Sasha Gonzales

Sasha Gonzales

Sasha writes about a variety of subjects, from health and beauty to design, architecture, food and travel. Her work has appeared in a number of publications in Asia, including Wine & Dine, The Peak, SilverKris and Her World Singapore. She has been writing regularly for the South China Morning Post since 2011.

Latest from Sasha Gonzales

How mindfulness lessons at school help children study better and handle their emotions

Mindfulness training is growing in popularity in schools around the world, helping youngsters to be better equipped at handling difficult times. Children who are mindful have higher self-esteem and concentrate better.

8 Dec 2019 - 5:23PM

Mindfulness training is growing in popularity in schools around the world, helping youngsters to be better equipped at handling difficult times. Children who are mindful have higher self-esteem and concentrate better.

How mindfulness lessons at school help children study better and handle their emotions
How to treat erectile dysfunction, from admitting there is a problem to seeking testosterone replacement therapy to low-intensity shock wave therapy

Low libido doesn’t just affect a man’s emotional well-being, it can affect his partner and their relationship, too. Communicating with a partner is important when dealing with issues like this, as is seeking professional help.

3 Dec 2019 - 8:04PM

Low libido doesn’t just affect a man’s emotional well-being, it can affect his partner and their relationship, too. Communicating with a partner is important when dealing with issues like this, as is seeking professional help.

How to treat erectile dysfunction, from admitting there is a problem to seeking testosterone replacement therapy to low-intensity shock wave therapy
Children and stress: its causes, warning signs, and what parents can do to reduce their kids’ anxiety – advice from a psychiatrist

Exams, bullying, a new school – there are many reasons children could be feeling stressed; in Hong Kong, violent street protests are an additional factor now. A psychiatrist explains what families can do to lower their stress.

24 Nov 2019 - 6:01PM

Exams, bullying, a new school – there are many reasons children could be feeling stressed; in Hong Kong, violent street protests are an additional factor now. A psychiatrist explains what families can do to lower their stress.

Children and stress: its causes, warning signs, and what parents can do to reduce their kids’ anxiety – advice from a psychiatrist
How to help people suffering from depression: tips for friends and family to support loved ones

Most of us know at least one person who’s struggling with their mental health. Reaching out to them can make a lot more difference than you think. Here are some useful tips on the best ways to show comfort and understanding.

30 Oct 2019 - 7:57PM

Most of us know at least one person who’s struggling with their mental health. Reaching out to them can make a lot more difference than you think. Here are some useful tips on the best ways to show comfort and understanding.

How to help people suffering from depression: tips for friends and family to support loved ones
Urinary tract infections: why they affect more women, and what you can do to prevent or treat them

UTIs are caused by bacteria entering the urinary tract, causing pain, incontinence, bleeding and sometimes nausea. The best way to treat them is with antibiotics, although some infections have shown resistance to medications.

27 Oct 2019 - 6:08PM

UTIs are caused by bacteria entering the urinary tract, causing pain, incontinence, bleeding and sometimes nausea. The best way to treat them is with antibiotics, although some infections have shown resistance to medications.

Urinary tract infections: why they affect more women, and what you can do to prevent or treat them
Stay young while you age: how to live longer with a positive attitude – get plenty of exercise, take up new hobbies, learn new skills

Many people dread getting older, but there are ways to stay youthful and positive about ageing. Richard Au, 61, works out regularly, plays sports with friends and relishes new challenges.

20 Oct 2019 - 6:57PM

Many people dread getting older, but there are ways to stay youthful and positive about ageing. Richard Au, 61, works out regularly, plays sports with friends and relishes new challenges.

Stay young while you age: how to live longer with a positive attitude – get plenty of exercise, take up new hobbies, learn new skills
How baby and mother can benefit from pregnancy workouts, as long as you follow doctor’s orders

Khloe Kardashian and Serena Williams famously worked out while pregnant, and studies suggest it improves baby’s neuromotor skills. Some mothers will need to consult a doctor before exercising.

12 Oct 2019 - 5:56PM

Khloe Kardashian and Serena Williams famously worked out while pregnant, and studies suggest it improves baby’s neuromotor skills. Some mothers will need to consult a doctor before exercising.

How baby and mother can benefit from pregnancy workouts, as long as you follow doctor’s orders
Health benefits of pili nuts: keto diet favourite is a superfood high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants

As tasty as pumpkin or sunflower seeds, they are popular with people who follow the ketogenic diet, and can help lower cholesterol. The Philippines is the only country in Asia that grows the nuts to sell commercially.

3 Oct 2019 - 7:35PM

As tasty as pumpkin or sunflower seeds, they are popular with people who follow the ketogenic diet, and can help lower cholesterol. The Philippines is the only country in Asia that grows the nuts to sell commercially.

Health benefits of pili nuts: keto diet favourite is a superfood high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants
New dads get baby blues, too: how to handle postpartum depression if you’re a man, and how to spot it

Postpartum depression doesn’t just affect new mothers, but new fathers too, and more so than previously thought. This can lead to poor relationships between dads and their kids later on, so it’s important to get help early.

29 Sep 2019 - 9:03PM

Postpartum depression doesn’t just affect new mothers, but new fathers too, and more so than previously thought. This can lead to poor relationships between dads and their kids later on, so it’s important to get help early.

New dads get baby blues, too: how to handle postpartum depression if you’re a man, and how to spot it
Apple cider vinegar: Katy Perry and Victoria Beckham swear by it, but health experts are not convinced

Drinking apple cider vinegar regularly keeps blood sugar levels stable, and helps with weight loss and reducing sugar cravings, recent studies found. Even so, doctors can’t come to a definitive conclusion about how effective it is.

23 Sep 2019 - 8:39PM

Drinking apple cider vinegar regularly keeps blood sugar levels stable, and helps with weight loss and reducing sugar cravings, recent studies found. Even so, doctors can’t come to a definitive conclusion about how effective it is.

Apple cider vinegar: Katy Perry and Victoria Beckham swear by it, but health experts are not convinced
Her weight made her depressed and anxious. Exercise, healthy diet changed that – she’s lost 30kg

Georgia Toon was overweight, and it affected her mental health. When the Hong Kong-based teacher chose mental wellness – exercise, good diet, enough sleep, social support – she lost 30kg and banished the blues.

9 Sep 2019 - 8:54PM

Georgia Toon was overweight, and it affected her mental health. When the Hong Kong-based teacher chose mental wellness – exercise, good diet, enough sleep, social support – she lost 30kg and banished the blues.

Her weight made her depressed and anxious. Exercise, healthy diet changed that – she’s lost 30kg
Age-related muscle loss: what it is, why it happens and what you can do to combat it

We lose up to 8 per cent of our muscle mass each decade, starting from the age of 40, and this doubles at 70 years old, leading to a loss of strength and function. Loss of muscle mass and strength (sarcopenia) can be diagnosed with simple tests and there are ways to slow down or prevent the decline.

31 Aug 2019 - 6:44PM

We lose up to 8 per cent of our muscle mass each decade, starting from the age of 40, and this doubles at 70 years old, leading to a loss of strength and function. Loss of muscle mass and strength (sarcopenia) can be diagnosed with simple tests and there are ways to slow down or prevent the decline.

Age-related muscle loss: what it is, why it happens and what you can do to combat it
Why trying too hard to be happy can make you miserable, and how to deal with negative emotions

Trying to be happy all the time and masking feelings of fear or sadness can have long-term consequences on mental health. Here’s how to take a more balanced and realistic approach to being happy and accepting negative emotions.

16 Sep 2019 - 12:43PM

Trying to be happy all the time and masking feelings of fear or sadness can have long-term consequences on mental health. Here’s how to take a more balanced and realistic approach to being happy and accepting negative emotions.

Why trying too hard to be happy can make you miserable, and how to deal with negative emotions
How regular exercise helps in the fight against cancer, both physically and emotionally

Diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer, Fiona Tang was determined to continue her qigong practice. Recent studies and some oncologists agree, saying that regular exercise has many benefits, as long as the calorie intake is kept up.

27 Aug 2019 - 7:42PM

Diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer, Fiona Tang was determined to continue her qigong practice. Recent studies and some oncologists agree, saying that regular exercise has many benefits, as long as the calorie intake is kept up.

How regular exercise helps in the fight against cancer, both physically and emotionally
Flower power: how they improve emotional well-being, and which ones to pick for happiness at work and home

Science shows that having bright and fragrant blooms around your home can do wonders for your emotional well-being, and even aid recovery from surgery. So which flowers should you pick for a happiness-inducing arrangement?

19 Aug 2019 - 6:09PM

Science shows that having bright and fragrant blooms around your home can do wonders for your emotional well-being, and even aid recovery from surgery. So which flowers should you pick for a happiness-inducing arrangement?

Flower power: how they improve emotional well-being, and which ones to pick for happiness at work and home
Why constant complaining is bad for health and how to stop doing it with mindfulness

Complaining might feel like a harmless way to relieve stress, but studies say if you do it often enough it may affect your physical health. We talk to a counselling psychologist on how to cut it out.

16 Aug 2019 - 4:49AM

Complaining might feel like a harmless way to relieve stress, but studies say if you do it often enough it may affect your physical health. We talk to a counselling psychologist on how to cut it out.

Why constant complaining is bad for health and how to stop doing it with mindfulness
Why you should trust your gut: how intuition can help you make better decisions

Intuition can be more effective in decision-making than an analytical approach, studies show. Hong Kong student Samantha Burns can relate to that. She calls intuition her ‘authenticity radar’.

12 Aug 2019 - 5:48PM

Intuition can be more effective in decision-making than an analytical approach, studies show. Hong Kong student Samantha Burns can relate to that. She calls intuition her ‘authenticity radar’.

Why you should trust your gut: how intuition can help you make better decisions
How solitude can bring happiness and peace of mind – just don’t fear being alone

Solitude can be good for us, research shows, because it helps reduce the intensity of daily life. People who spend time on their own and free of distractions have greater control over their emotions.

8 Aug 2019 - 5:43AM

Solitude can be good for us, research shows, because it helps reduce the intensity of daily life. People who spend time on their own and free of distractions have greater control over their emotions.

How solitude can bring happiness and peace of mind – just don’t fear being alone
How to live a rewarding life: the psychology of self-compassion and seven tips to help you shine

Coach and mentor Justine Campbell talks about the strength of vulnerability and not being afraid of failure. She recommends acknowledging and accepting problems, then disconnecting from them.

1 Aug 2019 - 5:30AM

Coach and mentor Justine Campbell talks about the strength of vulnerability and not being afraid of failure. She recommends acknowledging and accepting problems, then disconnecting from them.

How to live a rewarding life: the psychology of self-compassion and seven tips to help you shine
Instagram eating disorder ‘recovery accounts’ offer support – but shouldn’t replace professional help, experts say

Social media is often blamed for fuelling some eating disorders, but it has also helped people who are recovering. While this is a good thing, experts caution it should not replace professional treatment.

25 Jul 2019 - 6:08AM

Social media is often blamed for fuelling some eating disorders, but it has also helped people who are recovering. While this is a good thing, experts caution it should not replace professional treatment.

Instagram eating disorder ‘recovery accounts’ offer support – but shouldn’t replace professional help, experts say
How to avoid burnout: identify what gives you stress at work, and follow these five tips to lower the risks

Work-related stress can lead to burnout and depression if you are not careful; start by figuring out which of the eight causes of stress you are experiencing, and follow these expert tips.

15 Jul 2019 - 7:17PM

Work-related stress can lead to burnout and depression if you are not careful; start by figuring out which of the eight causes of stress you are experiencing, and follow these expert tips.

How to avoid burnout: identify what gives you stress at work, and follow these five tips to lower the risks
Why jackfruit is good for you: the health benefits of vegan meat substitute that’s so trendy

The fruit has become fashionable for its textural resemblance to pulled meat, but research has found it is also an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, and can help fight cancer and heart disease.

14 Jul 2019 - 7:15PM

The fruit has become fashionable for its textural resemblance to pulled meat, but research has found it is also an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, and can help fight cancer and heart disease.

Why jackfruit is good for you: the health benefits of  vegan meat substitute that’s so trendy
Be happy, be healthy: how a good diet improved this man’s mood and well-being

The health benefits of weight loss and a good diet are well known, and a recent study shows this includes mental health. Better nutrition and a lower body mass index improve mood and feelings of self worth.

2 Jul 2019 - 6:29AM

The health benefits of weight loss and a good diet are well known, and a recent study shows this includes mental health. Better nutrition and a lower body mass index improve mood and feelings of self worth.

Be happy, be healthy: how a good diet improved this man’s mood and well-being
How to help yourself by helping others: why volunteering is so good for you

Studies show that volunteering to help the community can reduce stress and help people lead a happier more productive life. We talk to three Hongkongers, who all agree that giving up time to help others has improved their own well-being.

12 Jun 2019 - 8:19PM

Studies show that volunteering to help the community can reduce stress and help people lead a happier more productive life. We talk to three Hongkongers, who all agree that giving up time to help others has improved their own well-being.

How to help yourself by helping others: why volunteering is so good for you
How social support and love of friends gave breast cancer survivor the will to go on

When Christy Cheung, 34, was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2017 and underwent a mastectomy, her support network kept her positive. Cheung now supports other cancer patients thanks to a group she launched herself in February called Sharapy.

3 Jun 2019 - 7:41PM

When Christy Cheung, 34, was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2017 and underwent a mastectomy, her support network kept her positive. Cheung now supports other cancer patients thanks to a group she launched herself in February called Sharapy.

How social support and love of friends gave breast cancer survivor the will to go on
Gastrointestinal cancers: lifestyle changes to lower risk factors you can make – it’s World Digestive Health Day

Colorectal cancer, liver cancer and stomach cancer kill thousands of people a year in Hong Kong, and many more worldwide; on World Digestive Health Day, start making the diet and lifestyle changes needed to minimise your risk of having them.

30 May 2019 - 7:53PM

Colorectal cancer, liver cancer and stomach cancer kill thousands of people a year in Hong Kong, and many more worldwide; on World Digestive Health Day, start making the diet and lifestyle changes needed to minimise your risk of having them.

Gastrointestinal cancers: lifestyle changes to lower risk factors you can make – it’s World Digestive Health Day
How children pick up on parents’ anxiety and anger and why we should be mindful of how we act

If parents express negative emotions too often, it may affect their children’s emotional and cognitive development. Research has shown that fathers’ mental health has a bigger effect on kids than that of their mothers.

29 May 2019 - 6:12PM

If parents express negative emotions too often, it may affect their children’s emotional and cognitive development. Research has shown that fathers’ mental health has a bigger effect on kids than that of their mothers.

How children pick up on parents’ anxiety and anger and why we should be mindful of how we act
Potentially dangerous vampire facials and vitamin IV treatments only grow in popularity despite safety concerns

Kim Kardashian and Bar Rafaeli are part of a celebrity contingent that have tried the facial, which uses a client’s own blood to rejuvenate his or her skin. However, this growing trend, which is banned in Singapore, comes at a risk.

20 May 2019 - 7:25PM

Kim Kardashian and Bar Rafaeli are part of a celebrity contingent that have tried the facial, which uses a client’s own blood to rejuvenate his or her skin. However, this growing trend, which is banned in Singapore, comes at a risk.

Potentially dangerous vampire facials and vitamin IV treatments only grow in popularity despite safety concerns
Jennifer Aniston, Mariah Carey, insomnia and how one night of bad sleep can increase Alzheimer’s risk

A poor night’s sleep increases levels of beta-amyloid plaque and tau, which are both linked to Alzheimer’s. We share eight reasons you wake up in the night, and how to avoid it.

13 May 2019 - 7:38PM

A poor night’s sleep increases levels of beta-amyloid plaque and tau, which are both linked to Alzheimer’s. We share eight reasons you wake up in the night, and how to avoid it.

Jennifer Aniston, Mariah Carey, insomnia and how one night of bad sleep can increase Alzheimer’s risk
How gardening can fight stress, improve your health and make you a happier person

Gardening puts many people in a positive frame of mind, helps them relax, and gives them the chance to reconnect with nature – but at least some of that could be to do with a mood-boosting microorganism found in soil.

29 Apr 2019 - 7:56PM

Gardening puts many people in a positive frame of mind, helps them relax, and gives them the chance to reconnect with nature – but at least some of that could be to do with a mood-boosting microorganism found in soil.

How gardening can fight stress, improve your health and make you a happier person