The final trimester for the year is underway and we want to address the stress.
Ahhh university. Assignments, exams, GROUP WORK. We get it, times can get stressful. So, here at the library, we want to let you in on our top five tips to help keep your stress under control this trimester. Let’s make this time a good time!
We know, we know – it’s much easier said than done. However, we’re not saying go compete in the local bodybuilding and weight lift competition after coming from your F45 challenge with the Commando (but hey, if that’s what you’re into). We’re talking a relaxing yoga or pilates session, a nice half hour walk around the block or a bike ride to the local park. Perks of going to university in a forest? Nature walks! Have a look at the beautiful walks around the campuses. Or maybe you even have some time between or after classes to check out our fitness centres or sports clubs. I mean, who could resist that pool during summer? So. Much. Choice.
Engage in deep breathing exercises and meditation
This sounds simple, but trust us, it really works. Inhaling for five seconds, holding for one, then exhaling for five again a few times over will help to clear your mind and relax your body. Even sitting alone in a quiet and relaxing place for five to ten minutes a day can work wonders for stress reduction. Apparently the library has some really great chill out spots? How convenient.
Good night’s sleep
We get that binge-watching Netflix until the early hours of the morning can be very tempting, and yes, we know, scrolling through the library blog late at night is ADDICTIVE, but trust us, you’ll regret it more than that time you had extra pudding at Christmas. Did you know that the blue light your screen gives off actually slows down the production of melatonin in your body (the thing that tells our brains it’s time for sleep)? Hop into bed at a reasonable hour and use the relaxation breathing technique mentioned earlier to clear your mind before you sleep.
Manage your time and avoid procrastination
Have you heard that having a large workload is the number one factor resulting in stress? Rid yourself of distractions; putting off your work is short term gain, only resulting in long term pain. Prioritise your work load and make a list in order for all things to get completed, and more importantly, completed in time. Here’s a great time management plan for you to familiarise yourself with.
And most importantly…
Understand that it’s more than okay to have a limit. If you need a break, time to rest or to even re-think your study load, we totally understand! Remember, it’s not against the rules to have some fun and relax during your spare time, or to reward yourself with breaks when ticking off your priority list.
If your stress is drastically impacting your wellbeing, whether it be from university or personal life, we highly recommend having a casual talk with our on-campus counsellor. They have lots to offer.
Study breaks are important.
That is why we’ll be airing The Race That Stops a Nation on our library screens at 2 pm this arvo. Swing on by to enjoy the race in air-conditioned comfort – BYO hat and frock.
Fun Facts about the Melbourne Cup:
- The Cup has always run on a Tuesday – the first Tuesday in November to be precise. It was first run on a Tuesday in 1875.
- Fashions on the field was first held in 1962. See some of the best fashion from 2016.
- The current Melbourne Cup time record is held by Kingston Rule, who won in 3 minutes and 16.3 seconds in 1990.
- Lucky Victorians get the day off as an official Public Holiday.
- The youngest ever jockey to win the cup was only 12 years old!
- The first and only female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup was Michelle Payne in 2016. Women have only been allowed to compete in the Cup since 1987.
By now, you may have noticed an increase in men sporting the beginning stages of a Mo.
No, society isn’t trying to mimic Nick ‘Honey Badger’ Cummins’ style. It’s Movember.
Movember is about raising awareness of men’s health – prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health, with a goal to ‘change the face of men’s health’.
Initially, it started with a group of Australian men growing moustaches to sport throughout the month of November. It has since evolved to become a global event, and you don’t need to grow a Mo to participate. If you want to support the cause, you can:
- Grow: grow a Mo – your Mo can inspire donations, conversations and real change.
- Move: move this Movember by walking or running 60 kilometres over the month – that’s 60 km for the 60 men we loose to suicide each hour, every year.
- Host: raise the roof with a get-together and raise much-needed funds for men’s health.
This Movember, we thought we’d highlight the fantastic research Griffith is doing in the field of men’s health.
Browse all our research on men’s health via Griffith Research Online (GRO), or check out a few of the interesting articles we’ve included below:
- The measure of a man: Relationships between masculinities, risk-taking and the determinants of health
- Retired men and men’s sheds in Australia
- The impact of early fatherhood on men’s safety at work
- More than words: An examination of intimate expression in men’s homosocial friendships
- Defining young in the context of prostate cancer
- Erectile dysfunction, masculinity, and psychosocial outcomes: A review of the experiences of men after prostate cancer treatment
- Health-related quality of life, psychological distress, and sexual changes following prostate cancer: A comparison of gay and bisexual men with heterosexual men
- The weight of history: Does family history influence men’s perceptions of risk and prostate cancer screening decisions.
Today is Halloween!
It’s also the date Trimester 2’s grades are published. We wonder if Griffith’s examinations and timetabling team planned this?
But we, the library, also have some spooooky stuff to scare you this Halloween. In our library collection. Books. Yes, books. Well, scary, scary, Halloween-ey books, to be more specific.
Check out our selections:
- The screwtape letters – C. S. Lewis
- Something wicked this way comes: Essays on evil and human wickedness – Colette Balmain
- The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and other stories – Robert Louis Stevenson
- The Shining – Stephen King
- The graveyard book – Neil Gaiman
- The complete tales and poems of Edgar Allan Poe – Edgar Allan Poe
- Rip Van Winkle & the legend of Sleepy Hollow – Washington Irving
- Dracula – Bram Stoker
In September, our library held Lightning Talks on sustainability.
This campaign, Waste Not Want Not, was delivered by Social Marketing at Griffith. It included collaborating with PhD candidate Jeawon Kim and professional chefs to create ‘recipe cards’. These recipes incorporate food items that are often left over and discarded, and therefore provide a practical way to reduce food waste.
If you’re a uni student on a budget, you’ll definitely want to check ’em out. Time to get savvy with your groceries – we reckon they sound soooo much better than bulk mi-goreng!
It might still be eight weeks till Christmas (phew!), but it’s only 2 sleeps till Halloween.
Mt Gravatt campus library got in even earlier with a special Halloween themed Storytime last Friday.
Our Library Campus Services Team Member, Jana Rutledge, runs Storytime sessions in the Mt Gravatt library on the last Friday of each month for the pupils of Yarranlea Primary School – the historic primary school situated on-campus.
Jana specialised in Children’s Librarianship in her Masters degree, which is a boon for the Library and our Storytime program. However, on this occassion, she also had an extra ‘qualification’ to add to her bow – she spent her childhood in the US where they really know how to do Halloween.
The students loved everything about this Storytime! From the perfect choice of book for this month’s reading – Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Schefller, to the decorations, ghost-shaped ‘treats’ Jana made for the students, the Halloween-themed colouring in activity and Jana’s Halloween-themed dress.
The children loved asking Jana about pumpkins and Trick-or-Treating, and it was a great opportunity for them to learn a little more about something else from another country.
Whether you’re studying in trimester 3 to fast-track your degree, or taking a looong summer uni break, right now it’s holiday time!
Finally, you can sit in bed watching Netflix without feeling guilty that you should be studying. And while we think watching Netflix is a fantastic way to spend your break (FYI – we suggest Wild Wild Country), we thought we’d give you a few other (student budget friendly) options.
- 1. Catch a free live gig with Livespark at the Brisbane Powerhouse. It’s held every Sunday at 3.30 pm
- 2. Take a ride on a boat. Well, the CityHopper. Brisbane City Council’s CityHopper is a free inner city ferry service for the Brisbane river, which runs every 30 minutes.
- 3. Try bare foot bowls at your local bowls club (it’s not just for retirees). It generally costs under $10, and you can grab some food or a drink while you’re at it.
- 4. Hang with some koalas at the Daisy Hill Koala Centre (free admission).
- 5. Hire a bike through CityCycle and go for a ride along the Brisbane Riverwalk.
- 6. Borrow a book from our library, curl up on the couch and have a good read! Need some book suggestions? We’ve got you covered.
Have a suggestion? Let us know in the comments!