There is no doubt that 2020 was a stressful year. Between lockdowns, retrenchments, and curfews, it left most feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, and burnt out. Research estimates that stress contributes to as many as 80% of all major illnesses, including heart disease, inflammation, cancer, metabolic conditions, skin disorders as well as overall immunity. There is also a close connection between ongoing stress and mental health disorders, including anxiety and depression.
It is tempting to read articles and see stories about success and believe it happened overnight. Not to say that never happens, but unfortunately, the idea of instant success is often more myth than fact. The truth behind success – be that in improving your health or your finances – is a lot less glamourous. It involves a lot of hard work, and more importantly, a lot of planning.
When you want to improve your health, you focus on the basics: eat better and exercise more. But here is something else to consider: your social life. Not how often you go out, but the way relationships and friendships impact your overall health.
Act to seek out such suffering – it may be hiding in that very women or child in front of you. Fear and pain are hidden within victims of violence. They often tend to remain silent about their shame, pain and fear. They are likely to be all around; in a meeting, queueing in the canteen, or rubbing shoulders in a taxi. So reach out with kindness and love – you may prevent a trauma, even save a life, and help restore hope and belief in life.
“What is the secret to a long-lasting relationship?” is a question that regularly pops up, most often around Valentine’s Day. Everyone tends to talk about how they got married, or got into a relationship, but not much time is spent on how they have been able to stay that way.
Sex. A powerful force that can topple empires, ruin marriages or even lead to death. On the other hand, it is only through sex that the human race continues to survive. It is an important way to feel a sense of connection, belonging and love.
It is the month of love, and as relationships are brought to the fore, it can become apparent just how lonely you feel. Loneliness reportedly affects around 1 in 10 South Africans, both young and old. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, it is affecting increasingly more, and in some ways has become an epidemic on its own.
Although sex is a powerful bond in a healthy relationship, it has also sadly often become destructive. What is it about sex that can bring out such extremes as addition or abuse? Being mindful of the impact that sex can have on both body and mind is an important foundation for nurturing your own sexuality.