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Audio clip: Maeve reflects on how maintaining a work-life balance means managing the academic pressure to (over) work.

So, sleep deprivation is probably the main trigger of my seizures. So I would worry if I got less than four hours sleep in a night. That would be a real trigger factor. So it's not that they told me to do that necessarily. I mean, they do tell you, you have to get enough sleep, you can't stay up all night, for example. Which I know some students do. You know, either for work or other reasons. You can't take drugs, you can't drink too much, things like that. But Yeah. So they do like encourage you to make those kinds of lifestyle choices. But not necessarily restricting the hours that you work, and things like that. But I do that, because I find if I do too much work I'll get too fatigued, and like I'll get that fuzzy-headed feeling, and then I can't work the next day. So it's just really pointless. I have to sort of manage it myself.

I think it's been okay for now, because I'm really isolated, and I'm a researcher, so nobody really knows what I'm doing [laughs]. So, got that kind of invisibility cloak, and I can just do whatever. But I know that other people feel that pressure, and feel like they have to be in the office all the time, and be seen to be working all the time. Or just be seen publishing all the time. So, having your stuff coming out in journals. Yeah. I just try not, not to let it affect me too much. Yeah.