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

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 in the way, and though it has been sat in my drafts for all that time, I haven’t managed to post it. BUT here it is, and I have five more suggestions for things that might be considered a day-to-day necessity for some, and a luxury… 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

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