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Carlos Mendez Esquivel understands what it is to be a yoga skeptic. When his brother came back from college at age 18 expounding the virtues of the practice, he laughed off it off as just a way to meet girls.  Fast forward two decades and Mendez is very much a convert. After going through a period of significant stress and anxiety in his life, his doctor in Mexico recommended he try yoga. That was 11...

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Failure. Such a terrifying word that our inner critics tend to use so frequently. It is real and it hurts. Overcoming the fear of failure in a way that does not hold you back seems impossible. For many of us, failure cuts deeply. What separates those who go on to achieve success from those who give up on their goals is attitude.  Every top CEO I’ve worked with has had to deal with failure on...

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When was the last time you heard, and enjoyed, silence? The background of our lives is inherently noisy: cars, construction, machines, videos, phones, chatter, air conditioning. Noise is there almost all the time. It is aggressive and repetitive. After all, there is such a thing as “sound torture” –  playing loud music or noise continuously to prisoners to break their will and disturb their mental health. It’s a torment. Our brains and ears need regular rest, to recuperate,...

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Stress and boredom as the coronavirus pandemic continues are leading to a surge in gaming addiction among young people, and parents and teachers need to be on the lookout for the warning signs, say psychiatrists at Paracelsus Recovery. Referrals for young people who have taken to gaming to cope with being cooped up at home or worrying about exams after missing months of school have doubled, with up to 10 percent of young gamers estimated...

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Whether the loss is fresh or in the past, this time of year can sharpen the pain of grief and intensify feelings of loneliness and isolation. That much was true before the pandemic, before we needed to factor in enforced distance.  “At this time, a loved one’s absence is seen and felt more starkly than ever,” says Dr Haseeb Khan Rohilla, a specialist psychiatrist at Priory Wellbeing Centre, Dubai. “As a result, many can feel...

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When we talk about loneliness as a state of mind, it’s more than just feeling socially or physically isolated from others. It involves feeling distressed and concerned about a perceived deficiency in the quantity, as well as the quality of our social relationships or social connections. Humans are social beings. We need intimacy. Physical and psychological effects  The psychological impact of prolonged loneliness has been linked to mental health difficulties, such as depression, anxiety, low...

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With the holiday season approaching, the Covid-19 pandemic has again forced us to revise our traditional holiday plans. Here are some tips on how to manage this holiday season: Focus on what really matters to you. Although it is important to recognize that we are all sad about the changes we have had to make this holiday season, it helps to take the time to reflect on what you value about the holidays.  Live those...

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As a teacher, researcher and scientist, I have often reminded my students to let the facts speak for  themselves. When it comes to the psychological effects of online distance learning on our children, the data,is sobering.  But no parent needs data to know that six months of being forced to learn from screens has done serious damage to our children.  Lest you label me a ‘Covid-denier’, let me assure you know that I am all...