Wellness, Productivity, Balance for Graduate Students and Beyond

Link Roundup: Scheduling Self Care with #MindfulPhD

First up, a big thank you to everyone that chatted and participated in the #MindfulPhD chat about scheduling self care! We tried out a new format with more open ended questions and think it worked really well, but only because everyone was so willing to share their experiences, and their strategies, for taking care of yourself in the busy seasons! As always, a big thank you to my co-hosts Rebecca and Natasha, who take time out of their super busy schedules to facilitate conversation. Make sure you follow them if you aren't already! 

Resources for Scheduling Self Care

  • I wrote a post on my blog detailing some tenets, tools and strategies for scheduling self care into your days, and how to make it easier to honor those commitments when life gets busy. 
  • We're always looking for new, easy to use meditation tools, and Insight Timer was suggested as a great free app for both iPhone and Android with a huge library of free meditations, and some that are as short as 5 minutes - perfect for busy days! 
  • Here's a great link detailing some unexpected acts of self care - cleaning your space, getting dressed, and unsubscribing to unwanted emails all come up! 
  • Tamsyn, a Health Psychology PhD in Bath, shared this awesome blog post about how she navigates self care by setting up "non-negotiables" - things that she sticks to, no matter what, to make sure that she preserves space to take care of herself regardless of workload or outside conditions. Her whole blog is full of amazing resources and brave writing on mental health, graduate school, and being a human in the world, so make sure you check it out! 
  • I made a self care guide, focusing on low cost resources (both in terms of time AND money!) that you can get for free by subscribing to my very occasional newsletter! 

No matter what strategies you use, we really encourage you to fight the urge to give up, or cut back, on self care during stressful or busy moments. Rested, balanced minds and bodies just do better work - and you can work longer, and more productively, in the long run if you're taking breaks to rest up along the way. Feel free to reach out to any of us at any point, or respond on the tag, and we'll see you soon for the next chat!