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ResMAP: Managing Yourself

Mapping the research journey for Post Graduate and Doctoral Researchers

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Managing Yourself

It is very important to think about what you need to do to stay focused and maintain your motivation throughout your research.Taking care of yourself is one of the vital elements for successfully completing your research project. To help you maintain your motivation, manage stress and stay positive try to:

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Take regular exercise

Regular short breaks or even a short walk at lunchtime can boost your energy levels and will give you a break from your work. This will also help to avoid eye strain if you are working from a computer screen.

Longer breaks (like a holiday)

Not just short breaks but longer breaks are important too to give you a chance to refresh yourself so you can go back to your research with renewed enthusiasm.

Eat a healthy diet

Eating healthily can help you to concentrate and again boosts your energy levels and can maintain your overall motivation.

Get enough sleep

Ensure that you get enough sleep (normal recommendation is eight hours each night) in order to focus on your work and keep to your research plan.

Stay positive

Speaking with your supervisor, your friends and family or other researchers in your filed can often help you to get things in perspective and identify ways to get back on track if your initial enthusiasm fades or complex issues arise.

If you feel the issue is more serious and may lead to problems such as stress or depression then more specialist advice is available. The University’s Student Services Department offer a professional and confidential Health and Wellbeing Service that can support your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing, helping you to study more effectively.