Finishers’ Wisdom: Tip #6 – Find Ways to Relax

Recent doctoral thesis finishers Emma Kelly and Wendy Moore got together at the latest AUT Postgraduate Writers’ Retreat to collate their 10 top tips for working on a PhD thesis. ThesisLink is publishing their insights over two weeks in our latest blogging event: Finishers’ Wisdom! Enjoy.

Tip #6: I watch Supernatural, Midsomer Murders and Antiques Roadshow, alright?

When you’re feeling stressed you can feel guilty for taking time to do a few things you love. It can feel self-indulgent. But I continued to read novels, watch films, exercise and enjoy my favourite TV shows.


I needed time out for my brain and I needed to share a relaxing activity with my poor partner whom I had looked at as if he’d slaughtered the puppies when he offered me a cuppa. For your wellbeing, and for the sake of your relationships, find ways to relax and look after your body and mind.

The Tip: You still have to have a life.

– Emma Kelly

About Anaise Irvine

Dr Anaise Irvine is the Editor of Thesislink and leads the Researcher Education and Development team at Auckland University of Technology. Her PhD research analysed how contemporary films and novels represent genetic engineering as a social justice issue. These days she works with researchers at all levels to improve their research skills, and the most obscure of her own research skills is being able to turn novels into phylogenetic trees!

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