Standing for Sameness

The HeForShe solidarity movement for Gender Equality provides a systematic approach and targeted platform on which men and boys can engage and become change agents towards the achievement of gender equality. Achieving gender equality in our lifetimes requires an innovative, inclusive approach that both recognises men and boys as partners for women’s rights, and acknowledges the ways in which they …

The Remedy in the Horseback Ride

Listed as a proven successful therapy in the treatment of ailments as diverse as anxiety, depression, ADHD cerebral palsy and more, Horseback riding has become the recovery remedy for many Namibians. One horse stable, nestled next to the Swakopmund River just outside the coastal town, along with its passionate owners, staff and patrons, is providing a place of liberation for …

What Four Behaviours Spell Danger in Your Relationship?

Can you accurately predict the demise of a relationship? Following years of research, Professor of Psychology Dr. John Gottman, uncovered communication styles that have proven to be able to predict that the end of a relationship is possibly near. While conflict in a relationship is actually normal, its how the conflict is handled that acts as the predictor of the …

Afrospection with Heidi Burmeister-Nel

A Namibian woman who helps so many, Clinical Psychologist and regular MYD contributor, Heidi Burmeister Nel, shares here her learnings and lessons from the past year, her self examination from Africa… her Afrospection Looking Back… Q: How would you describe your 2017? A: Sjoe… one of the most fascinating and challenging years! Maybe though, all previous years was like this. …

Afrospection with Coach Herbert

Speaker, Counsellor, Author and Life Coach, Herbert Mtowo shares here his learnings and lessons from the past year, his self examination from Africa… his Afrospection. Looking Back… Q: How would you describe your 2017? A: It was awesome and very fruitful. Q: What was something good that came out of 2017? A: I enrolled for my Phd with University of Minnesota and my …

Afrospection with Suncycles’ Marita Walther (van Rooyen)

Marita Walther (van Rooyen) is a Namibian Writer, Editor, Photographer, Environmental Social Activist and co-founder of Suncycles Namibia, which is all about sustainable energy use and mobility. Marita shares here her learnings and lessons from the past year, her self examination from Africa… her Afrospection. Looking Back… Q: How would you describe your 2017? A: A whirlwind of adventures, challenges and …

Afrospection with Bianca Özcan

An exceptional woman, Bianca Özcan is the Founder & Project Manager of Multiple Sclerosis Namibia, which is an association that supports Namibians living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and also someone who bravely shares what it is like to live with (MS) herself. Here Bianca shares, her learnings and lessons from the past year, her self examination from Africa… her Afrospection. …

The First Lady Asking All to Pledge Peace

Working together to create the change we wish to see in our societies is what the newly launched #BreakFree 2 #BeFree Campaign is all about. Through smart partnerships, Namibians are tackling the high rates of violence in the country through dialogue. Speaking at the launch of year-long anti-violence campaign, the First Lady of the Republic of Namibia, Madame Monica Geingos …

How to Get Your Mind Stronger and More Flexible

Life is unpredictable, this is why the people who manage to stay calm in the midst of it all use strategies to calm and centre. One such strategy is meditation, and by now most of us have heard that meditation is good for you, but good in what sense? With over 3000 scientific studies on the benefits of meditation done …

How Much Stress is Too Much Stress?

How much stress is too much? As the end of the year approaches, most people are reporting their stress levels as at an all time high. However, how much is too much and what constitutes chronic stress? To help us understand stress a little better, Occupational Therapists at at Bel Esprit Clinic, Helena Louw and Nina Balzer prepared this guide …