Well-being

Well-being webinar series, Fall 2020

The webinars will take place from 4-5pm, via Zoom, and are open to all researchers at UZH.   

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26 October: Strategies for managing our well-being during COVID times

Instructor: Desiree Dickerson, PhD (www.desireedickerson.com).

We explore the many ways researchers are trying navigate their roles and their well-being during the various phases of this pandemic. We highlight the need to: 

  • set a solid foundation,
  • how to manage our own expectations and the expectations of those around us, begin to identify our red flags (our first signs of stress), 

  • learn how to de-escalate our thoughts, sensations, and emotions when we feel overwhelmed or 
stressed, and
  • how to press reset when your day isn’t going to plan. 

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5 November: Perfectionism & Imposter syndrome

Instructor: Desiree Dickerson, PhD (www.desireedickerson.com).

We argue that our perfectionism drives us to great heights, to excel, and to maintain our edge. We rarely stop to see the costs it carries. Imposter syndrome distorts the way we see ourselves, our performance, and our capabilities. Both reflect our doubts and fears – fear of being judged, fear of failing, fear of not being good enough, fear of not belonging. They’re the product of distorted thinking patterns. Thinking patterns that we can change.
We explore:

  • The true costs of these doubts and fears, and the extent to which they are impacting on your productivity, mental clarity, and your joy for what you do.
  • Simple ways to notice when your perfectionism or imposter syndrome is tripping you up.
  • Simple ways to reshape your inner critic to be more objective and more compassionate, so that you are able to thrive thanks to the voice in your head rather than in spite of it.


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23 November: Isolation & belonging

Instructor: Desiree Dickerson, PhD (www.desireedickerson.com).

Academic life can be an isolating experience for many people. For many, the role requires you to live far from home and those you love; for many, the workload demands can impact significantly on your ability to socialise and maintain relationships.
We explore:

  • Highlight some of the many sources of isolation and loneliness that are inherent in our system.
  • Why it is so bad for us? The answer to which lies with our sense of belonging and identity.
  • How we can begin to change it – to increase our sense of belonging within the academic community through creating a sense of safety, connection and common threads.

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3 December: Motivation & procrastination

Instructor: Desiree Dickerson, PhD (www.desireedickerson.com).

Procrastination is a way of easing our own discomfort. Discomfort because the task is too hard, too boring, too big, too scary. The difficulty with procrastinating is that it makes you feel better for a moment, which makes it very reinforcing (and therefore more likely that you will do it again next time), but it does nothing to fix the reason the task feels uncomfortable to begin with. It is still too big, too hard, too scary, or too boring the next time you sit down to do it. So, the cycle repeats.
We discuss ways to:

  • Identify these procrastination loops when they start to unfold,
  • Identify some of the thoughts underlying the discomfort and reframe them,
  • Employ alternative tasks that can alleviate the discomfort AND make the task less difficult, scary, hard or boring.
  • Explore drivers of our motivation.

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