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DRDP: Wellbeing

A guide for Doctoral Researchers at University of Westminster


Discover these resources for wellbeing and resilience throughout the Doctoral Researcher journey

Wellbeing Lens

Vitae well being lens

VIitae Lens

The Wellbeing and mental health lens provides an overview of the key attitudes and behaviours recommended for researchers to positive wellbeing and mental health

Writing and Thriving

Developed by creative writing teachers for the University of Westminster Graduate School to 

  • mitigate the stress and anxiety so often associated with writing
  • increase doctoral researchers’ confidence as writers
  • improve their overall wellbeing

Writing and Thriving workshops can be booked via the VRE.

Wellbeing and Mental Health

Health Tips

Physical Health

  • Eat a balanced diet and drink enough water
  • Exercise regularly
  • Take breaks
  • Get a good night's sleep - 7-8 hours

Mental Health

  • Stick to a daily routine
  • Take regular breaks
  • Take advantage of student support services available
  • Mediate and mindfulness course
  • Keeping a journal to avoid study stress

Wellbeing decision tree

well being decision tree

Wellbeing decision tree


This LinkedIn Learning video considers the "Doing Mode Overload" and how to re-focus on 'being' rather than merely 'doing', which may help when undertaking revision and attempting to overcome exam stress.


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Stress and Anxiety

Being a student can be both challenging and rewarding, but difficulties can get in the way. Counsellors are used to working with people from many different backgrounds and cultures, and are happy to talk to you about anything that's bothering you, from an inability to study, poor concentration and depression, to relationship problems and bereavement. The service is free and confidential: Counselling Service at the University of Westminster