Anxiety Anxiety is the heightened feeling of fear that we all experience when faced with threatening or difficult situations.
Anxiety self-help People who worry a lot often find themselves trapped in a cycle of anxious thoughts. These cycles can feel overwhelming and exhausting.
Depression Anyone can get low at times, but someone is said to be suffering from depression when these bad feelings don’t go away quickly, or become so bad that they interfere with everyday life.
Depression self-help If you struggle with depression, in addition to getting professional help, here are some self-help tips that you can put in place yourself.
Anger management Anger is a useful emotion in many ways. It alerts us to when injustice has been done, or it can be a sign that things need to change. However, in some situations, anger can be overwhelming and even lead to destructive behaviour
Assertiveness “You should be more assertive.” This is a common phrase that you may have heard, but what exactly does it mean, and how can you put it into action?
Communication Good communication is at the core of strong relationships, and the main goal is to exchange information accurately. It takes a balance of listening and speaking to communicate in a relationship.
Conflict Management Conflict is a reality of life. It can provide healthy chances for learning and growth, but if we do not know how to deal with it, it can become negative and destroy relationships.
Making Social Connections When you’re feeling isolated, it can be hard to put yourself out there and engage with others. However, there are active steps that you can take to start new friendships and build on connections that you may already have.
Suicide This article explores some of the reasons behind suicidal thinking, as well as warning signs to watch out for and how to help a friend. There’s also information on things you can do if you’re thinking of suicide.
Resisting harmful behaviour Are you trying to stop engaging in harmful behaviour, such as self-injury (cutting), or binge-eating? Follow these steps to help you to manage your urges.
Helping a friend Are you concerned about your friend’s mental health issues, but not sure what to do about it? Click here to find some more guidance on what you can do to help.
Bereavement There is an assumption that after the funeral, the grieving is over. This is very unrealistic as it may take months to years to get over the loss of someone who is close to you.
Coping after trauma As much as you may want to, it just isn’t possible to forget about a traumatic event. Instead, here are some ways that you can take action to help you cope after experiencing trauma.
Financial worries Many South African students struggle with the additional pressure of financial worries, and, in some cases, this can have a negative impact on their studies.
Termination of pregnancy (TOP) TOP is a special procedure that can only be carried out by a trained health worker in a government approved clinic or hospital. Any woman can ask for a TOP in the first three months (12 weeks) of pregnancy.
Coping with exams Exams and academic stress are an inevitable part of university life. However, understanding more about what stress is and how you can balance it out, may help you to function better.
Procrastination Procrastination is putting off things you should be doing, in favour of things you’d rather be doing - often because they’re more fun or you feel that you’re better at other tasks.
Living away from home Living away from home for the first time can be difficult for many university students. If you find that you are struggling, read this article to find out more about home-sickness, and what you can do that may help you to feel better.
Living in Joburg Have you moved from a rural area to Jozi? Feeling overwhelmed is pretty normal. Joburg is a big city, with the common big-city combination of interesting things to do and higher levels of crime.
Emotion regulation While it is important to feel emotions and to accept them, sometimes emotions can feel too much to handle, and can start to impact negatively on us.
The Mental Health ABC Workout The A - B - C approach to mental health focuses on three straightforward factors that have been found in research to promote mental well-being. Act. Belong. Commit.
Mood boosters Even though it is important to engage with all our emotions, sometimes when we are in a bad mood, it’s easy to get drawn into activities that continue to make it last. Using mood boosters can help.
Resilience Resilience is the ability to bounce back from adversity, so that you can still get what you want out of your life. Resilience isn’t just something that you’re born with, but rather skills that you can build up over time.
Self-awareness Self-awareness is having knowledge of yourself and your character. It’s knowing what you feel, who you are, and how this developed over your lifetime.
Healthy relationships When we enter into romantic relationships, we have a range of ideas and expectations about what it should be like. These ideas may not always be realistic.
Fighting fair Arguments and misunderstandings are a normal and healthy part of a relationship, and ultimately they can lead to greater understanding and a deeper relationship. However, sometimes conflict can feel unmanageable or as if it should be avoided.
Stress Busters If you’re living with high stress levels, you’re putting your entire well-being at risk. Stress wreaks havoc on your emotional equilibrium, as well as your physical health. It narrows your ability to think clearly, function effectively, and enjoy life. It may seem like there’s nothing you can do about stress, but you have a lot more control than you might think.
How to Avoid Stress at University: Tips for Students If you’re living with high stress levels, you’re putting your entire well-being at risk. Stress wreaks havoc on your emotional equilibrium, as well as your physical health. It narrows your ability to think clearly, function effectively, and enjoy life. It may seem like there’s nothing you can do about stress, but you have a lot more control than you might think.