Eating and sleeping matters!

28 08 2008

I think there should be a claass for postgraduates on balancing life, health, family, work and PhD.  Like Matt already said, it’s important to spend time away from our research. Since the beginning of my candidature, I have made the decision to treat my PhD as a job to keep my weekends free. I cannot stress enough how vital it is to give our brains a break once in a while. At the same time, I’ve been getting so tired, maybe the goat needs a break full stop!

In the past few weeks, I have been doing my data analysis and found it more difficult that I initially expected. I also noticed that in the process of the metahporic jumps over my research hurdles, I am getting more tired. The gray cold winter weather is certainly not helping to boost my spirit and I appreciate the occassional sunny moments on a weekend when I can be outside. The garden has been flowering as never before and it gives me so much joy to leave the computer and literally stop to smell the flowers. The house renovations we do on weekends are quite therepeutical. Somehow holding a paintbrush clears my mind and in a way physical work helps me relax.  

Everyone needs to find their way to preserve their sanity, to find happiness and reach their goals. Each of us is unique – if I were to ride 120km on a bike, trust me, I would die! And the Otter would probably find meditation boring. 🙂 But the truth is that as one starts approaching the finish line, it takes more energy to carry on. Note to self: Eating and sleeping always matter!