Ever talked to your supervisor about self-care?
Lately, I've been seeing a lot of conversations on Twitter in which people have been talking about kind supervisors -- those that encourage them to take breaks, to steer away from overworking themselves, who are sensitive to their mental health difficulties, and who even encourage them to to take time off when they need it and take care of themselves. I was very glad to read about these experiences and am always grateful for kindness and compassion in academia. BUT, one thing didn't quite sit well with me - Many of the folks who were sharing their experiences deemed themselves "lucky" and "very fortunate" to have such great supervisors. The reason this bothered me is because stories like these shouldn't be one-off. They should be the norm and such positive experiences shouldn't be reserved for only the "lucky ones" in academia.
All of this has inspired my question for the day - Has your supervisor (current or past) ever started a conversation with you about the importance of taking breaks when you really need them and/or taking care of yourself?
Has this topic ever featured in your conversations with your supervisor? I'd love to hear your experiences. :)