Welcome from Professor Keith Lloyd
"Out of every challenge comes Opportunity. Here at Swansea University we have responded to every challenge that covid-19 has thrown at us. Welcome to the third edition of Pulse magazine." - Professor Keith Lloyd
May 2022, Vol 03
Welcome - Edition 3
Well being - Mindfulness
“The time between the ages of 11 and 24 is a period of huge change and with that change can come quite unsettling feelings and emotions that are part of normal human experience. One of the most unsettling times is around exam results and what that can do is make you feel really anxious.
Anxiety can present in all sorts of ways. Some people are quite aware that they’re feeling anxious - for example if their heart beats a bit faster - but anxiety can also feel like a knot in your stomach or a lump in your throat and those feelings are almost a human response to what you’re experiencing as a threat, which goes back to quite a primitive ‘fight or flight’ idea.
Often these feelings will just pass but if you’re finding that they’re keeping you up at night or you’re worrying, or it’s affecting if you want to see your friends - that’s when anxiety is getting too much. One of the things you can do is distract yourself - try breathing in and out slowly, make a playlist or do something physical like going for a walk, talking with friends or mindful activities like colouring.
The important thing to remember is that all things pass. If you’re worried about your results give us a call as we have people here to help you. Just talking your options through can really help to clear your mind” - Professor Ann John
Professor Ann Johns research focuses on people's mental health.
Exploring Global Problems
Exploring Global Problems is our podcast series, where academics from across the University talk about how their ground-breaking research help tackle a variety of global challenges.
The first series topics include Health Innovation, Climate Change, Green Energy and Human-centred digital technologies. Our contribution to this came from Dr Amira Guirguis whose research has explored the challenges of Novel Psychoactive Substances and how we detect them, our second episode came from Professor Paul Dyson who spoke about his work manipulating the genes of bacteria in order to potentially cure cancer.
Visit our podcast page to listen and subscribe to the series. We hope you enjoy!
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