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With Ramadan approaching, Muslims around the world are preparing for a month of worship, reflection and fasting. For smokers, giving up cigarettes for up to 14 hours daily can be daunting, but it can also be the best time to stub it out for good. Dr Sandeep Thomas, a general medicine physician at Life Medical Centre, believes the spiritual focus during Ramadan can act as a strong motivator. “Religious beliefs and willpower were found to...

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“Kindness is something anyone can give without losing anything themselves.” It was this thought that inspired a session I delivered recently for a workshop my company offers off-site meeting. The client selected the topic, kindness, and what followed was a 30-minute mini-workshop spun off from a Gifting & Thoughtfulness workshop my company offers.  The objective of the session was to challenge everyone to incorporate a little more kindness into their everyday lives, and to make this...

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Given the city’s love for fitness, I don’t think it’s possible for Abu Dhabi to have too many yoga studios.   However, in order to sway my loyalty away from my usual favorite gyms, or indeed my much-loved YouTube yoga instructors, they have to offer something special.  Sacral Grounds, the new yogi hotspot at Mina Souq by Zayed Port, is certainly unique. With a capacity of just eight people per class, it’s definitely the smallest yoga...

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If you need a weekend of solitude, wellness, relaxation and rest by the beach, why not consider Sharjah? I never had, until recently. To be honest, I haven’t paid nearly enough attention to Sharjah in the almost 15 years I’ve lived in the United Arab Emirates. But, thanks to Sheraton Sharjah Beach Resort & Spa, I have a whole new appreciation for this fascinating emirate. Being invited to try the destination’s new Wellness package let...

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Nuzzling into the warm fuzzy neck of Mr Mustafa, I breathe in his earthy scent and let out a sigh of relief as I run my fingers through his silky hair.  Seconds later, he catches sight of another beaming blonde and the moment’s over as he bounds off as fast as his bony legs will carry him in search of more snacks and snuggles.   That’s because my new tall dark and handsome friend is a...

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A wave of UAE professionals would like to quit their jobs to focus on their mental health in 2023, according to a new report. Since spring 2021, the “great resignation” has seen more people than ever before leaving their jobs after the Covid-19 pandemic caused workers to reassess their priorities. And the trend is set to continue into 2023 in the UAE, according to the Bupa Global 2022 Executive Wellbeing Index. The report showed that...

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A new year brings new hopes, dreams and an endless stream of strategies to help you meet your goals. It’s also a time of year when you are likely to hear a lot about manifestation, a concept with deep roots in history and collated in Rhonda Byrne’s bestselling book, The Secret, which is based on the law of attraction. Basically, the assertion is that if you put yourself in a positive mindset, good things will happen...

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After two Covid-affected Emirates LitFests, it’s apt that the celebratory 15th edition should return ‘home’ of sorts — to the vibrant atmosphere of the InterContinental in Dubai’s Festival City. And with the spectacular Mohammed Bin Rashid Library now open just across the Creek, it’s great to see that some sessions and workshops are taking place there, too, given that it’s a building that reminds us of the power of literature.  There’s plenty for Livehealthy readers...