As a scientist who spends several hours carrying out various researches, anxiety can turn out affecting the quality of your life drastically. Typically, about three of every four scientists who are suffering from stress and anxiety in their lives due to the nature of their career, says that it interferes with their productivity on daily basis, and the research laboratories is not an exception.
Anxiety can influence your general performance during your research careers, the quality of researches conducted, relationships with your research teams, and relationships with your research directors and supervisors. And if you have been diagnosed with anxiety disorder, then the challenges associated with these may become more difficult. Let’s take a look at some of the tips for fighting anxiety during your research career:
Build a Solid Relationship: Having a solid scientist-to-scientist relationship among your research teams makes it easier and hassle-free when it comes to addressing problems or difficulties with that particular individual. This is to avert gossiping or venting to others. You can start building a strong relationship with your research teams by knowing and mastering their names and responsibilities in your heart. If peradventure, you forgot a person’s name, do not feel embarrassed to ask them again politely. It’s never too late to start building a solid relationship among your colleagues.
Seek for Help: When work becomes hectic, it becomes an easy thing to say “yes” even when you do not understand the manners of doing something. But the discomfort that comes with seeking for help or clarification is worth it in the long run. This can also help you reduce the level of anxiety associated with responsibilities. Seeking for help also translates to your directors or supervisors that you can outstandingly focus on producing great outputs.
Be Honest With Deadlines: When scientist suffers from anxiety, they tend to agree to timelines and schedules in which they know they cannot meet. Often times, it speaks well when you are honest before agreeing with deadlines than apologizing about the failure in the long run. It is true that not all timelines or deadlines are negotiable, but it will also save you several hours of anxiety if you can prove honest before making such agreements. However, it would look even better if you carry out the researches ahead of the agreed deadlines.
Focus on the Facts: When your heart and mind is overloaded during research works, your mind and emotions tend to feel pulled. The best way to fight anxiety at that moment is to control your conversation and the subject being discussed. Try to analyze what exactly is causing your anxiety and seek the views of your research teams. Then, proceed to express how you’d love the particular conflict resolved immediately. Focus on the fact of that specific situation, and stay in the present. Probably, this isn’t the best time to pull up existing grievances, no matter how extreme or relevant they may seem.
There you have it! Tips for fighting anxiety during your research career. However, when you stick to the above-discussed tips, build strong relationships, seek helps, and improve communication, the entire members of your research teams will benefit from this sheer goodness.
Anxiety would always appear up to some extent in your daily life, but it doesn’t have to affect your good work and your research career. Remember, anxiety is an unpleasant emotion; it’s also one of the essential factors you need for you to grow in your research career.