The last week at work has been a draining one. I am managing quite a large project at the moment which is taking a lot of energy and long hours.
As much as I have wanted to come home and continue reading psychology books, the motivation just hasn’t been there. Since my last post on Tuesday I have read a couple more chapters of Sex at Dawn (mainly thanks to a couple of train journeys) and I am still enjoying the book but for the last couple of days it’s stayed on the bedside table.
Instead I decided to try to quench my psychological cravings with in other ways and spent some time looking for psychology in easily absorbable bite size chunks.
On Wednesday night I got home from work at 10pm and decided a nice relaxing bath was in order. I usually try and find some music to play, but thought seeing as I’m lying around doing nothing for 30 minutes, maybe I could listen to some radio. I’ve always been a fan of Radio 4’s All in the Mind, an excellent radio programme which looks at psychological issues. The last series actually finished in July but all the episodes are still available on the iplayer, so I listened back to my favourite episode on the effects of gardening on mental health.
Funnily enough, while searching for the All in the mind website (I usually just google the name), I found an Australian show by the same name presented by excellent Natasha Mitchell (she has a very good twitter feed), I would definitely recommend a listen to some of her shows.
So now I have radio shows that I will listen to on a regular basis. Actually, while talking twitter I have found some excellent twitter feeds that I have begun to follow. They are really good for up to date, topical shorts bursts of psychological relevance. My favourite at the moment are
@BPSOffical – The twitter feed for the British Psychological Society, they are the representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK. If you are also a member of the BPS, they make you aware of free reports and conferences they are involved in.
@PsychCentral – Psychcentral contains a large number of articles which make interesting reading. Being written in a journalistic style, it’s much easier to read than the papers they are based on. The site also contains some excellent blogs.
@PsychologyNow – An American based site which constantly updates new findings and research.
There is obviously much more out there and I currently follow (not like a stalker for those who don’t do twitter) 305 psychology related people.
Anyway, I hope to continue utilising these temporary alternatives as they offer a light but varied approach to what is going on in the world of psychology.
I’m going to get back to Sex at Dawn (that will throw up some interesting google results), and try to finish it this week. I will let you know how it was in due course. Another heavy week coming up but will put some time aside for keeping up.
I also need to try to make blogging a habit; I don’t want to come here and bore you with irrelevant stuff ,but would like to keep it regular.
On a side note, its been great to find out that a few people from the Open University will be attending the Psychology4Students event in Preston….I no longer feel alone.