Academic stress: reaching the end of an unbalanced semester
The Guardian - 07/10/2012
Academics face great expectations but nothing compares to the pressure we put on ourselves, says Denise Horn
At University of Venus, we talk a great deal about work/life balance – how to maintain the balance between family, private life and the demands of academia, which are many. Looking back at some of my remarks on the issue, I sound fairly confident in my abilities to enjoy my life and get my work finished.
But this semester, I’ve been terribly unbalanced and that unbalance has been unhealthy and detrimental to my well-being. Even though my personal life is great – I have a wonderful and supportive partner, a close-knit group of friends, a loving family, an adoring dog and a pretty healthy social life – I became depressed. I gained weight, I stopped going to my yoga classes, I slept late whenever I could, and my writer’s block became overwhelming. How did that happen?