The PhD Experience

Category Wellness

Seeking Counselling During the PhD

By Megan King | Nowadays, we regularly hear how we need to prioritize our mental health. We listen to podcasts about wellbeing, we read blog posts about self-care, and we glance at advertisements for mental health apps. Maybe we even… Continue Reading →

5 Resources to Boost Mental Health and Wellbeing

By Megan King | If you’re struggling with mental health, it’s usually best to seek help from a trained professional, but for some of us, perceived and/or actual obstacles may make mental health services feel inaccessible. Sometimes, the thought of… Continue Reading →

Autism and Academia : Challenges and Opportunities.

By Benjamin Anderson | I undertook my PhD because of my mental health. I am a high-functioning autistic student at the University of Edinburgh. For those who are unfamiliar with it, autism is a lifelong disability that impairs how individuals… Continue Reading →

How green spaces can improve our mental well-being as PhD students

Mental ill-health among PhD students has been acknowledged for years, with little improvement despite various wellbeing initiatives. And this last year, with the significant impact of Corona virus on our research and lives more broadly, this trend of poor mental… Continue Reading →

‘Go with the flow’: why a PhD is like a river.

By Daniel Adamson | Neither metaphors nor similes tend to carry much weight in real life. With respect to both Roman Keating and Forrest Gump, knowing that life is a rollercoaster or like a box of chocolates is unlikely to… Continue Reading →

Switching from full-time to part-time: why it may (or may not) be for you

by Ellie Ralph | When I started my full-time PhD, everyone around me would agree that I was very against switching to part-time study. Now I look back on it, I am not sure why I was so against this. I… Continue Reading →

Hypothyroidism and the PhD

By Megan King | I first discovered that I had an underactive thyroid in my first year of undergraduate when my doctor greeted me, “Hi, Megan! How are you do—uhh, why is your thyroid gland visibly protruding from your neck… Continue Reading →

Three approaches to doing research whilst managing anxiety

By Sabrina Islam | I have had anxiety disorders since I was an early teen. Being completely uneducated on the topic of mental health, I simply accepted this as a character flaw, or maybe even a hallmark of academic achievements…. Continue Reading →

Throwing out the To-Do List

Ok, hear me out! I know the to-do list is a favorite among PhD researchers. It can provide a much needed structure and sense of accomplishment, both of which can be scarce in our lone pursuit of our degree. And… Continue Reading →

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