World Aids Day on 1 December is a reminder to reach out to others and bring conversations about HIV/Aids into the open. The group that most needs our support is the young people just starting to explore their sexuality.
Do you remember what it’s like to be a teenager thinking about physical relationships? It’s both thrilling and terrifying. You’re dealing with new emotional experiences that can be quite overwhelming – and that’s even before thinking about HIV/Aids.
The festive season comes with so many expectations – magical moments, picture-perfect family time – that we could easily neglect our emotional health as we try to live up to them.
Surrounded by tinsel, lights, family and festive cheer, it’s hard for some to imagine that anyone could feel lonely. Sadly, in the midst of this magical time, many people suffer their greatest periods of sadness and isolation. In fact, psychologists theorise that it is precisely the emphasis on family and togetherness, paired with the extended time off from work, that highlights feelings of loneliness.
‘Tis the season for good food, spending time with loved ones and creating wonderful, lasting memories. You don’t have to forgo your seasonal delights though. Just make sure you eat healthy the rest of the time, avoid skipping meals to ‘make space’ for a big festive lunch or dinner, and stick to small portions of the treats.