Content warning for depression and suicide.
HEY GUESS WHAT there was still so much good stuff leftover from last week’s conversation with the very brilliant Cynara Geissler that I just went ahead and made it a two-parter. In this episode we ask what it would mean to embrace “good enough” and to learn to be much more tender with ourselves. I also spend a whole bunch of time talking about de-stigmatizing mental health issues in professional and academic settings and, I’m not gonna lie, it gets pretty real. You know what else is real? These really good links I’m giving you:
- Did you know that half of all PhD Students experience mental health struggles during their degrees? It’s true! And the more we talk about it, the less stigmatized it’ll be!
- Speaking of talking about things, here’s Melissa Dalgleish’s wonderful piece on being our whole selves as academics; I found it incredibly moving, and I bet you will, too!
- We talk a lot about feminism (obvi) and being good enough, and that made me think about Roxane Gay’s bad feminist manifesto (read on for an incredible list of tips on being friends with women, and then go buy Bad Feminist because it’s really great)
Cynara’s theme song is “You Don’t Own Me” by Lesley Gore.