https://livehealthy.ae/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Jon-Gornall-rowing-1-1280x720.jpg

I have a theory about why men don’t go to the doctor, even when their body is sending them every possible signal that now – right now, please – would be a really good time to seek medical advice. It isn’t primarily because they’re scared to confront the truth. It’s because after millennia of hunter-gatherer conditioning, their ancestors are shouting at them through their DNA to tough it out. Either you shrug off that mauling...

https://livehealthy.ae/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/injury-1280x720.jpg

Livehealthy.ae is shining a spotlight on men’s health in the UAE throughout Movember (that explains the moustache on our social media logo).  Getting injured can be one of the most mentally and physically upsetting experiences anyone can go through. I know, I had several major injuries, derailing my hopes for a football career. At the moment you get hurt, badly, there is not only physical pain, which continues during physiotherapy and the recovery process. There are...

https://livehealthy.ae/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Talk-more-about-money-3-1280x720.jpg

What do you talk about when you’re with your closest friends? Do you discuss modern philosophy? Grumble about annoying colleagues? The shocking ineptitude of same-day deliveries? Or where you should go for your next group holiday?  We cover a wide spectrum of talking points with our chums, but I can guarantee, you don’t talk in-depth about money – at least not in personal specifics.  Right now, the global economy is on its knees and the...

https://livehealthy.ae/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/how-to-become-a-more-positive-person-1280x720.jpg

We are fed a lot of platitudes on positivity. From looking for silver linings to faking it till you make it to rising and shining before dawn breaks, the list is endless. However, motivational fridge magnets don’t carry the same clout as a seasoned wellness expert and successful entrepreneur. So when the JW Marriott Marquis brought a group of industry leaders together for a positivity panel called Gather, livehealthy.ae tagged along. And we came away...

https://livehealthy.ae/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Meg-Nakagawa-Hoffman-2-1280x720.jpeg

Meg Nakagawa-Hoffman knows about mental health challenges: the New York University Abu Dhabi student was diagnosed with depression at the age of 17.  She sought out a psychiatrist and has been on medication ever since. Then her cousin, who suffered from mental health problems, took his own life. And she became determined to put mental health on the map in a productive way. Now 20, the political science and legal studies major – who is originally...

https://livehealthy.ae/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Ameni-Esseibi-1280x720.jpg

The Instagram video shows a stunning bare-faced model staring into the camera as Scars To Your Beautiful by Alessia Cara plays in the background. Words begin to appear in bold black marker pen on her face and body: fat, stupid, fake, ugly and failure. But as the key changes in the song, so does the sentiment. The descriptions are replaced with positive messaging in white and red. The woman behind the concept and indeed in...

https://livehealthy.ae/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Mohd-KV-1280x720.jpg

Mental stress echoes physical stress in our body. So why do we seem to care so little about our mental health? And when we do wake up, how can we start to feel better? Ricardo Vargas used to be extremely stressed. An aspiring New York-based actor, the American pushed his body to the limits with fitness.  When he turned 33, Vargas became tired of the constant stress-related suffering. The regular anxiety attacks were affecting everything....

https://livehealthy.ae/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Cigna-See-Stress-Differently-Infographics-1280x720.jpg

According to Cigna research, 77 percent of UAE residents say they work in an ‘always on’ culture. The Cigna 360 well-being survey highlights stress in the UAE is high as depicted by this infographic. Whether you work in an office or full-time at home, workplace stress is unusually high in the UAE. For further reading, also see World Mental Health Day: The dangers of stress in the UAE or visit Cigna-Me.

https://livehealthy.ae/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/IGNITE-Pink-is-Punk-7--1280x720.jpg

With around one in eight women being diagnosed with breast cancer, now is the perfect time to check in on your own health while also helping others. Here are our top picks for UAE events that are helping generate breast cancer awareness and actually do good. We promise, there are no ‘pink washing’ brand-exercise events in sight.   Ignite Pink is Punk October 11th – From Dh73.50 Doing sport in a beautiful setting is always enjoyable, but the...

https://livehealthy.ae/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/digital-minimalism-1280x720.jpg

On Saturday, October 12, I have only one thing scheduled on my calendar: “Empty Day.”  There are no ambassadors for this event, no Bob Geldof types leading a musical tribute. There’s no hashtag, and a look at the website is like taking a refreshing trip back to the World Wide Web of 1996.  Damian Bradfield, the British tech entrepreneur and president of WeTransfer, appears to be involved in this low-key effort. And he took a...

https://livehealthy.ae/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/tolerance-bridge-1280x720.jpg

Very little is known about the Christian community that settled on Sir Bani Yas Island off the coast of Abu Dhabi in the 7th century, co-existing for a century or more with their Muslim neighbors even as Islam spread across the entire Arabian peninsula. But following the opening to the public in June of the archaeological site of the community’s church and monastery it is clear that in this, the UAE’s Year of Tolerance, the...