Category: Thing of the Day

A round-up of the bizarre and brilliant of the web corralled by the University of Portsmouth Library.

Anxiety and its antidotes

Going away to university is often said to be the best years of a young person’s life, and yet the number of UK university students who report a mental health concern is now five times what it was ten years

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23 wellbeing things. No. 23, Learning from life

People are a lot like ponds – both reflect without even knowing they are doing it.  Unlike ponds, people can work to improve their ability actively to reflect and learn from life experiences – what went well and what you

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23 wellbeing things. No. 22, Finding the right fuel

You have very likely heard your body compared to a car engine at some point in your life, probably at school.  The analogy is a crude one but useful.  Car (like computers, exams and all else that humankind has ever

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23 wellbeing things. No. 21, How to enjoy life (all of it)

It is vitally important to reward yourself regularly, especially when you are working intensively.  Make time each day just for you, to do things you really enjoy.  Treat yourself to a good book, a spell of gaming, a scented bubble

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23 wellbeing things. No. 20, When in danger or in doubt…

… run in circles, scream and shout ~ attr. US Navy, 1940s Exercise does wonders for mind and body.  Moving around lubricates everything, relaxes muscles that otherwise will tense after a long time spent sitting still.  It also releases lots

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It’s the end of the year – try some reflection

How did your academic year go? Do you normally judge your success and contentment by the marks you get? Have you ever thought that you could learn from your mistakes as well as your successes? Reflection Reflection is mighty important

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23 wellbeing things, No. 13 – Smile and feel lucky!

It is actually proven that those who are optimistic have better luck.  This has long been suspected and is a conviction rooted in ancient folklore but it happens to be true.  When we expect good things to happen to us

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23 wellbeing things. No. 12, Sleep

Sleep is a surprisingly active process.  You probably do nearly as much while you sleep as you do during the same period of being awake.  When you go to sleep, your body begins a period of active repair and reconfiguration,

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23 wellbeing things. No. 11, Stand, relax and deliver

Speaking in public, whether in a presentation, an interview or a verbal examination (viva voce), can be a nerve racking experience.  It needn’t be.  As the age old military adage has it, “train hard, fight easy”.  Your creative imagination is

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23 wellbeing things. No. 10, Attachment

The vast majority of people believe they need things to be happy, including loved ones, respect, perhaps admiration, money, a career and material possessions, ranging from a comfortable bed, through the latest games console to a car and, depending on

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