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Mental & Emotional Health

Mental & Emotional Health
May 13, 2019

Do you harm or cut yourself? There’s help

It may be hard to understand if you don’t cut yourself, but self-harm and cutting is often used as a way of coping with problems. If you or a friend struggle with self-harm, there is help available.
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Grief and LossMental & Emotional Health
May 3, 2019

Preparing for the death of a loved one

They say two things are inevitable; death and taxes. But while you could (but shouldn’t) cheat the taxman, no-one can cheat death. Often, however, families are unprepared for the death of a loved one. Even if you don't want to think about it, it's important to be ready for the inevitable.
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Mental & Emotional Health
May 3, 2019

Mental illness: Join the fight to break the stigma!

A mental illness is tough to handle, and even more so with daily commitments like work, university and home life. And then, there are the stigmas surrounding the issue. Common stigmas include that all people with schizophrenia are violent and that depression is just something people can snap out of. Both of which are not true...
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DepressionMental & Emotional Health
May 2, 2019

Stop the downward spiral back into depression

After going through the difficult process of recovering from depression, it can be worrying to suspect your symptoms are creeping in again. Feeling down and out (sometimes) is a normal part of life. But if you have ongoing feelings like this, for longer than two weeks, to the extent that it affects your work or social life, you may be at risk for a relapse.
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AnxietyMental & Emotional Health
April 8, 2019

Is your anxiety linked to your gut health?

Most of us don’t pay much attention to the microorganisms that live in and on our bodies. Yet, these miniscule bugs play an interesting role in keeping us healthy. If you live with anxiety or any other mental health conditions, controlling the balance of microorganisms in your digestive system could potentially help improve your symptoms.
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Mental & Emotional Health
March 19, 2019

How your body creates its own drugs

Ever notice how good you feel after eating a piece of chocolate? How about that “high” after a great workout?  It turns out, your body can create hormones that work just like drugs - only better...
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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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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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