Caring Reminders for Postgraduates
School has started for a month, have you got on tracks with your study? Fueled for the challenges ahead? Here is a booster for you. Apart from intelligence, ability and motivation, researchers have found that hope can also attribute to academic success. (Bressler et all., 2010)
Benefits of Hope
Here is how:
Interested in learning more about hope and goal setting? Join our Positive Psychology Training Mobile Apps Workshop which will be held in October 2015 and February 2016. For details, please visit our website: http://www2.osa.cuhk.edu.hk/scds/en-GB/
A warm welcome to all of you! We wish you joy and success in pursuing academic excellence. As you embark on this exciting and challenging learning journey, we are here to support your psychological well-being. Simply log on to our website and you can get access to self-help materials, enroll to workshops and make an appointment with our professional counsellors.
Have a fruitful time in CUHK and seize every learning opportunity!
The blossomed Azalea over the campus is conveying the message:
Spring has come and April is in a distance. It's time to pause and reflect on the quarter that has passed so far in this 'new year'.
To start this quarterly report, 10 questions below have been listed for your reference.
10 questions you need to ask yourself in the spring of 2015
1. Do I use the best beauty products regularly?
2. In times of stress, do I resort to snacks or the 'salt water'?
3. Check my bag now. Do I have a mask with me?
4. Am I in love or fear?
5. Do I always facilitate myself to take the first step or discourage 'me' with the unrealistic goals?
6. Do I allow myself to be vulnerable?
7. Am I striving for excellence or perfectionism?
8. Are my decisions always made to feed others' needs and neglect my own?
9. Do I love me?
10. Have I taken a nice selfie with the blossomed Azalea around CU in this spring?
Pursuing Wellness implies being able to experience health, happiness, peace and satisfaction. How to stay physically and mentally well? Let's check out some tips below!
Reward yourself with rest and recreation when you have done good work. Strengthen your self-confidence by reflecting on positive experiences daily.
When you feel tired or stressed out, take short breaks to relax and renew your energy. Develop relaxation skills and pursue leisure activities, such as sports, music, outings, handicraft, etc.
Develop personal strengths and resilience by reading inspiring books or pursuing self-enhancing experiences. Add laughter to your life by nurturing a sense of humour.
Develop and adhere to a realistic schedule to ensure a balanced daily routine as well as successful completion of important tasks.
Don't over-demand or over-criticize yourself as it can generate negative emotions and self-doubts. Recognize your own strengths and seek opportunities to actualize your potential.
Avoid unnecessary comparison with others which can lead to envy or jealousy. Seek continuous self-improvement by learning from positive role models.
Take care of your needs; develop a balanced diet, ensure sufficient rest and exercise regularly.
Spend quality time with family and friends; it helps to consolidate relationships and release negative emotions. Get involved in community activities to expand your social network.
Let's wear the "Wellness MUSTACHE" everyday to attain a healthy and balanced lifestyle!
(Reference: 'Wellness for Postgraduates' booklet published by our section. )
Mid-term comes in a blink. How's everything? If you have done with the mid-terms and papers, I highly recommend you to watch the serial drama below.
Hope you enjoy every episode of YOU's (Your) Life! Remember, BE HOPEFUL in spite of the uncertainty and challenges ahead. Hang on! You will see the blessing in disguise.
Here is a song for you. Dedicate especially to those who lose hope in life.
While we are entitled to exercise our free will and freedom of speech in this city, it is inevitable that we would be facing different opinions.
During the past few days, have you gone into heated debates with friends or family? Did you unfriend anyone on Facebook because of their different views? This is definitely not a pleasant experience.
However, at the same time, have you seen strangers offering you refreshment or cleaning up your garbage? I guess you can't help feeling moved and amazed.
Try to make the world a better place with love and peace. Peace could be attained through respect and understanding. Listen and respect the differences in people while pursuing your own goal and mission. Therefore, you won't lose your inner peace and relationship while fighting for peace and justice.
Written by an American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr,
O God, give us the serenity to accept what cannot be changed,
The courage to change what can be changed,
and the wisdom to know the one from the other
Reinhold Niebuhr, The Serenity Prayer
If you need any psychological counselling service or want to talk to us regarding your complicated feelings, please call 3943 7208 to make an appointment.
Smile your stress away!
Ever got stuck with your study? Try holding a pen horizontally between your teeth and raise your eyes a little. Then look yourself at the mirror! You find yourself smiling, right? Keep that smile on your face and read on :)
Psychological scientists Tara Kraft and Sarah Pressman of the University of Kansas found that students who were trained to smile like this were more able to cope with stressful tasks and recover from it. It also helps reduce the intensity of the body's stress response !
"I'm late! I'm late! For a very important date!" shouted the White Bunny.
Are you like the iconic White Bunny in Alice in Wonderland? Chasing time, rushing, getting caught in busy-ness but never quite feeling at ease with time no matter how hard you try?
On the other hand, I am sure that you won't be late for concerts of your favourite band or singer. And there is no way for you to miss your first date with your crush!
So you do have that ability to keep time. How can you keep time on other occasions as well?
Here are 3 ways which help you to become the master of your time.
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Student Counselling & Development Service, Office of Student Affairs
Dear postgraduate students,
Dear postgraduate students,
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