How to manage the stress of a PhD (online course)

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Please note: If you can't make the live broadcasts you can still sign up and you'll recieve a copy of the recordings


Stress is such a common aspect of PhD life that many people assume it is inevitable and ignore it. But while some stress is inevitable, and a little pressure can actually be helpful, severe stress is a problem that should not be ignored.

It's natural to think that if you can be more productive then you'll be less stressed, but it's better to think the other way round: you need to find a calm, focused state before you can work to the best of your ability.

In this brand new course, you'll learn specific tactics to help manage the stress of PhD study.

Course Schedule

Each session runs from 3pm to 5pm UK time. If you can't make the live broadcasts you can still sign up and you'll recieve a recording within 2 hours of the end of each session.

Session 1: 4th October: The basics

  • What stress does to you
  • Productive vs destructive stress
  • Apathy vs panic
  • The relationship between skill and stress
  • Identifying goals and fears
  • Training attention part 1

Session 2: 11th October: Productivity and Problem-solving

  • Productivity and creativity: two opposite approaches
  • Effective planning
  • Creative problem solving
  • Time and attention management
  • Making time for your basic needs
  • Developing good routines and habits
  • Training attention part 2

Session 3: 18th October: When things are going really, really wrong

  • Creating space to think
  • Identifying possible actions
  • The fear of failure
  • Taking control of the situation
  • Getting help
  • Training attention part 3

Each session also includes time for questions.


The live sessions will be held using GoToWebinar. Once you've bought your ticket, you will be redirected to the webinar page to finalise your registration.

To view using ios or Android devices, you will need to download the GoToMeeting app (free).


After buying your ticket, you must complete your registration. After payment, you will be redirected to GoToWebinar to finalise registration. If this doesn't happen, check your email for a registration link!

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