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Work and life balance in academia


Content warning - this blog explores grief and loss. Please be mindful if this is a difficult topic for you. A range of services are available to you and can be found on the Wellbeing Hub.

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Frances Ha and The Big Picture

One way in which I enjoy reckoning with film history is through film podcasts.

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Lunch break self-care

Yoga stretch

In a previous post, I suggested having a goal of having at least one social connection during each workday. I do this in the evening straight after work. It helps you transition from work mode to home mode and is good for your mental health. Below are a few more suggestions for self-care activities during the weekend or even during one of your lunch breaks.

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Review: The Heights

When I told a friend I was watching The Heights on ABC, she referred to it as ‘ABC Neighbours,’ after the long-running Channel 10 soap. I thought this was a pretty funny and pretty fair characterisation of the show, now entering its second season.

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Media and activities vs anxiety

Tile mosaic

Everyone has probably done some stressing recently.

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Seeing eye to eye

Ostrich faces off with obscure bird.

We don't always see eye to eye with friends, family or colleagues.

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Without constant contact

Crumpled bed linen

Being in the city and in a share house at university, I have grown accustomed to constant human contact, but that has all changed now.

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Cinema at a standstill

Empty cinema hall

Since the outbreak of Covid-19, the film industry in Hollywood has revised its business model, and within that time, the concept of cinema has radically changed.

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Out of the comfort zone

I love to feel competent, like I know what I'm doing and that I'm succeeding. Trying something new, on the other hand, is uncomfortable.

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The bottom of the barrel

oil barrel buried in desert

I once joked that when I ran out of ideas I would just write about how I ran out of ideas…

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