Our minds tend to think in little boxes. It helps us simplify and make sense of the world. While you were still in nappies, your mom would point to pictures, and have you mouth after her: 'Is this animal a cat, or a dog?' 'Is this colour blue, or red?' 'Have you been a good, or a bad boy?' As you aged, though, life was painted...

What constitutes the "perfect getaway"? This time of year, the promise of a dream holiday is plastered across cheap brochures like flies on a beached whale. All-inclusive packages are punted with every essential ingredient - tropical weather, rolling beaches and long island on-tap. And yet, we often return from these retreats more depleted (and broke) than how we had left....

Anger is not your enemy. In fact, it may be your best ally. Meet Brutus. Brutus is a watchdog. The Smiths had bought him when he was just a pup, and sent him off to dog-school to train in the art of biting, growling and everything watchdog. His main purpose was to protect the Smiths and their home from intruders. Billy, their...

Stop waffling, and start self-authoring. The pen is mightier than the sword. But it’s also weaker than a jelly-baby. In fact, even if I don’t know how to wield a sword, you could still lose an eye. But if I don’t know how to wield a pen, you’ll only lose interest. You may not think of journaling as ‘wielding’ your pen....

In the late 1930s, the word 'psychosomatic' was added to the medical dictionary. It's purpose was to explain illnesses in the body with psychological causes. It was useful back then, but it's an abstraction - an 'idea'. It's not a concrete fact. It's not quite 1930 anymore, and this little word has become somewhat of a nuisance. However, it's wedged itself...

It doesn't matter what exercise you do - whether it's CrossFit, yoga, Pilates, Zumba, aerobics or gymnastic training: all of them can damage your body - badly! On top of that - if you're in a class of 20 people, the trainer can not possibly be mindful of your unique form. So you need to know your body pretty well...

Disclaimer: This post contains some hard truths. It is less inspiring and comforting than our usual style, but it packs a power-punch of sobriety. So, we invite you to brace yourself, read it all the way to the end, and ask some hard questions. "Mom, Dad, I give up. I know I only have 6 months of government service before...

The Ama (海女, or ‘woman of the sea’) have mastered the art of breathing. Since 700 A.D, these women have been free diving for pearls on the shores of Japan. Often needing to go as deep as 20 meters, for a minute or two at a time before surfacing to breathe, they fill their baskets with jewels from the sea. Hyperventilating: Free...

"Then why on earth are you hosting a diet-show?" Yesterday, DSTV launched a new program, Die Eet Oorlog (Eating War), in which I facilitate a coaching-process with three very brave women, on their journies to weight loss. The three ladies wanted to go on three different diet-plans: Banting, Paleo and the Mediterranean diet. This is the challenge with health-coaching: when someone...