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
Finishing that thesis under COVID-19 lockdown conditions
So it looks like 2021 is going to be a continuation of 2020, at least for the first half of the year (if we're lucky!). And if you are somewhere in the last stages of your PhD, writing up your dissertation or pumping out those publications, this could prove challenging with many university offices and … Continue reading Finishing that thesis under COVID-19 lockdown conditions
Given all that's happened this year, I found myself coming back to this question more often than I had in past years -- why does any of what I do matter? I am an environmental sociologist and I spend most of my time collecting and analysing data on public and expert perceptions of risk of … Continue reading Finding Perspective