The other day on Instagram someone commented that they wanted to see a week in my life because they didn’t understand how I travel so much and keep up with the work/responsibilities of graduate school. I’ll be honest, most of the time I don’t know how I manage to do it all – work on my dissertation, teach, grade, run my Etsy store, blog, and work as a study abroad coordinator. But, I promised myself when I became a full-time graduate student that I wouldn’t sacrifice my quality of life or my other interests (hence the blogging).
Studies have shown that constant stress can actually damage brain structure and connectivity. With that in mind, I encourage those in the overly stressful and competitive environment of grad school to take the time to be happy, healthy, and pursue hobbies and activities outside of school. In moderation these will not take away from your productivity; instead, they will enhance it.