Tea or Coffee?

I am a self-confessed tea addict. No, not a coffee addict, a tea addict- I looove tea and HATE coffee. I cannot stand the smell or taste of coffee. I have been an adamant tea lover and coffee hater for years.

I drink two cups a day, depending on the weather. I always find myself drinking more tea on the colder days than the warmer days. I think I like drinking tea so much because of the taste of it — I actually thoroughly enjoy the taste. I am a huge fan of English breakfast tea! But every once in a while, I make myself a cup of coffee just in case my taste buds change and I begin to like coffee. But nooooooo! Still hate it.

Usually people drink coffee over tea to stay alert and awake, as it contains caffeine. Interestingly, I just learnt that tea also contains caffeine. Who knew? Certainly not me! I was under the impression that tea did not contain caffeine at all!

So, it got me thinking. Technically, both tea and coffee addicts are addicted to the same thing, right? That thing being caffeine. But was exactly is caffeine? Caffeine is a psychoactive drug that stimulates the central nervous system. It is also the most widely consumed psychoactive drug in the world! But I thought I would compare the caffeine in both tea and coffee.

Tea contains, on average, less than 50mg, whereas coffee contains, on average, more than 100mg. But I think that also depends on the type and strength of the cup. The important thing here is that everyone enjoys their coffee or tea in a certain way. As I mentioned before, I am a big fan of English Breakfast tea. I prefer 1 sugar, with 1/4 of the cup milk, and the tea bag dipped a couple of times!

Lucky for all the FedUni students, the student lounge has a tea and coffee station. Meaning you can make your own cup anyway you like! How great is that! So whether you’re a tea or coffee person, we’ve got you covered. You can also purchase a FedUni ‘grab-and-go cup’ from the bookshop to enjoy your lovely hot drink anywhere you like!

What Happens When You Pull an All-Nighter for Uni

DSC_0142As a Student Academic Leader, I like to think that I am a reasonably hardworking, disciplined, and organised student. But there are occasional situations I find myself in that challenge this perception. Case in point: I pulled a late night during week 9 to get an assignment done. It was a 2500 word law assignment due on the Friday night, which I started on the Thursday night. I stayed up until 5am, got a few hours sleep, then continued working on it until I submitted it minutes before the deadline.

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Mindfulness

Flying MaryDo you ever find yourself lying awake at night not able to switch your mind off?

Panicking about the assignment that’s due next week?

Stress less!

Let me introduce you to mindfulness. (I know you’re thinking that sounds kinda lame-o, I used to think so too, but not anymore!). Mindfulness is an effective way to reduce stress, increase self-awareness, and handle painful thoughts and feelings. It can be a very effective way to get those delightful hours of sleep as night (I consider myself a professional sleeper, so I know how to get some solid ZZZs!) It can be done several different ways, allow me to discuss a few with you now:

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MEWD: Sleep

Emma Foster - ASK Blog PicWhen it comes to sleeping, I’ve never been one of those people who can hit the sack and be off in the land of nod in no time flat. I toss and turn, and reposition myself about a thousand times before I manage to get to sleep. This is something that is exacerbated when I’m in a period of depression.

Ask anyone, and they’ll tell you the importance of getting a good night’s sleep — it’s right up there with the ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’ advice (another helpful tidbit that I’m not good at following). Not sleeping well and being overly tired can lead to being less productive and somewhat grumpy, which can lead to stressing that you’re being unproductive/grumpy, which can lead to a poor night’s sleep. And so the cycle continues. Continue reading MEWD: Sleep