Dr Khany­ile’s 10 daily rit­u­als

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With an In­sta­gram fol­low­ing of over 20k, 27-year-old Dr Nokukhanya Khany­ile is both an in­flu­en­tial and dig­i­tal- savvy med­i­cal doc­tor. We chat to her about her rit­u­als, spread­ing pos­i­tive vibes through so­cial me­dia and how she frees her mind, body and soul. 1 Feed the Soul

The first thing that I do ev­ery morn­ing is praise and wor­ship God while I’m get­ting ready for work. I eat break­fast, make sure that I drink enough wa­ter for the day and catch up with God via a Bi­ble verse or devo­tion.

2 Spread love

A quick “Good morn­ing every­body” video is some­thing I do ev­ery morn­ing on In­sta­gram to get my day go­ing of­fi­cially, as well as pro­vid­ing my fol­low­ers with a pick-me-up for theirs.

3 Medicine Music

While I’m at work, at Se­bo­keng Hospi­tal in the Vaal, I en­joy singing. It isn’t strange to find the nurses and doc­tors break­ing out into song while ex­am­in­ing pa­tients or writ­ing notes. When I’m not work­ing, I play net­ball ev­ery week or do a quick work­out rou­tine ev­ery day.

4 prac­tise Self love

Through a ‘Heal Your Life’ work­shop I at­tended last year, I learnt tools such as af­fir­ma­tions, mir­ror work and con­fronting my fears. This has helped me stop my self-sabotaging be­hav­iour, and give my­self the great­est gift of all: self-love. Now, I know that I’m more than enough and that I have ev­ery­thing in me to com­plete any task set be­fore me.


I’ve made a de­ci­sion to move more of­ten through the day, like tak­ing the stairs in­stead of the lift. Work on the 10th floor? Get off on the eighth and walk the other two flights. Park fur­ther away from the en­trance of a build­ing. Go for a walk around the block with your kids or dog. It’s a small change to your day, but will do you the world of good.

6 take Sup­ple­ments

Be­cause of our poor eat­ing habits, our di­ets lack most of the mi­cronu­tri­ents needed for ef­fi­cient brain func­tion. I rec­om­mend tak­ing sup­ple­ments like omega-3 and -6 fatty acids, iron and cal­cium to im­prove gen­eral health.

7 do A detox

Like ma­chines, your body can also ex­pe­ri­ence daily wear and tear as well as an ac­cu­mu­la­tion of gunk. De­tox­ing is the process of stay­ing away from or get­ting rid of sub­stances that are deemed un­healthy. I swear by cut­ting sugar out your diet. Af­ter the ini­tial crav­ings, your body will ad­just and you won’t even want sugar any­more.

8 Free your Mind

Spend­ing time clear­ing my thoughts, via med­i­ta­tion, jour­nal­ing and prac­tis­ing self-care, re­ally helps sift through all of the noise and helps me re­fo­cus on the im­por­tant things. Down­load a med­i­ta­tion app like Headspace (free on IOS and An­droid), which has an easy be­gin­ner’s guide to help you start med­i­tat­ing daily.

9 do your check­ups

Work­ing in the pub­lic health sec­tor, I find that peo­ple wait too long with their ill­nesses, which then re­quires a lot of in­ter­ven­tion. I also find that peo­ple keep com­ing back for the same is­sues be­cause they’re not be­ing prop­erly in­formed or don’t ask enough ques­tions about their con­di­tions. When you’re with your doc­tor, make sure you un­der­stand your con­di­tion, the sug­gested treat­ment plan and prog­no­sis. Find a strong support sys­tem that you can turn to in times of de­pres­sion, or to pre­vent self-harm or sui­cide. Go for your an­nual pap smear and HIV test (if you’re sex­u­ally ac­tive, go more fre­quently and add in an STI screen­ing, even if you’re only with one part­ner). In­clude breast ex­ams in your an­nual check-ups, as early de­tec­tion can save your life.

10 MAIN­TAIN A healthy re­la­tion­ship With your­self

Love your­self! If you treat your­self as you would your part­ner or best friend, you’ll stay away from things that make you feel bad or guilty, and you’ll spend time do­ing things that build and grow your sense of self. Take your­self on dates, buy your­self gifts, ap­pre­ci­ate your­self daily, make your­self great food, ex­er­cise in a way that makes you feel good and lis­ten to music that up­lifts you.

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