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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time when charities and companies join the fight against the disease and highlight how early screenings can increase a person’s chances of survival by more than 90 percent. Want to do your bit? From yoga classes to brunches, there are plenty of businesses in the UAE ‘thinking pink’ and raising funds. Here’s how you can get involved. Fitness An active lifestyle incorporating regular exercise has been shown to...

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It has been a rollercoaster year for Dubai-based explorer Max Calderan. In February, he became the first person to cross Saudi Arabia’s fabled ‘Empty Quarter’ on foot. In March, Calderan was joining the world in Covid-19 lockdown. After the freedom of the vast desert, he admits lockdown felt “like a prison sentence.”  His Empty Quarter expedition was a rare journey of genuine exploration in today’s eminently more accessible, globalized world. Over 16 days, the Italian trekked...

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Traveling during Covid is complex, admin-heavy, and requires plenty of research before you go. Yet for health conscious voyagers up for a bit of a challenge, the rewards can be immense.  At only a four-hour flight away, with tropical weather and gorgeous beaches, the Maldives has plenty to offer travelers. plus there are plenty of incredible hotel deals on at the moment.  So I booked myself a trip. It was both far more complex and...

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A major factor in the number of deaths from Covid-19 is diabesity: the modern-day combination of diabetes and obesity. The condition is associated with a higher risk of contracting severe forms of bacterial and virus respiratory infections, including H1N1, influenza, SARS MERS and now Covid-19. Obese patients are three times more prone to severe infections than those of a normal weight. Worldwide, obesity has nearly tripled since 1975 and along with it has come a...

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The disruption of 2020 has forced us to look for different hobbies that fit our ‘new normal’ and one past-time that’s growing steadily in popularity is balcony gardening. And why not? It’s safe to do from the comfort of your own home and the sense of achievement and a job well done triggers the release of feel-good chemicals including dopamine. “Confined to their homes due to the Covid-19 pandemic, people have been discovering their green...

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Dr. Paul Gelston, Clinical Psychologist at Dubai Community Health Centre shares his advice:  What to do if you’re having suicidal thoughts: For people suffering with mental health difficulties, one of the helpful things you can do is to become familiar with your symptoms: how your difficulties usually present, what triggers the difficulties and what helps them. I would advise anyone who has thoughts that life is not worth living or that things appear hopeless, to please...

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TRIGGER WARNING: If you are having suicidal thoughts, click here for expert advice and for links to support groups, medical help and hotlines.  “I slowly opened my eyes, the place was filled with police officers and one was gently talking to me as I gained consciousness.” Chris Haill, 54, is retelling the story of his suicide attempt earlier this year. After living with depression for almost four decades, he made his second attempt at ending...

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Does the voice in your head say things like ‘I’m not good enough or  ‘People won’t like me’ or ‘I can’t do this’ or  ‘I’m not worthy?’ Wouldn’t you rather hear: ‘I am qualified and valuable’; ‘I believe in myself’; ‘I can achieve this’; and ‘I am deserving?’ Imagine taking back control of your mind and silencing those negative thoughts of self-doubt and judgement and reconnecting with your creative, positive inner-self, becoming more confident and reassured....

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I heard about it at the beginning of the week, from a friend who’d been to Emirates Palace by the Corniche. A few days later, it happened to me as I entered Ace Hardware on Yas Island. By the time I got to my Friday morning F45 class at Zayed Sports City, I was an old hand: offering up my wrist, not my forehead, for a temperature check.  No matter where you sit on the...

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One day, while out for a walk with the kids, I felt the urge to jog behind my Britax B-Agile double stroller. After about 30 seconds I brought us all to a rolling stop as it was clear my body wasn’t up to the challenge. In no time, I was winded and wobbly, proving that the stroller was indeed the only agile part of this equation.  It was the wakeup call that I needed, though,...