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Research Methods Information: Taking Care of Yourself

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Taking Care of Yourself

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Writing a research paper, a thesis, or a dissertation is hard work.

Be sure to take good care of yourself while doing it.

VIDEO: Keys to Good Health - Mayo Clinic

Dr. Larry Bergstrom, an integrative medicine specialist at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, explains the three elements of good health: exercise, nutrition and stress reduction.

Published on Jan 7, 2010 | Mayo Clinic | Runtime: 3:27 min.

Exercise to Stay Fit


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We all know exercise is good for us.  It boosts our mood, improves our immune system, and generally improves our lives. It's easy when involved in an important research project to forget to take time to move!





VIDEO: How Exercise Rewires Your Brain

Everyone knows exercise is good for your health, but new studies show it does more than flatten those abs -- it physically alters your brain to better handle stress! DNews shows us this hidden, and hugely beneficial impact of working out.

Published on Jul 9, 2013 | Runtime: 2:30 min.

Eat Healthy

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Good eating habits will help you stay alert and aid in your endurance. While doing research you will need both to succeed!




Reduce Your Stress

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Doing research and writing a thesis or dissertation is stressful!  Be sure to take the time to relax and unwind.




VIDEO: Dissertation Question Time - Managing the stress of a dissertation

Although speaking about writing a dissertation, the comments in this video apply directly to all students doing a research project.

Published on July 4, 2012 | University of Derby (UK) | Runtime: 10:49 min.

Stay Rested

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A 2013 study has shown that while we sleep, the brain clears out harmful toxins. Research work can be very intense. So be sure to get regular rest. (If you're a parent, helping your children get good sleep will help you as well.)



Streaming Music

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Music is a good accompaniment to research work. It can help you relax, or stay focused, or make a tough day a little easier.


Audio & Video Podcasts

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