We know what it means to be kind and compassionate towards others, but practicing self-compassion can be something that many people struggle with. So, what is self-compassion? And, what impact does it have on our overall health and wellbeing? We speak to Dr Judy Pickard from the University of Wollongong to find out more.
Primary school educator Gary Romeo shares his book review of If You Build It…, a memoir by American actor Dwier Brown, which delves into themes of fate and family relationships.
‘I love to help others and feel genuine satisfaction when I can do something for someone else.’ Principal of St Agatha’s Primary School in Clayfield, Queensland, Anne-Marie Maw shares why she enjoys volunteering her time to help others, and how it has become part of her own wellbeing strategy.
A quarter of Australians aged 15 years and over participated in unpaid voluntary work through an organisation in 2020, whilst almost half provided unpaid work or support to others outside their households. In today’s article we speak to Dr Darja Kragt from the University of Western Australia about why people are motivated to volunteer their time, and how it boosts their overall sense of wellbeing.
‘Rather than dwelling on the daily COVID case numbers, I was consumed with producing the perfect loaf.’ Victorian teacher Sylvia Wood from Scoresby Secondary College shares her journey to perfecting sourdough bread, and explains why it proved to be a great stress reliever during a difficult period of lockdowns.
There has been a growing trend of people following a gluten-free diet for its supposed ‘health’ benefits. But, what is gluten? How does it affect our bodies? And, does restricting gluten from your diet make you healthier? In today’s Q&A, we speak to Sophie Mahoney and Dr Heidi Staudacher from Deakin University’s Food & Mood Centre to find out more.
‘I started out teaching with my heart and soul overflowing, committed to the success and wellbeing of my students. But over time I became conflicted.’ Teacher and counsellor Anne Miller shares how for years she struggled with the administrative demands of teaching, and why she’s now an advocate for valuing the importance of a teacher’s heart and soul.
Educators have been on the 'frontline' of the COVID-19 pandemic, supporting students and their families through this challenging time. For some, this will have taken a serious toll on their own wellbeing. Here, Professor Alison Calear from ANU discusses some of the mental health impacts of being in this caregiving role, and how we can do more to support teachers during this time.
‘The sense of achievement I feel when a messy, weedy garden bed is turned back into a neat and tidy patch makes me happy.’ Victorian educator Donna White shares her passion for gardening with readers, explaining why her garden is both a form of escapism and a sense of pride.
With gyms and swimming pools closed, group fitness classes cancelled and community sports on hold, how are people managing to keep fit throughout the COVID-19 pandemic? Research from Deakin University has found that people are turning to digital platforms as an effective way to stay fit when access to other forms of organised exercise is restricted.