Ways to make extra money during a PhD

I was fortunate enough to have a funded PhD position from a research council. And for that I am extremely grateful. But I did need to make extra money during my PhD to cover outgoings. I did this in lots of different ways. Especially after my funding ended at the three-year point – and I Read More

How to work from home effectively

Working from home effectively, is it possible? Some would say absolutely not, others wouldn’t go to the office unless they absolutely had to. Of course, some don’t have a choice. But what are some ways that you can work from home effectively? I recently moved back to my family in Cornwall, for a number of Read More

Alternative ‘to do’ lists

If you’re anything like me, you’ll always have a to do list (or two) on the go. Usually written with pen on paper, sometimes a word document, or a phone note. Essentially these lists are exactly what they claim to be, a list of all the things I need ‘to do’. And usually, they work Read More

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

Alternatives to New Year’s Resolutions

So, we’re only a few days away from the start of a brand new year. This can be a brilliant time to pause, reflect and consider the year ahead of us. But, is there room for an alternative to New Year’s resolutions? Truth be told, you can do this at ANY time of year. There 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

Ultimate List of Daily Self-Care Ideas – Self-Care Series Part 3

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, 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

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