Struggling during COVID – 19?

Teddy in the window

How are you feeling as the bears disappear out of the windows?  

How do you lift your mood on your walk, now that the rainbow chalk in your neighbours driveway that once brightened your day hasn’t been replaced after it rained last?

Teddy in the window

To be honest, the first part of isolation due to COVID – 19 was held together with the feeling of connection by counting “Bears in the Window” and rainbow chalk drawing in our local area. 

These “small” events gave our family a sense of belonging and connection to our fellow man. The time brought rise to the saying, “we are all in this together”, and the reality of isolation inspired the title of Unity Studios latest art exhibition, “Together: apART”. 

For me, each day has had it’s ups and downs. My family has been largely unaffected by the crisis, and so we have come to somewhat enjoy our isolation. Despite the heartache and compassion we feel for others suffering in this time. 

The necessary isolation was dubbed, “homelife” by a member of the Unity Studios family. This was indeed a more positive way to describe and discuss isolation to youngsters, calling isolation, homelife instead. This terminology was adopted by our mentors and many families who belong at Unity Studios. 

Why? Why has it been so important to be selective around our language at this time? 

The answer can be found by exploring the revised version of “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs”.

Believe it or not; the bears in the windows, the rainbow chalk on driveways and footpaths, bin outing movement, viral tiktok dances and trends, ANZAC Day, drive by birthday celebrations, ZOOM meetings, facetime and calls with family and friends are the things that have gotten us through as a society. 

Without these community driven happenings, we would potentially not feel belonging and love, feeding our social needs. Humans on the most part are wired for connection and geared toward social interaction. Not addressing social needs makes it impossible to achieve esteem needs such as, managerial responsibility; ordering the day to day runnings of our lives or cognitive needs such as grasping knowledge and meaning. 

So when you ask yourself why can’t I get my stuff together? The answer lies below – 

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

You cannot expect to successfully manage the day to day running of your life, assimilate new information and learn if you are first not addressing your biological/physiological, safety needs and your social needs. 

The devastating impact of COVID- 19, has us for the most part, spending most of our time and energy on addressing our biological/physiological and safety needs. 

Once these needs are met, we can get about attending to our social needs and perhaps even move up to the higher needs that involve feeling confident, learning, appreciating beauty/feeling gratitude. 

It would be unrealistic to expect everyone right now to reach self actualisation; to realise their personal potential or further; transcendence to help others achieve self actualisation.


For this reason, it needs to be said, look after your basic needs, stay connected to your fellow man and measure your expectations of yourself at this time. 

I will leave you with this gem of a quote that has gone viral by Melissa, at  

“Look how much you’ve already managed to adapt to. Look how resilient you’ve already been. There’s no “right” way to respond to this because it’s never, ever happened before. Give yourself some credit. There’s no one in the whole world who has this figured out yet. So it’s absolutely okay if you don’t either”. ~ Mellow Doodles

Mellow Doodles

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Other source used to write this blog – CT2 Paper 1 – Maslow Hierarchy of Needs

S McLeod – Simply psychology, 2007 –

Create Your Own Planning Jar

Planning Jar


Planning Jar

COVID – 19 has been a challenging time for everyone.

While we are “all in this together”, we are all having unique experiences dealing with being in isolation, or what many of the participants at Unity Studios have come to know as “homelife”.

We are all missing parts of our lives we used to have. It is important to acknowledge what we are missing and feel the emotions these realisations bring.

To put an even further positive spin on these emotions, we are encouraging you to create your own planning jar for you or your family. This planning jar validates what you are missing and helps you realise that one day you will get to do what you miss again.

What is a planning jar? 

A planning jar has a very similar idea to a gratitude jar. The difference is that instead of putting in the things you are grateful for, you put in the things that you are looking forward to doing. 

Every time you think of something that you wish you could do, but can’t at the moment because of staying at home, you can write it on a sheet of paper and put it in the jar. 

This can help remind us that what we are experiencing will finish at some point, and that we have lots of things to look forward to! Then, when life returns to normal you can open up your planning jar and work through your pieces of paper, doing all the things that you missed and had hoped to do. 

Ready to start your planning jar? 

  1. Find a jar you would like to use. 

  2. Label your jar Planning

  3. Gather a pen and paper to put near your jar. You might like to use post it notes, a notebook with pages that tear out or cut up pieces of paper to the size of your choice. 

  4. That’s it – you are ready to go! You can fill your jar whenever you need.

Thank you to Rebecca Innes, one of our Primary Teacher/Mentors for putting together this activity!

If you are struggling with isolation and would like to book a mentoring sessions via ZOOM with us at Unity Studios Online, please get in touch by emailing us at [email protected] or calling our Director, Cass Jensen, on 0466580175

The Importance of Learning Touch Typing

Hot Keys Touch Typing

A Word from the Wise

I am a 16 year old. Last semester, I completed a Science experiment focused on typing. Through the process I discovered how important typing is. I discovered others had a higher words per minute rate than me. This led me to realise that those people would definitely be at an advantage when it came to work rate and getting computer based tasks completed.

I discovered that I had developed some bad typing habits that were not helping me. These were, looking at the keyboard when I shouldn’t, using only 4 fingers and not 9 – 10 as I should.

I realised while completing that assignment that most people my age have no idea how to touch type and they have no idea how important it is to learn how to type properly.

The advantages to touch typing are –

* It is a life skill that we use daily (we don’t even realise that we use it daily)

*It helps get better results with homework and assessments due to a faster work rate and workflow

*It is more enjoyable to touch type and therefore motivates me to work

*It is a skill that you can constantly improve on over many years

*It teaches a disciplined approach, as in you have to dedicate yourself to the process of getting better

*It is a great skill for the future where many jobs require lots of typing or time spent in front of a computer single everyday

*Learning touch typing can be fun and relaxing

*It is very rewarding seeing your improvements over time

*Long assignments can become much more fun, taking some boredom out of the task

*Build muscle memory and hand and finger strength

*It’s better to touch type so that you don’t damage your hands, fingers and wrist as the keyboard is ergonomically designed for touch typing making it easier.

Touch typing is a great skill which is prominently used in today’s modern workforce, and is commonly required for employment. This is because it increases work productivity as it is a faster, safer and more enjoyable way to work. I would encourage all people my age to learn touch typing.

~ Adam Latz

#hotkeys #unitystudios #touchtyping #keyboardorientation

Get in touch with us today to learn about how we incorporate Touch Typing into our programming at Unity Studios! 

Call us on 0466 580 175 or email [email protected]

Gaming Unplugged Term 3 2019


Gaming Unplugged has arrived at the Lower Mountains Neighbourhood Centre! Every Friday through the school term, from 3 to 5pm, kids aged from 9-19 have the opportunity to play their favourite board games with like minded friends and peers.

The ‘unplugged’ component of the program of course means no devices or screens. This means strictly the good old fashioned technology of cardboard and dice, paper money, mystery cards, tokens, spinners and an array of pieces of all shapes and sizes – but with plenty of strategy, tactics (use of the grey matter!) and fun thrown in. 

If you are a nostalgic parent who wants your child to play the ‘old’ way (with the added bonus of getting them out of the house and socialising with other kids), or have a child who’s siblings won’t play board games with them at home (our issue!) then Gaming Unplugged is for you. We have all the old classics to the latest trends, with over 35 games to choose from, and for all age groups. You can even have your child bring in their own game, so feel free  to encourage this if their favourite is not on the list below (playing subject to a quick supervisor check of the content naturally).

For the creative kids (and future board game designers) there is also an option to make and play their own game. 

We feel the timing of the program is convenient straight after the primary school pickup and also enough time for the high school kids to get there for a good hour and a half of play before home for dinner.

Afternoon tea is provided, and all for a cost of $20 a term. New kids can have a trial for the first session to decide if it’s for them. You can also join mid term, just paying the balance for the number of weeks left. 

If you want to know more or have any questions at all please call Gavin on 0447 752 111 or simply turn up on the day with your child to check it out.

We are located in the Sharon Burridge Hall, at the Lower Mountains Neighbourhood centre (where Blaxland Library is), 33 Hope Street, Blaxland. Parking is available off Short Street.

Current Games include: Rise to Power, Coup, Jaipur, Quantum, Brass, Star Wars – Outer Rim, Pandemic – the cure, Keyforge, Dice throne, Tic tax two, Scrabble, UNO, Monopoly junior, Monopoly cheaters edition, Payday, Chess (American Civil War, Harry Potter and Traditional versions), Lord of the Rings, Soccer Dice, Bounce off, Catch phrase, Panic Attack, Kingdom Quest, Star Wars Guessing Game, Head Banz, Twenty questions, Cranium, Dominos, Pick up sticks, Jack straws, What’s the Word, Say what you See, Luck plus, Ratuki & Quoit.

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