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Mental & Emotional Health
July 10, 2017

Make friends for life, not likes

University can be a challenging time. Your high school chapter has ended, and you’re out in the big bad world. You have to learn to be independent, navigate new rules, and fend for yourself. Overwhelming much? A friend who’s in the same boat as you will help in making your experience smoother, more fun, and you may just end up with a friend for life. Good friends, good life A bustling social life is as healthy for you as avoiding cigarettes. Yes really, says a study in the journal, PloS Medicine. Being a first year in university comes with immense…
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DepressionMental & Emotional Health
July 2, 2017

Feeling blue? Your cellphone could be the problem

Your phone is practically an extension of your hand. It’s the first thing you check in the morning and chances are that when you fall asleep, you’re still scrolling away… It’s your watch, your camera, alarm and practically your best friend, all rolled into one! Take a moment though, to consider that your little BFF may actually be doing you harm. Think of all the things you touch in a day, from your computer to food. Every surface contains germs and when you touch, swipe and chat on your phone (numerous times a day!) you’re transferring those germs. Germs of…
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Depression
May 19, 2017

How to help someone who is considering suicide

You’re more likely to kill yourself than to be killed, say the statistics. In South Africa, suicide is the third greatest cause of unnatural death, with approximately six to eight thousand suicides each year. Over 20 suicides and more than 230 attempted suicides are reported daily in the country, says the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG). Why do people commit suicide? Depression is the leading cause for suicide. Depression can make you feel worthless, hopeless, and helpless. The deeper the depression, the more discouraged you feel. And, the more likely you are to consider suicide. According to SADAG,…
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Depression
April 24, 2017

Help your teen with depression

It’s normal for your teenager to feel sad, irritable and overly sensitive from time to time. But if these feelings don't go away or become more intense as time goes on, they may be suffering from depression. Teen depression is more than just moodiness; it’s a serious mental health problem that affects how your teenager thinks, feels and behaves. It can cause considerable distress at school or home, and needs to be treated – and teen depression isn't a sign of weakness. Recognise the signs Depression affects teenagers and adults differently. Symptoms may include: Sadness or hopelessness. Irritability, restlessness or agitation.…
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Healthy LifestyleMental & Emotional Health
December 12, 2016

How to stop being a yes-man

You haven’t had a break all week and your colleague, who spends his time at work dozing off, says he has to leave early again. You want to keep the peace (as you always do), so you just grit your teeth and offer to finish his tasks. You may not see it, but there is a big difference between being a people pleaser and being a nice person. If you are a people pleaser, you will try to make and keep others happy, even at the cost of your own wellbeing. If you are a genuinely nice person, you can…
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Mental & Emotional Health
December 10, 2016

Get over overthinking

You can’t get over the past. Your perceived mistakes and failures are consuming your every waking moment, and you worry about what the future holds. You’re stuck in an overthinking rut, and you don’t know how to get out of it. Say hello to analysis paralysis. Overthinking is not just irritating; it can be harmful to your health. Studies show that thinking too much about everything can have a negative effect on your productivity, lower your performance, kill your creativity, rob you of your willpower, and steal your happiness. In the long run, this can lead to serious emotional distress,…
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Mental & Emotional Health
November 29, 2016

Are you scared more than other people?

Finding a stuffy lift uncomfortable is normal, but taking 10 flights of stairs to avoid taking an empty lift, isn’t. We all have different fears for different reasons, but when these fears interrupt the flow of your daily life, then you may have a phobia. Phobias aren’t just extreme fears, they are irrational fears. If you have a phobia, you may realise that your fears are illogical, but often facing, or even thinking about facing, the feared object or situation brings on a panic attack or severe anxiety. (more…)
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Mental & Emotional Health
August 14, 2016

Don’t become the crazy cat lady!

She makes appearances on The Simpsons, and she’s the joke people make when they’re tired of being single: “Maybe I should buy some cats?” But there’s actually some truth to the Crazy Cat Lady! (more…)
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Mental & Emotional Health
June 28, 2016

Mental illness “monsters”

Strange, yet also familiar - whether it’s Shrek or the Gruffalo, we’ve made friends with colourful monsters! English illustrator Toby Allen puts a face to mental illnesses and conditions by drawing them – he turns them into non-threatening monsters. (more…)
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