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My friend remembers the first time he drank and drove. It was actually the first time he had alcohol, let alone drove under the influence. The year was 2013 and he was 18 years old, speeding in the fast lane and overtaking cars from the hard shoulder while blasting the aggressive hit song of the time, I Don’t Like, by rapper Chief Keef. Needless to say, he quickly learned that alcohol, hyped music and a...

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Prior to the pandemic, the best place to positively impact young people outside the home was school. After all, that is where children typically spent most of their time. With the return of more face-to-face learning this fall, it is expected that many children, once again, will be spending more time with their teachers and classroom assistants than with their own parents in the comfort — and sometimes discomfort — of home. Let’s face it:...

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They live in Abu Dhabi and they had been friends for years. Before Covid-19, they spoke on a daily basis and made sure to meet up at least once a week. But as lockdown hit, and personal contact became restricted, they found themselves starting to drift apart. Even when restrictions began to lift, Zainab still didn’t feel safe enough to venture out, and refused to meet up with Soraya, who was eager to get back...

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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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I’ve been planning to book a session with Nir Levi, who visits Dubai’s Seva Experience wellness center from his home base in Paris, for years now. Something always got in the way.  But as he would say, I finally went this summer because, well, that’s just when I was meant to go.  He wouldn’t mean that in the woo-woo, spiritual bypassing way of the faux-zen wellness warrior we are all so tired of. I know...

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There are so many layers to depression and it can be an incredibly destabilising period in a person’s life. The common recommendation is to see a mental health professional, but with therapy costing hundreds of dirhams just for one session, that is just not an option for most of the population here in the UAE.  Despite the fact that globally, more than 264 million people of all ages suffer from depression, according to the World...

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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...