Friday, 08 August 2014 00:00

Living in the Now

The concept of ‘living in the now’ or ‘being in the present’ has its roots in Eastern philosophies, but has gained popularity in mainstream western thinking in recent years because of the writings of people such as Eckhart Tolle, Jon Kabat-zinn and many others.

The increasing popularity of the concept – also referred to as ‘mindfulness’ – has quickly promoted its status from an esoteric concept to an abundantly used ‘power-phrase’ in the area of ‘self-help’. Many people are still confused by the concept and don’t fully understand it. So what does ‘living in the now’ actually mean and why and how should introduce it into our lives?

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Friday, 15 November 2013 00:00

Anger Management: Taming the Tiger!

Many people think of anger as a purely ‘negative’ emotion – an emotion that we should not actually allow ourselves to feel. But anger is, in fact, just an emotion - one of a whole range of emotions that we must allow ourselves to feel if we want to experience a rich mental and emotional life.

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Saturday, 01 June 2013 16:04

The Darkness: Teen Suicide Looms

Article as it appeared in Weigh-Less magazine. By Holly Barnes

In South Africa, almost one in 10 teen deaths is a result of suicide, an alarming statistic that you need to be aware of. We share the hidden myths, regrettable causes and eventual consequences of teen suicide – the darkness that surrounds many teenagers daily.

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Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00

Love to Laugh, Laugh to Live

It seems that there really is more than a little truth in the old adage 'laughter is the best medicine'. Scientific studies around the world are continuing to prove that, apart from making us feel good, laughing actually does us good as well – and can actually significantly increase our life span. Pre-school children laugh or smile between 300 and 400 times a day. By the age of 35, this drops to about 18 times. Why have we lost our sense of humour, and what can we do to put more laughter into our lives?

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Saturday, 01 October 2011 00:00

Rebound From Rejection

Article as it appeared in Weigh-Less magazine. By Natasha Liviero

An unwelcomed fixture on the life circuit, rejection affects everyone in some way or form. From friends rebuffing issues close to our hearts, to lovers ending relationships and bosses declining deserved promotions ... life often draws more rejection than acceptance!

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Thursday, 01 April 2010 14:18

The Stress Bailout-Package

Article as it appeared in Wellness magazine. By Natasha Liviero

Managing moderate amounts of stress is a normal part of daily life. It’s when stress becomes relentless that dangers creep in. 

Published in Magazines
Saturday, 01 August 2009 15:03

Help! I am Burning out!

Article as it appeared in the Vrouekeur magazine. By Tanya de Venter (Translated into English)

Are you working more but feel as if you are getting less done?

Are you becoming more critical of your own, or other people's inabilities?
Have you lost your sense of humour?

If this sounds like you, you could be burning out. Take the Burnout Test to assess your risk, and read what you can do to help yourself.

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Monday, 27 February 2012 00:00

Understanding Mental Disorders

There are probably as many misconceptions, myths and stereotypes about mental disorders as there are mental disorders. Popular fiction and film often perpetuate these misconceptions, reinforcing the belief that those suffering from a mental disorder are 'crazy' and should be institutionalised.  Gaining a deeper understanding of mental disorders and their causes can help us deal more effectively with affected loved ones or colleagues.

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Monday, 07 November 2011 00:00

The Challenge of Change

We can always rely on change – good and bad - to happen to us throughout our lives. And while we cannot always control the changes in our lives, we can decide how we are going to react to those changes. But, what skills can we learn to help us embrace change, so that we emerge as victors and not victims?

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Wednesday, 11 April 2012 00:00

The Life Change Model

The adage, “You’ll worry yourself sick,” is not just an old wives’ tale. Prolonged stress can have an impact on our health. But it’s not only negative pressures that cause stress. Change – even positive change – can affect our wellbeing. How can we identify which events in our lives have the biggest impact, and how at risk are we of falling ill because of them? 

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