That might be easier said than done. When experiments are going wrong, your PI or boss is breathing down your neck, and your colleagues are all useless, being told to ‘take a break’ is the last thing you need to hear. It’s not like you don’t want one, right? That said, there are solutions to balancing work commitments and a family or social life. Sometimes just hearing other peoples’ experiences and perspectives can help. Over the next four weeks, we’ll be sharing tips and creative solutions on ensuring career success whist also enjoying a life outside of the lab.