The Perfect Diet: Truth or Mystery?

By: Olivia Matthaei

We all know the problem of getting onto a scale and seeing those scary numbers. Again, too much weight on the hips. So, let’s diet. Day one of a diet always goes extremely well. We are highly motivated and every time if we need to choose between the stairs or elevator, we obviously take the stairs. Day 2 goes quite well – we might just take the elevator because we did so many stairs yesterday. If we really push ourselves, we can make it through the first week of the new diet, but after that first week, it starts: We get nauseous, we get bored of eating/drinking the same every day, we are lacking energy and are grumpy because this whole situation is just irritating and still our scale shows us we did not lose a kilo. So, we stop by that nice bakery just around our office block, buy a good coffee and one of their oh-so tasty cinnamon buns and say to ourselves, “Diets are just not working for me”.

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Abortion, the problems we face…

By: Leescha Daniels

abortion

[əˈbɔːʃ(ə)n]

NOUN

  1. the deliberate termination of a human pregnancy; most often performed during the first 28 weeks of pregnancy.
  2. the expulsion of a foetus from the uterus by natural causes before it is able to survive independently.

The title of this blog is ironic owing to the fact that it seems in our beautiful democratic country, Namibia, abortion and pregnancy issues are not a ‘we’ problem but a problem for women and young girls who have to hide their pregnancies, or who have no support from their government or families or partners. Those women who are expected to walk into clinics and announce that their pregnancies as result of incest and/or rape, the implications thereof seem to fall away. It is equivalent to asking a man to walk into a police station and admit he is in fact a rapist.

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Acting Out

By Emcole Strauss – Student Clinical Psychologist

Many children who ‘act out’ have often experienced emotional hurt, trauma or sit with their intense feelings of confusion, fear, loneliness, pain, isolation and vulnerability, which are too strong and powerful to contain. For a child acting out is an expression that is often misunderstood and misguided. To understand the complexity of ‘acting out’ it is important to understand the nature of acting.

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Establishing a lifestyle for life: Part 2

Tips for establishing a health-promoting (and life-sustaining) lifestyle

By: Helena Louw – Occupational Therapist

Work together as a family to manage your use of electronic devices

Now that you know electronic devices can potentially pose a health risk to you and your family, involve your family in looking for ways to manage it responsibly:

  • Discuss everyone’s needs and wants for using electronic devices and share ideas on the prioritization of screen-based activities (e.g. work before play).
  • Brainstorm alternative ways of doing activities which may be done without using electronic devices, (e.g. writing a physical letter to grandma instead of an email).
  • Implement some basic rules to help safeguard the whole family’s health and boost its well-being (e.g. switching the wi-fi off at night, banning electronic devices from mealtimes and bedtimes, having daily limits of screen-time use for each family member).
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Pedophiles: Pure evil or a diagnoseable mental illness?

By Michelle McCulloch – Intern Clinical Psychologist

Child sexual offenders and pedophilic acts are a highly controversial and widely debated subject. As soon as someone hears the term pedophile they immediately think of this evil monster, deserving of the harshest punishment. However, that is not necessarily the case. Pedophilia is a recognisable mental disorder, meaning that the individual is suffering from a disorder and is in need of treatment. Below is the criteria as set out in the Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM 5) clearly stating the criteria of a pedophile:

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What is Addiction?

By: Celeste Allies – Social Worker

Addiction is a condition in which a person engages in the use of a substance or in a behaviour for which the rewarding effects provide a compelling incentive to repeatedly pursue the behaviour despite detrimental consequences. Addiction may involve the use of substances such as alcohol, inhalants, opioids, cocaine, nicotine, and others, or behaviours such as gambling.

Both substance use disorders and gambling behaviours have an increased likelihood of being accompanied by mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety or other pre-existing problems.

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Finding balance in your mind, body & soul

Good mental health isn’t just about the physical body. Our mind and body are integrated and affect each other enormously. It’s important to maintain a healthy balance between your mind, body, and soul by promotion your whole self, including your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs.

Today we want to share a few simple ways to begin refining a mind-body-soul balance.

  • Avoid sitting for lengthy periods of time. Take short standing up breaks/move around while you work. Long periods of sitting can be linked to heart disease, diabetes, & a shortened lifespan.
  • Moderate to fast-paced exercise each day for ± 5 min! e.g. Walking, riding your bike, swimming. Exercise is important for heart health, physical stamina, and mood.
  • Spend time outside: e.g.: hiking, picnics, outdoor sports, shop at your local farmer’s market for fresh produce.
  •  Add more plant-based foods to your diet:  lots of in-season vegetables and fruit.
  • Sing along or dance to your favorite songs and do this as often as you can!
  • Be grateful. Make time as often as you can to write or think about the things, you’re grateful for, like family, friends, pets, food, shelter, health, or the beauty of nature.
  • Be kind to everyone. This includes yourself!
  • Sleep enough and remember that you’re never too old for naps.
  • Detoxify your beauty routine. Switch to natural products.
  • Find a career path that is meaningful to you. Chase your dreams, not riches.
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Establishing a lifestyle for life: Part 1

How you live will determine how long and how well you live

By: Helena Louw – Occupational Therapist

Definition of terms:

Wifi, screens, instant food: Genius developments crucial to survival and effective functioning in today’s world

Sleep, exercise, natural/ healthy food: Luxuries only a lucky few can afford or have; unattainable for the average person

These are hardly scientific definitions of the above terms, nor do I think anyone would define those concepts in this way if asked. Yet, I’ll bet this is how many of us think about them. Every day, I meet more people who rely on internet connections, screens and fast foods to make it through their day. The same people sigh with a resigned look on their faces when asked about their sleep, exercise and cooking habits: “I sleep when I can, when the work is done. I cancelled my gym membership after not going for 6 months. Who has time to cook? Maybe Sundays…”

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Mental Health and Teenage Motherhood

By: Annastasia N Musese, Clinical Psychologist

There is vast literature on teenage pregnancy that is appreciated and acknowledged, however, there is information gaps in teenage motherhood as a phenomenon.

A study on Mental Health and Coping strategies of teenage mothers in the Kavango regions, found that, teenage motherhood an aftermath of teenage pregnancy, is a result of psychosocial crises involving experiments and exploration during the adolescent period. The study revealed that teenage mothers experience a wide range of negative emotional setbacks, namely; feelings of sadness, worry, stress, regret, guilt, symptoms of moderate to severe depression and anxiety, stigma and/or mockery from society, lack of emotional and financial support.

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Life After Mental Health

What is life like after mental health treatment?

Choosing to receive mental health treatment is a major decision, and for many, a step in the right direction. Mental health treatment facilities can provide a person with the tools needed for a better, healthier life. Once the treatment is completed, many are left to wonder what’s next, with numerous unanswered questions and concerns, which can cause many to become overwhelmed.

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