Monthly Archives: May 2014

Growing Through Writing Workshop

I have run this workshop a number of times with Pierre Brouard. Every time I feel inspired and so I invite you to join us on June 7th for a day of creativity, self growth and exploration in a safe, contained and supportive environment.

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Feeling stressed, overwhelmed, anxious or lacking creativity? The answer may be lying around on your desk – the humble pen and piece of paper. We asked psychologists Pierre Brouard and Judith Ancer, who will be running our next  Growing Through Writingcourse on 7 June, to tell us how writing can be good for our mental health.

Q. How can writing help us to heal and grow?

Judith: Writing helps us to heal, process, and gain mastery over difficult issues. It’s a way to access your internal world of creativity, generate ideas, problem solve and manage stress.

Pierre: Traumas, for example, are experienced in the right hemisphere of the brain, the part that controls our senses. It’s the pre-verbal part that develops before language. So, if you’re hijacked, that activates anxiety and distress and it feels timeless. You lose track of time, the story…

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21 Ways to Survive & Be Happy in Johannesburg

I enjoyed this piece very much. Happy voting day – celebrating 20 years of democracy with a free and fair election. And a glorious autumn day in Johannesburg. Blues skies, gentle warmth and the fire of autumn leaves.

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Whether you live in South Africa’s most dynamic metropolis, or you’re just passing through, here’s how you can make the most of it

  1. Learn to appreciate the dawn chorus of the hadedah, for the touch of the bushveld it brings to suburbia. Who needs an alarm clock in Joburg? And while you’re up and about, learn to appreciate the mid-morning, afternoon, and evening chorus too.
  2. Look inside your shoes before you put them on in the morning. There’s very little wiggle-room with a Parktown Prawn in there.
  3. Be nice to rain spiders. They are humungous but harmless. Coax them into a Tupperware dish, stick the lid on, and release them in the garden, if you must; otherwise, just wave to them as you go about your business. And don’t scream. It scares them.
  4. Buy a feather-duster from the feather-duster man. You’ll be supporting feather-dusterpreneurship, and you’ll…

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