An update

Hello there,

I’ve been quiet on the blogging front lately. June was a very hectic month for a variety of reasons and I’m now focussing all my writing energies into getting some chapters written for my thesis. Sometimes we’ve got to be discerning about where we spend our time, and whilst the motivation and inspiration is there – I’m channeling it into my PhD. It’s going well so far!

Despite this however, I’m delighted to say that I’ve had my first article published as a contributor over at Academic Mental Health Collective. One of my posts was featured here a few months ago, but I’ve now become part of the team and you’ll be seeing posts from me on a more regular basis over there. If you don’t already follow AMHC and you are interested in similar things to what I post here, I’d highly recommend you follow them. The post I have just written this time is about Self-care at Academic Conferences – please head over and check it out if you are interested.

On another quite important note – I am changing the way that I send out posts from HealthPsychTam, going forward if you would like to receive updates directly to your inbox, you’ll need to sign up here. Thank you!

I look forward to posting again soon!

Until next time 🙂

How I survived confirmation


Hello! For those of you who follow me – apologies for the lack of posts over these last few weeks. I’ve just returned from a month in beautiful Bali.It felt important at this point in my PhD to take some solid time out to recuperate a bit before launching into year two. I’ve returned feeling enthusiastic and excited – who knows how long that will last, but for now it is feeling fantastic to be home and back to work. The importance of taking time off for ourselves is so underrated and undervalued – but more on that in a future post 😉

But here I am, beginning my second year – and it seems quite bizarre! For those moving into their second year this time is usually spent preparing for confirmation (or transfer/upgrade). The all important milestone between first and second year.

I thankfully managed to take my confirmation exam in August, hence the one month getaway to celebrate and reward myself! I’d heard multiple nightmare stories about this particular time of year and knew that confirmation was a big thing to be doing. However despite that, I can honestly say I found the experience incredibly useful and rewarding. Dare I say it – I actually really enjoyed the entire process.

From what I hear, if people are honest about their experiences, this is not usually how it goes. It got me thinking about why it might have been different for me and whether I could help anyone else preparing for confirmation. So here are my thoughts…

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