Listening To Our Bodies II

I don't like being unwell. I don't want to stay in bed and do nothing. But seemingly, throughout my time in education, I've fallen ill at the end of term.  It seems like my body puts up with the stress during term time. Then, as soon the school/sixth form/university terms finish, my body says, "that's [...]

Take A Moment II

How many times a day do you stop and notice your breath? I can't say it's something I do very often, but it's a habit I'm trying to cultivate. I used to meditate quite a lot a few years ago. I hope this doesn't sound too clichéd, but I was travelling in Spain and a [...]

Expanding Work

Work expands to fill the time given to it. For my final exams, the structure for the majority of them was 24-hour online, open-book exams. This was the same as last year because of the move to distance learning, and it has taken some adapting. Last year, for a German exam I was particularly worried [...]

Switch Off

Last weekend, in the middle of my exam period, I took a few days off.  My Catalan speaking exam went well on Friday morning. I was pleased because I had put a lot of effort into the preparation. I was now a third of the way through my exams (still six to go!), but I [...]

Overzoomed

I think something many people have experienced with the transition to remote learning/working from home is fatigue. The fatigue that comes with being sat in the same position and staring at a screen all day. This was a compulsory part of my university education for my final year, but I think I've made the mistake [...]

Future Plans

Making plans for the future is exciting. The process can be filled with hope, passion and energy but also fear. There needs to be tension between the two sides. If the emotional balance is out of sync, things can go wrong. Too much fear can freeze our decision-making. We’re filled with anxiety and worry. The [...]

Good Preparation

A couple of weeks ago, I had the first of my final university exams. I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time.  Three years of studying. An unexpected year and a half of online university. Now, the time has come to make it count. It comes down to these nine exams I have [...]

Escape To The Countryside

Over the last few months, in an attempt to train for another Camino de Santiago in the summer (we can hope!), I’ve been going for long walks on weekends. I’ve found this times a very fruitful way to clear my head, especially when I’ve felt trapped inside during lockdown. It’s strange because I never used to be [...]