mindhamok streetwise

Cities are vibrant, diverse, and representative of cultures from all over the world. Let’s talk about how to be street wise!

safety at night
Safety at night (the small print!)

Now look, mindhamok aren’t trying to be the fun police, but safety is important & as we venture into new cities with new customs, cultures and rules, it’s crucial to have our wits about us.

Connection in the 21st century

If you’re on the gram or tiktok, then you’ll know what it’s like to be inundated with content full of engagement rings, trips to Paris and montages of happy couples. Bleugh! It’s intense, we get it, and not always easy on the ol’ mental health.

New Year’s Resolutions 101

A new year, a new semester, maybe even a new country if you’re studying abroad. What a great time to set that New Year’s Resolution.

Study Secrets

Tis the season of exams. What a marvelous time! If you’re reading this, you may be processing a lot of endings at the moment. Perhaps not only are classes finishing up, but also your time studying abroad. On top of that, we are all coming to terms with the final few days of 2023. During this flurry of final exams & final goodbyes, it may be hard to find our footing and settle down to study.

Your Dorm Can be Your Sanctuary

Alright I’ll say it. The world is crazy. We all have to-do lists, deadlines, commutes, social lives, social media, and on, and on, and on. When life is this hectic, we need somewhere we can recuperate, our own little sanctuary that feels safe & peaceful. But when living as a student abroad, out of a suitcase, and with roommates, creating sanctuary can be tricky. Well we’re here to tell you it’s not! Here you’ll find some simple ways to turn your dorm into your safe space.

How to Talk to Strangers (Sorry, Mom)

Surprise! There’s a whole world out there, and it’s full of people. People you didn’t sit next to in Biology. People who didn’t end up on your little league baseball team or in Sunday night yoga class. People who don’t even follow you on social. If you have the good fortune to travel on this big blue marble we call Earth, then you’re going to come across these unfamiliar folks. Perhaps on a bus or a plane, in a cafe, bookstore, or bar, somewhere far, far away from all the people you actually do know.

Ghosting – everyone’s talking about it!

Welcome to the Tinder-century world of dating. It’s full of swipes, likes and different relationship types. Have you been ghosted? Not heard from your crush? Are they making you feel like cr*p? It’s tough out there, we get it. mindhamok is here to help you navigate the complicated world of ghosting!

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Rizz*: Self-Confidence Cheat Codes

You know that one person that lights up any room that’s seemingly brimming with self-confidence? Or that friend that can chat up anyone? Their appeal is so alluring, yet so mysterious. What do they have that we don’t?

dating as a student

Let’s be honest: student dating is a rollercoaster. A rollercoaster that some of us love to ride, or one that we never want to get on again. That being said, most of us will give dating a go at some point or another. For students who want to start dating, we’ve got one question for you: do you believe in love at first swipe? Punny. Now let’s get started…

Finding Your Groove: A Guide to Living Authentically

Welcome back to another blog post where we dive into the good stuff. This time, we’re going to chat about living authentically. Yeah, you heard that right. We’re talking about being our true selves, letting our unique colours shine, and embracing our quirks, flaws, and all. So grab a cup of your favourite beverage, put your mind in a hammock and let’s get this authenticity party started!

You’ve Decided to Study Abroad

Studying abroad may well turn out to be one of those pivotal periods in life that opens you into different ways of seeing the world and yourself in it. And it has its challenges. Familiarize yourself here with the phases of cultural adjustment, a framework to help you think specifically about your adjustment to the new culture you are moving towards.

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let’s talk about SEX & sexual consent…

Welcome to the sex ed class you may have never had before – put your mind in a hammock, take notes and enjoy the ride (all puns intended).

Here we talk about Consent, bust some Myths as well as challenge the Movies version of Sex…

making friends 

A new academic term is just around the corner, if not already started, and for those of you who have chosen to study abroad or head off to university – your adventure is about to begin. There will be challenges ahead, possibly when it comes to making new friends. Although forming friendships can seem daunting, it’s important to remember that being a good friend is easy and making new friends is fun – here’s why.

peer pressure

When we think of peer pressure we often think of the negatives. We are often taught to avoid the people that apply pressure. And sometimes, that is the case. However, as much we want to avoid it, we will not only endure negative peer pressure in our lifetimes, but we may be the ones applying it too – sometimes without even realising.

Body Image issues | Body Image and Self Worth | What is Body image
body image – we are enough

‘No body is the same – and yet so often we compare ourselves to others, talk ourselves down and try to change our bodies, in hopes that we will one day love them. But what if it isn’t our bodies that we need to work on?

heading home for the holidays

It’s that time of year again…the days get shorter, we begin to get whiffs of pine, chestnuts are roasting on an open fire… that’s right– it’s the Festive Season.

the aftermath of Covid-19

The COVID-19 Pandemic has affected all of us. Some of us may feel we have passed it, with Joe Biden recently stating that the Covid-19 pandemic is over. Whereas some of us may be struggling to get back to ‘normal’ – whatever that means. In this blog we will be discussing the effects COVID-19 had on our mental health, with the help of psychotherapist Marina Tricard. And why now might be the best time to create a new ‘normal’.

we’ve got a lot of time for Pride

The LGBTQIA+ community is incredible. Not just in the month of Pride but all year round. Pride month reminds us why this resilient community is worth celebrating, but we must remember that Pride is more than parades and a flag.

We’ve got a lot of time for Pride… here’s why.

alcohol, boundaries, and balance – a student take

How have you and your friends experienced the culture around drinking at Uni so far? And how would you describe how you are handling it? Read on to see how our ambassador found drinking to be excessive in her experience.

culture shock: when you’re far from home

Congratulations, study abroad, international student or even home students in a new place! You’re a world traveler, maybe an international student, and you have just arrived

End of Term For Students | Students Heading Home | It's Time to Go | Mindhamok
It’s time to go…

This time of year – the end of term and study abroad students heading home – can be intense. We are hearing that anxiety is up. What can students do during this time?

Anxiety… Panic Attacks

Read on to learn to distinguish between ‘anxiety’ and ‘panic’; and significantly, steps you can take to take care of yourself if you are experiencing either.

Let’s talk about Nutrition

This simple yet complex word means a lot for all of us. What we put in our body affects our cells and influences our thoughts.

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