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Ana Pineda helps academics to have a more mindful approach to their scientific-writing process. She is also a guest researcher at the Ibero-American Center for Biodiversity at the University of Alicante, Spain, studying microbes, plants, and insects. She runs ifocusandwrite.com.
As a Spanish ecologist working abroad, I faced struggles that are familiar to many: the imposter syndrome that kicked in during my first postdoctoral programme at Wageningen University in the Netherlands; the uncertain future and self-doubt I felt after my funding to continue with my next postdoctoral position was rejected; and the stress of trying to conduct experiments, write papers, supervise students and bring up two small children, while not having slept a full night in years.