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Eid Al-Fitr is upon us, but this year will be unlike any Eid before it. In his fourth Majlis Mohamed bin Zayed, broadcast on Al Emarat Channel, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed gathered frontline workers and asked them about their experience working to combat Covid-19, praising them as role models for the rest of the nation. The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces also reminded those watching that “There...

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Leila Kouri, who opened the first F45 franchise in Abu Dhabi 18 months ago, doesn’t think it will be easy getting members back to the gym when the UAE begins to open up post Covid-19.  “Even with a 50 percent cap on numbers, will people be willing to risk it? I doubt it,” she says, adding that it will be challenging to do a HIIT session wearing a mask and gloves.  The once-thriving fitness industry...

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As many parts of the world are beginning to ease the restrictions imposed as a result of the pandemic, there is a steady flow of evidence that although Covid-19 is keeping us apart, it is also bringing us together in myriad ways. Breaking fast with loved ones is a special time but for one group of volunteers in Fujairah, iftar is postponed until after they have assembled, packed and delivered 250 meals to low-income families...

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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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The pandemic has changed our lives. We are witnessing so much struggle but a rise in compassion, too. And now, many families of faith are finding new ways to celebrate, even in the throes of Covid-19. Ramadan is that month where Muslims across the globe welcome 30 days to intentionally practice patience, self-reflection, prayer and gratitude. It’s a month where differences are forgotten and people come together to acknowledge the spirit of community wellbeing so...

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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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For reversing the epidemic of chronic disease and healing the environment, food is the most powerful tool we have. What we eat has tremendous implications not just for our waistline, but for the planet, for society and the global economy. With the emergence of Covid-19, we have all had to adapt physically and mentally. Nutrition is without doubt one of the quintessential pillars of wellness and if we didn’t give it much thought before, the...

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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...

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What a confusing time we’re living in. Taking it one day at a time puts things into perspective, especially when little eyes are watching us to see how we deal with new and potentially stressful situations. Parenting isn’t easy at the best of times, let alone living through a pandemic, quarantined at home, exhausted and overwhelmed, so cut yourself some slack, let go of rigid expectations and focus on the now. Here are some other...