Today is National Simplicity Day. It stands as an invitation to let go of everything that does not serve you well, to become less, to rest in stillness.
Maintaining a calm state of mind is important at all times for your continued wellbeing but the wicked state of the world means that often this is not at all easy. Happily, reading for pleasure for just six minutes a day has been found to have a profound impact on stress levels and general wellbeing.
Welcome back after the Easter Break! It’s time for the final push of the academic year to get everything done. Getting the most from your time is vital to reaching June with a minimum of stress. With that in mind, here are my nine top tips for surviving and thriving in the run-up to deadlines and exams and beyond.
Sometimes it is just nice to gaze out over the local landscape. If you’ve never been down to the boating lake, aka “swan lake” in Southsea, it is just a (fairly long) stroll along the seafront. Sometimes, an escape from the everyday is just a hop, step and a walk (or short bus ride) away.
As we start to approach the slow creep towards the end of the academic year and some people surface for the first time to realise just how much work there is still to do, I want to point back to a blog post I wrote a while ago that explores how to study sustainably and well.
What you do outside of the classroom and the library can have almost as big an impact on your student experience as what you do inside. A regular, sustainable sleep schedule, healthy diet, plenty of water, and enough exercise all help keep you fighting fit and can help you both tackle and feel better about yourself, your studies, and everything else in life.
Learning is part art, part science, and a large part perseverance but there are some well-known tips and tricks that can make it a lot easier. Here are seven of my favourites.