February 2023

23 February 2023, 11:00-12:00
Online via Zoom

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Perfectionism and imposter syndrome

We argue that our perfectionism drives us to great heights, to excel, and to maintain our edge. We rarely stop to see the costs it carries. Imposter syndrome distorts the way we see ourselves, our performance, and our capabilities. Both reflect our doubts and fears – fear of being judged, fear of failing, fear of not being good enough, fear of not belonging. They’re the product of distorted thinking patterns. Thinking patterns that we can change.

In this talk, we explore:

  • The true costs of these doubts and fears, and the extent to which they are impacting on your productivity, mental clarity, and your joy for what you do.
  • Simple ways to notice when your perfectionism or imposter syndrome is tripping you up.
  • Simple ways to reshape your inner critic to be more objective and more compassionate, so that you can thrive thanks to the voice in your head rather than in spite of it.

March 2023

23 March 2023, 11:00-12:00
Online via Zoom

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Isolation and Belonging

Academic life can be an isolating experience for many people. For some, the role requires them to live far from home and those they love. For others, the workload can impact significantly on their ability or desire to socialise and maintain relationships. .

In this webinar we explore:

  • the most common sources of isolation and loneliness in academia
  • why is isolation so bad for us? Threatening our sense of belonging and identity
  • how we can begin to change it – concrete tools to increase our sense of belonging within the academic and local community through creating a sense of safety, connection and common threads.

April 2023

20 April 2023, 11:00-12:00
Online via Zoom

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The power of saying no

When everything feels like an opportunity, a priority, or an obligation, how do we say no? The truth is we cannot start saying no until we get clear on why we keep saying yes to everything.

In this webinar we explore:

  • why we tend to say yes (people-pleasing, scarcity and uncertainty, perceived opportunities, regret minimisation, emotion, obligation, the path of least resistance)
  • the impacts of saying yes to everything: time poverty, exhaustion, loss of self and loss of joy for what we do
  • why we need to start saying no
  • how to start saying no (clear boundaries and priorities, with confidence and without guilt).

May 2023

15 May 2023, 11:00-12:00
Online via Zoom

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Navigating uncertainty in reserach

 

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. 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.

June 2023

16 June 2023, 11:00-12:00
Online via Zoom

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Strategies for managing our well-being in reserach

In this webinar we explore the many ways in which academics are trying to 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
  • start to make the invisible, visible again – stop normalising the stress you experience
  • identify and develop healthy coping strategies for stress in the moment
  • recognise the impacts of chronic stress – e.g. languishing & burnout
  • fight for systemic change
  • discover the antidotes to (at least some of) the stress you experience – finding your people, checking your headspace, and acknowledging your right to joy.