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The power of words
Healthy Lifestyle
July 28, 2021

Are you degrading women, without realising it?

Those 20 000 women who marched to the Union Buildings on 8 August 1956, protesting against apartheid, knew this to be true. Thanks to them, and countless other voices, we now live in a world where there is more equality and freedom than 50 years ago. Thanks to these women who understood the power of their voice, and the power of their words. But the opposite is also true. Most of the on-going experience of sexism, racism and other forms of prejudice is sourced in unconscious responses. We don’t even realise how our voice and our words affect others. Here…
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Preventing parenting panic
Healthy Lifestyle
July 28, 2021

Keeping your child safe from harm

Isn’t parenting the most fulfilling job in the world? Seeing your little one grow up in front of your very eyes, with their cute smiles, hugs and boundless energy. It’s quite incredible to realise that this little person is here – all because of you. But parenting is also the hardest job in the world, leading to sleepless nights - not just when your 2-year old wakes you for a glass of water, but because of all the worry. The world is a dangerous place, and if you let yourself go down the worry-wormhole of “what could go wrong”, you’ll…
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Love your age
Healthy Lifestyle
July 28, 2021

How women can embrace ageing in a youth-obsessed world

When was the last time you saw an advert selling a pro-ageing face-cream? Even though ageing is the most natural part of life, we live in a world that is aggressively anti-ageing. In fact, “anti-ageing” has become an entire industry dedicated to promote, sell and obsess over how young you look. It’s natural to want to look healthy, radiant and attractive, but the beauty-industry has created unhealthy obsessions amongst women: young people obsessing over every wrinkle, and older people feeling marginalized and cast out.
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Successful Women
Healthy Lifestyle
July 28, 2021

Women are successful in their own right

Traditional gender norms suggest that men are naturally strong and assertive, while women are the nurturers and care givers. Despite significant progress in the field of gender equality, traditional gender roles in the workplace, and elsewhere in life, can be difficult to shake. Women are often told to “man-up” to become more successful. While it’s true that anyone who wants to be successful must be robust, tenacious and tough, women don’t need to buy into the idea that they need to mimic men to achieve their own success.
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Finding light in the darkness
Healthy Lifestyle
June 23, 2021

Finding light in the darkness

Start your day by scrolling through your Newsfeed and you’ll probably have at least 10 reasons to roll over and hide under the covers. There’s lots of suffering and struggle in the world, not to mention your personal challenges. Although you can reduce your exposure to news of suffering (actually don’t start your day with your newsfeed), suffering is still inevitable.
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Respect your body.
Healthy Lifestyle
June 23, 2021

Respect your body. It’s the only one you have

It’s safe to say we’ve all been there, you are tired, so you skip making dinner and eat an unhealthy snack instead. You have a night out with friends and skip the gym the next morning. When work piles up, the first thing that suffers is sleep. The problem is, the more often this happens, the more your health is affected.
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Respect - Hello Doctor Newsletter- July
Healthy LifestyleMental & Emotional Health
June 23, 2021

Cultivating self-respect through gratitude

R.E.S.P.E.C.T! Yes, it’s a well-known song and a word often used when it comes to teaching children how to interact with adults, but there is more to it than just being a catchy tune. Respect is effectively the glue that holds relationships together. It can be defined as “esteem for, or a sense of the worth, or excellence of a person, a personal quality, or ability”. Without respect, interpersonal relationships are filled with conflict and dissatisfaction. When we don’t respect others, they are unlikely to respect us. But perhaps more importantly, if we don’t respect ourselves, how can we expect others…
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Giving is good for you
Healthy Lifestyle
June 3, 2021

Building your community to enrich everyone

You know that warm, fuzzy feeling you get when you do something for someone else? Turns out those feelings do more than just making you feel fuzzy; they have a significant impact on your health. Yes, the idea that giving to others can be good for your health and happiness might feel like a bit of a stretch. But a growing body of scientific research shows exactly that. It is now clear that doing good for others, without any expectation of reward, improves your physical and mental health, and may even help you live longer.
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Can playing soccer help you become president?
Healthy Lifestyle
June 3, 2021

Can playing soccer help you become president?

Whether you are a seasoned pro, or a weekend warrior, there is a lot to love about sport. The great outdoors, the adrenaline, the competition… the winning! It seems strange to think that there may be a connection between sport and leadership, but not only does that connection exist, it’s a lot stronger than you might think. To be a successful sportsman requires more than just skills with a ball. Successful athletes recognize the importance of teamwork and trust, they know how to deal with adversity and conflict, and they know how to think strategically and shift course when necessary.
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Where to find support if you are being abused
Healthy Lifestyle
June 3, 2021

Where to find support if you are being abused

Not all abuse is physical. It may be easier to see the bruises to someone’s face, arms and legs, but the wounds dealt to someone’s heart is just as real – and can be worse. Unfortunately, lockdown, where family members were stuck at home 24/7, has led to an escalation of physical and emotional abuse. Sadly, many abusive relationships start ‘normal’, with a lot of romance. After abuse couples might even have ‘good times’ when they both convince themselves that the violence is over. But just because there’s no storm raging ‘right now’, that doesn’t mean that it won’t come…
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