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

Dear Anxiety, We meet again. Thank you for dropping by. No really, thank you. I am using a different tactic this time – I hope you’ll understand and be patient whilst I try to work with you, and not against you. Let’s see how it goes shall we? See, Anxiety, I think I understand your game. You aren’t this big, strong, overwhelming force really are you? No, I think the truth is, you’re just a bit scared, and perhaps, you just need to be heard. In the past, when you’ve come along I’ve been in a place where I’ve handed… View Post

We’re midway through January, and at the start of this month I really wasn’t feeling the New Year vibes. Aside from the fact that I much prefer to be carried by the spring energy when setting new intentions or plans, as I shared, I was having a bit of a rough time before Christmas and I was facing a busy 5-6 weeks at the start of the year. I am currently on some medical leave after an operation which required two weeks out from my PhD, and I feel like this has been a really good and timely reminder for… View Post

Hello! Today I am back to my conference series for my first post of 2018. Last year was a really great year with HealthPsychTam and I want to take this opportunity to say a massive Thank You for the phenomenal support and feedback I received during 2017. I am excited for things to come and just hope that the final year of my PhD will allow me some time to pursue the ideas I have!   For now though, it’s time for the final post in my conference series. So far I’ve written a post to help with the decision… View Post