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.Read More
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...Read More
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.Read More
January 23, 2019
Practise breathing to improve your health
Breathing is an automatic process driven by the part of your brain that controls other life-sustaining functions like your heartbeat and sleeping patterns. Learning to breathe correctly can benefit your immune system by optimising oxygenation; the addition of oxygen in your body. It can also help to lower your blood pressure, reduce stress and balance your nervous system. By paying careful attention to your breathing and breathing at a different pace, it is possible to engage different parts of the brain. Controlled breathing A 2017 study found that controlling your breathing calms your brain. Researchers stumbled on the neural circuit…Read More
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…Read More
July 16, 2018
Nauseous after eating? Here’s why
You’ve just finished a delicious meal and while it’s hit the spot, you’re starting to feel sick. Urgh. Why are you feeling nauseous? Your digestive system is a collection of organs that work together to break down what you eat or drink. When you eat, the food is digested and the nutrients are turned into energy. The process begins in your mouth when you chew and the food is broken down to be swallowed. Food travels down your food pipe and then to the stomach and intestines. Any problems during these processes may cause nausea after eating. Food poisoning If…Read More
February 28, 2018
The dark side of anti-anxiety medication
It’s normal to worry and feel stressed, but if you worry to an extent where it consumes your thoughts, making you constantly anxious, you might be suffering from an anxiety disorder. Anxiety is a term for a group of disorders that cause nervousness, fear, and worrying. It affects how you feel and behave and you may experience physical symptoms like a pounding heart, headaches, sweating, an upset stomach and muscle tension. Anxiety can range from mild to severe. Mild anxiety is unsettling and it’s possible to cope, but severe anxiety affects your day-to-day living, filling your life with endless worry.…Read More
January 8, 2018
Is it a panic attack – or a heart attack?
Pounding heart, shortness of breath, sweating, fear of losing control or of dying. Sound familiar? These are some of the typical symptoms of a panic attack and a heart attack. So how do you know the difference!? Panic attack Heart attack Symptoms usually peak after 10 mins. The pain lasts more than 5 minutes and the pain doesn’t affect the breathing. Pain is concentrated in the chest, and fluctuates: rising & falling. People describe the pain during a heart attack as constricting. The intensity of the pain can change. As a rule, the pain appears in the center of the chest and can move downward along the left arm and along the back. The pain…Read More