Dealing with stress
Q1. "Compared to college, what’s different about the stress of grad school? Or has it been the same?"
A1: Grad School stress is like undergrad stress on steriods. Still dealing with many of the same challenges but with added responsibilities 🤷🏾♀️— Ana Rosado (@CarminRosado) April 22, 2018
For me, College was mentally taxing because how much I had to do outside of my school work and thus my introverted self was always exhausted. Grad school is mentally taxing because it’s literally just you alone with your books, your thoughts and your writing. #trynagrad— Ravynn Stringfield (@RavynnKaMia) April 22, 2018
Q1. Grad school stress is much different from undergrad b/c I’m expected to adult at the same time. In undergrad, I got stressed & went to the cafe. In grad school I get stressed, but rent is still due on the 1st & I have to settle for a bowl of cereal. Lol #TrynaGrad— Rae 🌻 (@raediancee) April 22, 2018
Q2. "What aspects of grad school have been the most stressful for you?"
2. This qualifying exam I have coming up in like 2 weeks lmaoooo 😭— dipologist 🤸🏾♂️ (@oartezey) April 22, 2018
Q3. "What are some things that you do to manage stress?"
A3: I’m in therapy, I practice mindfulness techniques like breathing exercises and meditation, I keep a daily gratitude log to remind myself that there are always things to be thankful for and bc I live close to home, I lean into my parents for support #trynagrad— Ravynn Stringfield (@RavynnKaMia) April 22, 2018
!!! It was a technique that stuck after doing one of the mindfulness trainings they offered through the counseling center at my school. Another piece of advice, if you can’t do therapy, counseling centers offer free groups and trainings which can be super helpful #trynagrad— Ravynn Stringfield (@RavynnKaMia) April 22, 2018
1. Hit the gym— Oppositional Scholar (@LarryEMcDaniel) April 23, 2018
2. Spend time with my partner
3. Shop for sneakers
4. Cook meat-less meals
5. Kick it with/Chop it up with the homies
6. Play basketball
7. Binge tv shows
8. Organize my sneakers
9. Watch sports
A3: I don’t answer emails after 8:30pm. I take a full day off every wkend with NO work, reading, writing etc. Therapy has been crucial to managing my stress (I couldnt afford it before grad school so you know I’m taking full advantage now that I have solid insurance) #TrynaGrad— Ana Rosado (@CarminRosado) April 22, 2018
A3. Have fun! Grad school makes u feel like the moments you’re stressed u should do anything but that but honestly taking time to binge my fave shows or hang w friends for a few hours helps. Sometimes u need to step back from the work for a bit to actually get it done. #TrynaGrad— spice (@synbad_) April 22, 2018
To manage my stress I've really tried to start sticking to my schedule. Time is so precious and usually we stress bc we think it's running out. Whether it's a to-do list in the morning or me spending some quality time with my planner, I try to get my goals in order! #TrynaGrad— name cannot be blank (@_notladara) April 22, 2018
A3: I try to go to concerts, spend time with family, talk to my parents and grandparents on the phone. Leisure read, play video games and therapy. All those together function as way to alleviate any stress I may have #TrynaGrad I want to try a creative outlet though if I can.— Hood LeBron (@BradJourdan) April 22, 2018
Q4. "Who do you talk to when you’re feeling overwhelmed?"
Myself lol... On some -- "get it together, Bih!"— well... actually (@HavanaBrown508) April 22, 2018
Q5. "How do you communicate with your advisor about unhealthy stress?"
A5: i dont really communicate with my advisor about that because he doesn't get it. but i have found other faculty in my department that understand and they just tell me to sift through the task and focus on what needs to be done the soonest #trynagrad— Wakanda's Director of Mental Health Services (@smileitsjoy) April 23, 2018
Q6. " How do you balance the stresses of school with those in your personal life?"
Because I can't always control the stresses of school, I have learned to better control stresses in my personal life. I tell people no, and do not feel guilty about it neither. I don't do anything I truly want to do. 1/2— Asantewaa (@AsantewaaDarkwa) April 23, 2018
I don't associate myself with people I don't want to be associated with. My time is limited, and I refuse to waste any of my time on unnecessary stress. 2/2— Asantewaa (@AsantewaaDarkwa) April 23, 2018
A6: I don’t tolerate folks who create toxic energy in my presence. It’s a big no from me, fam. You Have to go. Idc who you are mom, dad, etc. I think that’s the one thing we actually can control is who is causing stress in our personal lives (for the most part) #trynaGrad— Hood LeBron (@BradJourdan) April 23, 2018
A6. I promise myself I’d maintain my personal life. Do I do that well? No lol one week I’m ignoring phone calls & texts & one week I’m going to back to back birthday brunches. For the most part ppl understand. I remind myself to communicate more w/ ppl I care about #TrynaGrad— Unstable Genius (@jadey0711) April 23, 2018
A6: I let the folks I love know when I have a deadline or exam. I ask for concrete help—walking the dog, cooking meals etc—that will help me through the tough stretch. I’m also intentional about self care bc it helps me sustain emotional reserves for personal stuff #TrynaGrad— Ana Rosado (@CarminRosado) April 23, 2018
Bonus. "In what ways can grad programs better support their students?"
Destigmatizing mental health— Rawn Boulden, M.Ed. (@RawnBoulden) April 23, 2018
*cough* actually care *cough*— South Side Slytherin (@ddlh4) April 23, 2018