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Stress can be defined as any pressure, demand, or threat placed on an organism (say, a human being) that causes a need to re-establish balance or “equilibrium”. The Oxford Dictionary online adds that stress is “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.” The notion of stress has become a common word in our modern lexicon, but how much do most of us really know about it? The American Psychological Association busts six myths about stress below. Knowing these basics about it can help us understand how to achieve higher levels of wellness. Myth 1: ... Read More

Why Bother Setting Goals?

“If you don’t know where you are going, any road can take you there.” (Lewis Carroll)
You are here on this planet for the duration. What will you do with the time that is allotted to you? Who will you become? What will you have in your life: which people, things, and experiences? What will your legacy be? When you know the answers to these questions, you will be able to direct your energies, impulses, and activities – your will – with greater clarity toward the achievements that really matter to you. Knowing these answers will help you attract and generate that ... Read More

Suppose someone asked you: “Why are you here? What is the purpose of your existence?” Would you be able to answer that in a meaningful way? Aligned to that question is: “What do you value? What has meaning for you?” In my psychotherapy work, the question of MPV – meaning, purpose, values – often comes up. Some people claim to be “drifting”: just being carried along in life without any clear sense of why they are here, or what values are most meaningful for them. Are they happy? Of course not. Do they need to stay stuck at that place ... Read More

“The one real object of education is to have a man in the condition of continually asking questions.” (Bishop Mandell Creighton, in Academic Tips, 2016)
The time of being a student could be one of the most exciting of your life – or it could be just short of torture. Which will it be? Part of the answer to that lies in how successfully you can employ the good study and learning skills which will spell success. In this short article, we explore four general study strategies that help improve your learning. These include: preparing the study environment; organising your study ... Read More

Colour pervades our physical environment, from the soft colours of dawn to the bright colours of tropical birds. It also affects our emotional environment, as when we “see red”, “have the blues”, “turn crimson” with embarrassment; or when our bank account should be “in the black”. We are told that colour has huge effects on us, but how much are we aware of those effects? What would we need to do to harness the power of colour? Seeing the light: history vs. science Most would agree with Google’s definition of colour as “the property possessed by an object of producing different sensations ... Read More

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