November 2021

17 November 2021, 11:00-12:00
Online via Zoom


Strategies for managing our well-being in research

We explore the many ways that academics are trying navigate their roles and their well-being in the research world. We highlight the need to:

  • recognise the varied environmental challenges to our well-being in the academic world,
  • set a solid foundation,
  • how to manage our own expectations and the expectations of those around us,
  • identify our red flags (our first signs of stress),
  • learn how to de-escalate our thoughts, sensations, and emotions when we feel overwhelmed or stressed, and
  • Press reset when your day is not going to plan.

December 2021

15 December 2021, 11:00-12:00
Online via Zoom


Navigating Uncertainty in research

Academic life is a precarious one for many. Contracts are short-term, mobility is expected, and the future feels outside of our control. We are forever facing new challenges and constant change. Arguably, that is part of what we love most about academia, the environment and our understanding are forever evolving (as they should). But over time, the uncertainty and instability of the situation can take a toll. Worry, doubt and fear can begin to settle in. In this webinar, we will explore how to:

  • Give yourself permission (to be where you are and feel what you feel!)
  • Make micro-changes to maintain a solid emotional and mental foundation.
  • Navigate uncertainty and worry.
  • Recognise the controllable from the uncontrollable and learn where to spend your emotional and mental energy.
  • Fill your bucket when life is constantly emptying it.

January 2022

19 January 2022, 11:00-12:00
Online via Zoom


Filling your Bucket

My academic colleagues and I had a phrase that we used to signify that we needed help/time/support/a lifeline. A simple phrase – my bucket is empty. To me it captures beautifully the constant pouring of ourselves into our work; into our projects.

But we CANNOT pour from an empty bucket. And our buckets do empty.

In this talk, we explore:

  • The many ways that we drain our bucket day-to-day. The physical, the emotional, the mental, the social drains that we often don’t acknowledge.
  • The cost of trying to achieve and excel with an empty bucket.
  • Key tools that help you fill that bucket – from the micro-changes that help you to keep going, to the bigger shifts that allow your bucket to truly fill.
  • Finding your WHY in order to drive meaningful changes
  • Setting your bottom line and protecting it.