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What do you do to stay in the happy PhD zone? Signe Asberg describes how she maintains the (mythical?) work-life balance as a PhD student. She offers good advice and useful hacks to help you discover your own happy PhD zone and keep you organized, focused, and healthy.
It is difficult to admit that we might feel envious of our friends’ and colleagues’ successes. It is entirely possible to be happy for them and envious of them at the same time. Whether or not we care to admit feeling envious, Theresa MacPhail confesses that “nothing kills [her] writing faster than feeling envious.” She offers advice on how to cope with envy and how to even turn academic envy around and use it to your writing advantage.
Feeling down about grad school? Maybe all you need is a furry friend to motivate you! This article discusses the positive changes that adopting a dog can make on the life of a grad student. These include better time management, healthier living and more socializing. Click here to find your own excuse to go out and find yourself a companion.
Image by David Lally [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
As students, hours are spent sitting at a desk to study, attend class, write essays – the list goes on. So what can this prolonged sitting do to your health? Experts say that even with appropriate activity levels incorporated into every day living, nothing can counter the detrimental effects of sitting for long periods of time. It is for that reason that it is recommended that individuals stand for 2-4 hours of their workday. To read more about the benefits of standing, and the harmful effects of sitting, click here.
Busy with school work? Think skipping out on sleep is a good way to catch up? Think again. Depriving yourself of sleep is not only unhealthy, but it may backfire in terms of productivity. This article outlines both short term and long term effects of lacking your Z’s, including:
- Decreased accuracy of work
- Reduced ability to make decisions
- Increased blood pressure
- Risk of stroke, heart disease, diabetes
To read more of the justifications for getting your beauty sleep, click here.
Both having children and completing graduate education are challenging on their own; so it is not surprising that the combination of the two can be exceptionally difficult. This article acknowledges this challenge while providing some tips and tricks on how to get through it. These include remaining open about having kids while remaining on task in your studies and using exceptional time management. To read the full article, click here.