The life of your dream means taking the hardest decisions.

The last 6 months have been so intense and dense of events that it feels like it’s been 6 years already. Since my last blog article, a lot of things have changed. First of all, I am no longer in my 20s. On Jun the 8th, I turned 30 years old! I couldn’t do any celebration because we were still in lockdown but I didn’t mind that much. I celebrate my life every day so I don’t have to wait for a special day to do special things. I work and live in awesome locations by the beach and the quality of my life has improved so much that I don’t even feel like I need to go to Italy on holiday this summer.

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Coming out from the pandemic with a new mindset

Usual appointment at the end of the month by making an update of the things that change and how I update my mindset every month. I didn’t write anything at the end of April because I didn’t feel like there was much to say considering the severity of the global pandemic. So, this is a long post, sit back, relax and enjoy!

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I feel like I need to quit Instagram to figure out who I am

It’s been a very strange time for me. A lot has happened in the last two months, including moving to a new city, starting a new job and coping with a global pandemic. Here in Europe, we had a severe lockdown where everything¬†was closed down apart from food shopping and pharmacies. We were allowed to go out only for necessities and 1 hour a day to exercise in isolation. I have been working on my mental health for more than 2 years and the pandemic¬†+ isolation did not help. Continue reading “I feel like I need to quit Instagram to figure out who I am”

How to manage your social media presence as a scientist.

I started my blog about 3 years ago, different aim, different topic, different stage of my life, different setting. I was in the middle of my PhD completely isolated and disconnected from my circle of people and I didn’t fit the idea of what an academic is supposed to do, look like or behave. I started the Instagram page later on because it was a good outlet to advertise my blog and promote myself. I wasn’t the only one doing this, loads of other PhD students around the world were using Instagram for personal branding and they started getting some popularity. I tagged along and joined the party.

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Approaching the job market in the middle of a global pandemic

This is a personal post based on my personal views and experience. Please keep your judgement for yourself. Thanks

It’s always very difficult to say something when the outside world is cracking down, loads of people are dying, we live in isolation far from loved ones and friends. It’s a horrible situation which I decided to address with some sarcasm and silliness because I have spent so much time sorting out my mental health and depression that I won’t let corona destroy all my hard work and progress.

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Surviving the global pandemic – personal perspective

This is a personal post based on my personal views and experience. Please keep your judgement for yourself. Thanks

We’ve been 3 weeks into the lockdown here in the UK and I kind of managed to reach a sense of “normality”, whatever this means these days. I wrote about protecting your mental health during a global pandemic about 4 weeks ago, so if you want to read more about it please check my previous article. This article isn’t intended to be a guide on how to survive the quarantine. Everyone is different and people deal with drastic and unexpected situations differently. I just would like to share my experience and help others navigating those unexpected and unprecedente circumstances.
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I thought that my PhD was tough then coronavirus arrived!

This is a personal post based on my personal views and experience. Please keep your judgement for yourself. Thanks

Since my last update at the end of February, my world and the entire world turned upside down. We are living a global pandemic that no one has ever seen before. Everyone is having their own struggle, there’s shortage of food at grocery stores, people are dying, others have been living in self-isolation for weeks, many are losing jobs.
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How to protect your mental health during a pandemic infectious disease

This is a personal post based on my personal views and experience. Please keep your judgement for yourself. Thanks

It is hard to write something during these days of uncertainty and anxiety. No one has seen anything like this before. We all watch and read the news so there’s no need to remind what’s going on. My family is locked down in Italy, they can’t go out unless with permission of the police and only if it’s absolutely necessary, like for work, food shopping or doctor’s appointment. In the UK, there’s no ban (yet) but I decided to isolate myself anyway because I don’t want to get infected. Probably, this new coronavirus won’t kill someone like me, but I am aware that I can still be a carrier for the virus and can spread it around. So, I restricted my outdoor activities to going to work, buying food and other essential items.
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Eating disorder awareness week – Love yourself

As far as I remember, I have been struggling with eating disorders. There has never been a time when I was comfortable with my body image and my relationship with food has always been problematic. People think than only bulimia or anorexia are classified as eating disorders. This is incorrect! According to the NHS (National Health Service in the UK), eating disorder is an umbrella term that encompasses a series of conditions including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating and other illnesses do not fit into the definitions of those mentioned previously but are equally serious.

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