A friend of mine has recently shared an interesting article on the psychological costs of doing a PhD. In a nutshell, according to numerous studies, many PhD students suffer from depression, anxiety, and uncertainty.
These things are familiar to me. The point, however, is not whether one experiences them or not. Arguably, the above feelings are common among many people – not just students – living in the super-fast urbanized environment full of stress. The point is how to handle these negative moments.
In my opinion, there are three simple yet effective strategies for this.
Strategy 1: WORK
Just get your ass working. There are always things to be done. Whining is counter-productive. OK, you can keep on whining and work at the same time. As a result, not only will you get a result (please excuse my tautology), but the negative mindset will fade away.
Strategy 2: WORK OUT
Best thing to do by far. Down and depressed? Do 50 push-ups, will you? It will take just a minute of your precious time, for Christ sake. See how you feel after that. As an alternative, consider regular sports activities – or just walking in the morning.
Strategy 3: WORK AND WORK OUT
Combination of 1 and 2 (in any order). I usually prefer working out first, and then work. Physical followed by mental. However, so many people, so many tastes. Find out what works for you.
As Carlos Castaneda put it, it takes the same amount of energy to be happy or unhappy.
We always have a choice.