Taking short-term leave during a PhD

This time last year, I was preparing for a surgery which required three weeks physical recovery. I suspended my PhD for these three weeks in order to navigate this period. During this time I looked around for advice about managing short-term planned leave from a PhD and found very little. So I started keeping a Read More

Resistance to self-care : Self-care series part 5

Welcome back to the final post of my five-part self-care series, exploring resistance to self-care. In the first four posts, I’ve explored budget options for self-care, daily acts of self-care and emotional self-care. But there’s every chance that reading those posts may have thrown up a lot in terms of barriers. I’ve tried to make Read More

Emotional Self-Care – Self Care Series Part 4

Hello! Welcome back to my self-care series here at HealthPsychTam. This post is all about emotional self-care. This series took a bit of a hiatus, and if you follow me on twitter you may have seen that my life became a little chaotic. Funding ended and hospital appointments ensued. I had to find somewhere to Read More

Ultimate List of Daily Self-Care Ideas – Self-Care Series Part 3

In part one and two of this five part self-care series have focussed on larger acts of self-care, that you might need to set aside a special time for, or may need to factor into your schedule in order to get the most benefit. But as I said towards the end of my last post, Read More

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 Read More

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. Read More

Dear Anxiety: A letter to my anxiety

Dear Anxiety, We meet again Anxiety. 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 Read More

Oral presentation or poster presentation?

I’m stepping away from the mental health focussed posts for a few weeks to bring you a new ‘conference series’. The plan is to help with decisions around presenting at conferences and to also provide handy guides to producing presentations that will help you communicate your work as succinctly and professionally as possible. Of course, Read More

Non-negotiables and self care

It’s self-care week! This campaign is led by the Self Care Forum and the NHS have got on board too. The focus of this week is about empowering ourselves to look after our health and to take steps that might reduce our chances of needing medical intervention later down the line. Self-care can operate on Read More

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 Read More