Taking short-term leave during a PhD

This time last year, I was preparing for a surgery which required three weeks physical recovery. I suspended my PhD for these three weeks in order to navigate this period. During this time I looked around for advice about managing short-term planned leave from a PhD and found very little. So I started keeping a record of the things I did and what I found helpful. I’m now writing this post which will hopefully help someone else out there facing short-term leave from their PhD.

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Alternatives to New Year’s Resolutions

So, we’re only a few days away from the start of a brand new year. This can be a brilliant time to pause, reflect and consider the year ahead of us. But, is there room for an alternative to New Year’s resolutions? Truth be told, you can do this at ANY time of year. There seems to be a lot of pressure placed upon this big, fresh start that comes in the new year. A few years ago, after ‘failing’ at my resolutions, like I did pretty much every year, and getting completely fed up with beating myself up about…

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Resistance to self-care : Self-care series part 5

Welcome back to the final post of my five-part self-care series, exploring resistance to self-care. In the first four posts, I’ve explored budget options for self-care, daily acts of self-care and emotional self-care. But there’s every chance that reading those posts may have thrown up a lot in terms of barriers. I’ve tried to make things as accessible as possible in terms of money and time, but there are still things that get in the way of self-care. I want to explore some of those things in this post. Some of the ways things can hold us back from looking…

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Emotional Self-Care – Self Care Series Part 4

Hello! Welcome back to my self-care series here at HealthPsychTam. This post is all about emotional self-care. This series took a bit of a hiatus, and if you follow me on twitter you may have seen that my life became a little chaotic. Funding ended and hospital appointments ensued. I had to find somewhere to live and move in the space of two weeks. Health issues flared up in addition to a generally busy schedule. So, my ability to practice self-care was really tested. I did great in some areas, not so great in others. But, one thing I have…

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Ultimate List of Daily Self-Care Ideas – Self-Care Series Part 3

In part one and two of this five part self-care series have focussed on larger acts of self-care, that you might need to set aside a special time for, or may need to factor into your schedule in order to get the most benefit. But as I said towards the end of my last post, self-care doesn’t need to be a big thing. Sometimes, when everything feels really tough, when getting out of bed and just getting on with things is a struggle, the small, daily, subtle acts of self care are really what is most important. The things that…

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