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Managing Mind and Body during Grad School

June 11, 2018

 

Ok, quick one today. I'm still in grad school and I'm completely passionate about industrial and organizational psychology. It has been a rigorous program and I hammer away at papers into the evenings after a full day hustling at the hospital. 

 

I would say my best neurohacks through this process are:

 

Nootropics - I'm currently taking a basic stack of Phophatidylserine, Huperzine, Vinpocetine, Bacopa, and Ginko biloba.

 

NAD+ - I'm taking the anti-aging supplement NAD+ for about a month now. I'm noticing modest benefits of less joint stiffness as I spend way too much time at the keyboard these days. I'll update after a few months into this supplement. I'll write more on this topic as well.

 

An adjustable standing desk - This has been a life-saver at home. Sometimes I really need to take a stretch and stand break during writing a research paper and it occasionally happens when I'm in writing flow. 

 

Daily meditation - I'll confess my meditations are shorter over the past few months as this is due to simply not wanting to sit. I'm supplementing with short yoga sessions, and another other time-saver and lower-back saver is meditating in the shower. I set a timer or I would be in there all day.

 

Knowing when to rest - I take at least one night with no studying at all, and 2-3 nights when I'm not in a crunch.

 

Low carb diet - habitually, I avoid sugars and carbs in general as I can't handle the sugar crashes. I eat pretty lean with a good deal of fish and vegetables. 

 

Coffee and decaf coffee - I drink coffee for the first half of the day and switch to decaf in the evening if I feel the need. Decaf coffee doesn't contain with a trace of caffeine, but another compound Eicosanoyl-5-hydroxytryptamidehas (EHT) been found to be neuroprotective and may  improve memory function according to animal studies. The research is limited, but I'll be satisfied with a placebo effect as I love the taste of coffee and it may trigger my memory of how I feel on coffee. Good enough for me for now. 

 

Self-hypnosis - I do this either for myself or by listening to recordings to stay motivated, focused, and to boost my sense of self-efficacy to accomplish the goals I've set for myself.

 

More later...back to work...papers aren't going to write themselves. ;-)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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