‘And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself?’ - Rumi
This journey into the self is rewarding, tortuous, enlightening, excruciating, exhilarating, gut-wrenchingly painful and incredibly liberating
Today I’m super happy to have the wonderful Dr. Ottilia Brown, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist at The LightHouse Arabia, back on Chasing Zest! I’m sure Dr. Ottilia’s article will resonate with so many of you as it certainly did with me…honestly speaking, I feel the comparison trap has got even worse since COVID-19!
Boundaries are the limits and rules that we put in place in the context of relationships but also within ourselves regarding what we will allow to filter into our being. Boundaries apply to different areas of life and thus there are different types of boundaries.
Hi everyone! I hope you’re all doing well and are adapting to the loosening of restrictions. I don’t know about you, but for me personally times are still kind of strange, and are made all the more odd by the fact that we can pretty much go about our daily business now, even though COVID-19 is still very much present.
In light of the unprecedented psychological circumstances the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has put families and children in, the Child Safety Department (CSD), an affiliate of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs in Sharjah, is organising a webinar titled ‘How to Care for Your Child’s Mental Health During COVID-19
Psychologists weigh in on how we can tackle grief head-on in an age of travel restrictions and social distancing
Clinical psychologist Dr Saliha Afridi shares her strategies for using our universal experience of the global pandemic as an opportunity for personal growth
The religious requirement of fasting during the Holy Month of Ramadan is of an extraordinary spiritual value to the Muslim community. There are some important considerations for when initiating or revising any medical treatment, and especially for a mental health condition.
We are living in an unprecedented time faced with a global crisis that inextricably affects all of us. This is undoubtedly like nothing we’ve lived before and the sheer scale of effect is still to be completely comprehended. In short, humanity is in crisis.
As the outbreak of COVID-19 continues to change all of our lives, to say that times are challenging and uncertain is something of an understatement. Like most people, you’ve probably been dealing with staying at home alone, juggling home schooling and working from home, fighting to save your business and worrying over money or dealing with cancelled plans and the anxiety of loved ones possibly getting sick.
It can be difficult to know what to do or say to help someone through their grief. Often, this results in us not saying anything at all for fear of upsetting that person, and then feeling like you maybe have given the impression that you don’t care, when nothing could be further from the truth.
My inspiration for this blog came from my current personal journey of learning to receive. I experience the act of giving materially, emotionally and spiritually as one that comes very naturally to me…
When Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, declared 2019 as a year of tolerance,he wanted to establish the UAE as a global destination to accept the other and open up and emphasize the value of tolerance as a sustainable business through a set of legislation and policies
When the 84-year-old Dalai Lama shared earlier this year that if his successor is a woman, she should be “very, very attractive” otherwise she would be “not much use,” it was the cause of much consternation.
DUBAI: In the course of the last decade, social media platforms have evolved from being communication networks into an integral part of nearly every aspect of daily life.
For every dollar a company spends on well-being and mental health, they have a US$4 return on that investment – whichever way you look at it, it is in their best interest to be good to their employees.
Loneliness has become the emotional pandemic of our time. A crushing emotion that can sometimes be hard to recognise and causes so much discomfort. It has been defined in many ways
So we are officially well into November and 2019 is almost over! Having being pregnant for most of the year
I'll never forget this moment: I was on a second date with a guy, patiently awaiting the large portion of cacio e pepe I ordered, when he brought up the concept of anxiety
Materializing Your Dreams Through Visualization in a 2-part workshop on Saturday, September 28th and October 12th
Normalising seeking therapy or medication as treatment has become important.
Searches for solo travel are up by 40 per cent. BAZAAR explores the hunch that white noise is to blame, and asks if we all need a solomoon...
Outsourcing is a business practice that was adopted in the 1980s as a cost cutting measure.
I don’t know how, but September is here! All of a sudden, the city is ‘full’ again, schools have returned, and everyone seems to be eager for winter and a bit more of a routine. Whatever your feelings about the summer just gone (although the humidity would suggest it’s still ongoing!), you may need to take some time to decompress, assess and perhaps breathe a sigh of relief that once again, you survived!
Do you wake up tired? Do you feel anxious? Is your phone on full charge, but your body running on empty? This Wellness Week, consider this expert advice from a Dubai psychologist and make the changes you need to recharge and reset
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Marriage counselors use a combination of evidence-based tools to help couples improve the quality of their relationship. (iStock)
Here are our top tips for helping children cope with separation anxiety
High IQ or not, emotional maturity is what defines successful people, says expert
Is your child heading for Secondary school this September and showing increasing signs of stress? If so the advice from these child experts should be hugely helpful in easing that transition.
A psychologist offers up some helpful tips for pupils, parents and teachers
The letter sender added that he is the only son and he can't face his family because of the financial dilemma he is in.
With the start of the school summer holidays approaching at the end of this week for most people, the great Dubai exodus is about to begin! Whether you’re planning on staying in the UAE, traveling every so often, or spending a couple of months away, there’s no doubt that whatever you decide to do, summer can certainly present a few challenges.
You are your harshest critic. And that's why self-compassion is as important as compassion for others Developing the compassionate self can have a soothing quality on our anger, anxiety and sadness
The kids are all right when travelling on school trips so long as they keep their surroundings and others in mind, says LAUREL MUNSHOWER
Is your child struggling to focus and sit still? It may be a sign of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
The Region's Only Teen Mental Health First Aid Training is Launched by The LightHouse Arabia for Teenagers to be 'First-Responders' for Peers
Risks are higher for child influencers as they are still developing coping skills: expert
Counselling Psychologist Aisling Prendergast MSc MBACP (reg.) speaks to A&E during the Mental Health Awareness month to provide some advice on dealing with low self-esteem.
During the Holy Month of Ramadan, Dr Saliha Afridi sat down with A&E TV to discuss looking after your mental wellbeing while fasting and beyond.
Model tolerance. There is no bigger influence on a child’s mindset and their tolerance for those who are different, than the parent. When you speak about people that are different to you, do so kindly. Being tolerant does not mean you are agreement with that culture, religion or individual. It just means that you respect people who are different to you.
Early lessons in generosity ground children to be compassionate individuals
It’s a hot topic, but one that men often shy away from. We find help when it comes to improving the mental health of the modern man…
Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life’ - Rumi
Halfway through Mental Health Awareness month, a&e continues its Wellness Wednesday series with the LightHouse Arabia, this week tackling the topic of loneliness.
You can’t 'cure' a person with mental health issues, but you can offer healing
Here are 15 things to do in Dubai this weekend.
For this week’s Wellness Wednesday instalment, Clinical Psychologist at LightHouse Arabia Daniela Salazar talks through her advice on coping with and soothing daily anxieties.
Feel the benefits of mindfulness with these classes…
We all lead busy lives, especially in a fast-paced city like Dubai. But it’s important to make time for some quality me time and mindfulness’.
We find out more about equine therapists in the UAE, who rely on a horse’s ability to pick up on a person’s subconscious patterns and physical reactions
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so to bring awareness to the community, we say down with Farah Dahabi, Clinical Social Worker & Mental Health First Aid UAE Lead at The LightHouse Arabia to chat about the common mental health conditions affecting the people around you, and what we can do to help.
In this program children will focus on putting previously taught skills into practice by applying them to real issues that they face at school and in their lives.Read More
Psychological issues such as stress, anxiety and depression are extremely common in UAE
Exam stress and peer pressure are key factors in substance abuse, Dubai conference hears
The words mental health seem to strike fear and avoidance from many Arabs in the Middle East.
Intention and gratitude are very important and Dr. Tara Wyne, Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Director at Lighthouse Arabia explains why she is a great believer in journaling and committing intentions to paper.
Join us for an interactive seminar that will focus on positive ways of parenting and keeping the peace in your family.
The singer opened up about his mental health struggles on Instagram – and we shouldn’t take that lightly
How many times have you really wanted to do something or go somewhere, but have been put off by that niggling voice in your own head?
‘Be melting snow. Wash yourself of yourself’ Rumi
Although mental health issues in young men globally are widely publicised, are there any issues that are specific to this region?
Experts decode emotional expression that may actually improve mental health
Wellness studios and fitness instructors often conduct day-long retreats, which typically involve exercise and meditation sessions, and healthy food and conversation
It’s no secret that sleep is essential to health, and in today’s 24/7 fast-paced world where everything needed to be done 10 minutes ago, most of us would freely admit that we don’t get nearly enough.
This topic receives so much attention because the act of forgiveness is commonly viewed as something that human beings struggle with
Christmas is less than a week away, and those of us who celebrate are busy getting ready. Whether you’re travelling or staying in the UAE; or are expecting guests or spending more time with friends, there’s certainly a lot to be excited about!
Happy UAE National Day and happy long weekend for those of you who get some extra days off! The latest article from our wellbeing experts, The LightHouse Arabia, is perfectly timed considering its subject matter: that of ‘downtime’. Think about it; when was the last time you took some time out, not only from work but from technology and the general chaos that comes with day to day life?
Virtual reality has become a tool to manage chronic and acute conditions. Here's how
We are becoming less socially intelligent as we lose touch with the real world
Discover how to find balance, live life with vitality and receive support when you
need it with a range of paid and free to attend events at LightHouse Arabia this
'This makes my heart extremely happy because I can see they are healing each other', says Alexandra Sullivan, who lost twin boys in late pregnancy
“If your home is chaotic, cluttered, and uninspiring, your mental health and mood will mirror the environment,” says Dr Saliha Afridi, clinical psychologist and managing director at Dubai’s LightHouse Arabia Center for Wellbeing.
The mirror tells a million tales as women fall victim to the fairness obsession and the whitening creams industry sky rockets by the year
Being sad, anxious, overwhelmed and a host of other difficult emotions are a part of life, and we shouldn’t be “pathologize” them, says Dr Saliha Afridi, a clinical psychologist and managing director at Lighthouse Arabia.
While we might read about the damaging effects of technology, do we really absorb the impact that phone-use can have on our relationships, our self-esteem and our children? We decided to put ourselves to the test...
How often have you sat in traffic willing the car in front of you to go faster as you nervously glance at the time on your dashboard?
Self care has become a bit of a buzzword of late and is often seen hashtagged on Instagram alongside an image of a hot bath, face mask, and candles. But beyond the pretty, Insta-worthy snaps, what exactly is self care, and why is it important?
Today is World Mental Health Day, raising awareness when it comes to mental health issues around the world. This year's theme highlights Young People and Mental Health in a changing world.We asked, what are the signs to look out for in children, family, partners, colleagues etc when it comes to having a healthy mind?We speak to Dr Saliha Afridi, Director of Lighthouse Arabia.
This year, the World Health Organization's Mental Health Day theme was announced as 'Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World.
We all know the importance of first response care when it comes to our physical health, but what about our mental health? We meet the experts who’ve brought the internationally certified Mental Health First Aid training programme to the Middle East to find out why it should be on all our to-do lists…
One of the oldest human forms of communication, gossip has the power to undo reputations and damage careers, say experts
This entrepreneur does not run her business purely for a financial motive. She has made a commitment to serve the community and make the UAE a healthier place. Meet Dr Saliha Afridi, clinical psychologist and managing director of The Lighthouse Arabia (TLH), a community mental health clinic in Dubai.
The salvo of content (the articles, the social media posts, the sharing, the retweeting and the stories) we’re trying to manage is coming at us with head-spinning velocity – the Internet has a lot to answer for our satiated minds. What’s available is so visible to us and yet – does anyone else feel like their consumption of it is incomplete?
Experts say a shorter working week improves well-being and doesn't have to mean less output for businesses
Most of us know the basics of effective stress management; we read about them, our doctors remind us of them, yet we struggle with making the required changes or maintaining them
Saliha Afridi from The Light House Arabia (lighthousearabia.com) has the following advice to help children to process and understand their negative emotions
Dubai psychologist advices parents to identify normal anxiety versus worrisome anxiety before the start of new school year
From stress, adjustment disorder, relationship and parenting difficulties to smartphone addiction, they draw a wide arc, say experts
Stress is a term we are all too familiar with and one which we bandy about quite often. This quarter my blogs will focus on coping with stress. Often when we think about coping, we think about specific strategies like talking to friends or going to the gym. Although this is not off the mark, coping encompasses more than just this list of strategies. Human beings often underestimate the active role their own thinking plays in the coping process.
From stress, anxiety to depression, mental health problems are devastating and need to be flagged up much more, say UAE experts
Productivity and recognition of mental health issues at work are critically relevant, say experts
New policy would decriminalise failed suicide bids in the UAE
Experts explain the reasons behind our behaviour
I want to expand on this process in this month’s blog as it really is the foundation for developing self-awareness and for influencing significant change in the self, and in the way the self relates to others and the world.
Experts advice taking a break and saying no to multiple tasks
Why it’s important to think through the challenges faced by a trailing spouse…
In 2017, YouGov and jobs portal Bayt.com revealed results of a survey, in which 51 per cent of respondents said that work-related issues were their top stressor.
Dr. Saliha Afridi, Clinical Psychologist and Managing Director at The LightHouse Arabia
It's not just cyber exposure for which we need to we need to be wary - our environment, in general, has changed.-(Alamy)
In today’s world, it’s necessary to consider the impact of unmanaged social-media use on our children’s developing minds and personalities. It is also important to look more closely at the impact of the messages they are receiving through these channels.
Being Kind Starts With You, Mama! Our Friends At Lighthouse Arabia Tell Us How To Change Your Mindset & Be Kinder To Yourself
Understanding, learning how to spot signs of distress early is key to give the right intervention
Everyone is talking about it… finding your purpose! People are often engaging in philosophical ‘What is the point?’ discussions
Every day we interact with a world that is filled with adversity. You may ask yourself, ‘How do people keep going despite all that they are faced with?
Expat writer Ann Marie McQueen reflects on her 10 years in the Emirates and asks what she would do differently if she had her time again
New research by LinkedIn found that U.A.E.-based professionals are more likely to describe themselves as experienced and skilled rather than successful.
She’s your BFF and you tell each other everything, but is your friendship as solid as your think? Keeping secrets, jealousy and even a new love are all threats to even the strongest of friendships, discovers Christine Fieldhouse
Every parent wants their child to be smart but what should parents do when intelligence is inversely proportional to morality? According to Alex Stone, author of ‘Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks and the Hidden Powers of the Mind’, lying is not only normal, it’s also a sign of intelligence. How can parents and educators deal with this apparent paradox? Gulf News readers debate.
A toddler’s constant refusal to co-operate might drive parents mad, but if your little one says ‘no’ all the time, Angela Boshoff Hundal says that may actually be a good thing…
With the rise in popularity of social media, this can be hugely problematic for youngsters when it comes to how they see themselves
The event will be suitable for anyone curious about exploring the lighter side of psychology and getting an insight into how it can improve well-being
Discover Your Light – A Wellbeing Event is a full day of interactive wellbeing workshops, informal discussions and activities for all ages taking place on Saturday 27th January from 10am until 3pm at their center for wellbeing located at 821 Al Wasl Road, Al Safa 2, Dubai.
There will come a time when dads and daughters want things to change and that’s only natural, says Dr Wyne. (Shutterstock)
Human emotions are complex by nature requiring a varied approach that perhaps may not be the forte of technology, says expert
How does the glow garden encourage creativity and understanding?
It has been proven that people suffering from depression, which often results from repeated exposure to stress, genuinely feel bad physically.
Deep bonds with another culture can boost self-expansion, says a new study, which points to the wonderful opportunities the UAE offersRead More
Along with creativity and expanding horizons of thought and learning, multiculturalism can also bring conflict, says expert
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A partner can snap and the moment of rage can be triggered in just a matter of seconds because all the past emotions bottled up will just erupt.
The makeover apps with names such as ‘Plastic Surgery Princess’ and ‘Pimp My Face’ – that are widely gaining popularity. (Screengrab)
I wanted to climb a mountain, be in nature, be alone but most of all, I wanted to feel the new me. I found that in Japan.
Even from the age of two children will pick up on things. It's important that you don't pretend they aren't happening
Facebooking during dinner or using e-devices at a family meal out are bad practices to be ditched
Image used for illustrative purpose. A student who was evacuated after a shooting at North Park Elementary School is embraced after groups of them were reunited with parents waiting at a high school in San Bernardino, California, U.S. April 10, 2017.
Men waiting to be hired for their labour in Yemen.
Syrian refugees watch convoy of Oxfam chief executive Goldring as he visits Al Zaatri refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq
A woman holds the antidepressant drug Prozac, also known as fluoxetine, in Leicester, central England February 26, 2008 in this posed photograph. Antidepressant medications appear to help only very severely depressed people and work no better than placebos in many patients, British researchers said on Monday.
We've all spent time and energy deciphering romantic connections, but figuring out if a potential new friend is into you can be just as tricky.
We are always looking for ways to incorporate meditation and Mindfulness into our fast paced Dubai lives. We met with Briar Jacques from The Lighthouse Arabia Centre for Wellbeing to give us some insights, hints and tips!
A lot of things account for employees’ happiness
Teachers and counsellors on how students should be empowered to grow in knowledge rather than just focus on clearing exams
Children should understand the symptoms of depression, says expert
Do you love grand gestures or are you laid-back when it comes to romancing your partner? Do you keep comparing yourself to others or do you like to take charge of a situation? Take our quiz to find out
Study shows 41 per cent of survey takers in UAE admit to feeling envious when they see happier lives of their friends on social media
We speak to an expert on how to deal with it and how to avoid doing it yourself
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The weekend is finally here, and we’re going to make the most of it with new restaurants, hit musicals, free gigs by chart-topping singers, and cut-price hair makeovers…
Dancing, brunches, insane amounts of cheese and hops and much more - your weekend is sorted
It is apparent that many successful people use morning rituals to help maximise their productivity and energy. Getty Images
Jess Macdonald is spending the festive season away from her home country.
People underestimate how difficult it will be for them to change a certain behaviour
Having a longer commute time is linked to higher levels of cortisol in the body
In addition to tiredness and health problems, feeling saturated and at your limit, a lowered tolerance for normal life events, and even projecting this emotion on to other people are all common side effects of holding on to emotional baggage.
Resilience, fear of failure, ability to learn quickly… these are just a few qualities that set a successful person apart from others. Christine Fieldhouse meets experts who suggest tips on how anyone can set their sights sky high and achieve all their dreams
Dr Nida Hussain, a clinical psychologist at Lighthouse Arabia in Dubai, said that the new recommendation from AAP stemmed from "a lot of media interaction happening now and pressure that everyone should be on it".
Dr. Saliha Afridi speaks to Aquarius Magazine about how to protect kids from beauty pressure. In a world of unrealistic beauty ideals, the hard job of raising resilient kids starts with looking in the mirror – literally.
Farah Dahabi discusses with the Khaleej Times how grief counselling can often be helpful for sufferers of acute stress disorder.
James and Katrina Wilton make sure that their two daughters Liberty, left, and Capri follow a healthy lifestyle.
Dr. Tara Wyne speaks to Gulf News about nurturing our wellbeing through adequate social support, physical fitness, challenges, accomplishment and meaning.
João Lourenço speaks with Gulf News about how to build a secure paternal bond with your children by creating special moments.
Dr. Saliha Afridi speaks to The National, UAE about how art can be used as a therapy for mental illnesses, including depression.
Carey Kirk discusses with The National how airlines have to be able to cope with disaster, and be ready to answer questions they hope they will never need to.
Dr. Saliha Afridi speaks to The National, UAE about how the frequent use of social media can cause harmful jealousy and envy.
Dr. Saliha Afridi speaks to Arabian Business, about coping with the compulsive behavior and addictions of the digital era
Madeeha Afridi speaks to The National, about helping children with anxious tendencies, including nervousness, irritability and trouble concentrating.
Dr. Sheetal Kini speaks to 7 Days, UAE about the benefits of a 'good divorce' for children and how it can be a positive decision for the family as a whole.
Dr. Tara Wyne speaks to Al Arabiya about the increasing popularity of divorce and how the end of a marriage can be seen as a healthy and positive decision
Dr. Nida Hussain speaks to The National about how to discuss the delicate subject of obesity without causing them distress, both in the short and long term.
Christine Kritzas speaks to The National about her Smart Heart board game that allows young children to constructively express their feelings without fear.
Chronic stress can damage the brain and increase our risk of developing neuropsychiatric disorders, including depression and dementia.
The LightHouse - Center for Wellbeing is proud to announce the launch of their new Resolutions Sessions on Wednesday the 25th of May.
Dr Tara Wyne, a Clinical Director and Psychologist at Lighthouse Arabia, Dubai, gives practical examples on how to include the art of giving in your life.
Dr. Saliha Afridi speaks to Gulf News about the neurobiology and other factors behind taking selfies in precarious and dangerous situations.
Our counseling psychologist Carey Kirk speaks to Friday Magazine about how our personality may impact how we react to stress.
Carey Kirk comments on how excessive use of technology is affecting the fabric of society.
Dr. Saliha Afridi shares her knowledge as a parenting expert on the importance of nurturing active children.
Dr. Tara Wyne discusses the nature of children and how they can influence adult decisions and behavior.
Madeeha Afridi speaks to The National about warning signs that a child may have an internet addiction.
Dr. Saliha Afridi speaks to Gulf News about the psychological science behind our use of emojis.
Carey Kirk joins a discussion on ADHD. She offers information on causal and contributing factors,
Dr. Afridi and Dr. Wyne discuss the realities of addiction, including addiction to alcohol and sex.