Suggestions for self-care

There’s a whole load of self-care ideas listed in Chapter Seven of #BeingWellInAcademia but here are some more suggestions.

Make looking after yourself a priority with these tools and tips. Browse through the list here to find resources that suit you best. If you’ve got any recommendations please add them in the comments!


These provide a range of tools, resources and guides to help you calm, collect and build confidence.

The Nourished Collective (for women in academia)

Blurt’s self care resources

The Nap Ministry

The Friendship Bench

The Chatty Cafe Scheme

90+ self care strategies from the Anna Freud Centre

CLANGERS for all, everyday by Dr Phil Hammond

Frazzled Cafe

Self Care Forum

National Sleep Foundation

Buzzfeed’s 21 Self Care Rituals

The School of Life



Confidence. The Journal: your year of positive thinking by Katie Piper

365 Days of Self-Care: A Journal by Jayne Hardy

This is for You: A creative toolkit for better self-care by Ellen M Bard

Self-care for the real world by Nadia Narain and Katia Narain Phillips

The CBT Workbook: change your life with cognitive behavioural therapy by Stephanie Fitzgerald

Making Space: creating boundaries in an ever-encroaching world by Jayne Hardy

The Wellbeing Journal: Creative Activities to Inspire in aid of MIND

No Mud, No Lotus: the art of transforming suffering by Thich Nhat Hanh

Radical Compassion by Tara Brach

The Self-Care Project by Jayne Hardy


Apps to boost your mood





Toolkits for self-validation

TRiBE Self Care Toolkit

I Can Cards

Power Cards

How to Grow During Times of Stress and Trauma


Further help

Mental wellbeing for Black folk

Mental Health Resources for the pandemic


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