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Nov 2, 2018 6 tweets 4 min read
It can be difficult to maintain your #MentalHealth when you fail; some ways to maintain your mental health from the @nytimes that fit into your #GradStudent / #postdoc #budget:
What techniques do you use to maintain your mental health?

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let’s talk about covid stress.

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