Thesis panic is very common among students. Anxiety about a dissertation comes as a result of what seems like such a huge and impossible task. Fast approaching deadlines do not make matters any easier. Reactions to this panic vary among different people. Some are excellent at calm acceptance. Others walk around with their stomach churning anxiety. This makes them irritable, distracted, and very hard to live with.
When handling your thesis, it really helps to adopt a somewhat structured work habit. Teach yourself to treat the entire process just like a job. “Write every day,” “keep regular hours,” take your supervisor like your boss” are some of the mindsets you should be having as you handle your dissertation. When you do this, you will be more than surprised by how easy it will be to handle your thesis. Additionally, you will take such a small amount of time to complete the entire project. There is no doubt about that.
Talking yourself out of a thesis anxiety can be challenging. However, talking to people can be more than magical. Just try it and notice the magic. So which kind of people should you talk to? Well, it is common for many people to think that talking to the ‘calm type’ of people is the prudent thing to do. Nonetheless, this can work for and against you. The best thing to do is to talk to someone who you are comfortable sharing about anything and everything. Again, do not be overly choosy. You might be surprised that the worst students in your class are the best people to talk to. Why is this the case? This is because they totally understand what struggling feels like. Most people having dissertation anxiety claim that talking to other suffers is more comforting compared to talking to those with sharp minds.
The truth of the matter is that most if not all thesis writers do not have the luxury of ‘certainty’. Theories might not hold together, data might be useless, experiments might fail etc. it is very much possible to find yourself always staring at the barrel of your deadline without a thesis, or with many theses or even an extremely tenuous theses. Granted, getting rid of anxiety is not easy. However, it is possible.