Stress Reduction Techniques

This ON-CAMPUS and ONLINE course focuses on developing anxiety-reducing and confidence building strategies to enhance the research experience.  The workshop will explore time management, group sharing, self-care, mindfulness and creative approaches to research using gamification.   writing and research collation and creativity. 

Feedback from PGRs about this course at:

SWWDTP (South, West and Wales Doctoral Training) Partnership (2019) reported a 22% increase in confidence in coping with stress as PGR students. In late 2019 I ran this workshop over a period of three days for up to 80 new science PhD students from LIDO (Doctoral Training Partnership) based at UCL.  Feedback from those workshops averaged between 25-30% increase in confidence in coping with the PGR Research journey.

Online Workshop for the social lockdown period

This course for PhD students is designed to help with developing techniques for self-care around the research process and within the research process while self-isolating or under lockdown. 

It focuses on developing resilience in research and includes the following:

  • Mindfulness approaches to time-management

  • Stress reducing approaches to the research process such as note-taking at early stage research and in other contexts

  • Reducing anxiety that causes academic writer’s block

  • Using the body as a way to reduce stress and facilitate enhanced creative thinking in research

  • Gamification techniques to reduce stress in research using hand/eye coordination

  • Approaches to enhancing sleep which is important for concentration and emotional balance

  • Group sharing about stress

  • Emotional self-care in the context of managing research responsibilities

Learning Outcomes:

  • Enhanced confidence in dealing with stress

  • Enhanced knowledge of utilising time management strategies as a method of reducing anxiety

  • Enhanced knowledge of the impact of mindfulness as a means to reduce stress and increase concentration levels.

  • Enhanced knowledge of the power of creativity to reduce anxiety