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Burn-out II: The Weight of the World

As academics, we deal with big topics and huge research problems. From disillusionment about the impact of your work, to self-censorship, these natural features of our work can contribute to burn out. This post commiserates with you, but also suggests some coping strategies for managing.

Preventing burn-out during COVID-19 lockdown

After more than a year of COVID-19, some of us are going into a second lockdown. The end to this seems very far and it’s harder and harder to stay positive. In this post, I share with you some tips for preventing burn-out and staying positive.

Burn-out I: Symptoms and Individual Factors

This post covers the definition of burn-out, the different symptoms and some of the individual factors and circumstances that lead to burn-out. Learn how to spot the early warning signals and strategies for coping.


This is an opening post for a series on “Burn-out”. The content and reflections I present here are based on a workshop I recently hosted on “Academic mental health and well-being”. In this workshop, we focused on two themes: burn-out and secondary Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). But given the depth of the issues we discussed … Continue reading Burn-out

Why do a post-doc anyway?

This may seem like a no-brainer for many early-career academics. You do your PhD, then you do a post-doc and then you get that prized tenure-track position at a university. But the structural changes that have been happening in academia over the last decade or so have made this path a lot less linear and a lot more uncertain. This post provides you with some pointers to help decide which path to take after your PhD.

The Chinese New Year Life Defence

For those of you in the parts of the world who celebrate Chinese New Year, you would know that it can be an excruciating event. This is the time of the year when all your relatives judge every aspect your person and your life choices. This post is about how you can prep yourself for the interrogation with some tips.

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