🔬🧬The scientific life can be very heavy and competitive. Mingled with a veiled, silent, almost sacred culture that values “work hard” over “work smart”. Social skills, emotional intelligence, effective communication are lacking. And ego and selfishness are always present. This is the unglamorous part of academic life that no one wants to comment on. And as risky as it sounds, I propose to talk about this subject. Yes, I want to be the resistance. I want to be the one who goes against the tide of indifference and pulls the line to support my colegues. Science can be amazing, but it can also be cruel if we (the #scientificcommunity ) continue to appreciate the fact that losing quality of life is part of being a scientist. And as I believe there are several solutions to the academic life problems, ⚠️ I invite you to reflect on some facts:
- it is not normal to lose sleep over an article
- it is not normal to be afraid to go to work
- it is not normal to receive aggressions
- it is not normal to check the time your colleagues leave the lab to try to measure “who works harder”
- it is not normal to feel anxious and stressed most of your time.
💡And here are some tips that can help lighten the weight of this situation:
- seek help whenever necessary
- master communication skills
- learn to prioritize your mental health
- have a mentor
- create a support network in and out of work
-master emotional intelligence
- use productivity and planning techniques to help you organize your time better
- smile at the next scientist you meet around (maybe she/he is carrying the same weight as you)
With that, I want to support these brilliant people who sometimes doubt themselfs so much. For those in science: you can change the world. You are the force that drives human knowledge.
Mark here a scientific @ who needs to read this message!
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