‘Tis the season to be jolly… and that usually means endless social functions and general overindulgence.
Let’s face it, eating and drinking is synonymous with this time of year – and it’s not without its repercussions. The most immediate consequence is the omnipotent hangover… and it’s unavoidable. Don’t worry though; we have a few handy tips to help lesson the pain (at least a little).
When you drink too much alcohol, your body becomes dehydrated and there’s a depletion of vitamins A, B (especially B6) and C. The tips below are aimed at helping your body get back to its “happy... continue reading
With just a few hours to go before Christmas, most of us are already whipped into a Festive Season frenzy. Merry making usually involves lots of eating and drinking, but also an overdose of family time. With all the shopping, wrapping, cooking, entertaining, bonding and partying it’s easy to forget to sometimes take some time to ourselves to de-stress.
A little planning goes a long way, so here are a few tips to make this time of year a little less stressful:
Make a list, check it twice (like Santa Clause)
- Create a budget to ensure you don’t overspend this year. Calculate how... continue reading
Many South African university students are nearing the end of exams, with one or two left to go, while matrics across the country are bracing themselves for one of the most important exam seasons of their life so far.
By now you should have a solid review timetable in place with a good understanding of the work and a healthy knowledge of your weak and strong points within the syllabus. However, no matter how prepared you are, you might be struggling to cope with the stress of it all.
Remember that being prepared means revising the work as well as learning... continue reading
Improve your sleep with these Apps that you can download onto your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.
Type: White Noise Machine
Sleep Bug is an ambient sound mixer that produces a variety of scenes and music with random sound effects. The built-in sound generator creates a realistic listening experience to help calm a busy mind and is perfect for adults, children, and babies who are having trouble sleeping. You can also use sleep bug in the office to mask out distracting noises, improve concentration, and increase privacy.
Improve your mind and improve your life, through sound!
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A few decades ago, people slept for nearly nine hours a night. Now, we count ourselves lucky if we even get seven hours per night.
We might have more time to work or play but we’re not doing ourselves any favours. In fact, we are doing ourselves harm. A lack of sleep is known to have the following effects:
Studies at the Sleep Medicine Program at the New York University School of Medicine show that production of leptin and ghrelin, which are hormones that impact our appetite, are influenced by how much or how little we sleep.
Put simply, a tired... continue reading
It’s downhill to December, to end of year holidays and some much-needed down time. The trick is, you have four major projects to wrap up before then, you have to help your kids through final exams and you have countless social functions to attend between now and then.
So how do you cope? How do you remain focused on the task at hand without being distracted by all the… well… all the distractions? Below are a few tips to help you remain focused at work.
Give up multi-tasking
Women are supposedly genius multi-taskers. The truth is, none of us are. Our brains simply... continue reading
Mood tip: Find your purpose. Each individual person has a purpose to fulfil and once you find that purpose, life starts to make a whole lot of sense.
Here are our surefire ways to help improve your mood...
- Feed your brain the right nutrients
- Eat more seeds, nuts and pulses
- Eat top quality protein foods - stick to fish, chicken, soya, quinoa
- Choose low GL carbs – whole grains, veges, most fruits
- Combine protein with carbohydrates
- Avoid hydrogenated fats and reduce your intake of saturated fats
- Eat fish three times a week and take a fish oil supplement
- Eat more green vegetables
- Drinks lots of water
- Choose natural substances... continue reading
Stress Tip: Get your mind and body connected. Take some me-time regularly and nurture your sense of wellbeing. Don’t neglect your soul for this is your true essence, get to know what makes you really “tick”. Don’t be afraid of your emotions and learn how to deal with them and manage them.
Take our stress test...
Here are some of the classic signs of stress... Be honest with yourself and answer yes or no to these questions;
- Do you have difficulty relaxing?
- Do you find yourself feeling irritable?
- Do... continue reading