it’s been a rollercoaster of emotions. Although a touch melodramatic, I felt that breaking it down into stages summarised the highs and lows fairly succinctly. Stage 1: Giddy anticipation twinged with dread As an avid traveller (pre-COVID), I was so excited about the prospect of moving to a new place and… Read More Starting a postdoc in a new country in the midst of a pandemic
Hej everyone! I’m Natassia, but my friends call me Tass, and I’m a (relatively) new postdoc at KI. There are no two ways about it, 2020 was a tough year for us all. So why might you ask, would one choose to move to a new country, and start a new project in a new field, in the midst of a pandemic? See 1st meme. Just kidding. The clock started… Read More New Blogger: Natassia Robinson
Happy International Women’s Day Everyone ❤ I truly hope in some years we may not need a particular day to fight for our rights. That will mean, we live in a balanced and fair world.And that is exactly my wish for today : to a better and more fair world for *ALL* of us!Independently from… Read More Happy International Women’s Day 🌹
Are you pushing through sore muscles or an injury? Do you need to push harder to gain endurance, or give your ligaments a break? Are you building up muscle or just grinding your joints at this point?… Read More Managing expectations
A Bright Christmas #27 Happy Holidays Everyone 🙂 Despite this intense and concerning year, we should take a moment to reflect that due to a huge effort of scientists we are finally getting people around the world vaccinated against the SarsCov2 virus that has taken to this date 1.76 Million lives worldwide! This terrific achievement,… Read More A Great & Bright effort – Covid19 Vaccine
This year, such was the need for some brightness, we hoped that the 2020 Christmas calendar would be a light in the dark times. Keeping the festive feeling but in virtual platform, Zoomy seasons greetings from the KI Researchers blog team. … Read More Zoomy seasons greetings from the KI Researchers blog team. Bring it on 2021!
Update on my new job as an editor!
Bright Christmas #24… Read More 2020: year of change and challenge
A Bright Christmas #23 In this short post, I want to encourage you to love this year. I assume that millions of people in the world wished to live through the year 2020 differently. They would like to have stronger health, more travelling, less stress, more hugs, and more freedom to live. Someone may think… Read More Forget about an unlived life