Thriving through the break: A 5-step guide to recharge your soul

Thriving through the break: A 5-step guide to recharge your soul

By Kimine Mayuzumi As the winter break unfolds (or perhaps it’s already in full swing), I wanted to take a moment to share five key recommendations and reminders to help you seamlessly transition from the rigors of the past term to a well-deserved period of rejuvenation. 1. Reflect on the term Take a moment to celebrate your accomplishments, both professional and personal. Whether it’s teaching engaging classes, completing challenging coursework, or reclaiming your health, each…

How my relationship with naps has shifted – Now a good friend

How my relationship with naps has shifted – Now a good friend

By Kimine Mayuzumi I am sitting here thinking about one of the best naps I had last week with my partner next to me.  You know when a nap is really good? It is when you’re unsure of where you are when you wake up. I call it a power nap. It could happen even for only 13 minutes. Feeling refreshed and energized, I would feel called to spend my precious rest of the day…

How can I change my habits? Here is a resource sheet

How can I change my habits? Here is a resource sheet

By Kimine Mayuzumi Did you build some undesirable habits during the work-from-home period last year? Do you want to change them? Or have you considered changing them? If yes to any of the questions, please keep reading. Now that many people are physically back to campuses or workplaces and adjusting to their new (or old) ways of life, some of the habits may have faded away as the environment has changed. But you may still…

How to build your own support system: Here are resource sheets

How to build your own support system: Here are resource sheets

By Kimine Mayuzumi Probably you already know this.  It is vital to have a support system, a circle of friends and colleagues, inside and outside the academy. In our past blog post about imposter feelings in academia, we mentioned the importance of building one’s own support system to navigate shame feelings that are prevalent in academia. On top of that, let alone the nature of academia, the pandemic situation has also dragged academics into isolation,…

Be mindful, trust the process and let go of outcomes – Part II: 5 reminders

Be mindful, trust the process and let go of outcomes – Part II: 5 reminders

By Kimine Mayuzumi In Part I, I discussed why it is (even more) important  to be mindful, trust the process and let go of outcomes in this unique context, especially in the neoliberal culture with the pandemics (i.e., virus and social unrest) added. Then, a question I ask here is “what are the conditions and the mindset to create (or at least try to create) within ourselves so that we could more effortlessly be mindful,…