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Small ways to support friends

Group of people doing a joined high-five

Taking care of ourselves should be among our top priorities, and checking in on our friends can also be pretty important. But sometimes it's hard to know if anything we've done was helpful to them in any way at all.

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Emotional fitness

sunrise landscape, golden colours with trees and cows in background

Winter is truly upon us. Flu season is too, on top of the coronavirus. Apart from ensuring I’m up to date with all my COVID and flu vaccines and generally keeping my body healthy, is there something that can help with my emotional fitness?

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Taking time to rest

Ginger lemon tea

Getting the flu sucks, but what is also challenging is taking the time to rest.

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Dealing with body issues

A blue measuring tap on top of glass scales.

I have been unhealthily obsessed with my weight for a long time.

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Three years of Eid abroad

A bunch of ketupat.

Eid celebrations (or Raya as we call it in Malaysia) began to look a little different to me in 2020.

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The magic of a garden

variety of small cacti and succulents in pots on a shelf

After having lived in small apartments/units for the past four years, helping my siblings build a small veggie garden at home has filled me with some unexpected joy.

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Pomodoro breaks

black analogue clock sitting on a desk next to a laptop

I love those 'Study with Me' pomodoro YouTube videos as much as the next person, but I never know what do when my five minute break starts!

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Students who are parents

Rear body shots of 2 adults holding either hand of a toddler, walking away from the camera.

I joined the university’s mentoring program in my first year as an HDR student. I am so grateful I was assigned my mentor. She has stuck with me through all the disruptions during my Ph.D. candidature.

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Weekend wanders

A woman kayaking along a river.

A guide of things to do on the weekends when you don’t know what to do.

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Electoral bombardment

A man standing in front of a blackboard with the word stress in chalk everywhere including across their face.

Flicking on the TV or scrolling through Facebook lately has been giving me an election information-overload headache.

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