Every human being on this planet experiences anxiety, to some degree or another. University students especially can often be prone to social anxiety in the classroom and other various academic environments.
One way to challenge our basic false assumptions about the world and ourselves is to work with daily positive affirmations. Many of our core beliefs affect our level of self-worth and self-esteem — give daily affirmations a try.
On one hand, pursuing busyness and overexerting ourselves to the point of having no leisure time can be harmful to our health — on the other, however, research shows that having too much spare time can be just as harmful as not having enough of it
Would you ever judge a friend who’s just revealed their most intimate secrets? If you think about it, in the therapy setting where people are showing off their most vulnerable selves, there is no place for judgment — only compassion.
We’ve all had to deal with a shitty midterm mark. It can trigger a lot of “I’m not good enough” thinking, and be a huge blow to your self esteem. So here are some steps that might help you regain your confidence after receiving a crappy grade.
In her book, The Gifts of Imperfection, researcher and storyteller Brené Brown writes about the importance of cultivating rest and play, and mentions the emphasis in today’s culture on “exhaustion as a status symbol and productivity as self-worth.”
If you still find yourself facing difficulties, it may be time to seek out professional help. As scary as it sounds to ask for help and open up, have faith that you will receive help. Trust me, the kindness of strangers will never cease to amaze you.
A few years ago, I had the not-so-shocking realization that my social media habits were, indeed, fueling procrastination and lowering my productivity levels. Thus, I made the decision to delete all but one of my social media accounts.
I made the decision to join this particular non-profit organization because I believe that there are many benefits to volunteering — the main one being that by helping others, you are indirectly helping yourself.
Praise makes us feel better than insults, but it can be difficult to own our strengths, much less delight in them. Praise can make us feel uncomfortable and uneasy to the point where we might be tempted to invalidate the other person’s comments.
The danger is that when we’re bombarded by countless demands and high expectations, and feel obligated to say yes. It can often leave us appearing sweeter on the outside, but way more enraged and bitter on the inside.
Nearly every situation we face in our lives can become an opportunity to practice mindfulness. The challenge is that our automatic thoughts, ingrained beliefs and life-long habits usually militate against such practice.
Practicing gratitude is all about cultivating an attitude that both allows you to celebrate the good moments in life while at the same time helping you cope during the most difficult times. It has the power to heal.
Although my English professor once explained that university is often a stressful, daunting and chaotic time, she also advised me to never lose sight of why I accepted my offer of admission to UBC and made the decision to pursue a degree.
There’s a difference between knowing and feeling, so recognizing how fortunate you are is not the same as absorbing this information. Being grateful for a healthy mind and body is not the same as feeling relieved for not being terminally ill.