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Child DevelopmentParenting
October 22, 2018

10 Tips to keep your kids happy this holiday

Kids look forward to the holidays all year long. Amid all the fun and merriment, keep their brains exercised and engaged. Here are a few ways to prevent the summer brain drain. 1. Switch off the TV and go live This holiday, give the television a break too. Instead, take your kids to watch theatre shows or outdoor concerts. Live shows teach children the value of audience participation and boost their confidence. Introducing them to different forms of storytelling (other than movies) is also good for their cognitive development. 2. Get out! Encourage your kids to play outside. Set up…
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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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Skin
October 22, 2018

Is it safe to use a tanning bed?

That golden, tanned skin is quite covetable, yes. But is it worth the harm to your skin, even if you get it via a sunbed? A tan is your body’s attempt to protect itself from the damaging effects of harmful UV rays - and with good reason. Sunbeds are tanning machines that release ultraviolet (UV) rays close to your skin. The nearness means that the UV rays can stimulate the production of melanin in your skin, which is what enables your skin to tan. Risky skin business Sunbeds emit bigger doses of ultraviolet rays (UV) rays than the sun does…
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Skin
November 13, 2017

Keep your skin tone even this summer

You’re ready for lazy days at the beach, hikes with the gang and all the fun in the sun you can stand. Spare a thought for your skin, though. Don’t let the sun leave you with nasty side-effects. Skin colour and tone Your skin colour comes from a substance called melanin. People with more melanin than others have darker skin. Pale skin has less melanin. It’s interesting to note that we all have the same number of cells that manufacture melanin, but how much your body makes depends on genetics. The sun has an effect on melanin. When you’re out…
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Recipes
November 13, 2017

Taste the summer with these smoothie bowl recipes

Move over, smoothies! Smoothie bowls are the new healthy additions to summer breakfasts. These treats are dense, filling and packed with antioxidants and vital nutrients. Get out your blender and prepare to indulge. A Bowl of goodness Just like smoothies, smoothie bowls are packed with antioxidants, which ensure you’re getting a dose of fruity fibre in your diet. But as they’re served in a bowl, the consistency is denser, making for a hearty breakfast that’s delicious enough to be a dessert. Smoothie bowls also help you steer clear of the usual carbs like sugary cereals, granola and bread. Get the…
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First Aid, Accidents & Injuries
November 9, 2017

Save a life this summer with these first aid tips

The holidays make for fun times, but all that merriment, alcohol and lowered inhibitions can lead to scary situations. This may not give you a qualification as a paramedic, but these tips can help you be a little more prepared for an emergency. If someone’s having a convulsion Lay the person on the ground, away from dangerous objects. Don't try to restrain them. Loosen their clothing if necessary. Never place anything in their mouth! When it’s over, keep them on their side with their head down to allow easy breathing and prevent choking. If someone’s having an asthma attack An…
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Food & nutrition
October 27, 2017

Avoid overindulging this Christmas

Tables groaning with meatloaf, glossy hams swimming in gravy, steaming pudding doused in brandy, gallons of liqueurs – no wonder most people gain weight (fast!) over the festive season. Here are some ways to avoid turning into a Santa Clause replica - complete with beer-belly and wobbly cheeks. 1. Have a wholesome breakfast Kick off each morning with a high-fibre, protein-rich breakfast to keep you satisfied throughout the day. Wholewheat toast with smoked salmon and scrambled eggs is a healthy, filling choice and will give you the energy you need to tackle the lines at the mall and get that…
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DepressionMental & Emotional Health
October 24, 2017

Don’t let the holidays get you down

Not everyone feels happy and festive during Christmas season. We get that. The holidays can be hard. For those without big families or a bustling social life, days stretching on endlessly can make you want to curl up into a ball and just sleep away the season. We’re not saying you need to be the life of the party. But you can enjoy the holidays with a few small adjustments to suit your state of mind. Plan a small activity every other day The thought of filling up your calendar chock full of parties can be overwhelming. No need for…
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