Monday Motivation #6 (6/22/2020)

Three Things to Try This Week

Box Breathing — this is a stress reduction technique I learned from a counselor at CAPS many years ago, and use frequently to relax and re-center myself. You can do it anywhere, without anyone else noticing, which makes it great for calming nerves before a meeting, presentation or interview. I also like to combine it with some simple arm and neck stretches at my desk to take quick breaks during the day.

More Resources

  • Summer is a great time to try out new recipes. Personally, I love making pasta salad because I can use up leftover veggies, cheeses or meats easily — and it gets better with time as it marinates in the fridge. You can find lots of recipe variations online, but here’s a basic explanation of the key elements of making a great pasta salad:
  • Try some yoga! I’ve added some simple (almost) daily stretches to my summer time routine, and definitely feel better afterwards. I searched for videos online that addressed my personal issues, like neck tightness, but if you’re not in the mood to search you might find this short list of yoga poses you can do from/with your chair to be a good starting point:
  • As you get nearer to the end of your time in graduate school, many students unexpectedly find themselves grieving the transition out of academia and into the “real world.” Although it’s easy to wish you were done when you’re in the midst of a challenging experiment or analysis, being a graduate student is a huge part of your identity for years. This post on GradHacker is a good discussion about this phenomenon, and ways to work through it:



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Katy Luchini Colbry

Katy Luchini Colbry


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