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When it comes to making decisions, we like to think that our rational, logical mind is in control of what we do.  Unfortunately, for most of us, our rational mind is rather like a man sitting on top of an elephant. The elephant is emotion. The little man, the logical chunk of our brain, can tug and pull on the ears of the elephant of emotion, but that elephant is vastly stronger than the little...

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This month’s collection of new wellbeing books include guides for self-care and how to argue better; an examination of our obsession with being liked and a self-help spin-off from Michelle Obama’s blockbuster memoir, Becoming. There’s also a children’s book that any age can enjoy and a 2019 reboot of a seminal book about abundance and gratitude from the 1990s. The More or Less Definitive Guide to Self-Care: From A to Z Anna Borges      ...

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Last year, Marcus Smith completed 30 marathons in 30 days as part of the Dubai Fitness Challenge. It was a monumental achievement in which he had to dig into his deepest physical and mental reserves to pull through. Since opening InnerFight gym in Dubai 11 years ago, Smith and his team of coaches have helped numerous people overcome smaller, but equally significant, challenges –  building their overall physical and mental health.  The stigma around mental...

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It’s been a slow process and men are undoubtedly still in the minority, but in studios all over the UAE, more and more men are embracing yoga.  Whether to increase flexibility or prevent injury or the positive impact on mental health, men are becoming ever more convinced of the benefits of yoga practice. While high-profile yogis like the impossibly bendy Russell Brand might scare some off, elite athletes such as Tom Brady, LeBron James and...

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At the start of her education, long before she offered therapy in Dubai, Reem Shaheen dived straight into psychology. While studying at the American University in Cairo, she worked for an organization that helped refugees from across Africa.   “It was everything — from rape to witnessing your family being murdered to witnessing your children being murdered — it was quite traumatic,” she says. “It took me a while to recover from that.”  While treating...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...