Yes I have an amazingly supportive girlfriend who helped me so much when I was stressing out towards the end of my PhD.
I think it’s important to have a healthy work/study life balance, that includes making time for yourself and spending time with you friends / partner.
There are times when I’ve had to spend a few weeks in the lab working really late, but then there were other times when I left early or took holidays to spend time with my loved ones.
I do. I met my husband when I first started post graduate studies. He is a scientist too – a physicist. I would be lost without my other half I think – so not a distraction, a really great person to support me and keep me focused. We have two children – and they are really proud of what we do – and understand that I have to travel or that I am a bit distracted sometimes. All 3 of my immediate family know they are my number 1 priority