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Life hacks

Improve your life by following six simple tips from some of ECU's best health, business, education and psychology experts.

Embrace exams

Children should build resilience to stressful situations, like exams, to help them develop mentally and emotionally, says education expert Dr Mandie Shean. Allowing students to avoid exams to avoid their stress might prevent children from dealing with the attendant emotions, and teaches them we don’t think they're up to the challenge.

Don't joke about job loss, boss

Working for a 'David Brent' isn't just irritating – it's bad for your mental health. Research by Professor of Work and Performance Stephen Teo found managers who try to be funny in the face of organisational change are likely to cause depressive feelings in their staff.

Eat an apple, help your heart

Eating food rich in flavonoids such as apples can counteract some of the increased risk of heart disease and cancer associated with drinking too much alcohol and smoking, shows a study by health researcher Dr Nicky Bondonno.

Go neonatal

Fathers of premature and sick babies should spend lots of time in the neonatal unit. Research from Dr Esther Adama shows lots of skin-to-skin contact in the days after birth had significant health benefits for vulnerable babies.

Pursue goals to ease pain

Research has shown that positive goal engagement can play an important role in helping people living with chronic pain. Associate Professor Joanne Dickson says identifying and effectively pursuing meaningful life goals can act as a protective 'buffer' that helps individuals to maintain their sense of wellbeing, despite feeling pain.

Mentoring works at any age

A mentor provides invaluable support, knowledge and insight – all of which amount to increased confidence. Business researcher Dr Julie Nyanjom has been exploring the value of 'reverse mentoring', whereby a younger person mentors an older person returning to the workforce. When it works well, both mentor and mentee benefit.

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