Written by Dr Katryna Kalawsky
Looking for a motivational boost? Then look no further! Below are several encouraging, take home messages written specifically for doctoral researchers by staff at Loughborouh University with doctorates!
“You’re stronger than you think. What you’re doing is really, really hard – never forget that. Get as much help from those around you and from the campus community. *You CAN do it!!*” – Dr Sophie Crouchman
“Don’t do this on your own. Asking for help is not a weakness but a strength. Stopping work is not a negative but a positive. Remember those around you (both at home and in the office) as they having their own stresses and while they want you to do well, they need you too.” – Dr Ash Casey
“Stay curious, be open to change, and engage with your local doctoral community!”– Dr Ksenija Kuzmina
“Remember that you are not alone. Talk! Reflect! Don’t be afraid to not have an answer or to not find a solution that you want. And make sure that you have a life outside of your PhD- have hobbies, sleep, take breaks and go on holidays. Be YOU, love yourself.” – Dr Ksenia Chmutina
“We believe in you!” – Dr John Harrison
“You can do it!!” – Dr Janine Coates
“It may feel impossible until it’s done, to paraphrase Nelson Mandela” – Professor Elizabeth Peel
“Lower your expectations. A Doctorate is the highest level of academic degree. Yep just saying that might sound daunting, but the point is, a doctorate is not meant to be straightforward and easy (if it was EVERYONE would have a doctorate!) so don’t be hard on yourself if you find aspects challenging” – Dr Katryna Kalawsky
“Don’t spend too much time on Twitter etc ! Exit the social media forest!” – Professor Elizabeth Peel
“Think of your life as a sponge cake…your doctorate, in the grand scheme, is just a crumb” – Dr Katryna Kalawsky
Please feel free to share your thoughts and advice to our doctoral researchers on this topic via the blog comments box or via Twitter. After all, one of the many aspects of ‘kindness’ (the theme of Mental Health Awareness Week 2020) is about taking time out for others.