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07/22/19
Hot buttons. 4. Stress in Grad School, Post-doc, and Career Positions
Filed under: Recent Posts, Mentoring, Mature professionals, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 2:17 pm

Debilitating illness related to stress may not happen to you
for a long time.  It happened to me, a Ph.D. after 3 1/2 years
of grad school with 3 hot offers a month after my defense and
a meaningful 44 year career in three major fields and an
unbelievable post career retirement.  

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Working out at a gym on an elliptical machine, I fainted (medical
term syncope) because blood did not get to my brain due to
blocked arteries.  Ends up a cardiac cathetarization found
blockage in my main artery in the heart leading to open heart
triple bypass surgery.  That was a year ago and resulted in a
major life change.  Back to near normal again, thankfully.
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What did I learn?
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Take care of yourself.  Manage your diet, weight, physical exercise,
annual physical.  Even that is not enough, for I did that.  There are
genetic contributions but it is occurring more and more frequently
as we live longer.
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Family and friendships make all the difference.  I believe it is
part of taking care of yourself by looking after others in your
close circle.  The stresses I see grad students point out are real.  It
is important to factor that element into your career path choice. 
 [Credit UC-Davis for recognizing this.]
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Time management and organization.  To me it seems to start with
goal setting and prioritization.  Whether it is in grad school, post-
doc, or ina part time or full time career path position, figure out what
it is you wish to attain or grow or benefit from your effort. 
Recognize any significant goal requires effort.  The higher the goal,
can say something to others about you.
Work hard to develop strong personal relations with your adviser,
supervisor and mentors.  Your success is part of what they wish for
as well.  Share your goals with them and ask for advice.  You will
be surprised by how you can be helped.  Then when it is your turn,
pay it forward to others.
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Stress is a root cause of diseases.  WebMD points our eight stress
inducing medical issues:
  •   Heart disease. …
  •   Asthma. …
  •   Diabetes. …
  •   Headaches. …
  •   Depression and anxiety. …
  •   Gastrointestinal problems. …
  •   Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Other conditions related to stress include:
  •   The common cold. …
  •   Weight gain. …
  •   Slower healing. …
  •   Sleep dysfunction. …
  •   Depression. …
  •   Ulcers and other stomach problems. …
  •   Back, neck and shoulder pain.
Don’t take things for granted.!   Recognize subtle things
happen when you are stressed and it may not happen 
instantly.

One Response to “Hot buttons. 4. Stress in Grad School, Post-doc, and Career Positions”

  1. site admin Says:


    Interested to see Jen Heemstra’a Office Hours article on
    mental health environment. While the short term mental
    health implication is fine and good, the longer term
    influence of “stress” on health long term root causes
    of disease bars bringing up. 

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