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TRIGGER WARNING: If you are having suicidal thoughts, click here for expert advice and for links to support groups, medical help and hotlines.  “I slowly opened my eyes, the place was filled with police officers and one was gently talking to me as I gained consciousness.” Chris Haill, 54, is retelling the story of his suicide attempt earlier this year. After living with depression for almost four decades, he made his second attempt at ending...

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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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One day, while out for a walk with the kids, I felt the urge to jog behind my Britax B-Agile double stroller. After about 30 seconds I brought us all to a rolling stop as it was clear my body wasn’t up to the challenge. In no time, I was winded and wobbly, proving that the stroller was indeed the only agile part of this equation.  It was the wakeup call that I needed, though,...

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October is when the world talks about raising awareness of Breast Cancer. But October is also a good time to talk about another debilitating disease: arthritis. World Arthritis Day, marked on October 12, is a global initiative that brings people together to raise awareness of this often silent condition. Worldwide, more than 350 million people have been diagnosed with some form of arthritis. While there are no national UAE statistics, numbers from the Gulf region suggest...

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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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Advanced heart problems are becoming more common in younger people throughout the region, a situation that directly relates to poor lifestyle habits. “In this region, we see patients presenting with severe heart conditions almost a decade earlier than in the West,” says Dr Faisal Hasan, a staff physician in the Heart and Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. “We see a significant number of patients in their 30s and 40s with cardiovascular problems and in...

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Deciding to head to the emergency room (or Accident and Emergency, if you speak British English) often poses a dilemma:  do you really need to go? When it comes to chest discomfort or any other chest symptoms, the answer is yes – and don’t delay, doctors at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi warn. As World Heart Day approaches, Dr Faisal Hasan, a staff physician in the Heart and Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, says residents...