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Stress in the Lab – Common Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them


Ian H. Street, Ph.D.

Tutorial Video Abstract

In this webinar you will learn

  • about the different stresses that affect scientists in day-to-day lab life
  • how to effectively deal with these stresses in order to help prevent burnout, anxiety or depression

Stress is universal and inescapable. There are particularly pernicious stressors that affect scientists like impostor syndrome, the immense pressure to get ‘positive’ results, and uncertainty of our careers. It can be overwhelming and a lot of the stressors are not under our direct control.

Left unchecked, stress about our careers and lives can lead to burnout, anxiety, or depression. In the face of tight budgets and uncertain futures, young scientists are under particular pressure now.

In this webinar, I will talk about the effects of stress on scientists and more importantly, ways to help deal the stressors we face. I will address perfectionism, impostor syndrome, anxiety, depression, and burnout and talk about how I deal with all of these in my own brain.

The key take-aways are to realize that if you’re feeling overwhelmed, stressed or depressed, you are not alone and that changing your outlook is possible. It can take years, but our minds are flexible. The external pressures will always be there, and so it’s critical to cultivate a resilient and healthier growth mindset to deal with them.

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