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

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 coincides with a time during my PhD when I will perhaps most need to feel indulgent every now and again. To treat myself and to up the self-care to optimum levels. For me, when trying to save time or money, my mind instinctively starts chopping… 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! Today I am back to my conference series for my first post of 2018. Last year was a really great year with HealthPsychTam and I want to take this opportunity to say a massive Thank You for the phenomenal support and feedback I received during 2017. I am excited for things to come and just hope that the final year of my PhD will allow me some time to pursue the ideas I have!   For now though, it’s time for the final post in my conference series. So far I’ve written a post to help with the decision… View Post

Creating the poster First up, you need to make sure you know what the specifications of your poster are. Things like whether the poster is landscape or portrait, and what the dimensions are. Stick to these specifications – you don’t want to turn up to a conference and have your poster hanging off the space you were provided or fall down because it is not the right size.