Streaming issues? Report here
702 logo Gradients 702 logo Gradients
Early Breakfast
04:00 - 06:00
volume_up
volume_mute

Up Next: Breakfast with Bongani Bingwa
See full line-up
Early Breakfast
04:00 - 06:00

Home
arrow_forward
Lifestyle

Tips on how and why we all need to look after our mental health

4 March 2019 12:45 PM
Tags:
Mental health in the workplace
mental health awareness
Clinical psychologist Cassandra Govender speaks about the importance of keeping both mentally and physically healthy.

Clinical psychologist Cassandra Govender advises that our mental health is just as important as our physical health.

We tend to take care of the physical, going to the gym and regular doctor checkups, but often forget about our mental health.

She says as much as we take care of our physical bodies, the same should apply to mental help. She says psychotherapy is beneficial for everyone.

Read: Marginal increase in South African divorce rate

We talk about therapy in the sense that it is only for people who are having issues.

Cassandra Govender, Clinical psychologist

The aim is to provide space to really find out what is going on with you.

Cassandra Govender, Clinical psychologist

You need to understand how you are managing stress and how you see yourself. It is important that we see therapy as not for really sick people but as something for everyone and an important preventative measure.

Cassandra Govender, Clinical psychologist

When and how to start seeking help to deal with mental health? Here is what Govender advises:

  • Don't be afraid of the concept of seeing a psychologist.

  • Seeing a psychologist doesn't make you weak but make you healthy.

  • Speaking to a psychologist helps exercise your mental health muscle

Govender has broken down the notion of resilience in people.

She says often we think we can handle situations and problems on our own and think we don't need help or disregard the need to talk about issues.

I have a feeling that many people think resilience means being able to cope, and by being able to cope it's not being able to lean on others.

Cassandra Govender, Clinical psychologist

Resilience is actually knowing when to lean on others, getting rid of the idea that I am a big strong man so I don't have to talk.

Cassandra Govender, Clinical psychologist

She responded to questions from listeners and further gave advice on how to deal with mental health at home and in the workspace.

We often struggle with telling our partner how we feel and what we struggle with the most. We struggle to say I have had a bad day or to say I am really not coping.

Cassandra Govender, Clinical Psychologist

There is just this idea that not being ok is a big problem.

Cassandra Govender, Clinical Psychologist

To hear the rest of the conversation, listen below:


4 March 2019 12:45 PM
Tags:
Mental health in the workplace
mental health awareness

More from Life Advice

parents-grocery-shopping-with-childrenwebp

No better time than now to teach your children about generosity and gratitude

23 May 2020 1:58 PM

Parenting expert Nikki Bush discusses simple ways to help your kids think of others in need and inculcate a value system.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

article-thumbjpg

Lockdown and our mental health: One week in – what have we learned?

2 April 2020 12:05 PM

Cindy Poluta's expert panel recount their experiences and share advice on how to navigate mental wellbeing at this time..

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

graduation-invitation-vs-graduation-announcement.jpg

Tips for graduates to become workplace-ready

18 September 2019 12:48 PM

Labour law expert advocate Ronel de Jager gives newly qualified job seekers advice on how to get into the job market.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

unemployment.jpg

[LISTEN] How to avoid falling victim to job scams

15 July 2019 3:13 PM

Africa Check's Caley Clifford and Naphtali Khumalo share five red flags to watch out for.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

piggy bank child.jpg

Making the most of pocket money - why it's important

13 July 2019 12:20 PM

It's Savings Month and parenting expert Nikki Bush has valuable advice on teaching your child about money from a young age.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

work-computer-study-jpg

Tips on how to cope in a toxic working environment

3 July 2019 1:19 PM

Business and executive coach Dawn Klatzko says one of the things you need in your survival tactics is to practise diplomacy.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Question mark

9 tough questions you should never be afraid to ask your financial advisor

26 June 2019 6:39 PM

Times are tough. Don’t spare her feelings! You must ask these questions of your advisor, implores Galileo Capital's Warren Ingram.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

doctor-stethoscopejpg

Your employer can ask your doctor to write an affidavit to support a sick note

5 June 2019 12:22 PM

Law says if a traditional healer is part of medical council with a registered number he or she can write a medical certificate.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

jobs.jpg

Tips on writing that stand-out CV

28 May 2019 6:52 AM

Consultant and coach Anja Van Beek shares advice on what should go into your curriculum vitae.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

pocket-moneyjpg

Pocket money: From what age? How often? How much?

27 May 2019 3:06 PM

Certified financial planner Kirsty Scully shares her advice on teaching children about the value of money.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward