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If anxiety, heartache, chronic pain or other issues are keeping you awake, listening to "Calm, Clear & Helpful" can bring you comfort and clarity. Ever-curious journalist Mariette Snyman interviews a range of experts on holistic health, love relationships, parenting, and life's phases and challenges. Join us each Tuesday for fresh insights, practical know-how, and for conversations from the heart.
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Prof. Elain Vlok offers a behind-the-scenes look at the Clover Mama Afrika Project, South Africa’s oldest corporate social investment initiative. She considers the challenges her “Mamas” face, their substantial accomplishments, how she serves them despite life-threatening situations, and her appreciation for the Lifetime Achievement Award she recen…
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Can weight loss medicines be regarded as a miracle cure for obesity? Dr Manoj Bagwandeen considers the occurrence, causes, health risks and treatment of obesity, bearing in mind underlying mental health issues. Discussing appetite-suppressing and other weight loss drugs in terms of their advantages and risks, Manoj points out why they need to be us…
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Mariette en Mart-Marie gesels openhartig oor die soet en die seer van ma-en-dogterverhoudings: kommunikasiekwessies, rebelsheid, kwesbaarheid, goed genoeg wees, aanvaarding en 'magic'. Hierdie episode word opgedra aan elke ma en dogter. (Sensitiewe inhoud: verwysing na geweld) www.mariettesnyman.co.za · www.martmariesnyman.com · Hierdie episode se …
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Do you trust your emotions? Social worker Annette de la Porte explains how Emotional Logic provides a visual map for understanding our emotions. By reframing an emotion as an indicator of the violation of one of our values, it enables us to process our pain. Emotional Logic is a coaching process taking individuals and groups from confusion to clari…
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Angel medium Belinda Bras-Nel explains how a life-long autoimmune condition, only recently diagnosed, has impacted her physically and psychologically and affected her work and relationships. Viewing these challenges in a spiritual light, she sees herself as being “pregnant with the earth, ” contributing to a general shift in consciousness. www.mari…
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Does hyper- or hyposensitivity cause you to feel overwhelmed or under-stimulated in environments others may find normal? Psychologist Luricka Fick considers whether mental health difficulties, including depression, anxiety and risk-taking behaviour, may point to sensory integration issues. She discusses the role dopamine plays in over- and under-re…
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What really causes healing in a challenging health situation? Chiropractor Dr Jeff Crippen shares eye-opening research studies involving the placebo effect, and considers how we can benefit from non-physical interventions. Having formerly experienced excruciating pain for years, he offers hard-won insights into transformational wellness. www.mariet…
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Have you given the circumstances of your death – which cannot be avoided - any thought? Doctor of gerontology and death doula Rayne Stroebel offers practical guidance, describing the role of a death doula and how he helped his father transition after a stroke. Creating an advanced directive may give your more control regarding medical intervention …
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Are you getting enough sleep? Clinical and neuropsychologist Mark Eaton considers possible causes of sleep deprivation, including anxiety, traumas associated with sleeping, and disorders such as sleep apnoea. He explains how sleep challenges may affect us physically, psychologically, socially and cognitively and suggests interventions - notably the…
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Do you love your job – or not? Master life coach Judy Klipin discusses her new book on making work work for you. It targets 8 areas from the world of work and offers practical tools for either changing unsatisfactory circumstances or improving the way you view and manage them. Learn how to get and receive feedback, or ask for a promotion or a raise…
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After five years of health challenges including osteoporosis, stress fractures, falls, basal cell carcinomas, colon cancer, Covid pneumonia, a reverse shoulder replacement and lymphoedema, social entrepreneur Marilyn Hallett has turned a corner. She considers difficulties such as medical bills, loss of independence and forced absences from work, an…
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Jou hart breek aan stukke wanneer jou kind emigreer, maar jy is ook bly oor die voordele en nuwe moontlikhede. Emigrasieterapeut dr. Sulette Ferreira belig aspekte van die besluit om te emigreer, vrae wat ouers kan vra, die ervaring van broers en susters, en grootouerskap oor grense heen. Sy gee praktiese wenke wat die “konstante afskeid” kan verge…
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Is your natural inclination visual, auditory, or kinaesthetic? How can you apply this knowledge to deepen your connection with others – and, most importantly, with yourself? Human development specialist Dr Melodie de Jager explores our sensory systems and preferences, offering practical tips on increasing our awareness, enhancing self-care, and eve…
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Navigating the metaphorical path of life with its challenges requires a growth mindset, grit, the necessary support, and hope. Regaling us with captivating stories, counselling psychologist Karin Steyn offers practical tools & tips and encourages us to “fail forward.” www.mariettesnyman.co.za · www.freechildcompany.co.za · This episode's podcast no…
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Do you push yourself too hard in order to survive? Now’s the time to replace “harsh masculine energies” with a more balanced approach. Angel medium Belinda Bras-Nel explains how the feminine aspect - dishonoured through the ages - is rising, and what men and women can do to let go of fear, anger and resentment in favour of trust and self-love. www.…
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Carrying excess weight - especially abdominal fat - could point to elevated cortisol levels. Naturopathic doctor Faryal Luhar discusses possible causes and how cortisol surges affect our physical and mental health. She outlines the role of hormones like DHEA, testosterone, leptin, and ghrelin, and offers practical advice on how to regain and mainta…
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How about recreating your life in specific areas, using 5 sensible steps? Master transformation coach Liezl Thom outlines a practical process, offering examples, to help you shape a unique manual for your life. You can identify your foundational and strategic strategies – and have fun! www.mariettesnyman.co.za · liezlthom.com · This episode's podca…
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Apart from weight loss, time-restricted eating offers significant benefits, especially in our current epidemic of metabolic disease. What - however - do you need to know? Functional medicine health coach Anita Hamilton-Williams explains why men and women should approach intermittent fasting differently, take into account autoimmune conditions or co…
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How can you communicate with someone living with cognitive impairment in a way that benefits both you and them? Dr. Rayne Stroebel clarifies the World Health Organisation’s view that the consciousness of individuals with dementia is never lost. He offers practical pointers for being deeply present and caring in a relational way, suited to family me…
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Kies mense hul seksuele oriëntasie? Watter 4 fasette behels seksuele identiteit? Pastorale narratiewe terapeut dr. Marietjie van Loggerenberg belig wetenskaplike navorsing wat epigenetika insluit, seksuele vloeibaarheid en die uitsluiting van gay, transgender, interseks en ander mense - onder meer in ‘n geloofskonteks. www.mariettesnyman.co.za · Hi…
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Should you task you dog with protecting your home? Pets, like humans, are traumatised by crime incidents and may experience guilt, or develop behavioural issues. Animal communicator Jenny Shone offers real-life case studies and practical advice on how to help your animal companions clear blockages following crime. www.mariettesnyman.co.za · www.ani…
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Is alle mense bo 65 één ouderdom: oud? Behels ouer word die een verlies op die ander, of is dit ‘n terrein wat ons vars kan verken? Dr. Johan Myburg praat oor vooropgestelde idees, hoe om jou beeld van jouself en jou werklikheid oop-oog te benader, sinvolle gesprekke en “aanhou beweeg en geraas maak.” Inhoud geborg. www.mariettesnyman.co.za · Shift…
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Since there’s no cure for Tourette Syndrome, where does one find hope? Transformational coach Cherona Dannhauser shares valuable insights from journeying with Luke (17), such as addressing co-occurring conditions, identifying internal and external triggers, and exploring strategies to navigate motor and vocal tics. Understanding this neurodevelopme…
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Is rolprentresensent en skrywer Leon van Nierop ‘n sensitiewe kyker - of nie? Hy praat oor sy rol as resensent of “tussenganger”, die vloektaal, geweld en eksplisiete tonele wat kykers moet verwerk, genres, preutsheid en vraatkyk. Hy verduidelik hoe rolprente van TV-reekse verskil, hoe hy kies waarna hy kyk en gee sy definisie van ‘n goeie film. ww…
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Worldwide, population dynamics are changing. Prof. Jaco Hoffman invites us to look at growing older with fresh eyes, challenging concepts like ageism and retirement. Citing scientific research findings, Jaco encourages a pro-ageing attitude, adaptive ageing, and beneficial initiatives such as intergenerational programming. www.mariettesnyman.co.za …
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Learning about identity, belonging and consent - and knowing which adults are “safe” - can help young children deal with life challenges more easily. Early childhood development specialist Mariy Payne explains how the edutainment television show 'Takalani Sesame' equips littles ones in a playful way, and suggests fun activities for parents, teacher…
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Do you struggle with making, keeping, spending or investing money? Wealth Matrix Mentor Farhana Goga explains how knowing your money blueprint can free you from guilt and shame, and how “doing the work” can heal money-related trauma, dissolve anxiety and fear, and empower you to attain financial freedom. Sponsored content. www.mariettesnyman.co.za …
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Perimenopause is a natural transition, but suffering debilitating symptoms is optional. Dr Faryal Luhar explains how hormonal changes can affect women’s physical, mental and emotional health. Awareness of the signs of perimenopause, including sleep disturbances and weight gain, is crucial; their root cause needs to be addressed. Learn how this life…
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Palliative care nursing sister Cherry Armstrong’s “Cancer: navigating the journey” helps cancer patients and their loved ones face this challenge, from the time of diagnosis to remission or terminal stages. Cherry addresses common questions and fears, treatments, side effects, medical aids, nutrition, complementary therapies, caring for a loved one…
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Much of the information processed by the brain is visual, yet few of us know how to approach low vision. Occupational therapist Belinda Leibowitz clarifies its causes, assessments, professionals who can help, and why visually impaired persons needn’t give up their hobbies. She considers whether visual impairment is a normal part of ageing, where to…
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Autoimmune disease signals an urgent need to tend to an individual’s gut health and the influence of environmental factors. Functional medicine health coach Anita Hamilton-Williams explains why believing that autoimmunity cannot be treated is a myth; although existing tissue damage cannot be turned around, nutrition, lifestyle and behaviour changes…
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More women, including entrepreneurs of all ages, are entering the higher-net worth space. Wealth manager Nicola Langridge discusses intriguing differences between men and women regarding investment, how to set and reach financial goals, and 6 aspects that holistic wealth management should include. She encourages women to seek support and take charg…
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Skin-to-skin contact during the 6 hours after birth has an enormous impact on the bond between Baby, Mom and Dad. Childbirth educator Cozette Laubser from BabyGym® describes how this affects a baby’s brain and those of its parents, and the role played by the triune brain, oxytocin, dopamine and cortisol. She offers practical guidelines for babies b…
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An estimated 1 in 3 adults have pre-diabetes. Food writer Vickie de Beer introduces a hands-on guide to understanding and managing Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes as well as insulin resistance. She highlights low carb living as a long-term solution for children, adults, women in menopause and older individuals. Fortunately, the low carb recipes in “Type…
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The hormonal changes menopause brings can upset women physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. These challenges are more easily met from a place of equilibrium, says therapeutic counsellor Nidhi Amanda Chaitow. She offers 5 simple ways to calm down, and emphasises tuning into one’s body wisdom, creativity, spirituality and sense of belong…
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Growing older can impact every aspect of our lives. Counselling psychologist Dr Hannetjie van Zyl-Edeling discusses research findings and practical ways to optimise our physical, psychological, financial and social “portfolios” to ensure quality of life in our later years. She mentions the rectangularisation of ageing, our 6 crucial needs, being pr…
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Om 'n geliefde te verloor beteken nie die wond sal nooit genees nie, sê "grief coach" en skrywer Marlene Potgieter. Toe haar seun 11 jaar gelede sy lewe beëindig het, het haar pad van rousmart begin. Sy praat oor die skok, skaamte, woede, misplaaste skuldgevoelens, ervaring van verwerping, en hoekom rousmart nie net ‘n toestand is nie, maar ook ‘n …
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Have you ever danced in a circle, holding hands and moving as one? International circle dance teacher Judy King discusses the concept of circle dancing, the role of traditional dances and contemporary choreographies, and the meaning of dropping deeper into the dance. She explains that, in the circle, enjoyment and acceptance are more important than…
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In an intimate relationship, different viewpoints create stress and conflict. By illuminating each partner’s key motivational drive, the Enneagram provides clarity which – used mindfully – supports self-awareness and liberates one’s partner from unrealistic expectations. Transformation coach Renier Cronje explains how accepting and normalising each…
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Have you lost your mom, or do you dread her passing? Angel whisperer Belinda Bras-Nel shares her own experience, highlighting the complexity of some mother-daugher relationships, our need to be loved and nurtured, what soul contracts involve, and the importance of allowing feminine or mother energy to flow through us - no matter who we are. www.mar…
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Did you know the aim of detoxification is to protect your DNA? Functional medicine health coach Anita Hamilton-Williams discusses our exposure to toxins, the 3 phases of detoxification, and how poor detox pathways may be linked to cancer and excess weight. Here’s how to support detoxification through nutrients, lifestyle, and understanding your gen…
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Did you know that unresolved physical and emotional trauma can cause chronic pain and recurring injuries? Physiotherapist Benita Kropman explains how the Lyno® Method identifies and facilitates the release of fascia restrictions by activating the parasympathetic nervous system, restoring mobility to individuals including athletes, babies and the el…
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A new baby often takes centre stage, while its mother’s needs are put aside. Business & confidence coach Gosia Scarrott sheds light on new moms’ conflicting emotions, loss of identity and self-worth, loneliness, and unhelpful beliefs. Speaking from her own experience, she offers practical advice that can help moms rebuild their confidence, embrace …
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Did you ever cut your hair during an important life transition? Master transformation coach Liezl Thom outlines the dynamic interaction between inner and outer change. She explains what living your life from the inside out entails, and how your home can reflect your state of mind. www.mariettesnyman.co.za · liezlthom.com · Liezl's episode on the ch…
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Learning to operate the different “gears” of the mind can help us grow still, access our creativity, accept and express our emotions, and follow our internal compass. Educational psychologist Dr. Elsi Meyer explains how conscious journalling fosters perspective, wholeness, healing, and a joyful life. www.mariettesnyman.co.za · elsimeyer.co.za · Thi…
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Is menopause the beginning of the end, or the start of a woman’s most creative years? Positive psychology coach and international endurance athlete Erica Terblanche explains how, instead of growing “invisible”, women can develop courage and compelling visions for their lives. Sharing her own gruelling journey, she offers practical tools to help wom…
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How would your life change if you could genuinely accept your inner world and align your actions with what matters to you? Counselling psychologist Bertus Swanepoel introduces Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, an evidence-based model focused on behaviour change. ACT addresses anxiety, mood disorders, chronic pain, overeating and other challenges b…
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What’s the secret behind the healthy centenarians of the Blue Zone areas? Functional medicine health coach Anita Hamilton-Williams discusses connectivity, natural movement, down-shifting, a diet rich in bio-actives, and other factors contributing to these individuals’ well-being. Her practical tips can help you incorporate some of these habits into…
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Angel whisperer Belinda Bras-Nel describes a 10-day pilgrimage to Ireland, aimed at reconnecting with nature in a profound way and experiencing past life energies. Listen to stories about myth and legend, visiting sacred sites, meditating in stone circles, light-hearted experiences, growing in trust and surrender, but – above all – connection, grat…
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The causes contributing to the development of narcissism are complex and include genetics, neurobiology, and environmental factors such as culture and parenting. Body language expert Tania Steyn discusses parenting style as one possible contributor to the development of narcissistic traits and explains how effective nonverbal communication - includ…
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