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Dr Saliha Afridi

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A heroine is defined as “a woman admired for her courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities”. But what comes to your mind as you read “courage and outstanding achievements?” Is it a woman sitting at the table in a boardroom? Or is a woman who is sitting at the dinner table with her children and her family?  If we are all honest with ourselves, our first thoughts when we hear ‘outstanding achievements’ are college degrees,...

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When we think of clutter, we tend to think of untidy stacks of useless items in a garage or attic. However, clutter could be anything that you are holding on to that you are not using, or in the words of the famous organizational consultant, Marie Kondo, anything that does not “spark joy” in our lives. This could be designer clothing, useful books, or a beautiful decoration that do not inspire or excite and instead...

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While many enjoy the reflective, spiritual and community aspects that are part of Ramadan, they struggle with moodiness and fatigue, which they attribute to lack of food or water during the day. The truth is that being “moody” and “tired” probably is the result of people experiencing withdrawals from addictive substances, dehydration, poor sleep, lack of exercise and eating poorly at sunset.  The research is conclusive: fasting, when done right, is healing and restorative for...

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We feel increasingly lonely in our world. Some people blame loneliness on invasive social media and others blame it on pervasive technology.  And while these two factors are major culprits for how disconnected we feel from each other, one of the main reasons for our loneliness is that we are disconnected from ourselves. So when we take the disconnection from the self and throw in the rise of filters, plastic surgery, and the objectification of...

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As a culture, we are not very good at handling grief. We want to get on with things or be grateful for what we have, or not be stuck in the past, and so we quickly try to brush the grief under the carpet and move forward into the future. But as it goes with any emotion, if it is not acknowledged or processed, grief stays inside you and eventually blocks your ability to engage...

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The holiday season can be overwhelming and overstimulating. With our regular routines not in place, children out of school, healthy diets put on hold, while we are dealing with the hectic pace of traveling or tourists, holiday parties and family gatherings, it is easy for things to start to feel emotionally flooded. And for empaths, introverts and highly sensitive people, as well as those who typically spend a lot of time alone, this flood of...

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Over the years, I have noticed an increasing number of people reporting that they are struggling with procrastination. Delaying tasks and not doing what we planned to do not only affects our ever-present  to-do list, but also our self-esteem and self-worth. We stop trusting ourselves and lose faith in our ability to show up for ourselves.   I believe what most people are calling procrastination is actually a problem with distraction or, even worse, an addiction...

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So many of us get involved in the great parenting debate over what gender is more challenging to raise that we are in danger of overlooking a more serious issue: what is the best way to bring boys up to be honorable and respectful men? I speak from experience, not only as a mother of two boys (and two girls) but also as a psychologist who has spent decades working with boys and men. While...

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We have all experienced heartbreak at some point in our life. Betrayal, rejection and abandonment might have been among the reasons behind it and at those times, it’s tempting to question our commitment and promise ourselves that we will never allow ourselves to get hurt again. When we do that, we hold on to the anger, unconsciously wanting those who hurt us to feel the same pain. A the same time, we use that anger...

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The world we live in today is not conducive to mental health or wellbeing. We are constantly bombarded with images and information through our numerous devices and the divide between work and life seems to be a thing of the past. Just when we thought we could not take any more stress or cope with any more demands, we found ourselves in a global pandemic. We were expected to change how we worked, how we...