10 Effective Study Break Necessities

By Aileen & Anna

1. Take a warm shower or bath

An oldie, but a goodie. Let your muscles relax in the warm water with a bath or shower.

2. Unwind with some exercise

Maybe you can shake up your normal routine by trying something new? Or if you normally don’t exercise, maybe now is the time to start. For beginners, you might like to try group fitness classes like Zumba or yoga. Or group sports like Oztag or netball. Doing 3 fast walks a day can actually have the same if not more benefits than a 30 minute run. For the more advanced, maybe shake up your routine and try something new like bungee fitness. Just get your heart rate up and give your brain a well needed break from all the study.

3. Listen to music

Having trouble thinking of your next essay thesis? Why not grab your iPod and take a break by listening to some music. Your brain will continue to think about your work while you take a well deserved break and listen to some tunes.

Here are some suggestions from our fellow Wellbeing Warriors, Tom and Georgia: 10 Uplifting Songs to Get You Through Exams.

4. Get out of the house

Spring is on it’s way so take full advantage by grabbing some rays. You don’t have to go further than your garden. Just 10 minutes in the sun relaxing can feel so great. It also makes a great study break.

5. Watch a classic movie

Why not take a longer break and grab your favourite classic movie and get ready to experience some serious déjà vu. To get the ball rolling, classics could include Zoolander, Toy Story or the Lion King!

6. Try something new

If you feel like you’re lacking motivation to make it through the end of semester, try add something new into your routine so you don’t feel lethargic or that your routine is too mundane. Pop into the Sydney Dance Company which runs classes throughout the week in a variety of dance styles and you might just find a new hobby.

https://www.sydneydancecompany.com/

7. Meditate

Meditation and mindfulness is proven to relieve stress, sleep better and improve physical health. Even swapping just 10 minutes of Facebook browsing for meditation will help improve your focus and help you feel refreshed enough to catch up on those pesky readings. If you find it difficult, there are several apps to help guide you: Headspace, Calm etc.

8. Catch up with friends

Arrange to meet up with friends you haven’t seen in a while. Whether it’s over brunch or drinks, socialising is the perfect way to get some R&R whilst having some fun.

9. Have a quick stretch and tidy up

After sitting in the same position for long hours, taking some time to stretch out your muscles can re-energize you and be more beneficial than you think. As well as this, as we near exams, your study setting may have become a disaster zone without you even realising. Tidying up can be a therapeutic and relaxing means of being productive during your break. It is always easier to study in a clean and less chaotic setting. Also means you won’t waste time scrambling around trying to find stuff.

10. Sleep

At this point in the semester, it is more important than ever to focus on your sleep cycle. Research suggests that adults need a minimum of 8 hours each night. Productivity and alertness is also improved when a sleep routine is established ie. going to bed and waking up at the same time.

5 Sydney Activities for Mid-Semester Break

By Wanyu & Bridget

Spit to Manly Walk

As the name suggests, this walk starts at the Spit Bridge and finishes at Manly, and I can assure you it is well worth trekking it to the Northern Beaches. The walk goes past stacks of secret hidden beaches as well as a thousand year old Aboriginal rock engravings. This walk will take around 1.5 hours and as it finishes at Manly Beach, you can have a coffee or some food to celebrate at the finish line (and make back all those lost calories). It’s definitely something you have to do at some point and there’s no better time than the holidays!

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https://www.sydneycoastwalks.com.au/spit-to-manly-walk/

High Tea

While this one is a bit pricey, it’s made our list because it’s the holidays so treat yo’ self! This experience comes with a triple-tiered platter of scones, desserts and sandwiches, as well as unlimited teas and other drinks of course! The platter would make for not only a great gram, but a super cute outing with your friends, eating and drinking while overlooking the beautiful Sydney Harbor. There are heaps of places that offer their own High Tea but here’s one in the link below.

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http://www.novotelnorwest.com.au/en/dining/high-tea.html

After Hours at Art Gallery of NSW

I know the art galleries have a reputation for being filled with old people and design students, but the after hours events are actually really cool! They’re filled with comedy and foreign films and a whole stack more, with the drinks being the cherry on top! There’s something on for everyone and did I mention it’s free entry?? Visit the link below for the Art Gallery of NSWupcoming events and definitely check some of them out while you still have time!

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https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/calendar/type/art-after-hours/

POP-UP GLOBE

Thou art more lovely than a summer’s day but art thou prepared for Shakespeare? Fancy yourself some culture? With showings of Macbeth, A Midnight Summer’s Dream, The Comedy of Errors and The Merchant of Venice, you are bound to find your hunger for comedies and tragedies satiated. The directors have promised that the show won’t host ‘dusty’ versions of Shakespeare — rather, performances will be more like a party. Sessions will running until November 4, so you can enjoy this experience during and even after the mid-semester break.

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https://popupglobe.com.au/ 

Did you miss it?

One of the toughest things about being a student is your limited budget. As Wellbeing Warriors, we completely understand your plight so here is a crazy cheap, $7, movie ticket recommendation! In the heart of Sydney, Dendy Opera Quays Cinemas at Circular Quay will be screening these great releases with limited sessions available every day for an entire week! The key releases you’ll be able to catch this Mid-Sem are BlacKkKlansman starting on September 20 and Crazy Rich Asian from September 27.

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https://www.dendy.com.au/events/did-you-miss-it 

6 Ways you can Prepare for your Mid-Semester Deadlines

by Charlie and Georgia

It’s such a busy time of the semester! We’re all trying to meet those looming mid-semester assignment deadlines, or study for an upcoming exam before the long-awaited mid-semester break! This period can be super stressful, so we recommend having a go at these 6 super simple, yet surprisingly effective things to help reduce alleviate tension and help you meet those mid-semester deadlines.

1. Create healthy study habits

Sensible work habits can keep you centred, relaxed and in the flow. These include breaking up your assignments into smaller pieces, so they don’t seem like such a hurdle to get over. Also, remember to pace yourself when studying, try not to push yourself when it would be better to take a break. It has been proven that taking short breaks improves your focus and concentration. You’ll be more effective as a result!

2. Plan out your days

When you wake up in the morning, and know you have a lot of work to do, a helpful tip to organise your life is to plan out your days (even plan out the little things!). That way, when you finish a task, you’ll feel a great sense of accomplishment that will help you keep moving forwards.

3. Listen to a relaxing song

Research suggests that music has a unique link to our emotions and can be a highly effective stress management tool. So, during this stressful period when deadlines seem imminent, strengthen your calming muscles by grabbing some earphones and listening to music that really relaxes you. Once you’re relaxed, you’ll have no idea how much more effective your studying will be!

See our previous post with some song suggestions.

4. Don’t forget to look after yourself

Amongst all the deadlines, it’s easy to forget to make time for yourself. But remember that you will perform at your best when you’re stress free. Take time for the little things; grab a coffee with friends from your favourite cafe, get sweaty in the gym & most importantly – get a good night’s sleep!

5. Managing your time

It’s easy to trick yourself into thinking you’re being productive… when really, you’re procrastinating. Stop colour-coding your notes & start working on that assignment you’ve been dreading!

6. Mindfulness Meditation

Come along to a Mindfulness Meditation session on campus! Take an hour out of your week to immerse yourself in the art of mindfulness; improving your stress management AND concentration – two birds, one stone.

Click on the link below to find out more:

https://student.unsw.edu.au/events/2018/02/mindfulness-meditation-thursday-group

10 Unique and Interesting Social Sports and Clubs at UNSW

It’s halfway through Semester 2 and the tedium of university is setting in once again. It’s the perfect time to get involved in something new and unique, and give yourself that emotional boost you need!

All clubs mentioned are open for anyone to join – students, staff, alumni and the public. The clubs cater for the novice and experienced, and are amazing opportunities to foster new friendships! For the competitive – the clubs offer social, local, regional, state and national competitions. So test yourself and compete within UNSW and against other universities!

UNSW Aikido

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Aikido is a modern form of Japanese Martial Arts, which teaches you how to use your opponents’ energy against them. Aikido is a great way to improve timing, balance and fitness while learning invaluable self-defence skills! The club also maintains close ties to Japan with annual training camps run by the founders of UNSW Aikido. Classes are run at the UNSW Fitness and Aquatic Centre every Tuesday 8 – 9.30 pm, Wednesday 12.30 – 1.30 pm and Saturday 10.30 – 12pm. The first class is also free!

Contact thery79@yahoo.com to sign up

Find out more at http://www.unsw-aikido.org/ 

UNSW Lacrosse

“Lacrosse is not only the fastest growing sport, it is also the fastest sport on two feet.”

Lacrosse is a mixture of football, hockey, basketball and volleyball where players carry, pass, catch, and shoot the ball into the goal. The UNSW Lacrosse club offers free learn-to-play practices and a social league for mixed lacrosse as well as box lacrosse. The club runs practice every Monday 5pm – 7pm, Wednesday 6pm and Sunday 10am – 12pm at the UNSW Futsal Court and UNSW Village Green (Sundays). Equipment is provided; only sport shoes and most importantly, yourself required!

Contact j.heller@unsw.edu.au to sign up

Click https://www.unswlacrosse.com/ to find out more!

UNSW Kendo

Kendo is defined as “The way of the sword”, and is a form of Japanese Fencing, with roots ageing back to over 1000 years agoIt is an awesome way to develop fencing skills in a safe and protected space while learning about Japanese culture and values of discipline, honour and sincerity. Training is conducted at the UNSW Unigym (UNSW Fitness & Aquatic Centre) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8:15 – 9:45pm.

Contact information@unswkendo.org to sign up

Prices vary for beginners and experienced Kendo fencers, so check out http://unswkendo.org/ to find out more!

UNSW Taido

Taido is a Japanese form of Martial Arts that focuses on agility, strategy and counter techniques in three dimensions to defeat opponents. Taido is suitable for all ages and sizes as Taido techniques have an emphasis on evasion through skill and anticipation rather than blocking and shielding. No experience training sessions run on Tuesdays at 7:30pm – 9:30pm (Function Room, Sam Cracknell Pavilion) and Sundays 6pm – 8pm (Unigym/YMCA Judo Room and Court Side Studio). For the advanced, training sessions are on Thursdays 8:15pm – 10pm (Unigym/YMCA Court Side Studio).   

  

Contact taido@unsw.edu.au to sign up

Check out https://www.arc.unsw.edu.au/sport/taido if interested!

UNSW Underwater Rugby Club

A fast paced, three-dimensional team sport where players jostle underwater to get the ball into a basket at the bottom of the pool. However, this club is more tailored to swimmers since underwater rugby is traditionally played in a 5m deep pool (the UNSW club also plays in a 2m and 4m deep pool). The club offers social and competitive games, and skilled players have the opportunity to play for the Australian team at the World Championships! The UNSW Whales A team is currently ranked #1 in Australia!

Contact unswuwr@gmail.com to sign up

Check out https://uwrugby.wordpress.com/ to learn about pricing, pool sessions and more!

UNSW Outdoors Club

Rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, caving, camping, mountain biking and more! If it’s outdoors, it’s probably included – UNSW Outdoors Club offers a huge variety of outdoor activities. For a $60/year or $40/semester membership, get free attendance AND gear for all club trips, and cheap hire rates for club gear when you go on your own trips. But wait, there’s more! Membership gives you reduced rates at various places and stores, including 30% off at Macpac, and $8 sessions at the Ledge rock climbing on USYD campus.

Follow the instructions at http://unswoc.org/wordpress/join/ to join!

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UNSW Ultimate Frisbee

With high action and super fun gameplay, it’s like a cross between netball, touch and gridiron, but played with a plastic plate that can fly. Train casually with the team and friendly coaches, or play competitively at Uni Games! It’s a super welcoming community for people of all sporting (and non-sporting) backgrounds, something about playing a weird sport really builds great community spirit.

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Follow the instructions at https://unswultimate.wordpress.com/membership/  to sign up!

Find out more at https://unswultimate.wordpress.com/

UNSW MODSOC

One of UNSW’s two major dance societies on campus, MODSOC (Ministry of Dance Society) offers dance classes and competitions for a wide variety of music genres and dance styles. Whether you’re a complete beginner with 0 coordination like me, or a long-time dance expert, there’s something for everyone.

To join, just rock up to any class and ask around, they’ll be happy to have you! Class times can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/unswmodsoc/ 

UNSW D2MG

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The second of the two major dance societies on campus, D2MG (Dance DJ MC Graffiti, alternatively Dance 2 Meet Guys/Girls), focuses on hip-hop culture and dance. Open to all skill levels, D2MG is the place to be if you love hip-hop and want to learn how to move like the pros.

To get involved and check out class times, visit D2MG’s Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/d2mg.hiphop.unsw/

UNSW Handball

Unfortunately, this is not the handball you played at school.

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Nevertheless, it’s still incredibly fun! It’s a fast paced sport open to all levels, a combination of netball, indoor soccer and pure chaos.

To get involved, send an email to unswhc@hotmail.com

For more information, check out https://www.facebook.com/UNSWHC/

5 FUN GETAWAY DAY TRIPS FOR THE SEMESTER

1. Palm Beach

(Northern Beaches, 1 hour drive from Sydney CBD)

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This is the perfect option if you’re looking for a cost-efficient weekend getaway! You’ll be captivated by the lush bushland, golden sand and pristine blue of the Pacific Ocean. There’s plenty to see and do here. For those who love the water, you’ll be able to surf, relax in the rockpool, kayak and/or go sailing. For those who prefer a more relaxed atmosphere, this is the perfect place for a picnic under the pine trees.

2. Kangaroo Valley

(2 hour drive from Sydney CBD)

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For those interested in a bit more adventure, Kangaroo Valley may be just the place for you! If you consider yourself a bit of a foodie, there are wine-tasting opportunities at the Yarrawa Estate and a chance to attend ‘Flavours of the Valley’, a cooking school that sources seasonal ingredients from local farmers. You can also go bushwalking, horse-riding and participate in valley yoga – the possibilities are endless!

3. Jenolan Caves

(3 hour drive from Sydney CBD)

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This is one of the largest, oldest and most spectacular tourist attractions in Australia! Not only are these caves rich in history – each cave is also unique, so you’re in for a real treat! If you decide to venture to the Lucas Cave, you’ll be able to explore the Cathedral Chamber and experience its famous acoustics. Meanwhile, for those who visit the Baal Cave, a lovely sound and light show awaits. Above ground, there are opportunities to explore Carlotta’s Arch, Blue Lake and the Jenolan River.  

4. Camden Valley

(1 hour drive from Sydney CBD)

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Camden Valley is filled with farmyards, mansions and churches – it’s the perfect getaway from the bustling city environment. For a truly unforgettable experience, it’s best to explore this place with Balloon Aloft – they’ll provide you with a bird’s eye view of the picturesque landscape, and potentially, if you opt to set off in the early morning, a beautiful sunrise too!

5. Hyams Beach

(Jervis Bay, 3 hours drive from Sydney CBD)

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Have you ever wondered where you can find a beach with the whitest stand in the world? Well, look no further than Hyams Beach! This is an area surrounded by bushland, so if you’re lucky, you may even be able to spot some kangaroos and king parrots. This is a great place to go surfing, snorkelling and diving. You can also go on bike rides to further immerse yourself in the wonderful scenery.

7 Post-Uni Adventures To Get Excited For This Summer Break

Kiama

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You’re probably familiar with the blowhole that has made Kiama an Insta-friendly destination for day trips and adventures in Sydney’s backyard. But this coastal town has a lot more under its sleeve than you might think; just a short drive from its city centre, one can find lush subtropical rainforests at Minnamurra, where a newly-installed suspension bridge walkway meanders for 1.6km through the lush forest canopy. Top that off with a day at Jamberoo and plenty of local markets and festivals, and you’re set for a sweet summer trip with your friends.  

Glenworth Valley

About an hour’s drive from Sydney, Glenworth Valley offers an unrivalled landscape for exploring the very best of the Central Coast.   Embrace the extra and spend a day riding horseback through sandstone gullies, or kayak your way down the Popran Creek through acres of protected national park. Camping facilities and walking tracks through the forest make this area even more attractive if you want to spend a few nights out in the stars. 

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Blue Mountains

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Who said the Mountains are only good for winter? As summer brings ever-warmer temperatures to Sydney itself, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains are a fantastic place to beat the heat without travelling too far. Trains from Central can take you right to the heart of Katoomba, from which no less than 81 graded walks provide fantastic experiences for all skill levels. My tip: skip Scenic World, and explore the many lookouts for yourself. The dramatic valleys make for a fine place to vent off steam from exams and finish the semester (and the year) in style.

Glow Worm Tunnel

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If you’ve grown weary of light shows like Vivid and the New Year’s Eve fireworks, turn to nature for a more enchanting display. Hidden in Wollemi National Park is a 500m disused railway tunnel which you can now freely walk through. Though the steam trains have long passed this place, huge colonies of bioluminescent (read: glow-in-the-dark) worms have reclaimed the entirety of the tunnel, allowing visitors to witness a natural miracle. Unlike most glow-worm caves, this pitch-black tunnel is completely free and accessible to the public during the day; the cool subterranean environment provides welcome respite if you’ve been sweating it out through the Sydney summer.

The Bridge Climb

Most people have probably seen Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge more than they’ve needed to but the uni break could provide you with the perfect opportunity to experience our iconic landmark from new heights. It’s been on our bucket lists since we were 12 years old so take this opportunity to live out those primary school dreams before trimesters kick in. There is no better way to finish a year than getting into those grey and blue jumpsuits, gathering a few of your mates together and heading up to one of the most breathtaking views our land down under has to offer.

Jervis Bay

A natural wonder in its own right, Jervis Bay offers the perfect escape from the busy city life. Offering white coastlines and crystal clear waters, the bay is swarming with fun-filled recreational activities including kayaking, dolphin watching tours, surf schools and stand-up paddle boarding. There are even beach huts available to hire out for a relaxing picnic and the ultimate winding down session. Jervis bay also boasts a gorgeous national park and diving spots with nooks and crannies that will allow you to reconnect with nature on an intimate level. With so many adventures awaiting, say g’day to Jervis Bay. mage result for Jervis bay

Cockatoo Island

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Right in the heart of Sydney Harbour awaits a 5-star glamping adventure that is world-renowned. Take a ferry out to this majestic island that offers exemplary adventures through nature, specialised sunrise tours and haunted history treks that are sure to spice up your uni break. Another great avenue to consider is the New Years Eve Glamping packages where you and your mates can settle into this UNESCO world-heritage listed campsite and enjoy Sydney’s incredible fireworks display. Can’t think of a better way to welcome in the new year.

5 Hearty Winter Recipes

Recipes collected and written by Apreetha Silva Das and Emily Jarayseh.

Let’s face it, winter blows. You never realise just how much you missed the sun and that daily dose of vitamin D in the summer months until the wind comes around to turn your umbrella inside-out. Luckily for you, we’ve got a few winter recipes for you to whip up. We guarantee they will leave your insides feeling nice and toasty on those chilly nights.

Miso Noodle Soup (with Mushrooms & Ginger)

https://www.gourmettraveller.com.au/recipes/fast-recipes/miso-noodle-soup-with-mushrooms-and-ginger-13817

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Ingredients

  • 12 grams instant dashi (2 sachets)
  • 80 grams shiro (white) miso paste
  • 1 tbsp finely grated ginger
  • 200 grams shiitake mushrooms, halved
  • 50 grams oyster mushrooms, torn
  • 50 grams enoki mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp dried sea vegetable (see note)
  • 300 grams green tea soba noodles
  • 150 grams silken tofu, diced
  • 1 bunch English spinach, trimmed
  • Thinly sliced spring onions, torn nori and roasted sesame seeds, to serve

Preparation

  • Bring 1 litre water to a simmer in a saucepan, add dashi and simmer for flavour to develop (4-5 minutes).
  • Whisk in miso, add ginger, mushrooms and sea vegetable and simmer for 4-5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, cook noodles in a separate saucepan of boiling salted water until just tender (2-3 minutes), then drain and divide among serving bowls.
  • Add tofu and spinach to miso mixture, stir to wilt, then ladle mixture over noodles and serve topped with spring onion, nori and sesame seeds

Creamy Chicken and Rice Casserole

https://www.today.com/recipes/creamy-chicken-rice-casserole-t28256 

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Ingredients

  • 5 cups Vegetable Chowder
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 ½ cups cooked brown rice
  • 4 cups shredded cooked chicken (or meat from 1 rotisserie chicken)
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1-2 cups coarse bread crumbs (optional)

Preparation

  • Preheat oven to approx 180ºC
  • In a large pot, heat leftover chowder over low heat, stirring frequently until warm.  
  • Crush potatoes to help thicken the mixture. Add broth and rice and continue heating over low until heated through.
  • Remove from heat and stir in chicken and cheese.  
  • Pour into a 3-4 quart casserole dish and top with breadcrumbs.
  • Bake 30-40  minutes, until bubbly and golden brown on top.  

Cream of Pumpkin Soup

https://www.gourmettraveller.com.au/recipes/fast-recipes/cream-of-pumpkin-soup-13228 

Ingredients

  • 1.6 kg butternut pumpkin (about 1), cut into 6cm pieces
  • 9 garlic cloves
  • 1 onion, cut into wedges
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 600 mL pouring cream, at room temperature
  • To serve: crème fraîche, toasted flaked almonds, cracked pepper and crusty bread

Preparation

  • Preheat oven to 200°C.
  • Combine pumpkin, onion and garlic in a roasting pan, drizzle with olive oil and roast until tender and caramelised (20-25 minutes)
  • Transfer to a blender with cream and blend until smooth
  • Serve hot with crème fraîche, almonds, pepper and crusty bread.

Mozambican Chicken Curry (Gluten Free and Dairy Free)

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and diced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 (400g) tin peeled tomatoes, drained
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 kg boneless chicken, cut into cubes
  • 1 (400ml) tin coconut milk
  • 1 lemon, juiced

Preparation

  1. Heat olive oil in a large, heavy frying pan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and bay leaf then cook until onion is lightly browned.
  2. Add tomatoes, curry powder and salt then continue cooking for about 5 minutes. Mix in the chicken and cook 15 to 20 minutes; until no longer pink.
  3. Reduce heat to low and stirring constantly, gradually blend in the coconut milk over a period of about 5 minutes. Mix in lemon juice just before serving.

Jamaican Chicken and Pumpkin One-Pot Rice

https://naturalfitfoodie.com/one-pot-chicken-and-pumpkin-rice/ 

One Pot Chicken and Pumpkin Rice - Calling all pumpkin lovers, this One Pot Chicken and Pumpkin Rice is for you! Delicious, hearty and ready in a flash not to mention it's all made in one pot!

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into small cubes                
  • 1 cup white rice short to medium grain                        
  • 3 cups chicken or vegetable broth                            
  • 2 cups raw, peeled, diced pumpkin sugar or pie variety pumpkin or butternut squash.
  • ½ medium onion chopped                                
  • 2 cloves garlic pressed                                
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme                            
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger                                
  • Olive oil                                    
  • Salt, black pepper, sweet paprika

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 180ºC
  2. Season chicken with salt, pepper and sweet paprika
  3. In a skillet over medium heat, heat olive oil and cook chicken pieces until no longer pink. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  4. Add additional olive oil and cook onions for about 2 minutes then add garlic, grated ginger, thyme and pumpkin. Cook for 10 minutes.
  5. Add rice. Stir to combine then add stock.
  6. Transfer skillet to the oven. Cook for approximately 30 minutes.
  7. Remove skillet from the oven and add in chicken pieces. Cook for another 10 minutes then check for rice doneness. Add additional water or stock, if rice is too dry or uncooked.

So there you go – five recipes that you can try on a cosy winter night in! Remember, taking care of yourself also means eating food that is good for you. To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art. Happy cooking and bon appetit!

5 Awesome Cafes Around Sydney to Check Out

1. Sub-Station Cafe

If you are looking to take amazing foodie pics for your Instagram, look no further than the iconic Sub-Station Cafe in Alexandria. Their aesthetic brunch menu will have your mouth water and we guarantee that it will be hard to resist the temptation of taking a photo before you indulge on their freshly prepared soups, salads and delicious sourdough toast.

Our recommendation:

  • Kashkaval Eggs for $16.50
  • Includes pan-roasted tomatoes with herbs with 2 free range baked eggs and Kashkaval cheese served with homemade pickled salad and fresh bread
  • Power Station Salad for $15.50
  • A delicious green garden salad with quinoa, avocado, grilled sweet potato, zucchini, shaved carrot, chickpeas, roasted almonds & sunflower seeds, pepitas, with a drizzle of lemon & virgin olive oil dressing – a great option for all our vegan friends!

2. Ristretto & Co

Don’t happen to dwell near the city but craving a good atmosphere where you can enjoy your coffee? Ristretto & Co in Liverpool is another perfect spot just for that! Equipped with a big open backyard space out the back, you’ll feel right at home in the wonderful and quaint ambience. Invite your friends and family to catch up and relax, or study by yourself at this great cafe on the other side of town.

Our recommendation:

  • Nutella Toast        for $4
  • Don’t miss out on the chance to revisit an old childhood classic!
  • Chicken Schnitzel Panini for $13
  • A filling brunch panini with chicken schnitzel, chill mayo, rocket pesto and smoked mozzarella

3. Catmosphere Cafe

Do you like cats? Do you like kittens? If you answered yes to either of those questions, then come check out Catmosphere Cafe located in Surry Hills. At Catmosphere Cafe you can enjoy your daily dose of caffeine alongside these adorable feline creatures! It operates on an appointment basis so make sure you call them beforehand to reserve a time slot so you don’t miss out on your chance to hang out with these furry friends. The cats tend to be more active in the morning (10am-12pm) and later in the evening (from 4pm onwards). The times in between are perfect for those who just want to chill, study in peace, or pull up a laptop and get some work done. A free serving of coffee is provided with both experiences.

Our recommendation:

  • Kitten Experience (30 minute stay) for $22
  • These little fellas are very playful, cuddly, and extremely mischievous. Don’t be surprised if you get your head stuck in twist when they start doing laps around you!
  • Cat Experience (1 hr stay) for $20
  • The adult cats are generally much calmer and more peaceful than their kitten counterparts, so they are perfect for those looking to destress and relax.

4. Cornersmith Marrickville

If you like the taste of home grown fruit and veg, then Cornersmith is the place for you! Located in Annandale, Cornersmith is all about keeping their food local, ethical and sustainable. The menu is always changing and is influenced by the latest produce that has been homegrown as part of the cafe’s trading program. The community is encouraged to bring in its surplus of backyard produce in exchange for a coffee or a jar of pickles.

Our recommendation:

  • As the menu is always changing you will never be short of options, but we would highly recommend trying their lunch specials!

5. Brown Sugar

Relaxed café by day, modern bistro by night, Brown Sugar caters to all your cravings. Located at Bondi Beach, Brown Sugar is renowned for using local, seasonal produce and bringing a Mediterranean influence to one of Australia’s most iconic beaches. If you’re searching for a flavoursome and creative breakfast, Brown Sugar is sure to deliver!

Our recommendation:

  • Ancient grains porridge for $17
  • A hearty serving of porridge with rhubarb compote, apple, hazelnut, brown sugar or honey. A great way to kickstart your mornings in Winter!
  • Sourdough buttermilk pancakes & maple for $17
  • A filling stack of pancakes with banana, berries & bacon or seasonal fruit & compote, topped with a dollop of greek yoghurt or ice cream. You can’t look past this option if you’re searching for something a little sweet!
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10 Uplifting Songs to Get You Through Exams

By Tom and Georgia

It’s undoubtedly the most stressful time of the semester! Exams have snuck up out of nowhere, and if you’re anything like us, motivation is becoming harder to find. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with this awesome Top 10 Playlist of ‘feel-good’ classics to help you get that spring back in your step during this busy time.

We have narrowed the list down to 10 of our favourite uplifting tunes and have added YouTube links to each song if you want to have a listen (or sing-along and dance of course). If you’re up for a surprise and trust our (exceptional) music choice, skip the individual songs and follow this link for our specially-made study playlist! 

https://open.spotify.com/user/gc3410-au/playlist/6lFOkgQkSdLbrqx9odIEWH?si=lvY0rE2_QNmTh6JkRdc9HQ 

1. Mr Blue Sky by Electric Light Orchestra

We couldn’t go past this upbeat tune to help put a smile on your face when the exam blues are getting you down, and you can’t go wrong with this classic!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuJIqmha2Hk

2. Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen

When you’re stuck and struggling on the toughest part of your revision, this song will help you power through the pain.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgzGwKwLmgM 

3. Dancing in the Moonlight by Toploader

The perfect song for when you want to channel those early 2000, wholesome and carefree vibes to forget about your current stresses, even if it’s just for a moment!

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yBnIUX0QAE 

4. Breakaway by Kelly Clarkson

If you’re ever feeling hopeless and anxious, this classic will remind you that you can get through exams because you’ve done it so many times before, and you’re still here and breathing.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-3vPxKdj6o 

5. ABC by the Jackson 5

There is no doubt that this is the perfect study break song you will need after completing reading upon reading. We definitely recommend singing along (and dancing of course!) to relieve all that study stress and re-discover all that motivational energy.  

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ho7796-au8U 

6. Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield

Not only is this song sure to put a smile on your face for the nostalgic vibes, but the message is really great and empowering in that we shouldn’t let any of the small things in life, or any other person, define our lives. A definite listen!

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7k0a5hYnSI 

7. Keep Your Head Up by Andy Grammer

There probably isn’t a better song that could give you that last-minute study motivation like this one, so it’s definitely an essential for your playlist.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmrOB_q3tjo 

8. September by Earth, Wind & Fire

When you need to funk away some pent up stress, look no further. This song instantly puts us in a good mood, and we hope it does the same for you.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gs069dndIYk 

9. Freedom! ‘90 by George Michael

The soundtrack you play whilst walking out of your last exam. No more explanation necessary.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diYAc7gB-0A

10. Walking on Sunshine by Katrina & the Waves

Of course, we had to end on a crowd favourite! Honestly, this is the perfect song to blast in the car ‘karaoke-style’ whilst driving home after you finish that final exam.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPUmE-tne5U 

Surprise bonus:

For all you music lovers out there, we also wanted to recommend and share some of our favourite Spotify playlists with you. We find that these playlists are great for those more chilled-out, zen and relaxed moments or even study sessions if you wish. Enjoy!


Lofi Hip-Hop instrumental:

Link: https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify/playlist/37i9dQZF1DX8Uebhn9wzrS?si=niX5iKpHQJuAoem2IJRTcA

Classical

P.S – listening to classical music whilst studying has been proven to reduce stress and anxiety and increase concentration!

Link: https://open.spotify.com/user/peacefulclassics/playlist/3sw0t0icwozVoQP5J2Z8cX?si=5IJi8rufQEur3oqOUveeEQ 

Ambient – Atmospheric Calm

Link: https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify/playlist/37i9dQZF1DX4TnpT6vw5rE?si=VQpLiYd2T4awhZL-34lJ2g

Apps To Help Manage Stress

1. Stigma: Mood Tracker & Journal 

This app allows you to journal your daily moods which are then presented to you on a visual calendar to help you keep an eye on your wellbeing. It will help you identify when you’re undergoing a prolonged period of stress and provide tips for to help you take better take care of yourself. It’s also a great way to build a mental health support network!

iOShttps://itunes.apple.com/au/app/stigma-mood-tracker-journal/id971950522?mt=8

2. SuperBetter 

If you’re interested in finding out about how gaming can lead to personal growth, then this is the app for you! At its core, the app is designed to help you build your resilience. You might want to consider playing one of the mini-games during a study break to help you power through your revision.

iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/superbetter/id536634968?mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.superbetter.paid&hl=en

3. 7 Cups 

If you’re feeling overwhelmed and finding it difficult to confide in those around you, then you might want to consider using this app. The app has trained listeners who genuinely care and can provide you with emotional support at a time when you may need it most.
iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/7-cups-anxiety-stress-chat/id921814681?mt=8
Android:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sevencupsoftea.app&hl=en_AU

4. Calm

The best meditation app on the IOS Apple Store! With meditation sessions ranging from a focus on calming anxiety to managing stress, this app is perfect for beginners, intermediate and advanced users. Try it out to help you de-stress!

iOShttps://itunes.apple.com/us/app/calm/id571800810?mt=8

5. Headspace – Guided Meditation

This app provides guided meditation to relieve stress and improve attentiveness. The techniques used in this app help users become less distracted and improve their concentration through mindfulness techniques.

iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/headspace-guided-meditation/id493145008?mt=8 

Android:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.getsomeheadspace.android&hl=en_AU

6. Pranayama Free

This app’s simple and intuitive guide to deep breathing, based on the principles of yoga, wilhelp you find greater balance and help alleviate the stress induced minds of law students!

iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/pranayama-free/id434523154?mt=12
Android:https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.saagara.universalpranayamafree&hl=en_AU