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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

More Budget Student Self-Care – Self-Care Series Part 2

A few weeks ago I kicked off this five-part ‘Student Self-care’ series with my first four suggestions for self-care on a budget, inspired by my dwindling stipend and a need to tighten the purse strings. This second post in the series was meant to come a week after the first, but sadly data collection got Read More

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

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

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

What do you value?

We’re midway through January, and at the start of this month I really wasn’t feeling the New Year vibes. Aside from the fact that I much prefer to be carried by the spring energy when setting new intentions or plans, as I shared, I was having a bit of a rough time before Christmas and Read More