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As countries all over the world begin to navigate moving forward from isolation and lockdown, it’s hard to feel grateful when every single one of us has been affected by the pandemic in some way.  For some, the impact has been mild, for others it has been devastating. But almost everyone is finding it hard to adjust to the changes. People have faced a series of losses, from the loss of a fellow man being...

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The coronavirus has meant that we are spending more time at home than we ever have. Children are doing their school lessons from home. Parents are doing their jobs from home. It’s crowded, it’s overwhelming and it’s exhausting. No wonder screen time rules have gone out the window. The World Health Organization states that screen time for children aged between two and five should not exceed 60 minutes a day. Those under two should not...

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I am still a relative newcomer to meditation but I get the impression that there are a lot of people out there who are curious about it but can’t quite work out how to get started, or they don’t know what to expect. This is for you.  Also, it’s for me. It is still early in my practice and I will never be quite this new at it again, but I’m starting to see some...

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During these uncertain times, the most important things to take care of are your own mindset and sanity, so do whatever it takes. Also, don’t judge yourself for whatever you do or don’t do during this time. There is a certain amount of pressure out there at the moment to use this time to take up a new hobby or learn a new skill. For many people this seem inconceivable as simply getting through the day...

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If there was ever someone who embodies the old adage “if at first, you don’t succeed, try, try again,” that person is Omar Al Busaidy.  At 34, the entrepreneur and author has four failed businesses and a short-lived marriage behind him. He has also been fired from two jobs, been demoted from another and survived a serious, life-limiting illness. He has bounced back from them all to forge a career as a motivational speaker and...

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Looking for some culinary inspiration this Ramadan while staying at home? Monaco’s Michelin-starred Chef Marcel Ravin has shared three of his renowned dishes, served at Monte Carlo Hotel Bay and Resort, including his famous roast chicken and Nutella and banana cake for dessert. In case you’ve got roast chicken leftovers, he’s also shared a leftover recipe. Marcel’s roast chicken Ingredients for 4 people 1 free-range chicken 1.2 kg ½ lemon 125 g softened butter 2...

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Gradually, cautiously, the UAE is beginning to relax the restrictions imposed because of Covid-19 but there’s no denying they have taken their toll. People have felt under emotional strain for a considerable length of time and tempers are short. If the cracks are starting to show in your household, be assured that this is perfectly understandable and normal. Dr Marta Ra, chief executive of Paracelsus Recovery, an international mental health and addiction clinic, tells you...

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At this time of year, people are usually making plans for the summer – where to go for their holidays, which countries to visit. But, as no one needs reminding, there is nothing usual about this year. In the second of the Flow Talk series running throughout this month, clinical psychologist Dr Saliha Afridi proposes taking another kind of journey – an inner journey. Now is the perfect time to “harness the energy of Ramadan” and...

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As we have learned, living through a pandemic can trigger all sorts of negative thoughts and emotions. The reality of what’s happening can get overwhelming and send you into a spiral of negativity that affects how you live your life. In challenging times when things feel out of control, the best place to start is with you. You have control in cultivating a positive mindset. Use the tips below to help you manage during this...

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Anna Wallenten is a peak performance expert in Dubai, and one of her key messages to her clients is that life is determined by choices.  As she wrote to her social media followers in a recent post: “Are you choosing to see this quarantine as a waiting game where you just sit every day waiting for your life to ‘get back to normal’? Or do you see this as a gift and an opportunity for...

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Six weeks into lockdown – or thereabouts, because we have mostly lost count –  and any novelty we felt at the beginning has well and truly worn off. We have watched all the good shows on Netflix, done the jigsaw puzzles, played the board games. Irritability levels are high and energy is low.  And to top it all, it’s Ramadan, although it’s unlike any Ramadan anyone can ever remember. Time to reboot and refresh with...