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Unhelpful thinking styles- what are they ? And how can being aware of how I think help me?

Leading on from my last post about future predicting here are some of the other unhelpful thinking styles we may adopt , when anxious,  in an attempt to ‘control’ our environment. I have a really good poster in my room which I often give to people  but I’ll try to summarise it here, over the […]

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The Flight , Flight, Freeze response – or -why do I feel I cant control my anxiety ?

Have you heard of the ‘Fight, Flight or Freeze response ?  It can be a very useful starting point for understanding anxiety and panic problems. This video by Russ Harris explains this response – and specifically how the brain works when we’re afraid. We have more information on our UniThrive website – take a look […]

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International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Did you know that August 9th is the United Nations International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples? This year’s theme highlights the issue of Indigenous peoples’ access to health care services.  Improving indigenous peoples’ health still remains a critical challenge for many countries including  many first world countries. Shavante Indian mother with her baby in […]

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Optimist or pessimist – which are you ?

The difference between optimistic thinking and pessimistic thinking is that optimistic thinkers attribute both success AND failure to internal effort and not to chance outside factors. In other words – they give credit where credit is due, and use failures as a starting point for continual improvement. Pessimists tend to feel they are buffeted uncontrollably […]

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Hand model of the Brain

I came across this video recently by Russ Harris ( ‘The Happiness Trap’ -and Acceptance Commitment Therapy ‘guru’ ) ; in it he is talking about Dan Seigel’s   hand model of the brain . This is a really simple and effective way of explaining how the brain works, and goes some way to helping us […]

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Are you an Ally?

Can you name these flags and what they represent? If you know all of these then you are pretty amazing! If you don’t know all of them, then you will be amazing after checking out this site. And become a supporter of LGBTIQ rights!

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The lonely task of thesis writing …

Thesis writing can feel like a lonely and thankless task at times. The Director of Research at ANU, Inger Mewburn, has created a blog and online course (MOOC) addressing some of the potential issues you may face over the course of a PhD – or in writing any thesis ; take a look at this […]

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Is it possible to boost your happiness levels while you study ? Take a look

I was scrolling through Facebook this morning and discovered a fantastic blog by Jane Genovese, the owner and coordinator of Learning Fundamentals, an organisation that gives students the edge over their studies.  There are fantastic posts about exams, health and wellbeing, goal setting etc.  The link below sets out some simple ideas about how to […]

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Breathing, and the important role catching your breath can have in managing anxiety

We talk a lot about breathing on our UniThrive website, in fact we have video tutorials which explain the use of breath in managing anxiety and look at breathing in depth. It is always interesting to see what else is being taught  and how different people explain the use of breath in managing anxiety. Here […]

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Sleep , it’s not always easy …

If late nights getting ready for exams has disrupted your sleep routine, here are some top tips for getting into bed more relaxed, and out of bed better rested. Kylie

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