We all get stressed at some point in our lives, it’s not really something you can avoid unfortunately, it’s not a choice, it just happens when the going gets tough and things manage to build up and get on top of you. It’s around this time of year when it’s understandable that many students will be feeling a bit […]

There was outrage in our office last week when someone discovered bubble wrap in the rubbish bin! Three of us immediately fell upon the glorious untouched length and began happily popping away. There is something immensely gratifying about that little sound. Popping those little plastic air pockets is tactile and repetitive, and makes for the […]

Stressed out by exams and study overload? One of the best ways to relieve the pressure is to take some time out. Here are some slightly left-of-field ways to fend of that stress: Pat a pooch. Get some puppy love and hug something furry. Otago University has a puppy room where students can de-stress by playing with […]

Proactive job search and the numerous face to face social interactions that this requires can be difficult for most of us but introverts are likely to experience greater stress and frustration than extroverts unless they recognise, value and exploit  introvert traits rather than attempting to emulate those of ‘extroverts’ I was interested to come across […]

I’ve just been to a three and a half hour meeting where my team and I had to present to our wider service group. It’s always a little stressful knowing you’ll be presenting. I’m reminded of what Jerry Seinfeld said on the matter:

 I saw a thing, actually a study that said speaking in front of a crowd is considered the number one fear of the average person. I found that amazing.

Number two, was death. Death is number two?

 This means, to the average person, if you have to be at a funeral, you would rather be in the casket than doing the eulogy.

 Classic.

The presentation went just fine and we had a surprise special guest speaker as a small treat afterwards. That just didn’t sound all that promising. As it turned out the speaker was knowledgeable in meditation and relaxation techniques and that seemed really timely and a nice acknowledgement from our director that we’re working hard and deserve to unstress a bit.

 He spoke thoughtfully and with purpose and gave us some really easy techniques to become grounded and present. I know that by the time he had finished speaking everyone was enjoying the sensation of being much more centred and calm.

 And then when he asked if there were any questions he received this one:

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The Four Tendencies personality type profile – and how they can help you harness good habits to improve your career prospects. The Four Tendencies is a personality framework by Gretchen Rubin, American happiness and habit researcher and best-selling author. It helps answer the question of why some of us can stick to New Year’s resolutions […]

  Not quite sure what you want to do with your Law degree? In the flurry of recruitment activities at the beginning of our academic year, it is easy to get the impression that there are a narrow range of highly-contested options if you are a law student seeking internships or a graduate. And yes, […]

With only a few weeks left until the study and exam period, you might be starting to get a little overwhelmed with life. Lectures, tutorials, assignments, extra curricular activities, a social life, season 10 of RuPaul’s Drag Race… The list of essentials goes on! But what happens when exams are over and you’ve got your […]

How are you feeling about your upcoming exams?  Are you someone who feels like they have it sorted, or does the very thought of exams create an overwhelming feeling of dread in the pit of your stomach? I confess when I sat exams, I was more in the latter category.  Where I could, I chose […]

Some days in the office, I have up to three coffees before lunch time. To me, this is an improvement on the habit I picked up during my first year of university when I couldn’t even bear to walk into my 9am lecture without a 500ml can of V in my hand. It didn’t help […]