Attack distraction. Get mindful!

caffeinating, calculating, computerating by Ryan Ritchie (CC - BY - ND)

caffeinating, calculating, computerating by Ryan Ritchie (CC-BY-ND)

Is it hard for you to concentrate on necessary tasks?  Does your mind wander even when doing something fun? Do you … hey wait! Before you click to the next page, check your phone… oops, distracted again. Read on – I promise I’ll be brief.

We may think that we are great multitaskers but studies have shown that we are mostly wrong.  Truly paying attention to what we are doing in the moment can improve learning and positively affect many aspects of life. One amazing and easy activity to help you cultivate the feeling of flow in your work and to experience your life more deeply is the practice of mindfulness.

Reading about mindfulness and meditation is a great start. Or you could join a club here at QUT. MY Time QUT offers weekly yoga and meditation sessions as well as special retreats and even bush walks.

QUT Counselling also offers weekly mindfulness meditation sessions at both Kelvin Grove and Gardens Point. Go to the MY Time QUT Facebook page for more details.

See, that didn’t take too long. Practicing mindfulness is really …  Is that a puppy?

Fat puppies by cuatrok77 (CC - BY)

fat puppies by cuatrok77 (CC-BY)

 

 

Feed your brain

It’s that time of semester – deadlines are looming and it can feel all a bit too much. One of the first things to get pushed to the bottom of the to-do list is making sure we are eating well. You probably already know that healthy eating gives you a strong foundation for everything, even studying. It’s easy enough for this guy to grab some plant-based tucker…

Red Panda

Small panda eating in the snow III by Tambako the Jaguar (CC-BY-ND)

…but how do busy students do it on a limited budget?

There is lots of advice out there to help you make sure you are keeping your brain well fed and watered. This site aimed at Uni students has many great tips and this one takes you through the whole process from shopping to cooking styles and recipes. For those times when the cupboard is bare and pay day is inconveniently still in the future please don’t go hungry. The QUT Student Guild can get you over the tough spots with a selection of healthy items in the Food Bank.

If you’ve tried it on your own but think you might need some professional advice you can also make an appointment at the QUT Nutrition and Dietetics Clinic.