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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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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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The UAE’s empathy expert, Mimi Nicklin, has written a new book that is part business tool, part corporate cultural guide and part social eye-opener. Focused on a new set of techniques she dubs Regenerative Leadership, in her book, titled Softening the Edge, Nicklin aims to help leaders increase the efficiency, wellness and performance of their organizations as well as keep top talent, motivate millennials and connect with leading clients, brands and communities. A week after...

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We might be aware that stress is a global issue, with one in three people experiencing a lot of worry, as well as psychological and physiological symptoms caused by stress. But aside from the psychological and physiological symptoms caused by stress; over time, the physical strain can contribute to a variety of health problems if it is not managed well, and one of those is heart disease. With the growing number of heart health problems...

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Is your glass half-empty or half-full? How you answer this age-old question about positive thinking may reflect your outlook on life, your attitude toward yourself and define you as either optimistic or pessimistic. Indeed, some studies show that personality traits such as optimism and pessimism can affect many areas of your health and well-being, too. The positive thinking that usually comes with optimism is a key part of effective stress management. And effective stress management...

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Energy healing has been used for centuries in various forms and has been used to cure medical conditions and most ailments related to mental health.  It is primarily related to the ancient chakra system, which originated in India. Chakra healing involves the seven chakras in the body, which should be in balance with each other. It is a holistic practice that activates the body’s subtle energy systems to remove blockages. Breaking through these energy blockages...

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On World Alzheimer’s Day we asked Kim Henderson, a clinical psychologist at the German Neuroscience Center in Dubai to write about the psychological impact of a diagnosis and the years that follow.  Alzheimer’s disease is one of more than 400 types of dementia and the most common. It is a physical disease that affects the brain. The brain has billions of nerve cells that connect and communicate with each other, but with Alzheimer’s, these connections are...

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Do you ever wonder why you’ve thrown yourself under the bus in a situation or sabotaged a relationship that was going really well? You might tell yourself there was something about the circumstances that you didn’t like and so calling it quits seemed like the only choice. However, if this happens often, then chances are you might have a past childhood event that you fully haven’t processed or dealt with. Your inner child is an...

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Compulsive shopping disorder – also known as oniomania – is a way of changing or avoiding emotions. And while some of those who were prone to compulsive shopping in the past will have spotted their urges during lockdown, others won’t have been so lucky. Isolation and access to online stores, apps and home delivery will have exacerbated them. And as the UAE continues to come out of lockdown and a sense of normality returns, the initial euphoria...