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These are hard times indeed, but one person who is determined to help us beam right through this Covid-19 challenge is laughter yoga specialist Suman Suneja. Born in New Delhi and now a Dubai resident, Suneja was an engineer when he returned to his homeland after being diagnosed with arthritis in 1992. Three months in an ashram, soaking up nature and learning to teach yoga, proved healing for his arthritis and created a life-long belief...

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Reem Shaheen, psychologist and founder of Be Psychology Center in Dubai, has some simple tips to help us deal with all the uncertainty, helplessness and stress we are feeling about Covid-19. Develop a structure to your day. A lot of people are being asked to work from home, children and teachers are not going into school so your usual daily routine is gone. Try and give structure to your day by dividing up the time...

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My body image issues started early, back in Canada. As a kid, I enjoyed a steady diet of bacon and eggs, pizza, fast food and canned pop. Well, it was the 1990s, and processed foods were the standard in most homes. At least they were where I grew up, in eastern Canada. During the week, my mom would cook bacon and eggs for breakfast, every morning. School lunches were fizzy drinks and pizza almost every...

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For several weeks at this time of year, we are bombarded with suggestions for and announcements of Mother’s Day celebrations for women around the globe.  But not everyone is celebrating. My mother, who passed away nine years ago this month, just before Mother’s Day in the UK, was my world. She was not only my mother but also my best friend, my travel buddy, my confidante and so much more besides. To me, every day...

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Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, more commonly known as CBT, is a specific form of psychological therapy that is used to treat a range of mental health conditions without a lot of analysis and delving into the past. CBT was devised when Cognitive Therapy, which places an emphasis on thoughts and thinking patterns, merged with Behaviour Therapy, which focused on actions and behaviour. CBT is based on the idea that our thoughts, feelings and behaviours are interconnected...

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As hysteria, fear and panic over Covid-19 have turned so many cities around the world into empty ghost towns, it seems many people have also abandoned common sense and logic. Although the need for caution cannot be overstated to protect the elderly and other vulnerable individuals, experts in the field of mental health are warning the rest of us that we also have a duty to be level-headed – not only to set an example...

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As a yoga teacher, I have seen all sorts of things over the years. What seems like common sense to some is anathema to others and there are many things that are not so obvious if you’re used to going to group exercise classes. The philosophy behind the practice teaches us to live a better life outside the studio, so cultivating these qualities in class will help us way beyond our physical practice or asana. ...

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Many young children grow up dreaming of playing professional sports, of emulating their heroes – the Messis, Serenas and LeBrons. For most, the dream simply remains that, as we slowly ease into normal society and watch our heroes from afar. Some of us, however, carry a few more “what if’s” into adulthood. I really did have the chance to become a professional football athlete. Unfortunately, several major injuries and an inability to deal with physical issues...