Do I have a ‘probelm’?

I came across this image (on the left) while researching something and it brought much needed amusement to my day. I wonder what sorta place this is. Clinic? Pharmacy? Fortune Telling? If only we have a one stop shop like that in Singapore where we can seek help for all and sundry including the all…

Exams and stuff…

The preliminary exams are in full swing (well…actually it’s ending soon) and the rest of you who are not doing prelims are busy getting your Project Work in order and panicking that promos is 30 odd days away. I thought it’s timely to re-post some of the stuff I’ve written before to deal with this…

Getting a handle on your STRESS

I don’t really like the phrase ‘stress management’. I don’t know…it sounds so lifeless and stale. Not a big fan of that phrase. But yet we can’t run away from the fact that stress needs to be ‘managed’ somehow if not it may develop into some kind of physical or mental ailment which would be…

Techniques for Calming and Focusing

Exams are literally right round the corner. I know many of you out there are wringing your hands and cramming as much information as possible in these last few days and weeks and guilt-tripping yourself for going online and checking FB and thinking maybe if you’re reading the counsellor’s blog then it’s not SUCH a bad…

Stress Management Video 2011

This is the video that I tried to show during JC1 assembly yesterday but think the audio was too soft.  Thanks once again to the students who gamely volunteered to be interviewed!

Running on Empty

I had a recent scare when I’d completely forgotten to pump fuel for the car and was literally nervous if I’d reach my destination car and person intact. I’m not an irrational person in general and the men around me would do the math (no. of litres of reserve fuel x km/litre minus no. of km…

The thing about Stress Part IV – Managing Somehow

In this 4th and final installment (at least for now) in the series ‘the thing about stress’, I’ll finally be writing about how to manage stress. If you remember, in part I of this series, I mentioned that stress management is not exactly my favourite topic also because when it comes to managing stress, I think…

The thing about Stress Part III – Counsellor, am I stressed?!

I get that question sometimes. Students who wander into the counselling room confused and anxious, wondering what’s going on and whether what they’re feeling is attributed to stress. On a surface level, it might seem a rather strange and unnecessary question. Afterall, isn’t stress quite obvious? But if we think about it further, it’s really a…

The thing about Stress Part II – History

Curiosity compels me to find out more about stress and where it originates from. I mean, everything comes from somewhere. Apples from a tree, grapes from a vine (I only recently found out it didn’t come from a bush…I would never survive as a farmer). Where does stress come from? What’s its story? So I…

The thing about Stress Part I

Sometime in July and August this year, I went from class to class and gave a 30 minute talk on stress management to all JC2 students. Over this one week ‘break’ I’m preparing for an assembly talk on the same topic to all JC1s when the school term starts next week. I enjoyed my time…