It'd be funny if it were happening to someone else.
The job market is really fucking with my sleep schedule: nights up until 5, mornings where I'm up by 6, days where I have trouble getting out of bed before noon. Combination of working when the mojo is flowing and stress. But I'm not really feeling anxious yet. This is the part that's under my control. I'm steeling myself for the killing anxiety starting October 11.
the year i was on the job market, i could sleep no more than 4 hours a night. i confess i played a lot of video games in the wee hours of the night so that i could at least relax.caffeine is my shepherd, i shall not doze.
The year I was on the job market, I developed an addiction to crappy television as a way to deal with that anxiety. Now that I am junior faculty, that addiction is killing my work.
Seriously, folks, probably the best all-purpose advice that can be given to deal with the stresses of all phases of academic life is to engage in some regular meditation practice and develop detachment. There is no mystery to it-- it just takes the kind of effort which is regularly extolled here.Oh, and also develop a sense of humor--but that is already much in evidence on this blog.I speak as someone who has been through all of the worst that academia could inflict upon me, and yet I've ended up at the top of my field, without any help from Leiter rankings (which I think of as the funniest joke). Hah, hah, hah.Another senior tenured philosophy girl.
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