How Do Researchers Take Care of Their Mental Health When They Feel Like They are Drowning?

One of anthropology’s greatest strengths is committing to holistic research that emphasizes personal experiences. Due to this approach, anthropology provides researchers with the unique position to contribute evaluations to the field of science that can span and encompass macro and micro-level data. While this approach undoubtedly contributes to rich, meaningful analyses, anthropology as a discipline overlooks how field study affects researchers—or worse, considers researchers’ reactions while in the field trivial compared to their potential future contributions. As a doctoral candidate currently conducting research, I find myself regularly checking in with other students and anthropologists to affirm that I am not [...]