Emotional health Category

The Black Dog: On Getting Real About Depression and Supporting Those That Suffer

I still remember the day when I saw someone in my university hostel being taken to hospital following an overdose. Thankfully she survived, but many do not. Since the tragic death of Matthew Warren a few years ago, much discussion has taken place about ways Christians can meaningfully minister to people in our communities who suffer […]

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Sleeplessly Singing the Blues

What an incredible joy and a blessing to be gifted with a child. There are so many precious moments and ‘pinnacles’ in parenting.  However, it seems to me that being at home with a new baby can often be a challenging time for many women. The transition from working woman to stay at home mother […]

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A Prescription For The Please Disease

‘Saying yes all the time won’t make me wonder woman. It will make me a worn out woman.’ Have you ever struggled to meet the expectations of others around you? Have ever felt the need to please people in order to win their approval?  And have you ever felt that if you were asked to […]

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Touching the Cloak of the King: She Who Shunned Shame

The danger of an iceberg is not what is seen, but what lies beneath. Because what lies beneath is what sinks ships. Isn’t this also true of us? Last weekend I attended a seminar on the topic of shame. I attended a seminar on trauma last year and noticed that there were less participants in attendance […]

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Are We Living on a Lonely Planet?: How to Stop for the One

I wonder whether the things that are difficult to talk about, are the very topics that need to be given airspace. Like loneliness for example. I was going to call this post ‘The Lonely Planet Guide to Overcoming Loneliness.’ Because most of us if we are honest, have experienced a little loneliness at some point […]

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I Don’t Know How She Does It: From Comparison to Contentment

Have you seen the 2011 film ‘I don’t know how she does it?’. Adapted from Allison Pearson’s 2002 novel, ‘I don’t know how she does it’ features a woman named Kate (Sarah Jessica Parker) who to quote the cliche ‘has it all’. This film fairly accurately depicts what women go through to balance work with […]

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Facebook: Harmless Fun or a Farce? The Rise of Facebookaholics Anonymous

My name is Sarah and I am a facebookaholic. It has been three hours since I last checked my timeline. No, I’m not really a facebookaholic and I know that addictions and other mental health issues are no joke.  I am somewhat of an ‘all or nothing’ person, and have been (up until now) a […]

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Let it Go: Flowing Freely in Forgiveness

Many of you will be familiar with the songs from one of Disney’s latest movies – ‘Frozen.’ ‘Let it Go’ and the other catchy songs feature prominently in our household. ‘Frozen’ is a worldwide craze. The Frozen soundtrack has been no 1 on the US charts for many weeks. The title of this popular song […]

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Joyful Journeys through June: On Welcoming Winter Wellness

Winter. Love it or loathe it? Do you flourish in winter or do you find yourself floundering? Do you thrive during the colder months or just survive? I love winter, usually. There are so many things I love about it. And I love all the seasons for their distinctive flavours. They are all to be […]

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From Stuffluenza to Simplicity: On Overcoming the Overwhelming Overload

Stuff. We just seem to have so much of it these days. Are you or someone you know suffering from ‘Stuffluenza?‘ I thought that I had made up this term, but no, a google search confirms that someone has already thought of this term. Stuffluenza refers to someone who has an abundant supply of material […]

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