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The majority of us have experienced tremendous changes to our lives due the spread of Covid-19 all over the world. We have been forced to lock ourselves in at home and to manage our lives with limited access to the outside world. After three months of this, the UAE is reducing restrictions on movement. But now many people are feeling anxious and distressed at the idea of going back to work and resuming their pre-Covid...

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The coronavirus pandemic has shaken the world and left many stressful consequences in its wake. Suddenly, self-medication has become the thing to do. We have to manage our fear of infection alongside fear of an uncertain future. The global lockdown disrupted our routines and invoked widespread boredom, loneliness and anxiety. On top of all that, we face highly challenging societal issues. Job insecurity and economic loss continue to increase as our global recession worsens. As...

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What an extraordinary year 2020 is turning out to be. So far, we have spent a good portion of it in seclusion due to Corona times. As we begin to emerge, it is time to reflect on the past few months. These are a few of my thoughts and lessons I’ve learned.   Making plans is pointless   I had planned a trip to Japan this spring for the cherry blossom festival and then another...

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If “empathy” sounds to you like a touchy-feely upgrade from “sympathy,” new research by psychiatrists at the University of California should make you think again. Traditionally, empathy is measured using psychological questionnaires. But the UCLA researchers set out to discover if it could be measured – and predicted – by monitoring brain activity.  First, the resting brain activity of 58 male and female volunteers aged 18 to 35 was measured using functional magnetic resonance imaging, a...

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There’s nothing like a bad work situation to trigger a downward spiral. As the UAE’s workforce prepares to head back to work, the responsibilities, pressure and stress of the workplace are rushing back, too – with the added element of job insecurity. Resha Erheim, a Canadian certified counsellor based at the Camali Clinic in Dubai talks about how to deal with workplace stress, anxiety, lack of confidence and bullying, whether from a colleague or your...

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Aseya Nasib was only 16 when she was diagnosed with clinical depression, which runs in her family. “The teen/early years are when it first manifests itself for many of us who have lifelong mental illness,” says the 36-year-old Emirati. Over the years, Nasib learned how to treat her depression with medication and therapy. It was after breaking her ankle roller skating that she realized there was more she could do to help other women – and...

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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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Everyone knows what yoga is these days, but what about hand yoga? Mudra, to give it its proper name, is the practice of placing the fingers into prescribed positions, or mudras, to diagnose conditions, assist in healing and to improve and maintain good health and well-being.  As a practice, it is as ancient as yoga (the earliest texts date back to between the 4th and 5th centuries) but far more subtle – so much so...

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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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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....