Neha Sunkara, '21

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Making the Best of Stress: Building Your Resilience Toolbox

Posted by Neha Sunkara, '21 on Feb 23, 2021 9:50:01 AM

How many times have you used the word stress this week? If it is more than once, you are not alone. In a study of 43,000 students from high-performing schools, 75% of high school students and 50%  of middle schoolers reported feeling "often or always" stressed by schoolwork.

Though there is no way to eradicate all stress from our lives, we can still find small ways to strengthen our resilience. As Dr. Susan David, the author of Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change, and Thrive in Work and Life, writes, "Discomfort is the price we pay for a meaningful life." In her fifth and final Habits of Mind workshop --  "Making the Best of Stress: Building Your Resilience Toolbox" --  LifeCompass Institute Associate Director Deborah Farmer Kris shared five tools for managing stress.

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The Brain-Boosting Power of Sleep and Exercise

Posted by Neha Sunkara, '21 on Feb 2, 2021 10:31:08 AM

When was the last time you had a full eight hours of sleep? I hope that you would say last night, but the world we live in now treats sleep as something that can be easily sacrificed. Sometimes, as I walk down the halls, I hear people comparing how much sleep they got and almost praising the person with the least amount of sleep. I have heard stories of people who pulled all-nighters to finish a project. How is this our normal? Instead of sacrificing sleep, we should be prioritizing it.

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Strategies for Working Smarter, Not Harder (& Finding Time for Joy)

Posted by Neha Sunkara, '21 on Jan 28, 2021 10:46:34 AM

For five Wednesdays in January and February, Deborah Farmer Kris will be offering a workshop series to upper school students on Building Habits of Mind. Neha Sunkara, class of 2021, shares this summary of workshop #3

It is free yet priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you lose it, you can never have it back. What is it? It is time.

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Focus Power!: Tips for Getting Started and Staying Motivated (Even During a Pandemic)

Posted by Neha Sunkara, '21 on Jan 21, 2021 11:28:20 AM

For five Wednesdays in January and February, Deborah Farmer Kris will be offering a workshop series to upper school students on Building Habits of Mind. Neha Sunkara, class of 2021, shares this summary of workshop #2.

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Neuroplasticity: A Crash Course on How We Learn, Build New Habits, and Replace Old Ones

Posted by Neha Sunkara, '21 on Jan 14, 2021 7:56:24 PM

For five Wednesdays in January and February, Deborah Farmer Kris will be offering a workshop series to upper school students on Building Habits of Mind. Neha Sunkara, class of 2021, shares this summary of workshop #1.

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