Covid19 Lockdown in South Africa – Ways to Stay Safe, Sane and Manage Your Time

As South Africa enters the first day of lockdown in order to combat the spread of coronavirus, we are all faced with the reality of diving into scary and uncertain times. Not only are we faced with the fear of this pandemic infecting ourselves or our loved ones, we now have to deal with isolation

Blended Families Part 1 – The Couple

Having a blended family is often a difficult and complicated journey that is high in conflict situations. However, it is becoming a more common occurrence. A blended family happens when two people marry and one or both of them have children from a previous relationship or marriage. The family will need to form a unit; however,

Gratitude – ‘Thank you, but…’

Positive psychology has raised our awareness about this concept of ‘gratitude’. There is so much research that can be read and worked through that it can be quite daunting. What most of this research boils down to is that more gratitude in our lives equals better quality of life, better relationships, better health and a higher

School Anxiety For Young Children

Starting school or returning to school in the New Year can be an overwhelming experience for a young child, causing what is known as school anxiety. There are so many changes, expectations and new stimulations that a young mind can easier become so full that it feels like it will burst! This experience is a

Suicide – Let’s Talk About It – Part 2

Suicide – Let’s Talk About It Part 2 ‘I didn’t see it coming, there were no signs.’ How often do we hear this or similar phrases after someone we know has attempted or completed a suicide? The truth is there were probably signs; but we do not recognise them as ‘signs’. This is not our

Suicide – Let’s Talk About It

Part 1 Suicide is a topic that is taboo and not spoken about in most families and communities. There is a fear that by speaking about it we are inviting it into our lives. However, suicide is very prominent in the average South African’s life. In South Africa there are about 22 completed suicides every

Retirement – A Complex Process

It is an inevitable fact that each of us will face retirement one day. What most of us do not realise is that retirement is a process that cannot only be thought of when we reach retirement age. In South Africa we have no legal retirement age; however many companies look at 65 years as

Save Your Relationship – The Benefits Of Relationship Counselling

Considering relationship counselling is most certainly a daunting position to be in. It brings with it the realisation that your relationship problems are real and that you cannot go on in this way, something that few couples ever wish to acknowledge. The act of admitting to your problems is a hugely positive step and vitally

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Pets Can Make Us Happy – The Positive Effects Of Animal Companionship On Mental Health

Should you approach virtually any pet owner they will no doubt be more than willing to discuss with you the many memories which they have formed through caring for their companion animals, however, is there perhaps something more to the human animal bond formed between pets and their owners? Phrases such as ‘a dog is

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Not In The Mood? – You Should Never Feel Guilty For Not Wanting To Have Sex

We live in an age where we have become sex obsessed - who is having it, how are they having it and the thoughts of “what can I do to have more?”  Celebrities are blatant about the sex lives, every second politician is embroiled is some scandal and sexual jokes and discussions are common in