Tame your inner critic
Healthy Lifestyle
May 13, 2021

Are you too hard on yourself? Here’s how to stop

We all have that voice in our heads: the one that pushes us to work harder, do better, achieve more. Unfortunately, for many of us that inner voice can go into overdrive. It’s like a part of you that is just never satisfied with your accomplishments. Maybe you constantly feel your work is not good enough, you cannot take compliments, or you overthink every single mistake you ever make. In psychology, we often refer to this as your “Inner Critic”, and it can be emotionally draining to walk around with these self-berating thoughts on a loop in your head. Why…
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Is a busy mind keeping you awake?
Healthy Lifestyle
May 13, 2021

Worrying keeping you awake at night?

Lying awake at night with a head full of worries is something most people have experienced at least once in their life. There are worries about work, worries about family, worries about finances, and then of course worries about COVID-19. Worries about whether things will ever go back to normal and worries about how it is going to affect work, family and finances. Whether its thoughts of a stressful work situation, a parent meeting at school, growing debt, or a pandemic, worrying at night can make drifting off to dreamland both tricky and frustrating. Why do worries keep you awake?…
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Be your best
Healthy Lifestyle
May 13, 2021

Productivity dwindling? Try “sweatworking”

When you hear the word “exercise”, its natural to think of the physical benefits: the stronger heart, the lower blood pressure, the six pack abs and, of course, the active wear! There is no doubt that exercise has numerous physical benefits, but it also produces a more powerful mental and emotional state. And this benefit is felt almost immediately (certainly sooner than developing that 6 pack anyway). The link between physical exercise and mental performance There is a direct link between how active you are and your brain power, and nowhere is this relationship more important than when you are…
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Build better relationships at work
Healthy Lifestyle
May 13, 2021

How to build better relationships at work

How much time do you spend at work? Most of us spend at least 5 days a week in an office, on a site, shop or other working space. On average, that adds up to 90,000 hours at work over a lifetime! That is about a third of your lifetime. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that our colleagues play a key role in our lives. Seeing that we interact with people at work for about a third of our lives, how can we cultivate more nourishing, engaging, mutually enjoyable relationships? Working better together Communicate openly and honestly Communication…
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Natural ways to build up your immune-system.
ColdsFluInfections
April 7, 2021

Preventing the flu naturally this winter

The flu is not anything to sneeze at. It kills about 10,000 people of five years and older each year in South Africa. While that’s a relatively small number compared with the past year’s COVID-19 deaths, it’s still a heavy toll. Comparing COVID-19 and the flu  Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a new coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2), and flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses. Like SARS-CoV-2, flu is transmitted by hitching a lift on droplets from the upper respiratory tract, and by…
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Preventing the flu naturally this winter
Healthy Lifestyle
April 7, 2021

How to maintain a healthy immune system

The idea that you can boost your immune system is appealing – pop a pill in the morning and become bulletproof to all nasty bugs and germs? What’s not to love? As great as that sounds, the concept of “boosting” your immune system is a little more complicated. Immunity 101: its all about balance You can read about all the ins and outs of the immune system here, but in a nutshell, your immune system works to recognise and identify an infection or injury in the body. This causes an immune response, with the goal of restoring normal function. Often…
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Defences faltering? - 5 Warning signs that your body’s defences are down
Healthy Lifestyle
April 7, 2021

5 Warning signs that your body’s defences are down

As we trade our t-shirts for sweaters and our shades for scarfs, we are all bracing for another chilly winter. You may also be reaching for those vitamins and smoothies to boost your immunity. Say yes to cosy evenings. Say no to colds and flu. However, while we are all informed that we need to ‘boost our immune system’ and ‘get vaccinated’, each person is different. How do you even know if your immune system needs a boost? Can you measure how strong your body’s defences are? Some of us may have such a weak immunity that we are constantly…
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Love & Relationship
February 26, 2021

“It’s my right!” But are you hurting someone?

On 21 March, we will be celebrating Human Rights Day in South Africa. It is a time for us to reflect on our individual human rights, and – more importantly – to consider how we can support others to bring these ideas into reality. In other words, a reminder to embrace the spirit of “Ubuntu”, I am because you are. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu believes this is what defines us as a society: “We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole world,” he…
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Love & Relationship
February 25, 2021

How your neighbours can help build a better future

Despite the heartache, loneliness, and sadness that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it, there have also been stories of love, hope and happiness. In fact, as ironic as it sounds, the pandemic has brought many people and communities closer together. Helping heroes As the pandemic sunk its teeth into South Africa, local heroes stepped up to the challenge. Sandra Tshisa, for example, worried about the children in her street going hungry, so started to cook for them from her own kitchen in Khayelitsha. From helping a handful of neighbours at the start of the pandemic in March, she was…
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Love & Relationship
February 25, 2021

Say NO. And don’t feel bad about it

With just 2 letters to its name, the word NO is so simple and easy, yet it can be a surprisingly difficult word to say out loud. The truth is, saying NO does not have to be hard, or make you feel guilty, especially when you’re saying it for the sake of your health. No-one can argue that life isn’t overwhelming at the moment. In addition to worrying about COVID-19, there are all those other “normal” things that cause stress. The deadlines, the commitments, the financial worries, the family responsibilities… and the list goes on. If your plate is piled…
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