Here we are 3 months after the start of my PhD.. it’s incredible how time flies by so fast .. A lot of things have changed through these months in my life and one of them: I am a better cook now 😀
Life is not easy under lockdown, but the bright side is I am in good health, and I can work from home.
Since the pandemic hit back in November and life has been full of twists and turns I thought I would rather write this month’s post mainly about some tips on how to come through these troubled and uncertain times.
They will tell you to be positive, but I would rather be honest: it’s okay to not be okay, it’s okay to feel your body on the verge of panic and it’s okay to swallow sometimes..
We are in the midst of a pandemic and it’s hard for everyone… And yes. We both know people who have it much worse but don’t ever convince yourself that because of that you can’t feel what you feel.
PS : You’re allowed to fall apart. Give yourself time .. let your heart rest.
And once you are ready … take a deep breath and pick yourself up: cook something you love, clean your space, play great music, have a walk and read a new book.
As you keep reading my post I will tell you my secret: enjoy the little things and celebrate the small wins.
Let’s face it … this pandemic completely changed our lives. We are currently in a space of global trauma and we have to move forward but differently. Staying connected is extremely important and one must say that we were given the technology for.. we attend online events, participate in virtual conferences, and stay in touch with family and friends through our screens.
Speaking of online events, at personalizeAF we had our very first workshop: Data mining and statistics organized by UPV from 26th October to 13th November.
Starting from the start, we had an electrophysiology module presented by clinicians from IDIBAPS to introduce atrial fibrillation mechanisms, diagnosis, and treatment.
The second week we were mainly focused on machine learning and statistics. We also have been introduced to both theoretical and practical signal processing techniques including MATLAB based examples with codes to finish with an ECG conditioning system and a challenge that combines both feature extraction and machine learning models for ECG classification.
It was a little bit intense and tiring but totally worth it.
We were 15 early-stage researchers living in different countries in Europe to attend the summer school online. To be honest, I always prefer face to face talks and courses, but we have to adapt in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic. I won’t forget to mention that we also had some networking and team-building activities.
This is the end of my third month, I will end on a good note with this saying: It might be stormy, but rain doesn’t last forever. In my next post (and the last one in 2020) I will reflect more upon my PhD experience and share what I’ve done.
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