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For millions of people around the world, the Covid-19 pandemic has meant the loss of their job and livelihood. Whether it’s temporary or permanent, unemployment can lead to stress, anxiety, depression and other mental health challenges. All the uncertainty related to the pandemic only adds to the angst. If Covid-19 has left you jobless, you may be experiencing many emotions and troubling thoughts.  For example, you may feel: A loss of identity and sense of purpose Unappreciated and no longer...

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Pete Davidson, a standup comic and regular on the American sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, has had some very public struggles with mental health. Davidson has been frank about having borderline personality disorder and depression with suicidal thoughts, even in his comedy routines. Those issues will also play a central part in a Judd Apatow-produced film based on Davidson’s life, The King of Staten Island, which starts streaming on June 12. Davidson is just...

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Going back to the gym for the first time after two months felt like going to a foreign place. Something that was so ingrained in my everyday life stopped immediately with the Covid-19 related closures. It forced me to get creative with what I had at home and while that kept me active, losing eight kilograms of muscle was almost inevitable with the limited workout equipment I had. So, with many gyms reopening in Dubai...

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Mental health is a subject rarely discussed by adults and almost never with or by children. But from this month, children at Al Watan School in Shakhbout City have a new book to help them try.  And if they get stuck or have questions, they can simply ask the author, Ben Smith, who also happens to be a teacher at the school. A Zebra Named Zion tells the story of a young zebra who learns...

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As we grow out of childhood, we take with us this well-known phrase: “forgive and forget.” It’s easy to learn when you are young, because the mistakes you make are mostly forgivable and you usually want to be forgiven for them. In turn, you learn how to forgive others, especially those in your age group.  The tough part comes when you realize you have to carry on that practice of  forgiving and forgetting into adulthood....

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As countries all over the world begin to navigate moving forward from isolation and lockdown, it’s hard to feel grateful when every single one of us has been affected by the pandemic in some way.  For some, the impact has been mild, for others it has been devastating. But almost everyone is finding it hard to adjust to the changes. People have faced a series of losses, from the loss of a fellow man being...

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The coronavirus has meant that we are spending more time at home than we ever have. Children are doing their school lessons from home. Parents are doing their jobs from home. It’s crowded, it’s overwhelming and it’s exhausting. No wonder screen time rules have gone out the window. The World Health Organization states that screen time for children aged between two and five should not exceed 60 minutes a day. Those under two should not...

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During these uncertain times, the most important things to take care of are your own mindset and sanity, so do whatever it takes. Also, don’t judge yourself for whatever you do or don’t do during this time. There is a certain amount of pressure out there at the moment to use this time to take up a new hobby or learn a new skill. For many people this seem inconceivable as simply getting through the day...

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It’s fair to say that Dubai is a very image-conscious city, where people are willing to spend a lot of money on looking good. In normal times, the city is awash with gyms, boutique fitness studios, spas and personal trainers.  At The Park has expert coaches offering workouts in cross-training, running, kickboxing, yoga and circuit-training, too, but with one big difference: it’s all free. The organization was founded in 2014 by ex-footballer Fredy Martins, who...

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If there was ever someone who embodies the old adage “if at first, you don’t succeed, try, try again,” that person is Omar Al Busaidy.  At 34, the entrepreneur and author has four failed businesses and a short-lived marriage behind him. He has also been fired from two jobs, been demoted from another and survived a serious, life-limiting illness. He has bounced back from them all to forge a career as a motivational speaker and...

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The food and beverage industry has faced huge challenges during the coronavirus outbreak. While people’s health and wellbeing are currently the number one priority, it is now more important than ever to ask questions about the world and the environment we have created. At Cassette, our focus has always gone beyond just food. We wanted to create a business with sustainability and environmental awareness at its core. Going green is not a new concept. However,...