Improv helps anxiety relief says new study
“People with anxiety a lot of times are either thinking about the past, or they’re thinking about the future,” Megan Hastings, an improv student told website Freethink. Freethink.com documented the adventure of Stephanie Azzaline and other students who signed up for the 8-week course - a mixture of group therapy sessions (led by two licensed clinicians with improv experience), with actual improv training and performances led by instructors at one of the world’s premier comedy clubs, Second City. The idea, which came to life at Second City a couple of years ago, was to create a support network which would help bolster the confidence of members, both teens and college students, stuck in anxiety’s grasp. A scientific study had proved the idea to be sound. After a short-term clinical study involving 32 patients, researchers in Illinois concluded that intervention using improvisational comedy exercises may provide a strong and efficient treatment for patients with anxiety and depression. Click on the photo below to read more about this exciting initiative.
White sports lecturers learning how to make their classrooms less racist
Lecturers Michael Hobson and Stuart Whigham who teach Sports Sociology speak out about the nuances needed for lecturing about sports: "We’ve realised that when discussions of race are framed purely as lecture content, they become disassociated from individuals’ lived experiences. Too often, as “liberal” white academics, we can be guilty of discussing racist incidents in sport without considering how our day-to-day behaviours contribute to a culture which can disadvantage others who do not share our privilege." There is also a call for universities to create more inclusive spaces for Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) students. Jessica Ennis, pictured below, and other sports legends such as Serena Williams have brought to attention the topic of racial discrimination in sport, drawing on their own experiences. Indeed, the fact that BAME students in sport are overwhelmingly taught about race by white lecturers, who lack the experience of structural inequalities present in sport, higher education and wider society, is in itself an illustration of the self-perpetuating inequality in modern universities. Click on the photo below to read more on the effects of white privilege in sport and academia.
'Not easy': Serena Williams shared a candid photo revealing what it's like being a mum and a professional athlete
Tennis legend Serena Williams has shared an intimate photo of herself with her daughter Alexis, aged 2. Serena stated that she is "in awe" of other working mums. Serena has always been transparent surrounding the challenges of balancing work and family, trying to shine a spotlight on the obstacles women face when it comes to balancing home life and work. She reveals: “It’s totally normal to feel like I’m not doing enough for my baby. We have all been there." She also stated in the photo caption, “I am not sure who took this picture but working and being a mum is not easy, I am often exhausted, stressed, and then I go play a professional tennis match. We keep going." The tennis pro has made further strides in helping working mothers by recently joining The Mom Project, a platform that connects mothers with employment opportunities. Williams has taken on the role of Strategic Advisor. “It doesn’t matter whether you’re a team of one or 100,000; if you’re hiring, are you considering hiring mums?” Serena said in a press release. Click on the photo below to read more about how Serena handles her own work-life balance.