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.
Living with a disability has its challenges, but being treated with respect and human kindness shouldn’t be among them. Here’s how you can reach out to include people with disabilities.
Our society thrives when people from a wide range of backgrounds and with different skills contribute their talents. But ask yourself how easy we make it for people with disabilities to get involved. What can we do to make them feel more comfortable and welcome?
Abuse does not only happen behind closed doors. It’s time to shine a light on how vulnerable people can be mistreated and what we can do about it.
Our blue planet is plagued by spiraling levels of abuse, with women and children statistically first in the firing line. That’s why the annual 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children Campaign, from 25 November to 10 December, was launched in 1991. It is all about raising awareness and focusing our efforts on putting a stop to violence.
Just like you need plants to breathe in the fresh air, your plants also need proper space and airflow to flourish. There’s nothing more frustrating than a beautiful plant that seems to be turning yellow or drooping wearily. The best way to prevent this, is the right care! Sadly, a plant can’t tell you what it needs, but luckily there are lots of things to show whether your plant is happy and healthy.
When dealing with breast cancer, a mastectomy may become necessary. Here’s advice for dealing with its emotional impact.
Think of the women you know; your family members, friends and colleagues. Odds are that at least one woman in your circle will develop breast cancer – in South Africa, the risk is 1 in 27.
Every October, we mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month by wearing pink ribbons upon the very breasts we’re reminded to look after.
This World Mental Health Awareness Month, take time to reconnect with loved ones to improve your mental wellbeing.
If there was ever any doubt that we’re social creatures, COVID-19 gave us the answer. According to the World Health Organisation, due to the pandemic, depression and anxiety rates increased worldwide by 25%, with social isolation and loneliness playing a major role.
The heart is not just a mechanical pump that needs physical maintenance; it’s also the seat of emotions and needs mindful support.
Heartfelt, heartache, big hearted … the heart is used to describe many of our deepest emotions. But did you know there’s a powerful link between your emotional health and your heart? This Heart Awareness Month, let’s have a heart for this incredible organ by considering the impact of our thoughts and feelings, and understanding how to look after ourselves.