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… View Post

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

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.

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 the overall theme was ‘Optimizing Health and Resilience in a Changing World’. Most conferences lead me to make lots of notes and although I have the best intentions, beyond typing them up I rarely look at them again. But during this conference I felt compelled… View Post