The idea that you can boost your immune system is appealing – pop a pill in the morning and become bulletproof to all nasty bugs and germs? What’s not to love? As great as that sounds, the concept of ‘boosting’ your immune system is a little more complicated.
As we trade your t-shirt for a sweater and your shades for a scarf, we are all bracing for another chilly winter. You may also be reaching for those vitamins and smoothies to boost your immunity. Say yes to cosy evenings. Say no to colds and flu.
The flu isn’t really anything to sneeze at. Each year in South Africa it kills about 10,000 people, those five years and older. While that’s a relatively small number compared with the past year’s Covid-19 deaths, it’s still a heavy toll.
It’s free – Move your bod, Make time to sleep, Manage your stress.
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On 21 March, we will be celebrating Human Rights Day in South Africa. It is a time for us to reflect on our individual human rights, and – more importantly – to consider how we can support others to bring these ideas into reality. In other words, a reminder to embrace the spirit of “Ubuntu”, I am because you are.
Whether or not you like superhero movies, there is a good reason why they are so popular: Even though the likes of Wonder Woman, Batman and Thor are larger-than-life characters, these superheroes essentially go through similar challenges we do. Spider-Man suffers loss, suddenly has more power than what he ever wanted or dreamed of, and has to confront what this means to him.
Human rights and the challenges that accompany freedom of expression are the themes of many movies. ‘Philadelphia’, ‘Erin Brockovich’ and ‘Blind Side’, are three such movies you are likely to have seen.
Test yourself to see how well you know their backstory. And you can also think about how much they have influenced the way you live your life.
As a human being, you are wired to have feelings. Expressing those feelings can have long lasting consequences to your relationships. Speaking out has the power to both deepen connection and improve meaningful communication, but can also create hurt, resentment and anger.
No matter how good we are at communicating there are always ways that we can improve. So if you are up for it, here is an opportunity to learn how to express your emotions constructively and at the same time build resilience to endure trying times.