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Self-care: steps to tackle brain fog and finding the right time to write

Narelle is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Education in the School of Social Sciences, Media, Film and Education at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne Australia. Trained in arts, education and positive psychology, Narelle focuses on translating well-being science into the everyday, with practical and proactive strategies to help us grow, maintain and protect our wellness. Narelle tweets, blogs, grams and podcasts as a way to connect with and help others.

“Writing and brain fog are a complex partnership. Be gentle on yourself and explore ways to support both your writing habits and routines for your well-being. Tune into your body in order to help your mind, which will help your writing.”

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Self-determination theory: fulfil 3 basic needs to boost your writing

Milla is a faculty member at the Psychology Department at the University of Washington. She is a well-being and happiness researcher. Specifically, she is investigating what strategies and activities lead to increases in people’s mood and happiness though the lens of Self-Determination Theory and positive psychology perspectives. She is also interested in the role that prosocial behavior and social connections play in people’s happiness and well-being.

“Bringing Self-Determination Theory into our writing can help us be more productive, enjoy the process more, and contribute to our overall psychological well-being.”

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Mental fitness: why you’ll write and research more effectively if you take time for your mind

OpenAcademics is a community founded in 2019 by a first generation academic in an effort to provide a supporting environment for fellow academics. The community is predominantly active on Twitter (@OpenAcademics) with an international and diverse following of more than 70,000. OpenAcademics also has a website (oacommunity.org) to provide resources relating to all aspects of academic education and work. In general, two topics are the main focus of the community – mental health, and diversity and inclusion.

“We are all different. There is not a single approach that works for all, but I am hoping that you can find tips and tricks to implement in your writing.”

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