Even though I’m a young and healthy woman I have to remember I cannot do it all. I’m all for being a superwoman, but this superwoman needs a break. I’ve been reading a few blog posts here and there; talking to other women about this issue and realized that a superwoman needs to know her limits. In addition, a superwoman has to start saying “no”. When you say “no” that does not mean that you are being “rude”. A superwoman asserts herself and is confident. If you want to learn more about how you can be the best superwoman you can be in the workplace check out the book, Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office by Lois P. Frankel.
Spring is around the corner! You know what that means — spring cleaning. I know most of you can relate to getting tons of emails every day. If you are looking for more spring inspiration check out my blog post, Ways to Refresh Yourself for the New Season of Spring.
‘Tis the season! Between decorations, good food and holiday parties this is the season to have some fun! You can count on Holiday parties from now until January (maybe even February depending on where you live). Relieve the stress from the fall and welcome winter with the fun festivities of holiday parties. Plus it’s a great time to network!
Let’s talk about how we can overcome this sluggish-lack-of-energy feeling by re-energizing with a Power Nap. I like to take my Power Nap after my Power Hour depending on my schedule that day. Power Naps are amazing because it’s just enough time to relax without falling into a deep sleep. Continue reading The Power Nap
It’s the most difficult time of the year. It is hard preparing for midterms, finals or GRE on top of everything else. Many people are sleep deprived, nutrition deficient and just feel overall stressed. This does not have to be you. With the right preparation studying can be a less stressful time.
When I was in college we had Study-A-Thons during Finals week. It was a great way to study during the weekend before finals. There were peer tutors, free food and even study snacks. Bring on those Insomnia Cookies! This is awesome! Every school should have this. If not, start a mini Study-A-Thon with your friends.
Before you get started studying let’s talk about making the most of your study break. During midterm and final season you will hear many tips for studying, but sometimes you don’t really hear many tips about how to have the best study break ever. Study breaks are just important as study tips. You need balance.
I am back and recharged! A month ago I wrote a post about How to make the most of your summer vacation. Recharging after your vacation is just as important as taking your vacation. July is the perfect time to take a break because many people take vacations around this time. After my official break I used a few more days to recharge myself.
Here are My Tips to Recharge After Vacation:
1. Read an Inspirational Book(s):
One of my favorite hobbies is reading. During my break I relaxed and spent quality with my family. Towards the end of my break I picked up some inspirational books. Inspirational books will give you the push you need to get back to work or school after your vacation. If you want to see what I’m reading check out my summer reading list.
2. Take a Nice Walk, Run or Jog:
Along with reading I enjoy walking. Whenever I feel stressed or need some fresh air I take a walk. After your vacation take a moment to walk to help you unwind before resuming your regular schedule.
3. Listen to Some Good Music:
I enjoy listening to music and this summer I have been listening to all types of music. Before you go to sleep listen to music that makes you feel happy and relaxed. When you wake up you will feel happier and ready to start your day.
Now that July is here you know what that means: Vacations! Many people take vacations in July because it is right in the middle of the summer and it is a great time to relax with family and friends. Even if your vacation is short take time to unwind and have fun.
How to Make the Most of Your Summer Vacation:
1. Prepare and Create Lists:
This tip may seem like common sense, but I will address it anyway. Send reminders to our labmates, boss, coworkers or other people that we need to notify. Check out Ph.D. comics (When to tell your advisor you’re going on vacation). A good way to remember what you need to do is to create lists. That way you will be able to enjoy all of your vacation and have things in order when you get back.
2. Switch Your Mind to Vacation Mode:
Leave all of your worries, frustrations, and stresses out of your mind for the time that you are on vacation. Check out this Ph.D. Comics post (Vacation vs Stressed). Have you ever been on a vacation with someone and all they talked about was how they are so stressed and dreading going back to work? Don’t let this person be you. Use your vacation as a time to temporarily forget life’s stresses. This is how to take a true vacation inside and out.
3. Leave Your Work at Home:
This is important, especially for my workaholics out there. The purpose of a vacation is to have time to relax, have fun and explore your vacation’s surroundings. If you are working you cannot enjoy your vacation to the maximum potential. Use your vacation time to completely escape from your work for a while. It will not hurt you. Your mind, body, and spirit will thank you for it. When you come back from your vacation you will be ready to get back to work! Continue reading How to Make the Most of Your Summer Vacation
It’s about that time – spring is in the air! This is the time of year I like to refresh and making sure I am doing the right things to reduce my stress levels. Physical health as well as mental health are equally important. Sometimes when we are busy we can neglect one, the other or both, all of which are not good. Let’s go into the new season refreshed with less stress!
At the beginning of the year most of us make our New Year’s Resolutions. The fall season is a good time to check your progress. Did you achieve your goals? Do you need to redefine them? What are your next steps? There is still time to make some changes.
Hopefully you improved your networking game this year. If not, you still have time. Step outside of your comfort zone and meet new people. This should be pretty easy because there are many career fairs, new student orientation, and many networking events during the fall. Take advantage of this season to broaden your network.
Everyone should have a mentor. Become a mentor, find new mentors or do both! Do you remember when you were starting college? Your first job? Here’s a quick story. When I started college I was very shy. I didn’t know anyone at my university. So I decided to join a group for women in STEM at Penn State. By joining this group I was able to meet other young women in STEM and build friendships. Also, I was able to find mentors. The fall is a great time to mentor a young scientist AND find a new mentor for yourself.
What are you doing to recharge and refocus? Comment below.
The life of a scientist is pretty busy. Between labs, meetings, conferences and association involvement it seems like there is never enough time. I often wonder am I doing enough, but then I realize I don’t have to be so hard on myself. I deserve a break. Work is important. Life is important. Finding the balance is key! Many of us understand the struggle and this is where the Power Hour comes in! The ‘Power’ Hour is a chance for you to focus your energy on something exciting and give yourself a break.