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Self-Care Resources for Interdisciplinary Scholars

Because you're not just a brain on a stick


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Self Care at the End of the Semester

Self-care strategies to build intellectual and spiritual community, shape a creative practice, and navigate the emotional ups and downs of academic life.

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Wellness for Academics, Scholars, and Other Cultural Workers

Wellness for academics, scholars, & cultural workers, including fitting exercise, healthy food, laughter, and joy into a busy schedule.

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Navigating Imposter Syndrome and Other Insecurities

Navigate imposter syndrome and other insecurities to regain confidence, free up mental space for work, and feel at home where you are.

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Work Life Balance in the Context of Power

How to set and protect boundaries and navigate work life balance in the context of the radically uneven power relationships that make up academia.

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Academic Politics for New and Contingent Faculty

Help navigating academic politics for new and contingent faculty, including finding allies, trusting colleagues, knowing when to stay out of it, and knowing when it's worth it to jump in.

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How to Move to a New City (Again) and Settle In

Learn how to move to a new city, settle in, and make any place feel like home—no matter how contingent the position or temporary the stay.

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Dealing with Rejection in Academia (and Life)

Learn how to navigate the inevitable waves of rejection that accompany academic life—including rejections from publishers and editors, possible mentors, fellowships, and jobs—as well as how to decide what role rejection will play in your decisions about work and life.

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Resisting Academic Busyness and Taking Weekends Off

Strategies to avoid the siren song of academic busyness, preserve your time, and finally take those weekends off—for real.

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Surviving Job Burnout in the Academy and Beyond

Strategies for dealing with job burnout, finding inspiration again, and getting projects done even when you'd rather do just about anything else.

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Moving Tips for Academics

One of the worst parts of academic life is the constant moving. Here are our expert tips on how to get from here to there as painlessly as possible.

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Deciding Whether or Not to Finish Your PhD

Learn how to actively choose whether to stay and finish your PhD or embark on your next adventure—and what to do once you've made your choice.


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Embracing Academic Seasonality

Even if you have a favorite or a not-so-favorite part of the year, embracing the seasonality of academic life can mean more creativity, productivity, and inspiration for those projects while also helping you prioritize self-care and avoid burnout.

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Making a Self-Care Plan for the Semester: Before, During, After

Mapping self-care into your plan before, during, and after the semester can help you find balance, prioritize rest, and cultivate your energy.

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Setting Healthy Boundaries in Academia

Why boundaries in academia are so important for work life balance and how to set and protect them amidst the hustle bustle of academic life.

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Daily Self-Care Practices for Your Wellness Routine

Easy daily self-care practices to treat yourself with kindness, move a little slower, and find comfort amidst your personal and professional lives.

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Mental Health in Academia: How Departments Can Support Faculty, Staff, and Students

Strategies and tactics for improving mental health in academia by providing resources to students, faculty, and staff and prioritizing wellness.

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Self-Care Practices Beyond Relaxation

From time management and budgeting to navigating the free resources available to you, self-care practices go beyond just relaxation.

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Small Changes to Refresh Your Routine

When you're feeling overwhelmed, a giant "reset" isn't always possible. Here are some small changes you can make to refresh your routine and help you feel more relaxed and ready to take on your writing, research, teaching, and service tasks.

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Academic New Year Resolutions: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Although many scholars set academic new year resolutions, spending some time reviewing this year ensures you can set smart ones.

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Using Passion Projects for Inspiration, Self-Care, and Fun

In the face of busyness and stress, passion projects are a chance to reclaim your physical, emotional, and mental energy.

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Caring While in Academia

What does it mean to care while when in academia? Caring for our bodies, families, communities, time, and careers can be quite the juggling act.

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Dissertating While Parenting: Not Such a Contradiction

Finishing a dissertation while being a parent can be challenging. Here are strategies for getting research done while also spending time with your kids.

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Maintaining Friendships When Things Get Inevitably Busy

Academia requires a lot of your time and attention. But making time for friendships can mean the difference between surviving and thriving. Here’s how to make sure the people who matter to you don’t fall off your radar.

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10 Self-Care Tips for the End of the Semester

Easy and accessible self-care suggestions to help you feel physically and emotionally nourished at the end of the semester.

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A Beginner's Guide to Mindfulness in Academia

How can we practice mindfulness amidst the hustle and bustle of academic life and focusing your attention on where you are right now and how you’re feeling.

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Ideas on Fire's Favorite De-stressing Rituals

Our favorite de-stressing, self-care rituals and tips to take a breath, wind down, and come back to what brings you joy at the end of a busy semester.

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Quick and Easy Lunches You Can Take to Campus

Here are our suggestions for quick and easy lunches you can take to campus to keep your energy up to meet your writing, teaching, and research goals.

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Finding a Work Space Where You Can Thrive

How to find and use a great work space that gives you energy, inspiration, and the conditions you need to do your best work.