Enabling the how

The start of Mental Health Awareness Month in South Africa, a book about the link between stress, trauma and illness and a solution to the problem of mental and emotional health occupies the focus of a week just past and a future beginning every day.

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Move it before you lose it

Sometimes things go wrong and all the little irritations leave you feeling low. Waking up feeling a little fed up Matthew and Chantal went for a walk and it made all the difference to their mood and state of mind.

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What is stage 6?

What is stage 6? Welcome to South Africa’s crazy days, and dark nights, of on again, off again, electrical dance. Not many were having much fun with it, however, but learning to accept and let the rage go is one way of reaching emotional equilibrium.

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The novel and the unusual

A week of wonder and sun, as we engaged in some novel activities. A trip to the beach, some spring cleaning and not only for humans, and a good laugh with three larger than life ladies. A different couple of days made for an interesting and energising time.

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Hope is the thing

This week was all about that little glimmer or spark that can ignite even the darkest of times. Hope. With World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September, this difficult topic is faced with the offer of hope as a means to build resilience and grit. Matthew shares his own personal story.

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Grappling with grit

A week of being out and sharing our work. We find ourselves back walking after more than four weeks off. An exploration of grit and resilience offers us ample opportunities to practise it.

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Resistance and relevance

More cold weather leads to gripes and complaints when resistance to what is takes over. Catching ourselves on the playground of negativity we turned to a more positive light and were reminded of the relevance of building emotional fitness.

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Dealing with disappointment

Warmer weather brought a bit of hope but disappointment stamped out the excitement and anticipation of long awaited trips and great games. While being tested to accept what is, we focused on some insights and motivation for building emotional fitness in the youth.

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