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
2. Go to tea!
3. Remember to exercise
4. Walking and talking
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
7. feng shui your office and home
8. Make plans that you can look forward to
9. Learn to switch off
If you can switch off, it will do your brain wonders
10. Seek help when you need it
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.