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Khor Fakkan has been my home since childhood: I grew up there and have so many memories of this charming city. Yet I remember in my first year at university in Abu Dhabi, when I told some new friends where I was from and some of them had never even heard of it. When I started describing it to them, they were so excited to visit. I feel that many people living in the UAE...

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Whenever depression is written about, the most common recommendation is to seek help via a mental health professional. But with therapy — even the online version — costing hundreds of dirhams just for one session, that is just not an option for most of the population.  Despite the fact that globally, more than 264 million people of all ages suffer from depression, according to the World Health Organisation, it has taken a pandemic for everyone...

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With the pandemic closing gyms across the world for months on end, the way that we like to work out has shifted considerably.    Many of us have clocked on to the fact that exercising at home involves less traveling and expense, not to mention staying cool inside with the air conditioning, and this has prompted a whole new wave of cutting-edge digital home gym equipment.   Forget unsightly treadmills and bulky spinning bikes, these days it’s...

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Rose O’Donovan didn’t set out to try and eradicate mouth breathing. The Irish is a personal trainer and Dubai resident who was focusing on female health and the specific hormonal problems women can have. She is also a master instructor with Oxygen Advantage, the breathwork training program developed by the breathing and sleep expert as well as best-selling author, Patrick McKeown. As with many of our issues, all of these phases are impacted by and...

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For awhile there, you couldn’t turn around on social media without facing “a trigger warning”, but it turns out that avoiding our traumas — rather than desensitizing and processing them, often with. professional — is often the very thing that is making our anxiety and depression worse. One way to tackle that trauma is with Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). It was what Britain’s Prince Harry was seen undergoing in the 2021 Apple TV mental...

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Unless you fly away for the entire summer, chances are you are looking for compelling indoor activities to beat the UAE heat. Whether you’re searching for the perfect family day outing, fancy getting artsy with some friends or seeking an alternative to getting those steps in, we’ve got you covered.  Teible culinary workshops (Dubai) What’s cooking? This farm-to-table restaurant is hosting a series of culinary workshops during the summer for budding chefs and eager home cooks...

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Food has long played a part in our emotional journeys. Feeling depressed after a breakup? A tub of Ben & Jerry’s will do the trick. Celebrating a milestone birthday? A brunch at the finest restaurant in town is booked. However, the correlation between what we consume and how we feel is more significant than you might think. While researchers previously believed depression and anxiety contributed to digestive issues such as Irritable and Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome...

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More and more women these days are training like athletes, honing their physiques with daily HIIT sessions — sometimes back-to-back classes — as well as a string of challenges and races combined with spartan nutrition. According to Dr Rosalie Sant, an obstetrician-gynecologist at Primavera Medical Centre in Dubai and a member of the livehealthy.ae expert panel, the combination is not a good recipe for getting pregnant.  How can rigorous exercise regimes impact fertility?  Yes, they...

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Mary-Justine Todd is the founder and executive director of Shamsaha, the first and only 24 hours a day, seven days a week domestic violence crisis prevention program operating in the Middle East. Shamsaha, which means “her sun” and launched in 2016, has 120 trained and certified women’s crisis advocates working in English and Arabic, with a new app that offers a wealth of information and research as well as text, phone and video crisis counseling....

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Wearing a fitness tracker is one of the easiest ways to establish and maintain an active lifestyle. It’s habit-forming and once you get used to seeing your progress each day, you won’t want to stop. In addition to automatically logging your physical and biometric activity, it doubles as a motivational tool. Apple Watch is known for sending messages periodically reminding wearers to stand up and my Fitbit just congratulated me for taking 10,000 steps. These...