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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Lifestyle prescription for a healthy heart
Healthy Lifestyle
August 30, 2021

Lifestyle prescription for a healthy heart

In South Africa, chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure are now responsible for more deaths than HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis combined. Approximately 225 South Africans die from heart disease every day, while around 10 people suffer a stroke every hour!
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How do your emotions affect your health?
Healthy Lifestyle
August 30, 2021

How do your emotions affect your health?

Slow down for a few seconds, tune into your inner experience, and ask yourself: “How am I feeling right now? Sad, angry, happy, hopeful, excited, anxious...?” On an average day, we are often so busy focusing on tasks that we don’t pay attention to our emotions. And yet really, our emotions can actually affect our health.
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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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