Another academic year has ended. So now might be a good time to reflect on how it went and how it felt.
Is there any chance that you might be overworked? If you are, what can you do about it?
Have a look through the links below to find out. And share other interesting reads on the topic in the comments!
Are you overworked?
“Are you experiencing burnout? Some of the common symptoms are:
- chronic physical exhaustion that does not go away with rest
- depression and/or anxiety
- loss of motivation or interest in your work
- forgetfulness and/or impaired concentration
- detachment from those around you
- increased irritability
- lack of productivity/poor performance”
“Sometimes [we] work against ourselves by trying too hard, pushing too much.”
“It seems that we all know how to relax, but why do we then overwork so often?”
“Making self-care a priority means that at the end of the semester, you won’t crash and burn from operating at full speed for the past 3-4 months.”
Dealing with stress
Six tricks to say goodbye to burnout.
One clever way to care for yourself when burning out: take yourself out on a scholar date.
On the difference between self-care and soothing, and how your self-care practice might not soothe you and it’s okay.
“Finally, if all fails, ask yourself: Would a zebra worry about this? No? Then fix it if you can and, if not, let it go.”
Work – Life Balance
Is hiding from kids and colleagues the new face of work-life balance?
Work and PhD: finding the balance.
“We know [having fun] is good for productivity, but we rarely make the concerted effort to make time and space for fun and play to happen.”
About making time for downtime: “Everyone feels that pressure to be working 24/7, and everyone feels guilty when they’re not. But, please please do make that time for yourself. It’s your life to live, and your future self will honestly thank you for it.”
““How do you find the time?” is pernicious. It’s a form of concern-trolling, because the person seems like they have your best interests at heart, but they’re really just shaming you for not being at work all the time. Don’t listen to them.”
Things to do, things to try out
How does one spend leisure time when trying to scale back on work responsibilities?
How to develop a daily meditation practice.
Taking care of your health
Managing health on the tenure track.
How to care for your back while in graduate school (and in other sedentary work circumstances).
Three tips for getting and staying fit.
Tips for eating well while in grad school.
Some great suggestions of quick recipes for dinner.
You need to sleep more!
“Not only is an amount of sleep that sounds totally reasonable–and, in fact, is an amount of sleep that a lot of folks would be grateful for–not enough, but we are blind to the effects of the sleep debt.”
How to limit blue light at night on your devices and get better sleep.