Learning Enhancement & Academic Development (LEAD)

Boost Assurance

Meditation Learning Anxiety Concentration





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  Boost Assurance

Merriam Webster: being certain in the mind, confident of mind or manner, easy freedom from self-doubt or uncertainty, something that inspires or tends to inspire confidence

All incoming information is received in the thalamus, which acts as a relay station. It then passes information on to either the rational brain or it passes this on to the emotional centres. The route to the emotional brain is shorter and quicker than the route via the rational brain – thus emotional responses can be more immediate, i.e. experienced first. Finer tuning of feelings and understanding of emotions comes via the rational connections to the emotional brain. In normal circumstances these two centres work in harmony, to decide on actions and responses. – Sickenga, Niek, The emtional and rational centres in the brain.

“Worry is a total waste of time. It doesn’t change anything. All it does is steal your joy and keep you very busy doing nothing.”  – Unknown


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  B.I.S. – Behavioral Intervention Strategy

If you feel particular anxious, try to incorporate some Assurance Boosting activities into your schedule:


  • Inhale slowly through your nose.
  • Feel your diaphragm move up into your ribcage .
  • Extend your belly outward as you inhale.
  • Slowly push out your breathe as you exhale through your mouth.
  • Each breath should take 6 seconds to complete.
  • Spend 3 seconds slowly inhaling through your nose and the other 3 seconds slowly exhaling through your mouth.
  • Take 5-10 breaths like this and you’ll instantly feel more relaxed.




  • Write a letter of thanks – you don’t even have to mail it!
  • Keep a gratitude journal – direct your gratitude toward a different person each time you write in your journal.
  • Be careful what you say – is your speech positive and constructive? Do you talk about the gifts you have in your life rather than what you do not have?
  • Take a few minutes each night and review the day, find something that was good, beautiful or made you smile – write it down? You will sleep much better!




  • Drink green tea.
  • Exercise.
  • Go for a walk.
  • Aromatherapy.
  • Write out your thoughts.
  • Eat chocolate.



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