Self-care in research

I’ve done a lot of personal work on the self-care front over the last few years and am experiencing the benefits of doing so. In fact, my lack of blogging over the last few weeks are simply down to needing some time to myself. However a recent experience got me thinking about other areas of my life where self-care might be lacking. In particular, the area of conducting research and having contact with participants. Ethical guidelines and standards aim to ensure that participants are protected during the research process, but can the same be said for the researcher themselves? The…

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The gift of giving – why volunteer?

When it comes to charity, I’ll be completely honest and say that I would much rather give my time than my money. Don’t get me wrong, I do give money to charity, and I’m so glad that others do too. We can help so much. But for me, personally, I like to get involved. To get stuck in and give time is more rewarding to me than giving money. For one thing, you always know where your time has gone. For as long as I can remember I’ve enjoyed organising charity events or volunteering. One of my earliest memories of…

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Review: ‘The Science of Stress’ at The Royal Institution

A couple of weeks ago I attended an event at The Royal Institution in London called ‘The Science of Stress’. I probably wouldn’t have ventured to London mid-week if it hadn’t been for the fact that my supervisor Professor Julie Turner-Cobb was amongst the three experts presenting and then providing a question and answer panel session. It was great to support her and to see other individuals in the field present their work, and I was really glad that I went. As someone who quite likes a bit of event management and organising an event, I was thinking on the…

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Conducting a systematic review

For the first part of my PhD my supervisor and I agreed that it would be good to do a systematic review, after identifying that the research area I am studying was in dire need of one. I have mentioned the systematic review I conducted in a previous post, and that it took me quite some time, during which I felt very unmotivated and somewhat ran out of steam. However – once I had recharged my batteries and rekindled some enthusiasm, I got right back on that Systematic Review train and got it finished. And I can honestly say, I…

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National Stress Awareness Day

You may or may not be aware that it’s National Stress Awareness Day today, a day founded by ISMA (International Stress Management Association). It’s not a long post today, but I just wanted to bring the day to your attention. To maybe provide a prompt for you to look inwards and see if there are any situations or areas in your life that could use a little stress awareness. It doesn’t have to be hard work, it doesn’t have to involve ‘doing’ anything to fix it, just bringing your attention to where you might be feeling a bit over stretched…

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