PTSD in COVID Survivors

Survivors of Covid-19 who believe that they had a near-death experience, do suffer with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms.  Covid is a huge threat to us all.  Our whole being responds in exactly the same way it would if we knew that there were lions in close proximity to us, without us having any form…
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July 5, 2021 0
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Betrayal Trauma

Healing the psychological injury associated with betrayal and infidelity Betrayal trauma can be likened to a death.  It is not the death of a person, but the death of a relationship.  Whether you decide to stay with your unfaithful partner or not, the fact remains that your relationship as you knew it, is over.  It…
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June 30, 2020 0

Touch – Our first language

“Touch comes before sight, before speech.  It is the first language and the last, and it always tells the truth” So writes Margaret Atwood in her novel: The blind Assassin (2000).  How absolutely true.  Touch is the first language we learn and the 1st sense to develop.  Already in the womb, we begin to touch…
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June 14, 2020 0
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What is mental health?

What is mental health? Mental health refers to cognitive, behavioral and emotional wellbeing.  In other words, it is all about how people think, feel and behave.  According to the World Health Organization mental health is a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses…
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May 26, 2020 0

Part 3 – Strategies to help you thrive during lockdown.

This is part 3 of a three part blog 11. Worry-time  – allocate  a time everyday for you to worry.  Let’s say for instance  between 11h00 and 12h00.  This means that you are not allowed to worry outside of this hour.  Should you catch yourself worrying at any other time, stop it immediately, tell yourself…
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April 16, 2020 0
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Part 2 – Strategies to help you thrive during lockdown.

This is part 2 of a three part blog written by Dr Lize Wolfaardt 6. Humour – Finding the humour in heavy, serious and uncertain times, somehow lightens the load and brightens our spirits.  Luckily, as a nation, we are very good at this.  With all the humour pertaining to Corona virus and lockdown going…
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April 14, 2020 0
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Part 1 – Strategies to help you thrive during lockdown.

This is part 1 of a three part blog written by Dr Lize Wolfaardt Connect with nature – even if nature at this point is limited to your garden. Be in the moment by becoming aware of what you are sensing.  Smell the different fragrances of the flowers and greenery, feel the texture of the…
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April 10, 2020 0
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Freedom of Choice

  Many of us have been feeling as if our freedom of choice has been suspended.   Not being able to make choices with regards to our movement in terms of  how, when and where to work, do shopping, practice our sport , go for walks, walk our dogs, etc, has made us feel as if…
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March 28, 2020 0

A gift in trying times

There are always gifts to be found in trying times. Finding these gifts, is the secret to surviving the extreme emotional challenges facing all earthlings at the present time.  The greatest gift we are afforded currently is probably TIME.  How often have you wished for more TIME?  Time to just be.  Time to chill, time…
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March 24, 2020 0
man suffering from emotional stress

Healing the emotional wounds caused by narcissistic relationships

Talk presented to the Survivors of Narcissistic Abuse support group in Bryanston, Johannesburg How do we heal the emotional wounds created by living in the shadow of either emotionally deficient narcissistic parents, or narcissistic partners?   Step 1 One needs to firstly realize and accept that one’s parent or partner is a narcissist.  One needs…
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January 16, 2020 0