Making room for ‘me time’
Making room for ‘me time’

‘Whenever my colleagues say they’re stressed, I give them a lecture about the benefits of “me time”.’ Primary teacher Vikki Rhodes shares how she makes time to care for her own wellbeing by walking with her friend, and by attending weekly Zumba classes.

Four pillars to build your resilience
Four pillars to build your resilience

Students, parents, curricular and extracurricular activities, playground duties, administration and those Friday afternoon meetings are just some of the elements that contribute to teacher burnout and stress. In today’s article Donna Smith, an experienced teacher and sessional tutor at the University of the Sunshine Coast, shares four fundamental pillars that have been identified in the research literature in promoting resilience.

Tokyo Games: Do the Olympics inspire us to be more active?
Tokyo Games: Do the Olympics inspire us to be more active?

After an unprecedented one-year postponement, the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics are scheduled to begin on 23 July and 24 August. While billions of fans around the world tune in to their favourite sporting moments from home, the question remains – Does elite sport performance act as a catalyst to increased mass sport participation?

Three activities that help to relieve the pressures of school leadership
Three activities that help to relieve the pressures of school leadership

Principal David Smith shares three activities he’s embedded into his life to maintain his health, fitness and wellbeing, whilst also helping to relieve some of the pressures that come with being a school leader.

Infographic: Most borrowed adult fiction books
Infographic: Most borrowed adult fiction books

Looking for inspiration for a book to pick up these school holidays? In this infographic, we share the 10 books most frequently borrowed from the adult fiction section in libraries across Australia and New Zealand in the past year.

Adults engaging in reading for pleasure
Adults engaging in reading for pleasure

We often hear about why it’s important that children read for pleasure, but we don’t seem to place that same importance on adults’ reading habits. So, is it important that adults read for enjoyment? And if so, how many adults actually read for pleasure on a regular basis? We talk to Dr Judith Seaboyer from the University of Queensland to find out more.

Listening to music to improve wellbeing
Listening to music to improve wellbeing

Music is universal across human populations as all cultures, from the most primitive to the most advanced, make and listen to music. But what is it about music that we enjoy so much? And, what impact does listening to music have on our overall sense of wellbeing? We ask Dr Margaret Osborne from the University of Melbourne.

Learning to play the saxophone
Learning to play the saxophone

‘At times struggling with sadness and sorrow, I found that playing a musical instrument that requires total focus … only allowed time to focus on the present and future possibilities, not on the sadness of the past.’ Barbara Calder, an educator from New South Wales, shares why she made the decision to take up the challenging hobby of learning to play the saxophone.

Infographic: Exercise and wellbeing – step up to a challenge
Infographic: Exercise and wellbeing – step up to a challenge

Climb your stairs at home, use a gym step machine, or aerobic step and track the totals to virtually scale these iconic world landmarks. This infographic features a magnificent seven structures that offer up different levels of challenge – from the world’s tallest building and an iconic bridge climb, to an ancient feat of engineering and spiral staircases with a distinct lean.

Emotional eating – why people turn to food in times of stress
Emotional eating – why people turn to food in times of stress

The fundamental reason we eat food is to provide our bodies with the nutrients and energy we need to function. But, we often eat for other reasons too. In today’s article we speak to Associate Professor Esben Strodl about emotional eating, why people turn to food in times of stress and why it’s important to understand our emotional triggers.