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meditation

Mental & Emotional Health
February 20, 2020

Struggling with a stutter? Here’s what you can do.

Do you repeat or prolong words, syllables or phrases? Stuttering, also known as stammering, is a speech disorder where there’s an interruption of the normal flow of speech. A stutter can take on many different patterns.
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Brain and Nervous System
January 23, 2019

How to boost your attention for better performance

The best way to power through any task or goal is to understand your brain's limitations and figure out ways to work around them. Your friends may work well with music in the background, but for you, it could be a distraction. Perhaps a quiet room works best and helps you concentrate. There are a few tips and tricks to help you develop excellent concentration and focusing skills; which is what will help you learn and perform better. Like any activity, concentration takes practice. If you want to be good at something, you must practise…. and you know what they…
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Healthy Lifestyle
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…
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Healthy Lifestyle
November 13, 2017

How to start your morning like a champ

Whether you jump out of bed, raring for the day, or do more of a slow “Meh..” shuffle into the shower… your mornings can improve tremendously. Learning to wake up better will go a long way in setting your mood for the day, and your life. Smile it out Roll out of bed and give yourself the biggest brightest smile in the mirror. Scientists say that smiling releases happy chemicals – so a big smile first thing is sure to get you in the mood. Even if you don't feel like it, the muscles of smiling will still affect your…
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Mental & Emotional Health
September 8, 2017

Treat stress, anxiety and depression with Mindfulness

Maybe someone mentioned mindfulness to you, and you were curious. But then, they said “meditation”, and your eyes glazed over. We get it. Meditation sounds like something that only certain religions, yogis and health-nuts practice. So what does it have to do with science, health and your wellbeing? What is mindfulness? Think of your mind as having different 'states' of functioning: sleep-state, focus-state, 'zoning out'-state, creative-state, stress-state, relax-state, and so on. The mindfulness-state is just another state of mind. The reason mindfulness has become so popular recently, is that scientists have discovered that this state of mind can help people…
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Mental & Emotional Health
January 27, 2017

Hack your self-critical mind and get unstuck

By Dr. Albert Viljoen This article is not for everyone. What works for one person, may not work for the next, and we each have our own unique challenges. It will form part of a series, though, so — if this doesn’t speak to you, I’m sure you’ll find something useful in the upcoming weeks. Who should read this: If you answer “Yes” to most, or all of these statements, this is definitely for you:     “I tend to be too hard on myself / self-critical.”     “I am someone who wants to make a difference in the world.”     “I have this…
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