The following is a list collated by a number of PhD students almost at the end of their program. This is usually the most stressful time and these are the best ways we’ve found to keep sane.

 

1. Keep your hobbies


Don’t give up on the things you love. Make time for them.

 

2. Go to tea!


There is tea time in the J1 seminar room every day at 10:30-11:00am and its a great opportunity to decompress and chat with colleges

3. Remember to exercise


Exercise improves your mood and can clear your mind.

 

4. Walking and talking


If you’re starting to stress out, walking and chatting with a friend is a great way to vent all your frustration and pry you away from your desk.

 

5. #SanitityInNumbers


There are many students in the school and the rest of ANU that are going through the same things you are. There are many opportunities to “shut up and write” including; shut up and write nights, shut up and write days, and if you need an extreme kick up the butt, thesis boot camp. You can also start your own writing group/working group to get some productive peer pressure. Remember #sanityinnumbers

 

6. Achieve some small tasks


If you break everything up into to tiny task you can bring a little joy into your project by ticking off small tasks. These include life tasks if you really need a break from the PhD

 

7. feng shui your office and home


If you organise the space around you, your thoughts will follow (probably)

 

8. Make plans that you can look forward to


Make some plans. A nice weekend. A night off. Dinner with a friend. Look forward to these things and enjoy them when you’re there!

 

 9. Learn to switch off

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If you can switch off, it will do your brain wonders

 

10. Seek help when you need it

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If you’re really struggling and don’t know how to make yourself feel better, make sure you seek help. There is a counseling center at the university with same day appointments.