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

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

Yes, this is my second post in as many days. I sat down to write this post late last night after having dinner with a friend and only a few hours after my last post – which was all about non-negotiables and self-care. It feels kind of ironic in a way. I was unsure whether to publish this post, but I decided to, and sooner rather than later – before I changed my mind. Because it’s always easier to talk about past struggles once they have been overcome and things are feeling better. It’s much more difficult and vulnerable to… View Post