Sleep. We all need it. Some of us more than others, and we all vary in how well we sleep as individuals. There are over seventy recognised sleep disorders, but aside from those disorders which can be highly debilitating, many factors affect how well we sleep. Sleep is not a black or white area, for example, by saying that someone is going to sleep, it cannot be assumed that it’s an easy process for that particular person, and some may struggle for hours to finally ‘nod off’. Since my current job mostly requires early-ish starts of 07:00AM for me, I often have to compensate for being able to wake up successfully at 05:45AM and be well-rested enough for me to get ready and face the working day. Nonetheless however, it’s also important to rest well the night before a day-off (even if you’re going to treat yourself to a lay-in). I never took sleep preparation seriously until recently, when just a few changes in my pre-sleep routine made for an effective sleep which resulted in an energetic, motivated and more alert self the next day. Here are some of those changes I made…

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There really is no time like the present.

Life is full of lessons and learning curves, right from the second we are born. Upon the complexity of some of these lessons lie lessons of much simpler rationales. Easy as they may be to understand on the surface, some things aren’t always that straight-forward, or so we tell ourselves. I’m a huge believer that there is no time like the present, but yet hypocritically, at times I’ve seemed to master the art of procrastinating or forming a naive notion that in time things will work themselves out. Of course, in time, many things do work themselves out. Little problems or worries sometimes fade with time. However, the truth will always remain that for those places you see yourself to be and those visions of how you see your future-self to be, they require effort.

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What am I scared of? Not living.

Spiders? Nope. Heights? Not really. Clowns? Not entirely, although they can be ever so unnerving.

There are some things I’m not overly fond of, but my main fear is one of a non-physical existence. It’s not an animal or a place, nor a phobia of some sort. My ultimate fear is of an encounter with myself, a reflective type…

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University tips from a near-graduate.

Yes, it’s true; those few years absolutely flew by, for me at least. It doesn’t seem like too long ago since I had my first presentation with my newly acquired tutor group, or my first lecture experience. The nerves of the first day, and the tension of receiving my first coursework grade seem all too recent and familiar. A little under three years later, here I am, finished with my degree in Psychology.

It’s been a journey and a huge learning curve. University has matured me and I don’t feel as much of a ‘kid’ as when I first started. The experience has given me insight and I now look at opportunities and challenges with a different perspective. Numerous exams, countless coursework hand-ins, and one demanding dissertation later I can look back in educated hindsight. On the most part enjoyable, it hasn’t been without its lessons. If you’re reading this and are considering university in the near future, I hope this can be of use to you. If you’re currently studying at university or have graduated, then perhaps you can relate in some form. Either way, here are some things which I have learned from university.

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