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Are You Achieving Your Potential?

By Louisa Niehaus This isn’t going to be an article that propels you to search deeper or achieve more. Instead, I am going to ask you to walk a path with me, to challenge your mindset, as well as your belief system. Chances are that you, dear reader, are past the school or tertiary education phase. This is an important qualifier. This means that you need to get used to measuring your self-growth on a different set of measurables than [...]

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Life Hacks with Louisa: Midlife Part 2

It’s the old cliché: “Once a midlife crisis enters your life, your marriage is doomed.” It doesn’t necessarily have to be this way. Lifehacks with Louisa episode 2 is here to give you some insight into how mid-life crisis affects marriages. You’ll also have access to questions that you can ask yourself about your marriage to see if your marriage can weather the storm, or if you’ve truly outgrown your spouse.

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Life Hacks with Louisa: Midlife Part 1

A mid-life crisis is usually depicted as a ridiculous time of a person’s life, but did you know that it can help you to take stock of your life and give clarity for the many wonderful years you have ahead of you? Join me for the first ever podcast episode of Lifehacks with Louisa and you will: Be able to recognise the signs of a mid-life crisis; Know the difference between a mid-life crisis and menopause; Recognise that a mid-life crisis shouldn’t [...]

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People Pleaser – Do You Qualify?

It’s true, I would much rather interact with a people pleaser than I would the opposite. If we are honest, most of us prefer engaging with pleasant, friendly people who go the extra mile to accommodate or help you. However, for the people pleaser, it’s not that great being trapped in the Teflon mould that encases them. Why is it a Teflon case? People pleasers tend to be impermeable to receiving help or allowing themselves to be cared for. As shiny [...]

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Burnout – not only for execs

Do you associate burnout with harassed corporate executives? If  so, you are wrong. Burnout can affect anyone from students to parents, athletes, entrepreneurs and yes executives.             What are the signs? Excessive tiredness, despite rest Relying on sugar, alcohol, caffeine, sports drinks to keep your energy levels up Cynicism is what differentiates burnout from depression. You feel like you are adding little value to what you do – despite the amount of effort you put in You feel emotionally numbed or distant Social avoidance We live in an [...]

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The office year end function

At the end of the year, we want to let our hair down, kick our shoes off, lessen the stress…. Don’t be tempted to overdo things at your office function. If you intend staying at your job, remember you still have to work with these people and you WILL have to face them again. Hopefully not for a disciplinary hearing after a wild office function! Too many glasses of vino and you might just think it’s a perfect opportunity to cut [...]

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Holiday Blues

I know that with the holidays coming up, lots of people both look forward to and dread the holiday period. Holidays are supposed to fabulous, lots of fun, happiness, doing cool stuff, laughter, joy etc. In reality it isn’t always such a blast….. The expectation of making your holiday a good one, is stressful in itself. Then there are the added factors of extended family time, change in location, different opinions and value systems…. For others, holidays can be lonely or [...]

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Phobias

I recently spoke about Phobias on Radio 702, South Africa. I have had some requests for further detail on phobias. Also to understand whether there is a link between childhood phobias and autism. Phobias What are they? A specific phobia is a type of anxiety disorder defined as an extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something. With a  specific phobia, you are likely to experience a sense of dread or panic when faced with a specific situation or object. These [...]

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