Ask The Counsellor
Men's Health South Africa|August 2020
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Ask The Counsellor
Straight-up advice from a stand-up guy, every month.
Kieran Legg


Last month his advice helped you guys grapple with the psychological hazards of navigating life during COVID-19. Now, by popular demand, licensed registered counsellor Salmaan Khader is back to give you more mental tools for life after lockdown.

I’ve become a complete germaphobe – it feels like I’m washing my hands every 10 minutes. How can I stop stressing?

If you’re glued to the TV or constantly browsing news articles about COVID-19, it’s going to have a knock-on effect. Switch your routine. Instead of the mindless browsing (or viewing) set aside specific spots for tuning into the news. If you find yourself worrying about the virus – and running to the sink for the 15th time that day – try a positive distraction: read a book, watch a YouTube video or meditate. If you’re still struggling with these phobias, it might be time to schedule an online session with a pro.

My family isn’t taking the virus seriously, and I just want them to understand the risks. Any advice for broaching this convo with them?


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August 2020