Do you ever wonder how to navigate the pressures of scholarly research? It’s important to know how to balance your wellbeing and academia.
From drafting your research to submitting your paper, academia has plenty of stressors. Luckily, there are lots of ways to relieve this stress.
Here are 3 ways you can support your academic wellbeing.
1. Make the most of society memberships
Are you making the most of your society membership?
Joining a relevant society can help to make academia seem less intimidating.
Societies help you to manage your professional development. Some offer programs to record and share their progress. A society’s goal is to “help members recognize what they’ve done, and offer guidance about where to go next.”
Societies can do this by:
Helping you to collaborate with other members
Hosting conferences, which provide networking opportunities
Provide ad-hoc resources to help you build your support networks
Using these resources can make you feel less alone in academia. This goes a long way in helping you to maintain your academic wellbeing.
2. Find a mentor
Sharing the stressors of academic life is key to supporting your academic wellbeing. Finding a mentor is one of the ways in which you can share such stressors.
By finding a mentor and becoming a mentee, you can:
Gain valuable networking skills to increase your confidence
Identify and achieve your career goals
Find someone who has been where you are to encourage and empower you
Develop key skills
Improve your understanding of the publishing process
Hone your writing
Build your professional network