Stressing Mental Health. Notaras, M. 356(6340):878.
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[Excerpt] [...] Stress is an ingrained and unavoidable aspect of scientific practice. In some unfortunate cases, lab culture can make it worse. In many others, however, it is simply the nature of research. Deadlines, tight funding, and the pressure to ” publish or perish” all create chronic stress. There is no avoiding these issues. [...] Personally, I realized that self-imposed deadlines and goals created much of the stress I was feeling, and that tempering my expectations was an easy way to reduce it. I've learned to manage my time with realistic short-, medium-, and long-term experimental deadlines, which keep me on track while minimizing pressure to do too much at once. I still work long hours, but I ensure that I make time to focus on myself too. [...] The short-term result may be spending slightly less time in the lab, but the long-term gain is a reinvigorated and more productive scientist. [...]
@article{notarasStressingMentalHealth2017,
  title = {Stressing Mental Health},
  author = {Notaras, Michael},
  date = {2017-05},
  journaltitle = {Science},
  volume = {356},
  pages = {878},
  issn = {0036-8075},
  doi = {10.1126/science.356.6340.878},
  url = {https://doi.org/10.1126/science.356.6340.878},
  abstract = {[Excerpt] [...] Stress is an ingrained and unavoidable aspect of scientific practice. In some unfortunate cases, lab culture can make it worse. In many others, however, it is simply the nature of research. Deadlines, tight funding, and the pressure to ” publish or perish” all create chronic stress. There is no avoiding these issues. [...] Personally, I realized that self-imposed deadlines and goals created much of the stress I was feeling, and that tempering my expectations was an easy way to reduce it. I've learned to manage my time with realistic short-, medium-, and long-term experimental deadlines, which keep me on track while minimizing pressure to do too much at once. I still work long hours, but I ensure that I make time to focus on myself too. [...] The short-term result may be spending slightly less time in the lab, but the long-term gain is a reinvigorated and more productive scientist. [...]},
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  number = {6340}
}
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