Category Archives: Wellness

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Why have multiple email applications on your phone?

Email applications installed on an iPhoneGiven that it was barely two weeks ago that I recommended decluttering one’s gadgets, it might seem odd for me to keep multiple email applications on my phone, but I do.

There’s a reason for that. In an effort to maintain some semblance of work-life balance, I’ve turned off all email notifications on my phone (even icon badges — I don’t want my email checking me), and I make it a point not to check work email after early evening.

Reading email from family and friends, however, doesn’t feel lik…

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Salam for Helplessness

Palm tree during Cairo sunset

“Are you coming to the US this summer?” people have been asking for months.

“If they let me in, inshallah,” I have been responding. Long before this week happened.

I know. You’re a good person. You care. You’re feeling enraged. And helpless. The rage may rise and fall, but the helplessness is a constant struggle. I know that feeling. Not every person can march and strike and stand in solidarity and advocate day in and day out. So here are some ways to get through this by focusing on what you ca…

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Self Care for the New Semester

oxygen masks

So the new semester has started: your syllabi are done, you’re learning your students’ names, and you’re getting used to your new schedule. You’ve mapped out your goals and your lesson plans for your courses, and you’ve probably set some research goals for the semester too. What’s going to help you achieve all those well-made plans? Taking time to strategically plan for your own self-care.

The familiar reminder during the airline safety talk about putting your own oxygen mask on first before he…

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Managing Recipes with Paprika

Chopped paprika vegetablesA long time ago here at ProfHacker, we used to run a series titled “What’s for Lunch?” That series prompted me to start keeping track of favorite recipes.

Since I was already a heavy user of Evernote, it became my preferred tool for storing recipes. I’d just use the web clipper to send recipes to my Evernote account, then use the Evernote Food app to access my recipes. The app ignored all notes that didn’t contain recipes, and it looked great. It also allowed users to search several recipe sites…

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Non-Digital Distractions: Backing Away from the Screen


Here at ProfHacker we’ve shared a number of digital distractions, but what about those times when wellness demands time away from the screen? There’s lots of talk (and debate) over limiting screen time for children, but sometimes a break from social media and continual screen-based overload is what we all need. As someone who works digitally, I’m usually guilty of engaging with at least three screens at once, often for hours on end. Often this leads more to fatigue than to action, especially at…

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Working Over “Break”

Since early November, I’ve spoken with many fellow academics who have been mentioned a decline in productivity and focus. This is always an overwhelming time of year, between the end of the semester crunch, deadlines, various holidays and family obligations, and an increase in administrative burdens with the ticking clock of the coming new year looming over everything. However, 2016 has been a particularly difficult year for many of us, and I’m finding the need for an effective break far greate…

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Stop The Spread of Fake News

Mark Zuckerburg might think that fake news on Facebook didn’t sway the election, but Associate Professor Zeynep Tufekci (and many others) aren’t buying it. In a piece for the New York Times (where she is a regular contributor and a must-read), Tufekci writes:

He is also contradicting Facebook’s own research.

In 2010, researchers working with Facebook conducted an experiment on 61 million users in the United States right before the midterm elections. One group was shown a “go vote” message…

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Yeah, Maybe Not Today

The whiteboard in George's office

It’s a pretty weird day in most of American higher ed, I think, and no amount of “heyyyyyy . . . look at this new web service / app / grading strategy!” is likely to make it better. I don’t think there’s any great advice for situations where at least some students fear for their lives, others are stunned and grieving, and others are pretty happy. (Maybe support the first two, especially? Seems decent.)

It’s ok to take care of those who need it today, including perhaps yourself. And if you are d…

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Running Helps You Grow New Brain Cells

Over the years here at ProfHacker we’ve published a variety of posts about physical fitness, from Meagan Timney’s “Nurturing the Mind Body Connection” to Kathleen Fitzpatrick’s “Prioritizing Exercise” to Ryan Cordell’s endorsement of a 7-minute workout to Natalie Houston’s advice on how to fit exercise into a busy conference schedule.

Staying active obviously has benefits for one’s physical health, but researchers have demonstrated that there are also benefits for one’s psychological and intell…

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Crafting for Wellness

With the semester’s end already closer than it appears on the calendar, and the threat of winter (which admittedly in Florida looks a lot like summer) just around the corner, I’m fairly overwhelmed. Whether your workload is getting bogged down by grading, manuscript deadlines, committee work, curriculum revisions, advising, or all of the above, it’s easy to get distracted from wellness. At ProfHacker we write a lot about different strategies for wellness because it deserves a spot on that list …