Being done is special, a real achievement. But the end of a PhD can feel quite abrupt.
So much time is spent building up. You build up your knowledge. You build up your ideas. You build up the picture of your work. You build a structure for your thesis. You build yourself up for submission, and then for the viva, and then…
…thousands and thousands of hours of work is weighed up in a few hundred minutes – if that!
The day of the viva might be happy, but it might be muted. The day after might find you still dazed. Was that it?
But I hope, at the latest, that two days after your viva, whenever it is, you could start to really feel that you’ve done something wonderful. Reach out to friends and family if it’s not sinking in. Finishing your PhD is a real achievement, even if you’re not feeling it immediately afterwards.