Hands on heart: Have you ever checked your social media first thing in the morning? Just to see if you got any notification? Or do you spend long times scrolling through social media before you start working? Is your work sometimes interrupted by social media? Did you ever wonder what it does to your brain? Do you think it is addictive?
More than four months have passed since the first case of COVID-19 had reached Sweden. Also, more than four months have passed since I started my PhD in Sweden. Three months have passed since the COVID-19 outbreak was declared a global pandemic. How did the pandemic impact my PhD in a country that is viewed as following a complete different strategy than other countries? A country, that faced many deaths and is still facing many new cases in relation to its inhabitants? Let me tell you about my experience during the last months.
The regulation of food intake is a complex concert of signals from different parts of our body, working together with our biological clock, and of course, our brain. Those signals (or messages) indicate for example whether our stomach is full or empty, if we have energy incoming, or how much energy we have stored in our fat cells. Eating also needs to be pleasurable. But who is coordinating all these different signals?
TRIGGER WARNING: THIS POST WILL SPEAK ABOUT DISORDERED EATING BEHAVIOR AND COULD POTENTIALLY BE TRIGGERING. PLEASE ONLY CONSIDER READING FURTHER IF YOU FEEL STABLE ENOUGH.*and comorbidities I'm generally very interested in EVERYTHING that has to do with the brain. I love to do pre-clinical research. I am highly interested in the neuroscience of eating behavior, … Continue reading Why I Decided to Study the Neuroscience of Eating Behavior* – My Eating Disorder Story
First of all, congrats! You made it! You are currently taking your first step into independent research. The only thing that is still separating you from your degree is your bachelor's or master's thesis work (and maybe some assignments and the last exam). You already heard from other people that stressful times are coming ahead and you are worried that everything will go wrong? It will not! That's why I put together some tips for you, to help you not loose your mind during the process. I was lost in the beginning, too, and as a I thought I would never be able to find through the jungle and graduate. But here I am, holding a bachelor's and master's degree and currently starting the most scary one so far: the PhD.