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. But sometimes it’s incredibly easy to slip into fantasies of what life could be like. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking (and I’ll be honest… worrying) this week about life post PhD-funding, and post PhD itself. It’s full of possibility, which brings with it huge… View Post

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 can do for our confidence and how we might choose to reframe our ‘unproductive’ times.

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 as it is Mental Health Awareness week I wanted to share something that I’ve pondered over myself, which may be useful to you too. I was at the BPS Annual Conference recently, and during a talk we were asked to talk about ourselves when we felt ‘at our best’. Some of us found this difficult and uncomfortable (we were saying I’m proud of myself), even more so when… View Post

Hello! I hope that everyone had a lovely Easter and that you were able to take some time off or at least take things at a more steady pace. This week I wanted to share my thoughts on celebrating the little moments 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, and whilst this post has some similarities, I wanted to share a slightly different message.

Dear Anxiety, We meet again. Thank you for dropping by. No really, thank you. I am using a different tactic this time – I hope you’ll understand and be patient whilst I try to work with you, and not against you. Let’s see how it goes shall we? See, Anxiety, I think I understand your game. You aren’t this big, strong, overwhelming force really are you? No, I think the truth is, you’re just a bit scared, and perhaps, you just need to be heard. In the past, when you’ve come along I’ve been in a place where I’ve handed… View Post