Aca­d­e­mics face great expec­ta­tions but nothing com­pares to the pres­sure we put on our­selves, says Denise Horn

At Uni­ver­sity of Venus, we talk a great deal about work/​life bal­ance – how to main­tain the bal­ance between family, pri­vate life and the demands of acad­emia, which are many. Looking back at some of my remarks on the issue, I sound fairly con­fi­dent in my abil­i­ties to enjoy my life and get my work finished.

But this semester, I’ve been ter­ribly unbal­anced and that unbal­ance has been unhealthy and detri­mental to my well-​​being. Even though my per­sonal life is great – I have a won­derful and sup­portive partner, a close-​​knit group of friends, a loving family, an adoring dog and a pretty healthy social life – I became depressed. I gained weight, I stopped going to my yoga classes, I slept late when­ever I could, and my writer’s block became over­whelming. How did that happen?

Well, panic.

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