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...

By Dr. Albert Viljoen "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...

Change is scary. Whether you’re moving to a new city, different job or in a new relationship, it takes a lot to make a shift. Even when the new city is safer, and the next job pays better - there are still some emotional and mental challenges to face. The most difficult changes, though, are personal: the exercise routine so you...

Before we start, let’s do a short assessment : how do you control your emotions? Choose your most common response from the list below: A : I cry easily, even at something like a puppy on a TV-ad / If you press the wrong button, I will snap in a fit of rage. B : People often say I’m quite emotional. C :...

The idea of ‘Emotional intelligence’ and ‘Emotional resilience’ have been hot topics lately. Studies show that those who are emotionally ’smart’, are headhunted for jobs, great in relationships and more apt at handling life’s curve-balls. So, what exactly does it mean? The Art of Emotional Mastery There is a lot more to harnessing your feelings than simply controlling them; the actress can...

Love them or hate them, you’re bound to resemble your parents, one way or another. If they were loud, chances are that ‘inside voice’ is not your default-setting. If they were moaners, you may struggle to notice the silver linings in the storms. And that’s okay - we don’t need to resist the way our parents influenced us - whether...

This one-liner has featured in many a household. Sadly, as an accusation. I am yet to hear a husband use it to compliment his wife...

You have a physio on speed-dial, and pain-killers in your back pocket. You’ve been to an acupuncturist, a chiro, a reflexologist, an energy-healer, and - to your shame - even tried that horse-cream your grandmother swears by. You follow the latest blogs on ‘living healthy', swallow a handful of ’natural’ supplements with your morning-coffee and spent half of your income...

You are one incredible creature.  The discoveries we’ve made in the last couple of decades about how humans work are mind-blowing! For a moment, though, I'd like you to forget what you know about your body: all the illustrations and diagrams on where your lungs are, how your mind looks and what your blood-cells do. Put out of your mind those...