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Reem Shaheen, psychologist and founder of Be Psychology Center in Dubai, has some simple tips to help us deal with all the uncertainty, helplessness and stress we are feeling about Covid-19. Develop a structure to your day. A lot of people are being asked to work from home, children and teachers are not going into school so your usual daily routine is gone. Try and give structure to your day by dividing up the time...

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The relationship between prisoners and sport has featured prominently in popular culture, notably in movies such as Adam Sandler’s The Longest Yard and Denzel Washington’s He Got Game. In Dubai last month, life imitated art as the Dubai Police announced its intention to roll out improved sports facilities across the emirate’s police stations and prisons.  Launched in conjunction with Dubai Sports Council, the initiative follows a successful six-month pilot scheme by Brigadier Yousef Al Adidi,...

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Drinking sufficient water can support immunity, help with circulation, regulate body temperature and serve as an appetite suppressent — all things we can do with more of in these Covid-19 times. In rare cases, however, you can drink too much, causing nausea and headaches, and in extreme circumstances, vomiting and diarrhea.  So what’s the magic number? How much water should we actually be drinking? It’s not an easy answer, and body weight, activity level and...

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My body image issues started early, back in Canada. As a kid, I enjoyed a steady diet of bacon and eggs, pizza, fast food and canned pop. Well, it was the 1990s, and processed foods were the standard in most homes. At least they were where I grew up, in eastern Canada. During the week, my mom would cook bacon and eggs for breakfast, every morning. School lunches were fizzy drinks and pizza almost every...

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As parents, you were probably already worried about your children having too much screen time before Covid-19 changed your lives. But why not use that technology for good? We’ve rounded up some of the educators, influencers, organizers and parents – many of them right here in the UAE – who are coming up with inventive ways to do just that. Along the way they are managing to engage little ones – all without a mindless...

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We are currently living in a challenging time of fear, uncertainty and panic centered on staying healthy and avoiding the highly infectious Covid-19. One of the best ways to do that (apart from washing your hands and staying indoors) is to ensure your immune system is in peak condition. But how does one go about that?  A balanced diet is key, but it’s not always enough. Sometimes, you may need supplementary vitamins and nutrients. But it is...

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Hearing that the number of UAE residents that have recovered from Covid-19 is rising provides a glimmer of hope in the fight against coronavirus. With global headlines saturated with new infections, rising death tolls, border closures and quarantine enforcements, we all need a little positive pick me up. We have rounded up some real nuggets of optimism that are surfacing about the crisis, so don’t give up hope. Centenarians are surviving Covid-19 Two 103-year-old women...

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For several weeks at this time of year, we are bombarded with suggestions for and announcements of Mother’s Day celebrations for women around the globe.  But not everyone is celebrating. My mother, who passed away nine years ago this month, just before Mother’s Day in the UK, was my world. She was not only my mother but also my best friend, my travel buddy, my confidante and so much more besides. To me, every day...

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The UAE is testing a larger number of people, on a per capita basis, for Covid-19 than anywhere else in the world, new figures have shown. The statistics released Wednesday, March 18, through the state news agency, WAM, reveal that the Emirates is swab testing 13,020 individuals for every million people, more than double Bahrain, which is second on the list at 6,165 people per million.  South Korea (4,831 people per million), China’s Guangdong province...

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Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, more commonly known as CBT, is a specific form of psychological therapy that is used to treat a range of mental health conditions without a lot of analysis and delving into the past. CBT was devised when Cognitive Therapy, which places an emphasis on thoughts and thinking patterns, merged with Behaviour Therapy, which focused on actions and behaviour. CBT is based on the idea that our thoughts, feelings and behaviours are interconnected...