Lessons in diversity

Besides making the world a beautiful and interesting place, an important lesson is in our diversity, because we’re all different. Lessons in acceptance need to be a part of our world in the same way we dare to be different, because we are different.

We must appreciate diversity with a view to accepting it. The world needs diversity for it to survive. We must accept that our world is uniquely diverse. But to keep pace with the world’s diversity, we must promote …

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21 Jan, 2019

Obesity & depression

This week is National Obesity Awareness Week, the aim of which is to help improve the nation’s health. The definition of ‘obese’ is a person who is very overweight with a lot of body fat.

Obesity approximately affects one in four adults and one in five children aged between 10 and 11. It can lead to many serious health conditions that are potentially life-threatening, including type 2 diabetes …

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15 Jan, 2019

Being in a rut

Being in a rut isn’t funny particularly if the rut goes on, and on and on. And what may seem like something we can cope with, can turn into a nightmare when us being in a rut doesn’t leave. It’s something that we must think about and try to move on from, because being in a rut is bad for both our mental and physical health.

If you’re the kind of person that is always proactive, being in a rut is something you’ll not choose to familiarise yourself, but for those of us who tend to stagnate, being in a rut is something you might eventually …

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11 Jan, 2019

Chronic fatigue

Chronic fatigue, known as Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a debilitating disorder often characterised by extreme fatigue or tiredness, that doesn’t get better with rest, and cannot be explained by an underlying medical condition. CFS is also referred to as myalgic encephalomyelitis (“ME)” or systemic exertion intolerance disease (SEID).

Its exact cause is unknown, but it is believed that a combination of a genetic predisposition and environmental factors is the reason why some people have the condition. Without a specific test, diagnosis is based on its symptoms and exclusion of other causes. The treatment …

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8 Jan, 2019

Encouraging self-worth

I was reading an article written by Michelle Obama recently where she talked about her parents and how they allowed her to question things so that she would be encouraged to value her own voice and opinions. Compared with and rewind back to my own childhood and it was a case of being seen and not heard.

As Michelle Obama’s case shows us, with the right input we can very much succeed. It’s about support, help and guidance with the things we can succeed at. All children must be encouraged to voice our …

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5 Jan, 2019

Mental health & Alcohol

This year I am going to be adding more blogs by writing about notable events. ‘Dry January’ is about us bringing awareness to our drinking habits after hitting Christmas festivities and overindulgences.

The idea behind ‘Dry January’ is that for the month of January people commit to skipping alcohol for the entire month. Us not drinking for a month can offer some major health benefits. Its appeal is to …

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3 Jan, 2019

Set the tone

The relationship we have with ourselves sets the tone we have with others and is the manner in which we will conduct ourselves. We don’t look at how we are, or how our past shapes the person we become. Instead, we base our relationship on our experiences and not on ourselves.

So, where we have been neglected, we will neglect ourselves and will go on to neglect others without realising that’s what we’re doing. Where we have been abused, we will unconsciously abuse others. But how we set …

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30 Dec, 2018

Looking to the future

“We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.” – George Bernard Shaw

An apt blog with four days to go until the New Year. Seriously though, looking to the future is more important than we think. Looking forward allows us to move on from our past, solely working from our present …

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28 Dec, 2018

Mentality effects change

We work on assumptions that someone else is always the problem, but since we fail to think about our own behaviour and that mentality effects change, we will fail to effect any positive change. It’s wrong and damaging to shine the torch on others, when the problems lie with us.

It is the mindset that is made up of thoughts, beliefs and expectations, which is the lens through which we see and think about things. It is our life experiences that affect how we live and the decisions we make …

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23 Dec, 2018

Keeping the door shut

Doors are only ever temporarily closed because we’re not great at closing them shut or permanently. It’s important we deal with what’s on the other side of the door, so we can permanently shut the door behind us.

What’s on the other side of the door is the fear we feel. We temporarily close the door short-term, because of the unpleasantness we choose not to deal with; whether it’s an argument we’ve ignored, or an experience …

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19 Dec, 2018