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Budget Student Self-Care: Self-Care Series Part 1

As the end of my PhD funding gets closer and closer I’m beginning to tighten the purse strings a little. Cutting back on the things that I can do without, the things that I don’t really need or that are a little indulgent. But ironically, this time of needing to keep every penny a prisoner Read More

Lessons from wanting to run away

There are times in most peoples lives when things are hard going, for whatever reason it just feels like life is requiring a bit more of us and it can be tough. There are things we can do in these situations, things that help us carry on when we’ve got a lot on our plate. Read More

When small steps are all you’ve got

Hello, it’s been a while – again! I’ve been busy collecting data and trying to get things into shape for the last slog on my PhD. I’m nearly on the home stretch! In this post I wanted to reflect on what it can be like when we’re only able to take small steps, what that Read More

What is a nourishment barrier?

It’s been a while since I’ve managed to get around to posting here. You could say that things have ‘changed gear’ now that I’m in the latter stages of my PhD. But it is Mental Health Awareness week. I wanted to share something that I’ve pondered over myself, which may be useful to you too. Read More

Small steps: should we be celebrating them?

This week I wanted to share my thoughts on celebrating the small steps that take place within the bigger picture. and why I think it’s really important to do so. I’ve already given my two cents on whether it is ok to be proud of ourselves. This post has some similarities, I wanted to share a Read More

APS 2018 Round-Up (Pt.2)

Last week I posted the first of my two review posts for the American Psychosomatic Society Annual Meeting. Today I am rounding up (and reminiscing) on the last two days and teasing out the main themes I noticed and my main take home points. Whilst there are some upcoming posts based on some of the Read More

APS 2018 Round-up (Pt.1).

As I mentioned in my most recent post, last week I was fortunate enough to attend the American Psychosomatic Society Annual Meeting, in Louisville, Kentucky – home of Muhammad Ali, The KFC Colonel and Bourbon! All of which featured in my trip! This conference was extremely timely and relevant to me and my thesis as Read More

What fills you up?

I’m currently at a conference in the USA and despite having jet lag, dealing with health flare ups and having a super packed schedule – I’m enjoying it, and I feel like the time I am spending here is filling me up. It got me thinking about the different ways and parts of our lives Read More

My experience at Spit Camp

I’ll be honest – this post is going to be a little niche, and it might not be up your street – which is totally fine. But in this post I’ll be sharing my experience of some recent training that I attended at the University of California Irvine. It might be useful for you if Read More

The #metoo movement: we need to take care of each other

This is another one of those posts that I never expected to write. But I woke up this morning with a sense of urgency that this message needed to be shared. So here it is. I am by no means an expert on trauma, but I do have some personal and academic experience which I Read More