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Managing the stress of a PhD

  • Date: 1 June 2012
  • Time: 10.00am - 1.00pm
  • Location: 4SA.6.19
  • Target group: First year PhD students
  • Trainer: Vicky Djordjevic

Session: Postgraduate research makes particular demands on students. More autonomy, greater freedom of choice and less external structure, while seemingly attractive, can cause anxiety and even panic. This workshop will help you to become more aware of your own response to stress, explore strategies for managing anxiety more effectively and generally feel more in control of your situation.

This session will offer you the opportunity to:

  • briefly explore what we mean by ‘stress’ including the psychological and physiological implications;
  • help develop your self-awareness of your ‘stress triggers’ and look at how you cope with them now;
  • look at the importance of the ‘life/work’ balance including the advantages of building a support network and maintaining positive established relationships;
  • practice simple relaxation techniques that will enable you to rest more effectively and sleep better.
"The session was very helpful in learning to cope with stressful times."


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