Doing things our own way

My UCAS personal statement began:

“We are all different, it is the one thing we have in common”

*Cringe*. It is so incredibly cliché, but like most clichés, it’s also very true.

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When Anxiety comes knocking…

I know I’m not the only one that struggles with anxiety, in life in general and when it comes to doing a PhD. Though not many of us share the realities of going about daily life feeling worried, concerned or like our hearts might jump out of our chest. Sometimes knowing exactly why, other times not having a clue, just knowing there is this sense of impending doom that you just can’t quite put your finger on. First of all, the anxiety I am personally talking about here is that feeling of worry, bordering on panic, feeling sped up and…

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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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