Bouncing Back

Semester 1 is over now and as the exams and assessments come to an end you can start to let go of the stress and anxiety that was building over the semester. How quickly you bounce back and get back to your previous functions will depend on your resilience. Every opportunity you have to thrive and overcome a challenge your resilience grows and you bounce back quicker in future times of stress. So in theory each semester should get easier to get through and the time for recovery should decrease allowing you to relax earlier and enjoy the between semester breaks. But if you are looking for ways to improve your resilience and maximize your break time then have a look at these tips to help you bounce back quicker.

  1. Relationships – reach out to those people in your life that you trust and ask for and accept help and support.
  2. Be flexible – accept that the goal posts will change, sometimes through your own desire but sometimes it’s beyond your control. Instead of spending time trying to change them back focus on what you have achieved and develop the new action plan in line with the new goal.
  3. Take action – instead of avoiding stressors and hoping they will go away take action and address them.
  4. Keep things in perspective – it’s easy to think the worse when something goes wrong but try and think about the bigger long term picture and keep things in perspective.
  5. Maintain a hopeful outlook – don’t fall into a pessimistic or black and white thinking patterns when you don’t succeed the first time around. Focus on what you have achieved and appreciate the effort you have gone to.

 

*This past week I’ve been talking with our Equity and Diversity Coordinator on campus about Resilience and her passion and interest in this topic has inspired this blog post. Thank you Tara, I look forward to seeing the results of your passions.


During the break….

As the exam period comes to an end this semester I want to take the time to congratulate you all on completing semester 1. It is almost time for you to take a well earned break and recharge between the semesters. Between the semesters you can still access support on campus by contacting your student support advisors or using the Skype Drop-in times online.

During the break the Skype Drop-in times are reduced to Tuesday 8-9pm and Thursday’s 2:30-3:30pm.  Remember if these times don’t suit you can always e-mail the online counsellor and request an additional time.


50 losses…..

Last night I had the privilege to be part of a community gathering on campus in the NUSA office. Barrie Shannon organised a candlelight vigil in memory of the loss of life in the Orlando Pulse Nightclub last weekend. Seeing so many people come together to not only reflect on the loss of life and the mourn for those lost but to support one another and the LGBTI community, gave me hope. Hope that as a community we can come together as one to send messages of love and compassion rather than those of hate and anger. Hope that together we can share our thoughts and feelings over this loss and become stronger as individuals and a community.

There is no doubt that this loss was felt across the globe and that there have been outpourings of emotions, some of sadness, shock, anger and fear. We continue to search for an answer of “why” to try and make sense of what happened and to find some comfort and a safe way to express our grief. For some people the answer will help but for others it will not. Others will be helped through helping in a practical way, like giving blood, or attending a vigil like last night. Some will find comfort in sharing how they feel with someone they trust. Do these things that help, but also ask yourself “what can I do to help?” “How can I help someone else who is experiencing this loss?” or “how can I help the LGBTI community overcome this loss?” These are the questions which will lead to positive change. These are the questions that will give us hope. Hope that this won’t happen again. Hope that love and acceptance will win. Hope that while we may be experiencing loss, not all is lost.

 

*For those of you who missed the vigil at NUSA last night there is a vigil being held tonight Friday 17th June at the Adamstown Uniting Church on Glebe Road.


Rescue Time and boost your productivity

Rescue time is a piece of software that runs in the background of your PC, MAC, phone or smart device and tracks your use of different applications or websites you are accessing. You set up an account and can use it across all your devices to track your time on specific areas that you customise when you create the account. Using these categories at the end of the week it then provides you with an activity report with how much time you have spent in different areas. You can set alerts that let you know when you have spent a certain amount of time on a particular area, like e-mails, social media or entertainment.

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While it all sounds great, and compared to some of the other time management apps out there, there are still some flaws. The most obvious one is that to get the additional features like blocking distractions, or more detailed reports to help you make the changes you need to boost your productivity score, you will need to upgrade from the lite to the premium package at $9 per month.

What’s good about it: It will give you a better idea of how you are actually spending your electronic time and PC Magazine agrees it’s the best time management tracker on the market.

What’s not so good: The extra features of the premium version make it stand out, it’s just a shame you have to pay a premium price for it.


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