Event Archive

Work Less, Achieve More: Beating Procrastination

Fall 2020 & Spring 2021

Ever felt overwhelmed by a long to-do list, yet still finding it extremely difficult to drag yourself to begin working on them? Ever felt not achieving much after a long day in front of your work desk? In this online workshop, students learnt about the psychology of procrastination. Our student counselor shared evidence-based strategies to combat procrastination and guide participants to apply them in daily life.

Work Less, Achieve More: How to be Perfectly Imperfect?

Fall 2020 & Spring 2021

“I wish I did not make that mistake!” Are you very conscious of your own performance and fearful of making mistakes? Have you noticed yourself wanting to be perfect in what you do? It is impossible for us to achieve perfection in everything we do. Such unrealistic expectation is a common cause of stress and anxiety. This online workshop explored how perfectionism influences our performance and mental wellbeing, and offer suggestions on how to accept our imperfections.

Work Less, Achieve More: Be the Master of Your Time

Fall 2020

Life at university is probably one of the most fruitful, enlightening, busy and challenging time of one’s life. How can we juggle among different aspects of university life? How can we achieve the most out of limited time?

This online workshop introduced students to the basic principles of time management, planning and self-monitoring. Student Counselor shared practical time-management strategies such as SMART, ABC principle, Pomodoro Technique to help students maintain a study-life balance.

“Be More with Less” 斷‧捨‧離

Fall 2020

With the new norm of coronavirus outbreak, you may be bound to spend more time indoor. It also means you may spend a lot more time surrounded by your own stuff. Our addiction to consumption may fill up our closets, cabinets, cupboards and even countertops. They all add up so fast that our consumption habits often outpace the space available to store our belongings. Pretty soon our homes look more like a storage instead of a rejuvenating retreat from the hustle of daily life.

Our workshop in January is definitely a good start of this year to help you simplify life in practical steps. Ms. Sharon Lam is a certified professional organizer at the Japan Shuno Licensing Association. She started Home Therapy to provide decluttering and organizational services in Hong Kong since 2018. She shared with us the 80/20 rules, the 15 stuff to get rid of right away and showcased the KonMari Folding Method to orgranize our closet and shoe cabinet to help you get a sense of accomplishment, let go of the past, uplift your mood and regain energy.

Overcoming Exam Anxiety

Fall 2020

Do you feel like your mind “goes blank” during exam period? Do you feel like your heart is racing and difficult to breath or concentrate during assessment?

As a university student, it is perfectly natural to feel anxious and nervous in taking an assessment or examination. A moderate level of anxiety can sharpen our concentration and performance, as well as to keep us motivated. In this workshop, Ms. Michelle Li, Educational Psychologist shared with us the symptoms of General Anxiety Disorder and short-term/long-term effective management strategies to alleviate stress for academic success.

Relax. Recharge. Reconnect: Self-soothing Practice for the Nights

Fall 2020

With self-compassion, we give ourselves the same kindness and care we would give to a family member or a good friend. There are three elements of self-compassion: Self-kindness, Common Humanity and Mindfulness. Self-compassion and Mindfulness practices offer a foundational way to foster our self-care, strengthen awareness, lower stress levels and live from the heart.

In all evening practice sessions, Dr. Adrain Wan, Certified Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Teacher (CMSC) taught us practical ways from the Mindful Self-Compassion Program to calm our minds, relax our bodies, and sooth our hearts. A variety of meaningful practices on self-kindness and mindfulness were shared to be an integral part of our daily life. Students would be able to unwind their body and mind for better sleep quality, and develop daily routine in practicing mindfulness and cultivating compassion after the sessions.

Enhance EQ & Support Your Friends

Fall 2020

According to Daniel Goleman, an American psychologist who popularized emotional intelligence, there are five key elements of emotional intelligence: Self-awareness, Self-regulation, Motivation, Empathy and Social Skills. People with high emotional intelligence will be able to understand, use and manage our own emotions in constructive ways to alleviate stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges and defuse conflicts.

In this workshop, Ms. Kate Yu shared on integrating psychological theories into practical tips for students to navigate social and emotional obstacles to our well-being. She guided us to gain insights in human emotions and social interactions through some interesting thought-experiments and case studies. We are inspired to value self-care and empathetic communication in facing stress and adversity in life, thus gaining more confidence in handling our own emotions and in turn rendering timely support to our beloved ones.

Can't Stop the Wave. Let's Learn to Surf: Cultivating Self-Compassion for Well-Being

Fall 2020

Whilst many of us find it natural to offer compassion towards others, we may struggle to offer the same sense of kindness and tenderness to ourselves, especially when life brings challenges and failures. In fact, self-criticism and judgment can reduce our ability to experience joy in everyday life - and even hold us back from achieving our personal goals.

In this workshop, Dr Adrian Wan guided us to learn how to cultivate more personal space for loving awareness and self-kindness in our daily life, thus enhancing our capacity for emotional well-being and building resilience. With a spirt of openness and tenderness, we will stop being so hard on ourselved but motivate and encourage us with greater ease and confidence.

Dr Adrian Wan is a registered Social Work (R.S.W.), CT and the first Certified Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Teacher in Hong Kong.

Finding Your Inner Peace with Pastel Nagomi Art 和諧粉彩

Fall 2020

After a month of adapting the new normal of mixed-mode online learning, a group of students joined a fun and artistic afternoon with Ms. Michelle Leung, Advanced Instructor of Pastel Nagomi Art & Registered Social Worker to taste the serenity out of busy school life.

Pastel Nagomi Art is a form of healing art founded in Japan, which uses powered pastels and fingers to create a transparent, gentle, warm and heart-touching art through simple yet unique ways of painting techniques. The word “Nagomi” carries the meaning of harmony, calm and peace.

Regardless of age and different skill levels, anyone can complete a piece of artwork without much difficulty. There is no right or wrong or any drawing rules. The therapeutic nature of this pastel art is able to sooth emotions, restore confidence, relax your mind, reduce stress and depression.

The Psychology of Self-Care

Fall 2020

University life & Postgraduate studies can be fruitful, but challenging. There will be ups and downs from time to time. In this workshop, Ms. Kate Yu introduced “The Cognitive Triangle” to point out that our thoughts, emotions and behaviors are all interconnected with each other, and influence our mind, emotions and actions. As a result, it is importance for us to manage our own emotions in constructive ways to alleviate stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges and defuse conflicts.

Self-care starts with accepting yourself that we have blind spots. Through self-reflection and positive thinking, you can let out everything you have been holding back and to ponder on life to pursue your dreams and goals.