Give your brain a break!

Have you noticed that you are having trouble concentrating, that you have headaches after a day’s work or that you feel exhausted during your free time? Your brain might be telling you to take a break. Expert, creative, independent work requires concentration, self-regulation, and recovery. All of these are tools…

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How much is enough? Unreasonable tasks and intent to leave academia

This is a Research Highlight, where I present published research on doctoral student wellbeing. In this Research Highlight I focus on an article by Bramlage, Julmi, Pereira and Jackenkroll (2021) on unreasonable tasks and intent to leave academia. I’ve written about reasons for leaving academia in a previous Research Highlight….

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Do you need a push to get things done? Try this self-reflection exercise

We all need a helping hand from time to time to get things done. Be it writing a manuscript, reading literature, preparing a presentation or grading exams – starting is the hardest part, especially when you’re not feeling motivated. Without going into detail about why you’re not motivated at the…

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Co-writing – creating shared experiences and supportive environments

Many doctoral students face feelings of loneliness during their doctoral studies. This issue might have been even further exacerbated by the social isolation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. I hear about doctoral students that have been left to their own devices during lock down, with no support from their supervisor…

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