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The New Social Worker is the quarterly magazine for social work students and recent graduates, focusing on social work careers for those new to the profession. This blog is a companion to the free online magazine at http://www.socialworker.com.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Help for Academic Fatigue

I FOUND A GREAT SITE while searching for remedies for grad school fatigue. Actually, if you type the words "grad school stress" in your search engine (Google, Bing, etc.), you'll find an array of articles. One I found to be particularly useful was written by Nick Repak, a director of Grad Resources in Plano, TX, titled, "Emotional Fatigue: Coping with Academic Pressure."

The author discussed the problem of emotional fatigue (EF), the environment of grad students and the contributing factors to EF, the traits that set up an emotional cycle of perfectionism, signs and symptoms of EF, the effects of EF, and finally the solutions.

I was relieved to see that I've already begun the process of dealing with my emotional fatigue by journaling (blogging), cultivating relationships (I spent the afternoon with a new, and dear, friend who is in the same social work program), seeking outside help, and exercising.

This article helped me to normalize my experiences which made me feel better almost instantly. If you'd like to check it out, click here.

~Ms. T. J.


  1. How funny that you should post this. Its coming up to the end of semester here in Australia and I am stressed to the max. I feel such strain between my shoulder blades and have promised myself a massage after I finish these last two essays.

    The article was fabulous. Thanks for posting it. 

  2. I really enjoyed the article, too. Makes you feel "normal," doesn't it?  Like we have lots of "peeps" out there who are going through the same expereinces. And somehow, that makes it feel less daunting.

    I think it's wonderful that you are planning a reward for yourself. You deserve it!

    I am excited that you are posting from Austrailia! Technology rocks!

    ~Ms. T. J.

  3. I loved the article and passed along to my entire cohort. Thank you for posting it.

  4. Wow! I am so glad I posted it. I heard from the author and he wrote:

    "I appreciated your comments on your blog. Glad you found the fatigue article helpful.
    I have always valued the Social Work students for their caring hearts. Let's keep them healthy all the way to completing their degree."
    Nick Repak