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mental and emotional health

Love & Relationship
May 3, 2019

Here’s how to make friends as an introvert

Many introverts end up lonely because they’d rather avoid social situations that make them feel stressed out. If you’re an introverted student, don’t worry. There are ways that you can make friends without attending a party.
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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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Men's Health
April 8, 2019

Why you should wake up with an erection

A nocturnal penile tumescence (spontaneous erection) happens to men of all ages, even babies, but it has nothing to do with sexual stimulation. In fact, having a morning erection could actually help you assess your health.
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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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Love & Relationship
March 19, 2019

How to get over your ex – according to science

For most people, a break-up usually involves some degree of pain and shock. Strategies for getting over your ex can range from listening to your favourite song for weeks on end, or hopping on to a dating app to perk yourself up with a rebound. While those may bring you short-term satisfaction, science offers some other solutions.
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Love & Relationship
January 23, 2019

Help for emotional abuse

Your significant other has never hit or shouted at you, so why do they make you feel so bad all the time? It may be emotional abuse. From black-and-blue bruises to cuts and grazes, physical abuse leaves behind easy-to-spot traces. But the effects of emotional abuse can be harder to identify, and knowing when its happening to you is often trickier. Like physical abuse, emotional abuse refers to an attempt to control another person. Although there isn’t any physical harm, emotions are the abuser’s weapon of choice. There’s a misconception that emotional abuse only involves your partner shouting or swearing…
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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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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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