Lessons from wanting to run away

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…

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When small steps are all you’ve got

Hello, it’s been a while – again! I’ve been busy collecting data and trying to get things into shape for the last slog on my PhD. I’m nearly on the home stretch! In this post I wanted to reflect on what it can be like when we’re only able to take small steps, what that can do for our confidence and how we might choose to reframe our ‘unproductive’ times.

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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. It’s all about a nourishment barrier. 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…

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Small steps: should we be celebrating them?

This week I wanted to share my thoughts on celebrating the small steps that take place within the bigger picture. and why I think it’s really important to do so. I’ve already given my two cents on whether it is ok to be proud of ourselves. This post has some similarities, I wanted to share a slightly different message.

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APS 2018 Round-Up (Pt.2)

Last week I posted the first of my two review posts for the American Psychosomatic Society Annual Meeting. Today I am rounding up (and reminiscing) on the last two days and teasing out the main themes I noticed and my main take home points. Whilst there are some upcoming posts based on some of the amazing insights I had whilst at the conference, this is the last of my conference/APS specific posts for now. I will resume normal functioning soon – but I was just too excited about this conference to not share! 🙂

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