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Siblings come with major health benefits and wellness perks.  Life with siblings can be great.  Yes, there are many times you feel like throttling your sister or brother, but in the next instance, you share a fun game.  Even grown-up siblings can drive each other bonkers and then get along just fine.

Research shows that growing up with a brother or sister, or more than one of each; actually have an impact on our health.  Here are some reasons why your siblings can make you a happier, healthier and better human being.

7 Ways your siblings can influence your life positively by just being your brother or sister:

  1. Having a brother or sister can make you more selfless; research indicates that having a sibling may help in developing sympathy with others. In a sibling relationship, you rely on each other for sibling affection and support.
  2. They can give you a mental health boost; especially sisters seem to give siblings improved mental health. Having a sister, no matter what the age difference, can protect you from feeling lonely, unloved, guilty, fearful and self-conscious.  Even when you are fighting you learn, for instance, controlling your emotions.
  3. Brothers and sisters make us happier; a sibling bond means a lifetime of emotional support, friendship and lots of major benefits later in life. A good relationship between brothers and sisters can lead to happiness later in life as well as a higher sense of morale.
  4. Hanging out with your brothers and sisters may reduce stress; Research shows that when you spend time with your loved ones, it will help reduce stress levels. Siblings can especially help protect you from negativity and the effects of stress when you are still kids.
  5. Siblings can help you keep physically fit; family and friends can help you stay active.
  6. Eldest siblings will naturally grow to be more responsible, while the youngest will grow up to be funny and more adventurous. Middle siblings learn to be good peacemakers.
  7. Siblings could help you to live longer; this could be because family and friends serve as a support when you are at risk, either physically or mentally. Keeping a strong connection with our siblings might help us live a happier, healthier and longer life.

You should thank your sibling for providing lifelong fun, laughter and a longer life.…


You have heard it all before; stop doing the things that are bad for you, and start doing the healthier ones, it will only be for your own benefit?  The saying goes: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.  That is definitely true.  But how do you start and keep doing it?

The simpler, the better.  This is no secret.  The simplest things, mostly the things you already know, are often the best to start with.

Tips for living a happier, healthier life, without stressing about new choices

Eating “primarily”:  The best idea is to eat a diet based on the foods that have been eaten for the longest time on this planet.  Our bodies evolve and adapt themselves to the foods eaten.  A primal diet will be made up of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, meat, fish, and eggs.  Keeping it simple and do not overdo anything.  This will include the basic rule of avoiding processed foods, sugars, too much salt in your food, sugary drinks, etc.

Drink enough water:  Your body needs water for performing all bodily functions, including, acting as a solvent, it carries nutrients, regulates your temperature and detoxifies.  Keeping yourself hydrated can have a profound influence on your vitality, energy levels and mental alertness.

Absorb lots of sunlight during the summer months:  Vitamin D is made through sunlight falling on your skin.  Vitamin D has a wide spectrum of benefits for your body and can reduce the risk of several cancers, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, heart disease, etc.  It also improves the body’s immune function.

Get enough sleep:  Enough sleep can do wonders for your body.  It has the ability to optimise mental and physical health and is linked with a reduced risk for chronic disease and longevity.  Log off on the computer and shut down the TV earlier, might be all that is needed to get more sleep.

Exercise regularly:  Many useful exercises can be done at home.  Go for a walk around the neighbourhood.  No need for going to the gym, when you go for regular walks.

Practice Random Acts of Kindness:  giving kindness, in whichever way, a message or a phone call, is good for the giver and the receiver, alike.

Practice the art of appreciation:  appreciate those around you, friends, and family and then also, appreciate everything nature gives us in abundance.  The green of the trees, beautiful flowers, birds, bees, butterflies, the blue skies and so much more.  Our mood can be lifted by talking to friends and family or looking at a wonderful landscape or sunset.

A positive mental attitude, good relationships, stay in contact with family and friends, be active in your community and be mindful what you eat and drink, is easy, simple acts that can take you to better health and wellness.


Worldwide, many people are still treating Mental Illnesses and Psychosis with misgiving and stigma, mostly because of ignorance and a misguided fear.

5 Questions asked and answered to clarify Psychosis:

  1. What is Psychosis?

Psychosis is a term used to describe conditions that affect the mind.  When someone has some loss of contact with the real world, or what we call reality.  Symptoms include delusions and hallucinations, incoherent speech and inappropriate behaviour for certain situations.  A psychotic episode can also cause a person to experience depression, social withdrawal, sleep problems, anxiety and difficulty to function normally.

  1. What is the cause of Psychosis?

Psychosis can be a symptom of a mental illness, for instance:

Schizophrenia.

Bipolar Disorder.

But there is not one specific cause and it can be influenced by everyday happenings in some cases.

Stress or stressful events, for instance, a divorce or death of a loved one.

Some general medical conditions.

Sleep deprivation.

The abuse of alcohol or drugs, such as marijuana.

Certain prescription medications can cause psychotic symptoms.

  1. Are there early Warning signs before psychosis develops?

A person will show changes in their daily behaviour.  For example:

A noticeable drop in grades or work performance.

Trouble thinking clearly and difficult to concentrate.

Paranoid ideas and suspicious of others.  Uneasiness when with other people.

Social withdrawal.

The decline in personal hygiene.

Cannot tell reality from fantasy.

Trouble communicating.

Any one of these symptoms on its own might not be significant, but if several items on the list are experienced, consult a mental health professional.  A qualified psychologist, psychiatrist or social worker would be able to make a diagnosis and began with a treatment plan.  Early treatment increases the change of a successful recovery.

  1. Can people recover from Psychosis?

When diagnosed early and the correct treatment given, it is possible to recover from a psychosis episode.  Many people, who receive treatment early, will never have a psychotic episode again.  For others, recovery means the ability to live a productive life, even if the psychotic symptoms might return, sometimes.

  1. Are there different treatment options?

Treating psychosis will involve education, medication, and stress management, monitoring the symptoms and building a support system in a healthy environment.  Medication can help in relieving the symptoms of psychosis and is needed for preventing a relapse.  Learning coping skills and stress management through exercise, relaxation techniques or practising a hobby will help towards the ability to function normally.

A better life is possible for the millions of people affected by mental illness, through challenging attitudes and changing lives with educational information and expert advice.

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