Tips for a kinder festive season
Healthy Lifestyle
November 25, 2021

Tips for a kinder festive season

It’s been a stressful year. In fact, it’s been a stressful two years! As we head into the holiday season, it’s important to take the time to not only reflect on a turbulent 2021, but also to focus on finding ways to slow down. Christmas decorations, shopping madness, carols on repeat, and general end-of-year craziness, can take their toll, often leaving you feeling overwhelmed and exhausted.
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Do your words need some work?
Healthy Lifestyle
November 25, 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.
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How we are winning against this disease
Healthy Lifestyle
November 25, 2021

HIV/Aids: How we are winning against this disease

We’ve come a long way since HIV/Aids first showed up in South Africa in 1982. Unfortunately, due to a complex political history, we only really started addressing the problem in the mid-90s when South Africa already had the largest population of HIV-positive people in the world.
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An attack on the vulnerable is an attack on the social heart of us all
Healthy Lifestyle
October 27, 2021

An attack on the vulnerable is an attack on the social heart of us all

Act to seek out such suffering - it may be hiding in that very women or child in front of you. Fear and pain are hidden within victims of violence. They often tend to remain silent about their shame, pain and fear. They are likely to be all around; in a meeting, queueing in the canteen, or rubbing shoulders in a taxi. So reach out with kindness and love - you may prevent a trauma, even save a life, and help restore hope and belief in life.
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Are your testes your besties?
Healthy Lifestyle
October 27, 2021

Are your testes your besties? Here’s why they should be

At his peak, Lance Armstrong was considered one of the greatest athletes of his time. He was fit, healthy, ate well, slept well, didn’t smoke, didn’t drink, and obviously spent a lot of time in nature. Yet in 1996 he was diagnosed with advanced testicular cancer. Armstrong may have fallen from grace following his doping confession, but his cancer diagnosis put the spotlight firmly on the idea that cancer really can happen to anyone.
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How to be a ‘stand-up’ guy
Healthy Lifestyle
October 27, 2021

How to be a ‘stand-up’ guy: the antidote to violence.

Since we were small, we men have been conditioned to swallow our feelings. You’re not allowed to cry when you’re sad - because it’s not ‘manly’. You shouldn’t be angry, because that’s ‘dangerous’. With all these judgements about how they feel, men often end up repressing and denying their emotions. Until one day when they can’t hold it in anymore, and plates go flying around the house.
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The brain-gut connection
Healthy Lifestyle
September 28, 2021

The brain-gut connection

If you’ve ever ‘...gone with your gut’ to make a decision, or felt ‘butterflies in your stomach’ when nervous, you’re likely getting signals from an unexpected source: your second brain. Hidden in the walls of the digestive system, this ‘brain in your gut’ is revolutionizing our understanding of the links between digestion, mood, health, and even the way you think.
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Mental illness is not a choice
Healthy Lifestyle
September 28, 2021

We are all a little mental – let’s break the stigma

Ever wondered what the most burdensome disease is in the world today? According to the World Health Organization, the disease that robs the most adults of the most years of productive life is not AIDS, not heart disease, not cancer. It is depression. As with many conditions, mental health is widely misunderstood.
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Don’t suffer in silence
Healthy Lifestyle
September 28, 2021

How to ask for help when you’re feeling down

When was the last time you said these three words? All of us need some support during our lives here. Help is sometimes practical – like moving furniture or carrying grocery-bags. At other times, all you want is a hug, or some emotional support. Although it’s normal to need and ask for support, many of us can find it hard to do so: especially when it comes to our mental health.
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Dos and don’ts of depression support
Healthy Lifestyle
August 30, 2021

Do’s and don’ts of depression support

In 2020, the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) received well over three hundred thousand calls asking for help and support – that’s more than three times the capacity of the FNB stadium.
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