Being aware, or not being aware: that is the question – Mental Health Awareness as a postgraduate student

Could mental health awareness be the key to a successful PhD application?  To answer this question, a good starting point could be sharing a little bit about myself. My name is Koraima, I am from Quito (Ecuador), and I am a first year PhD student in Clinical Psychology. My interests …

Know who YOU are: A call for reflection

Research Bow provides an online space for the critical and civil exchange of ideas within atmosphere of mutual respect and sensitivity. Some blog posts* and other content on this site include topics that some readers may find offensive and/or emotionally triggering. Research Bow encourages readers and viewers alike to prepare …

“Impact”: Illusive and tempestuous

You can disagree without being disagreeable –Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Supreme Court Justice   I do not typically engage in ‘making friends’ because the motions have never been simple for me. Unfortunately, emotional maturation and professional development have not increased the frequency or success in my cultivating ‘friendships’. So, networking? …

Transition from Sporting to Geeking

Back in October 2015, I was competing for an elusive space in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. My sport was canoe slalom; a technically, physically, and mentally demanding sport that requires its athletes to navigate a canoe/kayak through a set course of gates, without touching or missing any of them, …

International Day of Happiness: when hope is needed the most!

This Saturday, on March 20th, we are celebrating the ‘International Day of Happiness’. I have to be honest, it feels strange to write about happiness amongst so much confinement and grief that COVID-19 has brought into all of our lives. I believe that is important to acknowledge those who suffered, …

To Create Your Own Oasis- Plantings, Mental Health and Well-being

There is no doubt that people like to live and work in civilized, comfortable and pleasant surroundings like bright and airy rooms, colourful walls, a few pots of plants by the windows. But very few people know that growing plants with our own hands can also have various benefits on our mental health and well-being.   There are two main types of planting – house planting and community gardening. House planting refers …

Is it Okay to Have a Bad Day? A Docu-Music Video

On a cold February afternoon, I posted a special invitation on a Facebook group in Edinburgh called ‘The Meadows Share’. I asked if anyone would be willing to share  any advice for themselves when they are having a bad day. My goal was to create a short film that reaches people, so I figured it would be great to feature as …

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