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mental and emotional health

Love & Relationship
January 23, 2019

Help for emotional abuse

Your significant other has never hit or shouted at you, so why do they make you feel so bad all the time? It may be emotional abuse. From black-and-blue bruises to cuts and grazes, physical abuse leaves behind easy-to-spot traces. But the effects of emotional abuse can be harder to identify, and knowing when its happening to you is often trickier. Like physical abuse, emotional abuse refers to an attempt to control another person. Although there isn’t any physical harm, emotions are the abuser’s weapon of choice. There’s a misconception that emotional abuse only involves your partner shouting or swearing…
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Healthy Lifestyle
January 23, 2019

Practise breathing to improve your health

Breathing is an automatic process driven by the part of your brain that controls other life-sustaining functions like your heartbeat and sleeping patterns. Learning to breathe correctly can benefit your immune system by optimising oxygenation; the addition of oxygen in your body. It can also help to lower your blood pressure, reduce stress and balance your nervous system. By paying careful attention to your breathing and breathing at a different pace, it is possible to engage different parts of the brain. Controlled breathing A 2017 study found that controlling your breathing calms your brain. Researchers stumbled on the neural circuit…
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Mental & Emotional Health
November 30, 2018

Binge eating: indulgence or addiction

For most of us, food plays a central role in our lives. It’s not just to satisfy hunger, but also to celebrate a new birth, mourn death, commemorate marriage and bring people together. Yet, for an increasing number of South Africans, it’s an “addiction”, causing several eating disorders and resulting in more harm than good. One of these disorders is called binge eating disorder (BED), and can lead to being overweight, and a whole host of illnesses. What is Binge Eating Disorder?  Pigging out on pizza on movie night, stuffing ourselves at Christmas, or comforting ourselves with ice cream after…
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Love & Relationship
November 27, 2018

7 steps to a happy marriage

So, you’ve said your vows to your loved one. Now it’s time to fulfil your promises by being the best partner you can be. A happy marriage is not an overnight success; it takes time, commitment and action to keep your relationship strong. Make your marriage work Clinical psychologist and marriage researcher Dr John Gottman and his colleagues studied hundreds of relationships, including both newlyweds and long-term couples. These study participants were interviewed and asked questions about their relationships. During the interviews, video recordings were made of each couple and how they interacted with their partner, while at the same…
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Food & nutrition
October 22, 2018

Can your diet be too healthy?

When you’re following a healthy diet, occasional cheat days where you indulge in your favourite treats are fine, but what happens when you feel guilty every single time you go off plan? Are you a health nut? When you have an eating disorder, you tend to constantly think about what, when and how much you should be eating. Proper nutrition from your diet is more than just a boost of energy and a slim body; it’s for the benefit of your organs and tissues. Healthy food plays a role in your body working efficiently. Fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains,…
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Mental & Emotional Health
October 22, 2018

How to cope with loneliness

The holiday season is a time for family, friends and festivities. But when social media explodes with images of happy families or when your friends leave you behind to visit their loved ones, this time of the year can make some of us feel deeply lonely. It may feel like you can’t shake off the sadness, but there are strategies to keep you from the deep despair of loneliness. You just need to be intentional, and proactive: Address your feelings Pinpoint the thoughts surrounding your loneliness and come up with rational and helpful responses to your feelings. This will help you…
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DepressionMental & Emotional Health
October 22, 2018

Holiday blues getting you down?

Holidays are meant to be a time filled with fun, but for many young students, it can take its toll in unexpected ways. Here are some mindful ways to practise self-care when you’re not coping. Acknowledge your feelings “Holiday blues” are different to clinical depression because they don’t linger and generally clear up once you’re back into the swing of things. Even so, short-term sadness needs to be dealt with. And contrary to popular belief, being on holiday doesn’t mean it’s easier to be happy. Fatigue, sadness, loneliness and frustration are all common signs that you’re suffering from holiday blues. Suppressing…
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AnxietyMental & Emotional HealthUncategorized
August 29, 2018

Do you have an anxiety disorder?

Being worried is absolutely normal, especially when you’re about to take on a big task like exams or rushing to find that lecture room on time. On the other hand, if your worrying causes constant stress, impacts on your social life, and interferes with classes and work, you may need to seek help. If that’s the case, it’s important to know that millions of people suffer with social anxiety disorder. You’re really not alone. It’s equally common in men and women. If left unchecked, it can drive people into a chronic state of nervousness and fear. Normal anxiety Anxiety is…
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Mental & Emotional Health
August 3, 2018

Need more confidence? Here’s how to get it

Picture this. You’ve studied hard for a test and aced it. But a little voice in your head tells you that it’s not good enough because some of your classmates received higher marks. Within seconds, you’ve talked yourself into a slump and all your motivation is gone! If this sounds familiar, you may lack self-confidence, but don’t worry. Many people think that confidence is just “something you have”, but it’s not a fixed quality. The outcome of the thoughts you have about yourself plays a big part in whether you have self-confidence or not. Therefore, if you change your mind about…
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Hormones
July 16, 2018

Under the spotlight: Cortisol

Think of cortisol as your body’s alarm system. It’s the main stress hormone which helps fuel your body’s fight or flight response in emergencies. Cortisol works with certain parts of the brain to help control your mood, motivation and fear responses. What does cortisol do? Triangle-shaped hormones called the adrenal glands make cortisol. Almost every cell in your body has receptors for cortisol, so this means that cortisol is involved in different actions in the body. These include: Managing how your body uses carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Acting as an anti-inflammatory when needed. Regulating your blood pressure. Increasing your blood sugar (glucose). Regulating…
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