Living with Stress
When I submitted my last assignment and sat my last exam a few weeks ago, I naively assumed that my life would suddenly be free from stress. This is sometimes what we to tell ourselves just to get through: that if we study just a little bit longer, if we write just one more paragraph […]
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The Impossible Summer Bucket List
In the lead-up to every summer for as long as I can remember, I have written a ‘summer bucket list’—a sort of aspirational guide to the season ahead. The items on the list have always varied in intensity, from simple things like fish and chips on the beach with friends, to slightly more complicated targets, […]
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Christmas: You Either Love it or You Hate It
In my experience, Christmas (if you celebrate it) is one of those things that you either love or you hate. Personally, I love it. I’m deeply passionate about all things Christmas: the food, the movies, the decorations (consumerism wins again), and the time spent with friends and family. It’s something that I look forward to […]
Of Success and Supportive Workplaces: Wellbeing in the Workplace
I’ve nearly finished transcribing 12 hours of audio-recorded information, which will form the data corpus for my next couple of studies. I am examining the broad area of equality and overcoming barriers in the workplace from a psychological perspective. The data discusses issues from workplace flexibility for everyone through to gender pay gaps. I have […]
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A Tiny Pick-Me-Up Dose mid-PhD
I have been told many, many times that I am wasting my time getting a PhD because I’ll just end up unemployed and poor. It could very well happen, I guess. Still, after being part of the workforce for over a decade, I believe I have a unique skill set that should allow me to […]
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Do We Understand Sex?
Five-year-old me, ‘Where did I come from?’ Isn’t it strange, the answer is sex? You see any person walking down the street—bam, someone had sex and that is how they got here. As humans we all want love, friendships, relationships and to belong to a community. So why does the word sex send an awkward tingle down my […]
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What Happens After We Die?
I’ve never been a very spiritual person. I don’t believe in the afterlife, or reincarnation, or ghosts, or curses. I’ve more or less made peace with the idea that when we die, that’s it: we’re simply gone. I don’t find that particularly scary (at least, not while I’m still in my early 20s) and, truth […]
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I have found that a morning routine really helps me navigate my life and the challenges I have with depression and anxiety.
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Review: The Heart’s Invisible Furies
John Boyne’s The Heart’s Invisible Furies opens in 1945 in the small, conservative village of Goleen in west Cork, Ireland. Instead of a nostalgic introduction to Boyne’s homeland of sweeping cliffs and vibrant greenery, the novel begins inside a church where Father James Monroe denounces pregnant 16-year-old Catherine Goggin as a whore, before banishing her […]