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About Dr Colin Burns

Colin was a medical practitioner (GP) from 1988 to 2000. Since then he has worked in the wellness field, designing, developing and delivering various products and services. Out of clinical practice for many years now he no longer practices medicine formally but retains a keen interest in helping people become more-well versions of themselves. He acts as a wellness coach and not as a medical practitioner today. Colin's approach and philosophy is based on empowerment: the notion that people only need a little help to make choices they usually already want to anyway - it's about respect and support rather than instruction or correction. Colin lives at the Vaal Dam with his wife Cathy. He spends time walking mountains, cycling, motorbike riding, kayaking, sailing and always looking for better & better balance.

Choose a habit, any habit…

Wellness comes down to lifestyle. Healthy lifestyles build and sustain wellness, and well people live better (with more energy, enthusiasm, productivity, happiness). It's a cycle and it's a circle. So how do we build and sustain a healthy lifestyle? Books and books have been written, an endless stream of online videos can be watched, [...]

By |2020-07-02T11:31:12+00:00Jun 30th, 2020|Active Living, Coping with Life, Features|0 Comments

Coronavirus (Africa)

The coronavirus pandemic is changing our world... There is worldwide concern, severe travel bans, lock-downs, states of emergency, cancelled events, panic buying, stock exchanges in decline, fears of a major economic depression, and more. The human and economic impacts are huge, and growing.The planet is in uncharted territory. It seems that most of us [...]

By |2020-07-02T11:31:34+00:00Jun 5th, 2020|coronavirus, Features|0 Comments

Jacky Badenhorst [a coronavirus lock-down story]

What a year we will never forget.  So my son and his wife decided that 21 March 2020 will be the day that she becomes part of the Badies family.  Little did we know that a small little prickly pear looking virus was heading our way.  Honeymoon planned tickets bought and Mauritius here they [...]

By |2020-07-02T11:31:54+00:00Jun 5th, 2020|coronavirus, Share your story|0 Comments

Covid-19 or Flu or Common cold?

So you're feeling under-the-weather and you're not sure if it's a common cold, flu (influenza) or Covid-19 (coronavirus)? Well, it's not always easy to tell because these are quite-similar illnesses in many cases, especially in the early stages and in milder cases (most cases are mild, for all three conditions). But there are some [...]

By |2020-07-02T11:32:46+00:00Jun 1st, 2020|coronavirus, Features|0 Comments

IGNITE weight loss ask-the-coach

Here is an opportunity to pose questions to the wellness coach. Simply post a "comment" below and this will be seen by the wellness coach (find out about him here) who will publish your question and a reply.  You can expect to see replies within 2 working days (usually sooner). This service is not [...]

By |2020-07-02T16:02:13+00:00May 30th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Coronavirus FAQs

The Internet is full of coronavirus content these days and we're sure you've looked at many websites, videos, etc. This page does not intend to cover every possible issue and every imaginable question, but does try to highlight some of the more important and asked-about aspects. If you would like more info please consider: [...]

By |2020-07-02T11:35:30+00:00May 19th, 2020|coronavirus, Features|0 Comments

Working from home – ergonomics

For many people working-from-home is a new experience altogether. For others it might not be new, but the extent of it during coronavirus and lock-down surely is. We have written articles with general advice but here we would like to focus on a particular challenge: ergonomics. Most of us do not have dedicated offices [...]

By |2020-07-02T11:35:56+00:00May 4th, 2020|Coping with Life, coronavirus, Features|0 Comments

Working from home – with children

For many years now there has been a trend towards working from home. This has mainly been driven by advances in communication technology, the worsening in commuter-traffic, the growth in skills-based businesses, and a global drive for more flexibility in work and in life generally. Right now though, in 2020, there is a new [...]

By |2020-07-02T09:17:10+00:00May 4th, 2020|Coping with Life, coronavirus, Features|0 Comments

Tania Etzebeth [a coronavirus lock-down story)

It was about 5 years ago in the bushveld where we took this photo of my son next to this huge baobab tree in Alldays.  More than 1 854 km from home and a 20 hour drive. This is where we got one of the seed pods of this tree. We kept it all [...]

By |2020-07-02T11:40:07+00:00Apr 29th, 2020|coronavirus, Share your story|0 Comments

Coronavirus chat

Here is a chance to chat with your colleagues and with the Sanlam-Group wellness coach. Simply post your comment below - it will be reviewed by the wellness coach and published (with an answer if your comment included a question) within 2 working days.Please note that this service is not private or confidential. Please note [...]

By |2020-07-02T16:02:26+00:00Apr 28th, 2020|coronavirus|0 Comments