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

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

I’m currently at a conference in the USA and despite having jet lag, dealing with health flare ups and having a super packed schedule – I’m enjoying it, and I feel like the time I am spending here is filling me up. It got me thinking about the different ways and parts of our lives where we can nourish and fill ourselves up, and why it’s important to do so.

I am writing this from Amsterdam airport whilst en route to some training in the USA. There is something about airports that make me feel reflective. In my last post I was feeling reflective too, and I have done whilst I had the chance to attend my regular women’s circle and catch up with friends after a few weeks out of the loop. I’ve taken the opportunity to share with these friends about my experiences, challenges and successes over not only the last few weeks but the last year or so. It got me thinking, there was a time when I… View Post