7 Self-care tips for challenging times

Life can be unpredictable. Despite the best-laid plans and precautions, external events (often completely beyond our control,) can hurl your life into chaos. Family tragedies, job losses, unexpected upheavals, and natural disasters can completely upend the balance, stability, and normalcy of your daily routine. To make matters worse, traumatic events can generate an enormous amount … Read more7 Self-care tips for challenging times

What is financial abuse? This one kind of domestic violence is far more common than physical abuse

Domestic violence can come in many forms; some of the most recognizable are physical abuse or emotional abuse. While it’s important to pay attention to those kinds of intimate violence, another kind of abuse is extremely common, but much less talked about: A study by the UK Office of National Statistics found that women are far … Read moreWhat is financial abuse? This one kind of domestic violence is far more common than physical abuse

How to help a spouse with depression

Joanne Newman doesn’t blame her husband’s depression for her marital issues. She blames herself. “It’s me,” says the mom of two. “I basically have had to tell myself, ‘you love him, you married him… and this is the hand you’ve been dealt, so deal with it.’” It’s not an unusual position to be in. Some 14.8 … Read moreHow to help a spouse with depression

How Harvey Weinstein reports could be triggering for survivors of sexual assault

The sexual assault claims made about Harvey Weinstein have shocked the world, with more than 30 women coming forward, including many A-listers. The revelations are distressing enough for most readers, but particularly survivors of rape, sexual assault and abuse for whom the reports may be triggering. Meena Kumari, National Lead for Domestic Violence and Abuse at independent … Read moreHow Harvey Weinstein reports could be triggering for survivors of sexual assault

Women fearful of violent partners will be able to check their criminal history under new trial

WOMEN afraid of controlling or violent partners will be able to ask authorities about their criminal history through a new scheme to be trialled in SA that advocates say will save lives. Based on a British model, the disclosure scheme is a key plank of a State Government blueprint to eradicate domestic violence. The blueprint … Read moreWomen fearful of violent partners will be able to check their criminal history under new trial

Checklist: 7 steps to happiness

Can you remember the last time you were truly happy? We’re not talking about a relaxing Thursday night or a time you did well at work; but a point in your life where you felt truly content with yourself. It is hard not to fall into the traps of negativity and the routine life throws … Read moreChecklist: 7 steps to happiness

Focus on mental health

Just last week another local teenager took his own life. He was in the ninth grade. Suicide is not a joke and, unfortunately, it is not overly discussed. It is real. It takes the lives of many people every single day. Suicide knows no gender, race, or profession. It does not discriminate and it cannot … Read moreFocus on mental health

These 8 ways will help you discover greater happiness in your life

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” — Mahatma Gandhi Behavioural psychologists often deliberate on ways to create a happy society. Personal development articles and books offer the secrets to happiness and I am no exception. Some people conclude that money plays a role in the … Read moreThese 8 ways will help you discover greater happiness in your life

6 Steps to make happiness stick

It’s easy to agree on the fact that we all want happiness in our lives. It’s more difficult to agree on what exactly it is and how to get it. This is something that could be holding your very own happiness back. You know you want to be happy and you know it’s important for … Read more6 Steps to make happiness stick

Minimalism 101: Habit-building strategies to minimize desire and consumption

Many people who call themselves minimalists begin their journey into owning less (and consuming less!) through a massive decluttering purge or a drastic lifestyle change such as moving into a tiny home. But for me, purging my closet every couple years and keeping the house organized was never the issue. My parents were neat freaks … Read moreMinimalism 101: Habit-building strategies to minimize desire and consumption