YOGA: The Ultimate Productivity Hack for PhD Research Scholars and Researchers

Yoga for PhD research scholar

Introduction

Working towards a PhD can be an intimidating task, with many challenges along the way. It is a long-term commitment that one has to make with lots of sacrifices.

What are some good practices for a PhD student to cultivate?

  • Good health ( Necessary as the Researcher has to work for long hours in front of a desktop, which may lead to sleeplessness, cervical spondylosis etc. ).
  • Good memory power ( Researcher has to face doctoral committee members, conference presentations, thesis presentations, and grant proposal presentations; Questions posed in presentations must be answered by recalling the concepts studied at various times).
  • Creative thinking ( Patents or copyrights won’t happen without creative thinking ).
  • Time (4–6 years, at an age when one wants to earn, marry,  be independent, and support the family).
  • Sacrifice (All family occasions, tours, remunerative works compromising or tuning your habits with your’s supervisor/teacher)
  • Humble( Keeping aside ego, adjusting to supervisor’s requirements)
  • Skills (usually no one is there to teach you the relevant ones).
  • Consistency (In carrying out work, writeup, in presenting things).

Do PhD students go under depression or mental health issues?

Research scholars are more prone to mental and physical related issues than any other educated general population. Based on one study a PhD research scholar is likely to develop mental health problems 2.4 times more than those in the general population with an undergraduate degree.

Results based on 12 mental health symptoms showed that 32% of research scholars are at risk of having or developing a common psychiatric disorder, especially depression.

How much patience is needed in a PhD?

The main lesson a PhD student must learn is how to find inner reserves of patience: this is a long haul and you will find that keeping up your spirits, momentum and health becomes as important as keeping your eye on the topic of study.

The potential for losing your patience, losing your interest, losing your health, and even losing your thinking capability is very high, evidence of which is the dropout rate among researchers and the considerable number who take longer than the formal completion period.

As a PhD Researcher, how does Staring at a Screen all day Affects your Brain and Body?

A Researcher has to persistently keep working with either a laptop/desktop constantly looking at the screen. This may lead to many physical and psychological issues at an earlier stage in their life.

Above all, it is a secluded work where a research scholar always feels beleaguered and frazzled. During the course of his/her research work, the researcher may come across a few of the following warning signs which should not be overlooked.

  • Unable to concentrate and focus on work
  • Unable to get good sleep
  • The feeling of insecurity, failure and frustration
  • Mental and physical exertion
  • Feeling overwhelmed and confused

We need to identify those negative associations that have tainted the picture of PhD over time and then set them to one aside. There are tools and techniques out there that can help us to restructure our research life and reshape our attitude. We simply need to identify what works best for us individually.

What are the Effects of Yoga on the Mental and Physical Health of a PhD Research Scholar?

Wavering focus due to physical and mental ailments is one of the main reasons for poor performance in research.  Of the various focus improvement options available today, I felt yoga and pranayama are probably some of the oldest and most time-tested methods that can take you closer to your goal.

Though it may seem that yoga is more of a physical workout technique, it works on the mental level too. It makes the body more flexible and improves the immunity level. It also alleviates stress, relieves the nerves and calms the mind.

Yoga is a great combination of body movements, breathing and meditation. It is a powerful therapy to deal with physical pains, stress, anxiety, fatigue and depression. It is a modern way to stay fit in a busy schedule and gain rejuvenation of body and mind.

You can perform yoga anywhere according to the availability of space and time. Yoga helps to gain mental peace and stress reduction and improves the psychological performance of the person. Performing yoga will help a researcher to struggle with difficult situations.

Practising yoga for at least one hour daily will make a great impact on the mood of a researcher. One can notice a significant reduction in depression and anxiety as well. Stress is a hidden enemy which not only affects your mind but also affects the functioning of the body.

Peace of mind is a basic requirement of the researchers and that can be easily achieved with the help of yoga. Regular practice of yoga releases emotional burdens and improves the capacity to focus on the work. Through yoga, you will learn the skill of balance between physical, mental and spiritual functioning.

According to psychological research ‘researchers having low stress can perform better than others. It is already proved that stress and depression always make a negative impact on the academic performance of students.

While researcher goes through various challenging situations, yoga can help them to achieve improved confidence and peace of mind. Apart from mental stress researchers also face many physical problems including loss of sleep due to longer working hours, neck pain due to constant sitting for a long time headache due to continuous thinking and eye burns due to a long time of computer work. Yoga can be a suitable cure for all these physical issues affecting the fitness of the body.

What are the Benefits of Yoga for a PhD Research Scholar?

  • It improves concentration
  • It improves the psychological, mental and physical well being
  • Yoga reduces anxiety, stress and depression
  • It boosts self-confidence and improves memory power
  • It helps to calm your mind and alternately helps to gain peace of mind
  • Yoga provides the energy to struggle with various physical as well as mental traumas.

The process of PhD is definitely time-consuming and stressful but definitely worth investing precious time and effort in. There are lots of hurdles you will face at every step going towards success. Handling difficult situations wisely is an amazing skill.

If the simplest tool like YOGA can help you to gain the most demanding things in your life in a current period like the peace of mind, stressless life and fitness in the body, then it is always preferable to GO FOR IT.

The above benefits are possible only if yoga is practiced under the supervision of some renowned yoga practitioners  and using  standard props and accessories.

My E-Book on Yoga for PhD Research Scholar

In my KINDLE  E-BOOK  “UNLOCK YOUR RESEARCH POTENTIAL THROUGH YOGA”,.  I have listed and explained a specific set of yogasanas and meditation techniques which can really help a researcher to come out of his research-related issues in a better way.

Unlock your Potential through Yoga

Vijay Rajpurohit
Author: Vijay Rajpurohit
Vijay Rajpurohit is a researcher in Computer Science. He loves to educate researchers and research scholars on Research Paper Writing, Thesis Writing, Research Grants, Patenting Research Work and the latest Research-related issues. You can reach him @ [email protected]

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