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I am really hoping to be able to go to dinner soon with my parents. I have not seen them in a long time and I think it would be best for us to meet up again. Man, it is so weird on how fast time can go by and you just don't notice it!
My Life as a Graduate and Some of My Travels, My Health, Sanity, etc.
When you are a full-time graduate, you may feel pulled in every direction. Classes, research, teaching duties, and family all compete for your time, energy, and attention. You rarely get more than six hours of sleep. You choose convenience over quality when you are deciding what to eat. The only exercise you get is from your desk to the coffeemaker or vending machine. By the time you get to “Write or Die” week at the end of the semester, you are searching “how long can a human survive without sleep” and contemplating the feasibility of coffee on an IV drip.
Eventually, you will realize just how much of a toll your poor food choices, sleep deprivation, high stress levels, and sedentary lifestyle taken on your health. This is a great article of sleep deprivation:(www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/features/important-sleep-habits)
You may think you do not have the time or financial resources to worry about your health. But if you think about the long term effects this lifestyle will have on your health – and, in turn, on your academic performance – you cannot afford NOT to take care of your health. The most basic recommendation involves your diet. Plan your meals ahead, and avoid processed and fast food as much as possible. If you live alone, you may not thinking that cooking for one person is worth the hassle. Kinda reminds me of what Dr. Owen talked to me about Cook as if you are cooking for four people and wrap up the leftovers to take to campus for lunch. This is where I go to school. I also saw this Google doc here too:
One way to save time but also eat well is to invest in a slow cooker. Find recipes that include vegetables; throw all of the ingredients in the pot before leaving for your morning classes, and you will come home to a hot, nutritious dinner. Again, the recipes you find will likely be four servings or more, so you can save these to reheat for lunches and other dinners.
Also, do not forget breakfast! Take the time to eat a balanced breakfast, including vegetables. To save time, prep your breakfasts on Sunday. Boil a few eggs, cook some greens, and wash fresh fruit to have on hand for quick breakfasts.
In addition to clean eating, look for quality supplements, especially a good probiotic and multivitamin (http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-21386/do-you-need-supplements-if-you-eat-a-healthy-diet-a-doctor-explains.html).
You likely have access to an on-campus gym that you are ALREADY paying for with your student fees. Take advantage of it! If you are afraid of running into the students you teach as a GTA, take your workout outside. In addition to the physical benefits, hiking can boost your mental health (http://www.collective-evolution.com/2016/04/08/doctors-explain-how-hiking-actually-changes-our-brains/)! Look for local hiking, running, and cycling groups. These groups can also be a great way to meet people beyond your colleagues at school.
Finally, be sure you are getting quality sleep. This is probably the most difficult rule to follow, but your body AND mind will thank you. And what good is a grad student without a sharp, rested mind? Anyway...just some of my thoughts.
How To Keep Your Sanity While In School
Marriage, divorce, death of a loved one, starting a new job, losing a job, and moving are just a few of the major stressors in life. Being a grad student may not seem like a major stressor to some people, but for those in the trenches of academia, it may seem as if the stress never ends. Considering that starting school is often coupled with other major stressors, such as leaving a full-time job with decent pay or relocating, it should be easy to understand why grad students struggle to keep their stress at healthy levels.
I have quite a few years of experience as a full-time graduate student. Now that I am nearing graduation, I have finally learned a few tips for surviving graduate school without losing my mind: