O’Neill Kinesiology College Blog

Stress: Striking the Right Balance

Today is R U OK? Day. I want to tell my story in the hope that it will help you break out of the stress and depression cycle. Unless you’re remarkably lucky, running your own business is stressful. Although I expected this before I took over O’Neill Kinesiology College, I didn’t expect it would take such a massive toll. For someone who had never really struggled (I always had things under control, was very organised and had plenty of life goals) it was a shock and a surprise to realise th...
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Women: Start making yourself a priority

It’s so common that it’s actually become a cliché: mums put themselves last. Even though Western society is far more equal than it used to be, some things haven’t changed that much. The statistics speak volumes. Women spend nearly twice as long in unpaid work like domestic chores and childcare than men, and more women than men say they feel rushed or pressed for time. The reasons cited for the latter include trying to balance work and family responsibilities and having too many demands...
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Studying Adult

Studying as an Adult: What you need to know

Congratulations on your decision to return to study. This will be an amazing and rewarding road ahead. However, there may be a few challenges to face if you haven’t been in school for years, you’re returning to study after raising children, or you’re swapping careers. If you understand these challenges before they crop up, you can deal with them more effectively. Unrealistic expectations This is something that is incredibly common and one of the main reasons mature-age students drop out,...
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What is Stress?

You have a looming deadline. You hate your job. You’re fighting with your spouse. These are all obviously stressful events that will leave you feeling less than stellar. Did you know even happy occurrences can also cause stress? A new job, a new relationship, an extended overseas holiday — these involve the exact same mechanisms as a negative event, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself stressed out during these times. What exactly is stress? It’s not inherently a bad thing. W...
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When did stress become the new cool?

Stress is a word that has been bandied around a lot lately. You ask someone how they are and often the answer is “I’m so stressed out” or “I’m so busy”. But are we really that stressed or are we using this as some kind of badge of honour? There’s a perception that if you’re not busy and stressed, there’s something wrong with you. People think you’re not contributing to society or that you have to be stressed to be doing something meaningful with your life. When did we star...
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