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If You’ve Made New Year’s Resolutions, Read This

What you need to know about this longstanding tradition.

As we settle into 2022, most of us are thrilled to see the back of what was yet another incredibly challenging year. And while none of us could’ve foreseen the madness that both 2020 and 2021 turned out to be, many of us are looking to 2022 as the year we claw back some semblance of normality in our lives – starting with a set of New Year’s resolutions.

Despite the best of intentions, it may have been pretty standard in the past for most people to abandon their resolutions within weeks of making them. But after having little or no chance to plan for the future in recent months, there’s no better time than now to make resolutions that we actually want to keep – ones that change our lives for the better. From ditching bad habits to regaining the mojo you may have lost over the course of this pandemic, experts agree that the key to making lasting resolutions is to first be (brutally) honest with yourself on numerous levels.

Dr. Saliha Afridi

“Good intentions are not enough to change behaviour. We must become more conscious – only then can we have change that is long-lasting,” explains Dr. Saliha Afridi, clinical psychologist and founder of The LightHouse Arabia. “We are culturally expected to make New Year’s resolutions, and I think it’s natural that with any new beginning, you have the intention to want to do and be different. However, we don’t realise that some of the habits we’re trying to change are deeply rooted behavioural systems. So, if we make superficial goals without addressing the underlying causes of those behaviours, we end up right back where we started – this time with less hope and more discouragement.” With this in mind, Dr. Afridi says that the first step in changing any kind of behaviour is becoming aware of how it is helping you to manage difficult emotions.

“When it comes down to it, all negative behaviours are anxiety management systems and, you we can identify the purpose of your behaviour, you can replace it with something that is more consistent with your values,” she says. “For example, a person may eat to avoid difficult emotions. One way to identify the hidden agenda of the behaviour you’re trying to tackle is to ask yourself: what would happen if I stopped the behaviour that gets in the way of achieving the goals I’ve set for myself? By getting rid of the food, the person is being asked to face difficult feelings without any ‘armour’. So in order to succeed in making lasting change, it’s important to find something that will not only help them cope with the situation, but is also consistent with their values. Perhaps the person truly values their health, so instead of eating, they could go for a walk when they are feeling anxious. Or if they value friendship, they could call a friend when they are going through something they find difficult to deal with on their own.”

New Year's Resolutions

Making a point of thinking about what you really want to change and filing your resolution list with easy, good-for-you goals is also more important than attempting to entirely transform your existence. “If you’re making resolutions for the upcoming year, be realistic and start small. Don’t commit to massive changes that can be tough to follow through on – do it step by step,” advises Aakanksha Tangri, founder of Re:Set. “So if you want to quit sugar, don’t give it all up at once. You’ll be setting yourself up to fail, which can backfire and demotivate you from sticking to your resolutions. You’ll be better off making a weekly and monthly goal that will allow you to follow through on slowly weaning yourself off sugar.” 

And there’s much to be said for partnering with a friend who has a similar resolution in mind. “I’d really recommend finding a buddy for your new year resolutions; you both can hold each other accountable and motivate each other through the journey,” adds Aakanksha. “Most importantly, be mindful of how you speak to yourself and the messages you’re giving to your brain while you take on a resolution. It’s important to remember that getting through these tumultuous two years has been a task in itself, so be kind to yourself and remember that it’s difficult to let go of an old habit or adopt a new one. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you stumble.”


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Exercise Can Help Reduce Postpartum Depression

Let’s Talk Fitness and Postnatal Depression

Learn how exercise can help beat the blues.

Your baby was up all night, and all that crying and screaming made sure that you were, too. Tired and exhausted, you drag yourself out of bed at the crack of dawn and wonder if you’ll ever find a semblance of who you were before you had children.  

For some postnatal women, getting up and out of bed is actually a good start to their day. For others, it may be one of the most difficult things to do, especially when those baby blues haven’t gone away and you are left feeling overwhelmed, resentful, sad, or depressed.  It is common to have the baby blues up to a few weeks after the birth of your baby – after all, having a baby can take a lot from your body and a lot happens in the healing process post-birth. However, when that feeling continues past about a month or if you begin having darker thoughts, it may be a good time to consult your doctor. 

Baby Blues versus Postnatal Depression

Baby blues are common, and most mothers will have this from a couple of weeks up to a month post-birth – whether it’s their first, third, or fifth child. Your hormone levels drop, you are sleep-deprived, and you are now responsible for a tiny human who cannot communicate in any way other than cry, scream, poop, and puke. There is an abundance of new challenges and, with every baby, the challenges will be different. Know that this is normal and okay.

If, however, you find yourself not feeling any better, and your mood continues to be low or your thoughts darken, it’s possible that you have postnatal depression (PND). PND is likely if you have had depression before having a child or if it runs in your family. If you find yourself swinging wildly from happy to sad, struggling to get simple tasks like showering and getting dressed done, feeling anxious for most of the day, or experiencing a loss of appetite, then I highly recommend you reach out and speak to a healthcare professional.

Exercise and Postnatal Depression

I’ve always been ‘sporty’, so I continued to train through both my pregnancies. However, it wasn’t until after having my boys that I realised how important exercise was for me mentally. Until then, I always saw exercise as ‘keeping fit’ and helping my body look and feel good. Now, having completed Personal Training certifications and specialising in pre- and post-natal fitness, combined with my degree in psychology and background in coaching, I cannot begin to stress how important it is for new mums. 

There have been numerous studies illustrating that making time for exercise can help improve depressive symptoms in new mums. Exercise can help you in the following ways:

  • Increase the feel-good hormones in your brain. By bringing in more oxygen, it helps stimulate endorphins that help increase your sense of well-being.  
  • Aid in your postnatal recovery by helping strengthen your body.
  • Reduce some of the baby weight.
  • Help you focus. When exercising – be it for 30 minutes or an hour – you are concentrating on yourself and not the other hundreds of other things you would normally have going on. 

Increasing endorphins and giving yourself a sense of well-being sets you up for the day, so if you can, exercise in the morning. When you feel good about yourself, it will cascade – like a ripple in a pond – to others around you, including your baby, partner, and friends. The tasks that were once challenging may not seem as challenging, and you will likely feel more upbeat and positive.

Don’t get me wrong, with postnatal depression, it can be really difficult to get up out of bed – let alone exercise. This is not to negate how you feel, rather simply encourage you to try. Try to get up and do something for yourself – even for just 10 to 20 minutes – as you are worth the effort. 

Exercise with Your Baby

If you want to include your baby, that’s completely doable! Here are a few small exercises you can do with your baby to help both of you feel good. 

  • Lay your baby on the floor. Get yourself in a push-up position and, with each push-up, come down and kiss your baby. Babies absolutely love this – you will get the giggles galore!  
  • Squat with your baby facing outwards and, if you have a mirror, do it in front of the mirror. Babies love to see themselves! As you squat, try to make some funny noises or sounds. 
  • Squat to press while holding your baby under their arms and facing you. Squat then as you come up from the squat, press them above your head with a “woosh” sound. They usually love the rush and you will get a few giggles from them. Plus, it will help you get some strength and toning in your arms and shoulders – win-win!

Find a Postnatal Class or Trainer

There are several amazing companies and personal trainers who can assist you with your journey, especially here in Dubai. Check out UrbanEnergy – I trained with them pre- and post-natal. The trainers I had actually inspired me to become the trainer and coach I am today. There is also LeFitmom, which has bespoke programmes for all stages of motherhood.

There are trainers who can come to you so that you can keep within the comforts of your own home. On the other hand, if you feel like you want to get out and really embrace time for yourself, there are many postnatal training groups that you can join. Not only will you get to work out, but you’ll also connect with other mums. What better way than to do it with other mums who are all experiencing similar things? Some of my best friendships today, 12 years on, were formed with my trainer and the other mums who I trained with! 

If you’re a mum in Muscat and looking for fitness advice, feel free to reach out to Sharee Hendry by clicking here.  


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Hypothyroidism symptoms and causes

Hypothyroidism 101: The Causes, the Symptoms, and More

All the basics, covered.

Hypothyroidism is a condition that’s characterised by abnormally low thyroid hormone production. There are several disorders that can result in hypothyroidism, and these disorders may directly or indirectly involve the thyroid gland. As the thyroid hormone affects growth, development, and many cellular processes, inadequate thyroid hormone has widespread consequences for the body.

The easiest way to understand hypothyroidism is to consider its root meaning. ‘Hypo’ means too little, while ‘thyroidism’ is a disease of the thyroid. Hypothyroidism, therefore, is a disease of too little thyroid activity.

What Are Thyroid Hormones?

Thyroid hormones are produced by the thyroid gland. This gland is located in the lower part of the neck, below the Adam’s apple. The gland wraps around the windpipe (trachea) and has a shape that is similar to a butterfly, formed by two wings (lobes) and attached by a middle part (isthmus). 

The thyroid gland uses iodine (mostly available from the diet in foods such as seafood, bread, and salt) to produce thyroid hormones. The two most important thyroid hormones are thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3), which account for 99% and 1% of thyroid hormones present in the blood respectively. However, the hormone with the most biological activity is T3. Once released from the thyroid gland into the blood, a large amount of T4 is converted into T3, the active hormone that affects the metabolism of cells.

What Causes Hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism is a very common condition. It is more common in women than in men, and its incidence increases with age. Here are some of the common causes of hypothyroidism in adults.

Inflammation of the Thyroid Gland (Thyroiditis)

Hypothyroidism often results from previous or currently ongoing inflammation of the thyroid gland, which leaves a large percentage of the cells of the thyroid damaged (or dead) and incapable of producing sufficient hormone. The most common cause of thyroid gland failure is called autoimmune thyroiditis (also called Hashimoto’s thyroiditis) or, in other words, thyroid inflammation caused by a person’s own immune system.

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune disorder that’s caused by the immune system attacking healthy tissues. In Hashimoto’s disease, immune-system cells lead to the death of the thyroid’s hormone-producing cells.

Medical Treatment

This fairly broad category includes procedures or medications that affect the thyroid’s ability to produce enough hormones to meet the body’s demands. Some of these hypothyroidism-causing treatments are done to address another thyroid disorder, but can have the side effect of inducing hypothyroidism. For example, the treatment of many thyroid conditions – including thyroid cancer – requires surgical removal of a portion or all of the thyroid gland. If the thyroid-producing cells left in the body are not enough to meet the needs of the body, the patient will develop hypothyroidism.

What Are the Risk Factors for Hypothyroidism?

Anyone can develop hypothyroidism, but you are at increased risk if you:

  • are a woman
  • are over the age of 50
  • were pregnant or had a baby within the past six months
  • have a family history of thyroid disease or any autoimmune disorder
  • have an autoimmune disorder, such as type 1 diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis
  • have taken antithyroid medications (a treatment for hyperthyroidism) or have been treated with radioactive iodine
  • have had thyroid surgery (partial or total thyroidectomy)
  • have been exposed to radiation to your neck or upper chest area

What Are the Symptoms of Hypothyroidism?

The symptoms of hypothyroidism can vary with the severity of the deficiency in thyroid hormone production and the length of time that the body has been deprived of the proper amount of hormone. Symptoms also vary between individuals – what may be one person’s main complaint might not affect another person. Most people will have a combination of symptoms. Occasionally, some patients with hypothyroidism may have no symptoms at all, or they are so subtle that they go unnoticed. These symptoms are: 

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Weight gain or increased difficulty losing weight
  • Coarse, dry hair
  • Dry, rough pale skin
  • Hair loss
  • Cold intolerance (you can’t tolerate cold temperatures like those around you)
  • Muscle cramps and frequent muscle aches
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Memory loss
  • Abnormal menstrual cycles
  • Decreased libido

If you have one or more of the symptoms listed, contact your doctor. Additionally, you may need to seek the skills of an endocrinologist. If you have already been diagnosed and treated for hypothyroidism and continue to have any or all of these symptoms, it’s important to discuss it with your physician(s).

How Is Hypothyroidism Diagnosed?

A diagnosis of hypothyroidism can take into account the following:

Medical and Family History 

You should take care to tell your doctor if any of the following points are a part of your medical and family history.

  • Changes in your health that suggest that your body is slowing down
  • If you’ve ever had thyroid surgery
  • If you’ve ever had radiation to your neck to treat cancer
  • If you’re taking any of the medicines that can cause hypothyroidism (such as amiodarone, lithium, interferon alpha, interleukin-2, and maybe thalidomide)
  • Whether any of your family members have thyroid disease

Physical Exam

The doctor will check your thyroid gland and look for changes such as dry skin, swelling, slower reflexes, and a slower heart rate.

Blood Tests

Two blood tests are used in the diagnosis of hypothyroidism.

TSH (Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone) Test

This is the most important and sensitive test for hypothyroidism. It measures how much of the thyroid hormone thyroxine (T4) the thyroid gland is being asked to make. An abnormally high TSH means hypothyroidism – the thyroid gland is being asked to make more T4 because there isn’t enough T4 in the blood.

T4 Tests

Most of the T4 in the blood is attached to a protein called thyroxine-binding globulin. The “bound” T4 can’t get into body cells. Only about 1% – 2% of T4 in the blood is unattached (“free”) and can get into cells. The free T4 and the free T4 index are both simple blood tests that measure how much unattached T4 is in the blood and available to get into cells.

How Is Hypothyroidism Treated?

Hypothyroidism can’t be cured, but in almost every patient, can be completely controlled. It is treated by replacing the amount of hormone that your own thyroid can no longer make in order to bring your T4 and TSH levels back to normal levels. So, even if your thyroid gland can’t work right, T4 replacement can restore your body’s thyroid hormone levels and your body’s function. Synthetic thyroxine pills contain a hormone exactly like the T4 that the thyroid gland itself makes. All hypothyroid patients except those with severe myxedema (life-threatening hypothyroidism) can be treated as outpatients, not having to be admitted to the hospital. 

Are There Any Side Effects of Treatment? 

The only dangers of thyroxine are caused by taking too little or too much. If you take too little, your hypothyroidism will continue. If you take too much, you’ll develop the symptoms of hyperthyroidism, an overactive thyroid gland. 

The most common symptoms of too much thyroid hormone are fatigue, an inability to sleep, greater appetite, nervousness, shakiness, feeling hot when other people are cold, and trouble exercising because of weak muscles, shortness of breath, and a racing skipping heart. Patients who have hyperthyroid symptoms at any time during thyroxine replacement therapy should have their TSH tested. If it is low, indicating too much thyroid hormone, their dose needs to be lowered.


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Commonly Asked Questions about Autism

5 Commonly Asked Questions about Autism, Answered

In honour of Autistic Pride Day, tomorrow.

While there are no statistics available on the number of people diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the UAE, it has been reported that most autism centres are not only operating at full capacity, but also have long waiting lists. It’s no wonder, then, that 2021 brought with it the launch of the National Autism Policy that aims at both supporting caregivers and improving the health and well-being of people with ASD. It also focuses on upgrading the skills of personnel working at ASD centres and raising the efficiency of services offered.

Globally, the World Health Organization estimates that one in 100 children has autism, with reported prevalence varying substantially across studies. For the uninitiated, ASD is a complex developmental condition involving persistent challenges with social communication, restricted interests, and repetitive behaviour. Autistic people are also frequently misunderstood because of their differences, making Autistic Pride Day – marked annually on June 18 – so vital. First celebrated in 2005, the event is rooted in instilling such individuals with pride over their neurodiversity. The Gaggler set out to support the cause, tapping Dr. Ateeq Qureshi, Senior Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Priory Wellbeing Centre, to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about autism. Listen in.

1. What causes autism?

There is no single known cause for autism. Both genetic and environmental factors may play a role. Genetic mutations may be inherited and the probability of having autism is higher if one has an immediate family member who is autistic. Parental age (older), premature birth, low birth weight, and complications during birth are all correlated with a higher risk of having autism. There is evidence for correlations of autism with certain environmental factors such as air pollution, heavy metal exposure, and some medicines – all of which are not very well understood and being researched. Sometimes, autism can be associated with genetic disorders such as Rett syndrome or Fragile X syndrome.

2. Where do you stand on the vaccines and autism debate?

The vaccine and autism debate was settled in the mainstream scientific community many years ago, with the consensus opinion that there was no clear evidence linking the two. In fact, the original study that proposed this link had to be retracted with the author judged to have acted dishonourably. There have been several well-designed studies and analyses over the last two decades that have shown no connection between the MMR vaccine and autism. Despite the wealth of evidence, this idea persists, and it is important that it is debunked as the harm it is causing is very real and significant.

Frequently Asked Questions About Autism – Answered

3. Autism is still so misunderstood – why do you think that is?

Autism is generally misunderstood as there is such a wide variety of presentations, with significant differences between those who have major needs – including 24/7 care in some cases – and those with high-functioning autism and many others in between. Media representations are not always correct. There is often a stigma attached to the term, and many people view it through the lens of that stigma. It is sometimes helpful to conceptualise it as a heterogeneous condition, and not as a disorder.

4. What exactly does the expression ‘on the spectrum’ mean?

Autism is known as a ‘spectrum’ disorder because there is wide variation in the type and severity of symptoms that people experience. The formal diagnosis in the DSM-5 is called autism spectrum disorder, and there is no difference between autism and autism spectrum disorder. Some people prefer to be known as being on the spectrum rather than having autism or being autistic.

5. How is autism diagnosed in young children, especially in terms of the diagnostic tools and techniques used?

Autism diagnosis entails a detailed clinical history, especially history of early development and observation of the child. There are structured assessment tools for both history and for observation, i.e. the Autism Diagnostic Interview (ADI) and Autism Observation Diagnostic Schedule (ADOS). In addition, collateral information from teachers and other supplementary assessment tools to rule out associated or related disorders are also used.


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How to calm mind

If You’re an Overthinker, This One’s for You

Here are three ways to calm your mind.

Overthinking, also known as rumination, is when you repeatedly concentrate on the same thought or scenario to the point where it interferes with your everyday life. Overthinking is widespread and affects many of us. According to Forbes, 73% of people aged 25 to 35, as well as 52 percent of people aged 45 to 55, are regular overthinkers. 

There are two types of overthinking: dwelling on the past and fretting about the future. If we overthink everything in our life, it becomes a habit or self-soothing behaviour that we adopt in situations where a solution is required. Overthinking can even make things worse. You may feel ‘stuck’ or unable to take any action if you’re battling with your own thoughts. It can be hard to focus on anything else or remove certain thoughts from your mind. You may feel as if you’re trapped in a maze of thoughts, each one leading to the next – thus creating a chain of unpleasant thoughts.

It’s critical to recognise when you’re overthinking so that you can use the correct tools and techniques to combat negative thoughts and prevent an unhealthy pattern from forming. Interestingly, though, if used the right way, overthinking can help us manifest our biggest dreams. The way it’s normalised today, however, isn’t the best approach. 

While not always the case, overthinking has been connected to sadness. That being said, not all overthinking is unhealthy. In the short term, having many thoughts about an issue can actually motivate you to eliminate negatives and become prepared to overcome hurdles. When you’re apprehensive about a big work presentation, for example, the stress can motivate you to put your best foot forward. You may put in a lot of effort on the project and leave home a little early on the day of the presentation to make sure you arrive on time. 

However, overthinking becomes unhealthy when it keeps you from taking action or interferes with your daily life and well-being. Stress can also make it more difficult for you to focus and remember things, making work, housekeeping, and other daily duties more challenging. These duties will take longer if you are stressed, which might lead to even more stress.

How to calm your mind

Overthinking and Poor Sleep

Why do we stay up thinking all night? Overthinking at night happens primarily as the brain processes what occurred during the day at night. This happens as we don’t have the space to digest our ideas throughout the day because our days are now filled with several things that involve taking in large amounts of information.

In many cases, we spend hours overthinking at night about a situation we faced in the past or worrying about the future. It keeps us awake and disrupts our sleep cycle in the process. Thus, by interfering with our natural sleep cycle, overthinking can have a negative impact on our overall health and well-being, too.

Figuring Out the Cause of Overthinking

Many people believe that overthinking is a struggle, but most of the time, it’s not actually a struggle – rather one of the symptoms of a struggle that we are unwilling to address. It’s the fear of not resolving a problem that causes us to overthink things. 

This usually stems from not being used to resolving issues and lacking the courage to do it. We use overthinking as a coping mechanism to avoid dealing with the situation at hand and, as a result, when it comes to resolving the conflict, we tend to overthink it. 

Is It a Disease or a Symptom?

Overthinking can cause troubled mental health and, as such, must be treated right away to minimise its effects on our lives and physical health. It’s a warning sign that something’s awry, a signal that the underlying issue is lurking underneath the surface.

It can also be a symptom that can indicate depression, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and other mental struggles. The best approach to combat it is to seek therapy and professional help, and acquire the necessary tools and techniques because if left untreated, it will begin to cause far more problems than anticipated.

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Three Ways to Avoid Overthinking

1. Keep track of patterns and triggers.

A little mindfulness and focus can help you get a handle on your overthinking. Keep a journal and jot down particular instances where you found yourself overthinking or worrying. After some practice, you’ll start to see patterns and anticipate overthinking triggers. This will assist you in developing a coping strategy for when you know you may overthink.

2. Seek professional assistance.

When you overthink all the time to such an extent that it interferes with your everyday activities, you should seek expert help. As this usually indicates a mental struggle, professional assistance is required in order to be treated.

3. Make your thinking more challenging.

You don’t have to believe everything your mind tells you – even if it feels that way. Overthinking can be stifled by challenging fears and ruminations, and viewing them objectively. Evaluate if a thought is rational, reasonable, or useful. There are moments when I, too, begin to overthink and the negative thoughts begin to creep in. As humans, our default response is to be aware of the negative so as to protect ourselves from it. Being mindful of the fact that we have spotted it and can now work on it, rather than allowing it to take over our minds is the key.


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Have You Lost All Motivation to Move?

Meet fitness snacking.

Raise your hand if, lately, you’ve lost all motivation to move. Guess what? You’re not alone. A 2021 study out of McMaster University found that while mental health issues like anxiety and depression prompted some exercise in a quest for stress relief, they proved to be a barrier to physical activity for others. And fitness snacking may just be the solution if you’re ready to repair your relationship with exercise.

Dubbed one of the year’s biggest fitness trends (much to the relief of working mothers and others who are pressed for time), the concept of fitness snacking is hardly new. While bite-sized exercise echoes the patterns of high-intensity interval training, it came into prominence as a result of global lockdowns, increasingly sedentary lifestyles, and the subsequent boom in digital fitness. 

For the uninitiated, fitness snacking is defined as short bursts of movement interspersed throughout the day (20 seconds of bodyweight squats, 60 seconds of jumping jacks, climbing a few flights of stairs, or even dancing to Charlie Puth’s “Light Switch”) as opposed to working out for 45 or 60 minutes at a stretch. If it elevates your heart rate, it counts. Bonus: activewear is optional. Admittedly, this approach feels more timely than ever, especially as working from home has become the norm for so many of us.

“One of the biggest mistakes I see people make is thinking that they need to exercise in a certain way to be fit,” says sport and exercise psychology consultant Hannah Winter, emphasising that there are countless ways in which people can bring movement into their day-to-day lives. “I often hear people say that they ‘should go to the gym’ or ‘should run’ – only to find out they hate the gym or running. One of the most important things is to find the type of exercise you enjoy. If an individual found that short bursts of exercise were something they enjoyed and could stick to, I would be supportive.” 

What’s more, the pandemic has made such short bursts more accessible than ever. “There are numerous fitness professionals providing short, equipment-free workouts through social media and apps that people can do in the comfort of their own home, thereby lowering the barrier to entry for people to get into fitness.” Part of Hannah’s role involves assisting individuals with their mindset in order to achieve their goals, so she’s also on the ‘start small’ bandwagon. 

“I would encourage anyone getting started on their health journey or returning to exercise after a long time to start with realistic goals. The objective should be to build some simple keystone habits that, over time, become routine and form a solid foundation from which to build upon. The mind can become an obstacle at first. Thoughts like ‘I can’t do this’ or ‘I am not an exerciser’ can be overwhelming, but breaking fitness down into manageable objectives can make it more achievable. And once you start seeing that you can do it, you realise that your mental narrative isn’t true. The reality is that achieving any goal comes from small daily actions that, over time, yield results.”

Incidentally, Hannah’s clients include not only elite athletes, coaches, and personal trainers, but also recreational exercisers of all abilities. Explaining who would benefit most from this approach, she says, “If someone was to have work, family, or caring responsibilities that prevented them from fitting longer forms of exercise into their day, fitness snacking could be a great fit. It also could be a good option for someone who is lacking motivation or has struggled to maintain consistent exercise habits.” 

People often take on too much, she says, only to discover it’s impossible to sustain. “If someone is looking to start engaging in regular exercise, I would encourage them to start with some small, easy-to-do steps to build in the habit and then gradually increase over time. Lastly, it could be a great option for someone who is just getting started on their health journey or slowly returning to exercise after a long time.” As for those days that call for more snacking than fitness snacking? Forgive yourself – and reach for the Cheetos instead.


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Why Women with Money Can Create a Better World

It’s time to break down our biases.

Much of the research around how and why women feel the way they do about money management isn’t surprising to us women. According to statistics, 81% of women said they’ve personally been a victim of negative stereotypes – including about their investing abilities. And while this is extremely sad, it’s not surprising to most. I, too, have experienced this firsthand on more occasions than I care to remember, even though I am a finance professional with the experience and qualifications to back it up. 

I remember how every conversation was directed at my husband when I was talking to banks and brokers about obtaining a mortgage. I’d ask a question, and the broker or advisor would proceed to answer it looking at my husband as if he’d asked. As a regional head of finance who was responsible for billions of dollars in company revenues, you’d think I’d be taken seriously – and that’s notwithstanding the fact that the mortgage application was 100% based on my salary and would be my liability! It felt like my gender was overshadowing my financial credentials and my experience. Of course, as a woman, I can’t possibly be the decision-maker or capable of understanding a complex mortgage agreement, right? Wrong.

So much of that bias is unconscious, and it’s present in both men and women. We, as women, often display this bias against ourselves. We believe the stereotype that women are simply not good at managing money – that we cannot control our spending and we’re not good at investing. This idea is widespread and spread across cultures, geographies, and generations. When it comes to money, there is often a canyon of space between our mindsets and money-belief systems. But why is it this way? Thankfully, there is much research on this topic and I’m going to discuss some key facts here. 

How Are Men and Women Different? 

Women are socialised to save money, keep it safe, and not be greedy. Our male counterparts, on the other hand, are socialised to invest, seek out ways to earn as much as possible, and be proud of their financial achievements. For men, earning vast amounts of money is seen as powerful and impressive.  Because of this, women tend to hold 71% of their assets in cash and shy away from sharing what they earn or have. Men, on the other hand, hold 60% of their assets in cash and are more likely to boast about promotions and what they earn.

What I hadn’t considered before was our tendency to use our money to benefit everyone except ourselves. Studies have shown women use money to create a lifestyle in the present. We do that by buying the groceries, making 70% of travel decisions, and organising the day-to-day lives of our families. This is a different spending perspective from the stereotypical one portrayed by the media, where women spend all their money shopping and even need to be given tips to stop or reduce.

On the other hand, we are less likely to plan for retirement, buy life insurance, or be involved in arranging mortgages. In contrast, men use money to create a secure future. They take on the role of decision-maker in significant and long-term financial decisions. Ironically, we women tend to live longer than men and, yet, we are leaving our retirement security in the hands of people we are likely to outlive.

A woman putting money into a glass jar.

Why Do Women Feel Less Financially Confident?  

Money is genderless, and it’s as much of a tool for women as it is for men. So why do we feel so differently about it? This is where it gets particularly frustrating. The divide in money isn’t just about gender pay gaps, there is also a worrying gap in how men and women are spoken to about money. Men are taught the benefits of investing, blockchain, and NFTs, while women are told to stop drinking artisanal coffee so they can save for a pair of designer shoes. 

A study carried out by Starling Bank in 2018 found that 90% of articles targeted at females focus on small ways to save money. 71% encourage seeking out vouchers, discounts, and coupons to save money. 65% define women as excessive spenders, urging us to limit, restrict, and better control our ‘splurges’. Our male counterparts, on the other hand, are targeted with articles about the importance of making big investments, how to mitigate investment risks, and how money can enhance one’s status as a man. Furthermore, 50% focused on how to protect themselves from future harm, including financial harm from divorce. Is it any wonder that arguments over money are consistently reported as the number one cause of divorce?

Why Is It Good to Get More Money into Our Hands?

As women, we use our money to help others. Women invest 90% of their income back into their families, while men only reinvest 44%. When I first came across this, it surprised me, but when I sat back and thought about it, it all made sense. When my mother spoke to me about money, it’s clear now that she assumed my income would be used to pay for my family’s needs. She also urged me to always keep enough aside just in case – which I did, but I too had unconsciously internalised her assumption. My income went back to my family and, for years, I didn’t invest or think long-term either. It was a real wake-up call. 

Despite how the media portrays us, we are more financially responsible than men. When we do invest, we are more likely to invest long-term, we are more patient, and we achieve better returns. Studies show women are more likely to invest in ESG and sustainability, so we use our money to invest responsibly and do good for the planet. We use our money to help our families and our communities, so communities thrive when women make more financial decisions. We currently control over $31.8 trillion in worldwide spending – imagine the positive change we can create with that level of wealth if we felt empowered to use it in line with our values and help others?

A woman sadly looking down at some money.

What Can You Do to Feel More Financially Confident? 

Put yourself on the path to financial wellness by taking small actions that you can do now. What’s most important when you begin is clarity. It means knowing how much money you have, and then creating a plan for where you want your money to go. Ensure the cash flow plan is in line with your values, not what others or the media tell you it should be. Set financial goals that are true to you and then build your budget to achieve those goals. Make peace with your money situation and forgive any past mistakes – every human makes money mistakes. 

If you’d like to know more about financial wellness, get your free copy of my Conscious Finance Coaching Financial Wellness Checklist here.


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Myths About Veganism

 4 Myths About Veganism That Don’t Hold Up

Don’t believe everything you hear.

Veganism is everywhere these days, and its supporters are quick to highlight its many benefits – as well as the drawbacks of non-vegan diets. But how much of it is fiction versus fact? Here, we address the top four myths about this increasingly popular lifestyle.

MYTH 1: Meat causes cancer.

Cancer is a complex disease that doesn’t have one single cause and can be influenced by many different factors. Vegans are not immune to cancer – and still get cancer. It’s also likely, from a dietary perspective, that your risk of cancer depends on your diet as a whole, rather than the inclusion or exclusion of meat. This was reflected in the EPIC-Oxford study of cancer rates in vegetarians and non-vegetarians (all of whom were quite healthy).

They found a small reduction in the risk of all cancers in vegetarians, but a higher risk of colorectal cancer. The overall risk of cancer in both groups was very low, thus supporting the idea that there is more than one factor at play, and that your modifiable risk of cancer is as much about other lifestyle factors like cigarettes, alcohol, sedentary behaviour, and limited vegetable intake. 

MYTH 2: Eating dairy leaches calcium from your bones.

A common criticism of dairy products is that they contribute to the development of osteoporosis, a type of bone disease. People who promote this myth say that this occurs due to milk being ‘acidic’ and causing calcium to leak out of your bones to neutralise the threat, thus making them weaker. This theory doesn’t hold up for a number of reasons. Firstly, it ignores the bone-friendly profile of dairy foods, such as how rich they are in calcium, protein, and minerals – all of which are essential for good bone health. Controlled trials also show beneficial effects, whereby eating dairy leads to improved bone health. 

Secondly, this theory does not acknowledge the role that your kidneys play in maintaining blood pH. Your kidneys filter out any acidic compounds and you pass them out in your urine – your bones aren’t involved in the process at all. Overall, there are many factors at play in bone health, including physical activity, diet, age, and hormones. The onus is on you to make an informed decision, and if you choose to avoid dairy, please do get in touch with a practitioner who can ensure your diet is balanced to make up for the omission.

Common Misconceptions About Veganism

MYTH 3: Eating eggs is as harmful as smoking.

If you watched the recent Netflix documentary What the Health, then you would have heard the following statement: “Eating a single egg could decrease your lifespan as much as five cigarettes would.” This is most definitely a myth! Eggs always had a bad reputation thanks to the high cholesterol content in its yolks. However, we now know that dietary cholesterol has very little impact on our blood cholesterol levels.

The Netflix statement is a case of people cherry-picking research studies. It seems to be drawn from an observational study stating that eating egg yolks was associated with an increased build-up of fatty deposits in the arteries. A few things to note with regards to this particular study: 

  • The researchers never reported an exact amount with regards to eggs and cigarettes, but said that both followed a similar linear pattern. 
  • The subjects in the study did not have heart disease and, apart from smoking, other aspects of their diet and lifestyle were not measured – meaning the link could’ve been caused by any of the other factors. 
  • We already know from other observational studies and intervention studies that eggs are a healthy choice for many, so don’t be afraid to include eggs in your diet. 

MYTH 4: A vegan diet is the healthiest diet. 

One study that included 11,000 people over a 17-year period showed that the likelihood of dying in a set time frame was halved if you were health-seeking – choosing more whole foods, engaging in daily movement, avoiding vices like smoking, etc. Interestingly, whether you ate meat or not made no difference. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be vegan. You should, however, make an informed choice.

Vegan food isn’t the only way to improve health markers like cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood glucose control. In fact, dietary patterns that emphasise plants, such as the Mediterranean diet, provide similar benefits. Do remember that we humans are able to thrive on a multitude of different foods and styles of eating. It’s not the label that makes your diet healthy, but rather your dietary habits over weeks, months, and years that will make a difference. So, yes, a vegan diet can be healthy, but so can other diets that stress plant-based foods.                           


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Ways to Destress in Dubai

Live in Dubai and Looking to Destress?

Help is here.

Considering May is Mental Health Awareness Month, the topic of stress – and how to tackle it – feels more timely than ever. But what if conventional solutions aren’t cutting it? After all, yoga isn’t for everyone, some people aren’t comfortable with the idea of therapy, and talking a long walk in scorching temperatures is hardly appealing. Enter: seven unique ways to destress in Dubai, one for each day of the week.


Art psychotherapy


 ATIC Psychological & Counselling Center


Artistic talent is not a prerequisite to give art psychotherapy a try – it’s the process of making the artwork, not the end result, that matters. And because therapy of this sort is carried out by a qualified art psychotherapist, it’s used for both diagnostic and treatment purposes. Not only does art psychotherapy alleviate stress and foster self-awareness, but it also addresses issues that verbal psychotherapy cannot reach.


Drum therapy


Dubai Drums


Like art psychotherapy, drum therapy entails no verbal communication, yet promotes healing and self-expression – especially when done in a drumming circle. This is because rhythmic activities readjust one’s focus and boost self-esteem, thereby calming the anxious mind. In fact, techniques of this sort have been employed for thousands of years to promote healing, especially as it’s safe and suited to all ages.

Dubai Drums


Flotation therapy


Point Zero Floatation Center


Don’t underestimate the stress-busting benefits of aquatic R&R, especially when it comes to floating in a highly concentrated solution of epsom salt (magnesium sulphate) in a private cabin or pod, with the water temperature set between 35.5°C and 35.8°C. As for why it works? Magnesium has been proven to reduce stress hormone – formally known as cortisol – levels, making sensory deprivation of this sort practically foolproof.




UAE Hypnosis


Hypnosis is one of the least understood techniques when it comes to stress management, but don’t let that deter you from keeping an open mind towards this ancient practice. And if you’re not quite ready to give self-hypnosis a try, guided hypnosis comes highly recommended as a trained expert will walk you through a powerful visualisation exercise in order to both let go of stress and regain control.


Rage rooms


The Smash Room


Do you really need a reason for this one? Well, it’s cheaper than therapy, for starters. It’s also designed to help participants release pent-up rage by smashing everything in sight – vases, plates, old printers, and old-school TVs included – in a judgment-free space. Perhaps that explains why 60% of the customers at The Smash Room are women? And while experts continue to study this area for more conclusive evidence, several psychologists say the act of smashing releases endorphins (a.k.a. happy hormones), even steering their clients in this direction.

The Smash Room


Sound healing




Crunchy, new age-y techniques are admittedly not for everyone, but the ancient practice of sound healing certainly deserves a spot on this list. It brings together percussive instruments like gongs, triangles, tuning forks, and Tibetan singing bowls to help enter a theta state of very deep relaxation, thereby silencing the human mind through vibrations – a must-try if the stress is more chronic in nature.




BMS Awakening and Healing Center


Combining water and shiatsu results in – you guessed it – watsu, a practice that has long been used in South America. Taking place in a pool generally set at a temperature of 31ºC, a therapist will gently cradle, rock, and stretch you in a series of rotational movements, all of which lead to fuller breathing and muscle relaxation. Translation: lower stress levels, less anxiety, and sleeping more soundly than you have in ages.


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A Men’s Coach on Encouraging Your Man to Open Up  

Yes, you can be his safe space.

Us men can seem like a bit of an enigma at times, appearing stoic, emotionless, carefree, and perhaps even cold and indifferent. The keyword here though is ‘appearing’. The truth is that we feel more than you think. It’s just that we’ve been conditioned to believe that the expression of emotion equals weakness – unless it’s related to sports or video games, of course.

I write this as a man who has struggled to express his truth with women for many years – a man afraid of reaction, rejection, judgement, and the truth I might hear reflected back at me. So instead, I lied, suppressed my truth, and consequently caused a lot of pain to those close to me. The battle between the man who wants to express his truth and the woman who wants him to when they both lack trust in each other is ongoing. 

As you read this, you may think that it’s normal for a man to lie and hide the truth – and whilst I might agree with you, it does not make it okay. The reality is that men want to be honest. A man wants to unburden his troubles, but the conditions need to be psychologically safe. Most men fear that their truth will hurt the person they want to be honest with, so they decide to say nothing. They fear rejection, and their ego struggles to accept it, so they avoid being vulnerable altogether.

How To Get A Man To Open Up

Cultivating Safety 

To the women reading this: you are the conductors of this journey and the experts of emotional expression – and we need your help. It’s not easy for us to switch between our emotions, especially with some of the vulnerable ones. They don’t feel nice, and we don’t know what to do with them. Most men want to escape a negative state of mind as quickly as possible, which is why we try our hardest to block our emotions or numb them.

So where do we go from here? It might sound cliché, but communication really is key. I’d like to share with you some ways in which you can create psychological safety for the men in your life in order to encourage open and honest conversations together. Of course, there are many men who are comfortable being vulnerable, but this article is written with those who are emotionally closed off in mind. 

Before you read ahead, know that I fully understand there are times when the things I list will be difficult to do, perhaps because your own emotions may be heightened or the topic you wish to bring up has been on the table for quite some time. Every relationship is unique and relationship goals may vary. This is a journey and it will take time, but I promise that if you really work on creating safety, the man in your life will begin to open up.     

Is this the time or place?

He’s just come home from work or hanging out with his friends, and you’re ready to talk to him about something that’s been on your mind all day – after all, you’ve had all the time to go over it and now you want to let it all out. But this is not the time. This scenario does not create safety. As mentioned before, it is difficult for a man to switch between emotional states and after having just come home, he’s in no state to talk about his feelings, so give him time to truly settle.

Talking to him just before sleeping is also a bad idea. Most men just want to sleep once their head hits the pillow. I can fully appreciate that you may have something on your heart and mind – possibly something that’s been bothering you for a while – but if you really want to have the best shot at an open conversation, find the right time and place to do so.

Are you really ready to hear his truth?

Before embarking on a journey to create safety for him to open up, ask yourself if you feel safe with yourself to receive his truth. Are you ready to accept whatever he says with an open heart, to listen and not react? What is your intention for the conversation? What do you want to achieve together? Check in with yourself to recognise if there has ever been a time where he has attempted to express his truth and you mishandled the situation, emotionally hijacked the conversation, or even used his vulnerability against him. It doesn’t take a lot for a man to shut down and never attempt to speak his truth again. 

  1. Be patient with him. Understand that he won’t always know what he’s feeling, Many men have been conditioned not to feel and he may need time to find his words. Try not to jump in or finish his sentences and just listen. It may even be necessary for him to go away and reflect on the topic and come back to you, so be prepared to hit walls.
  2. Commit to holding space for him – even if his truth triggers you. 

This also means a commitment moving forward that you will not use his truth against him. It’s important that you work to ensure that safety is maintained within your relationship. Try your best to remain open and take your own time to process anything that triggers you. Be mindful of jumping in with advice or rebuttals. We already get a lot of advice from other men, so what we want from you is to feel seen, heard, and understood. Turn up the dial on empathy and approach with curiosity. Use phrases like ‘I hear you’ and ‘tell me more’ to encourage the flow.

Ways To Get A Person To Open Up

Approach with Loving-Kindness

Think ‘how can I open his heart?’ rather than “I want him to be more expressive’. Use physical touch to show affection, allow him to see and feel your presence, and reaffirm that he is safe. Use this as a moment to bond with him and build your connection. To foster more openness, you could even express your own truth and fears to show your vulnerability. I find that when working with men, they are far more likely to open up when I share a story about myself with them. 

Ask Better Questions

Avoid asking big questions like, “Where do you see this relationship going?” It’s a very direct and important question, but such questions can be incredibly daunting to a man who finds it difficult to open up. If your aim is to create safety and encourage openness, start by asking softer and more specific questions like, “When do you enjoy connecting with me most?” Be playful and ask questions that he can answer. If a man begins to feel pressured or overwhelmed, he is likely to close and retreat. Try not to let him feel that he can’t keep up with the conversation. 

  1. Catch him doing it right and reinforce the behaviour. When he is opening up, let him know that he’s heard, thank him for his vulnerability, and tell him that it makes you feel good when he opens up to you. Men love to feel that they’re doing a good job, and positive reinforcement will create new neuro-associations in the brain that will likely encourage him to continue opening up. 
  2. If you’re not quite getting the response you desire, do not punish him. Instead, speak from your heart and express how it makes you feel when he struggles to express himself – but do so in a calm and loving way. This is more likely to elicit a response from him, but also be prepared for no reaction. 

I know this can appear intense, but I cannot stress to you how hard it is for men to open up about their feelings. Real safety is so important in making a man feel comfortable. If we sense even the slightest bit of disingenuity or judgement, we’ll either stop talking altogether or get into our heads and begin disguising or playing down our truth.  

It’s a Journey, Not a Destination

I have an exercise for you to try. This is something I used to do on a weekly basis in my last relationship. We would have a ‘check-in’ every week on Thursday at 7pm with the intention of creating a safe space for us. We’d used it to share how we’re feeling in our lives, towards each other, and the relationship. By having it at the same time every week, it allows you both to mentally and emotionally prepare yourselves for the connection – this is especially important for men. Here’s my check-in guide:

  1. Pick a day and time that suits you both. Put it in a diary and honour it.
  2. Both of you must take ownership in creating a safe environment. This can mean lighting candles, putting some music on, opening a bottle of wine, or burning some incense – whatever works for you both.
  3. Sit facing each other and spend around five minutes looking into each other’s eyes (you can blink!) and settle yourself into the moment.
  4. Next, take turns expressing how you’re feeling, knowing that anything can be said. The one listening can only listen, and is then to repeat back everything that their partner said. Try your best not to paraphrase and use their words. The aim of this exercise is to make each other feel heard and seen. 
  5. After each share and reflection, say thanks for listening to each other and embrace.   
  6. If there is anything that needs further discussion, continue with loving kindness while taking care to maintain physical touch and openness throughout.

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Gender Bias in the Workplace

Let’s Talk Gender Bias in the Workplace

This is why you need to watch out.

If there’s anything on-trend right now, it’s inclusivity, diversity, and gender – the media is practically screaming at us about! Some may say it’s about time, while others may question what the point is. That being said, there is no greater time to be a woman and define who you are on your own terms than now. Be it a businesswoman, a female entrepreneur, a mumpreneur, or a solo sister – anything goes! However, does this freedom create stigma, confusion, or even judgment amongst our fellow female counterparts? If this question got you thinking, then I welcome you to the concept of ‘gender bias’. Let me explain.

Have you or a friend ever judged a woman based on her weight, job, fashion choices, food choices, or comments? Ever commented, “I can’t believe she did that/said that/wore that!” If yes, it could indicate that you may have a bias towards the female gender, which means there is an unspoken expectation of what or how a woman ‘should’ speak or even act. These ‘shoulds’ are societal female expectations that make women base their relationships on persona and conduct – all of which relate to the self. Men, meanwhile, typically base relationships on performance, influence, and goal orientation in the workplace.

But fear not; everyone has a ‘bias’ towards something, and this is indicative of our upbringing, culture, environment, job role, and relationship status. However, by being aware of our biases, we can come to a place of acceptance and therefore become open to building stronger connections that will benefit our personal life and career. 

Women offer so many skills and, in fact, the new term ‘soft skills’ (which includes empathy, a strong sense of emotional intelligence, the ability to make others feel heard, and a sense of perspective) are all skills that I believe women inherently possess. And we have all this whilst taking on 70% of household decisions! We sound truly unstoppable, right? But it comes at a cost – USD 160.2 trillion to be exact. That’s how much money was lost due to gender inequality in the workplace. In fact, the same report on the cost of gender equality estimated that full gender equality can increase the world GDP by USD 28 trillion by 2025.

gender discrimination in workplace

Companies can transform million dollar ideas and concepts into trillions by checking their bias and focusing on the strengths and the incredible skill sets that women can offer. It can do this by allowing flexible working hours, the ability to work from home, part-time working options, and female mentorship programmes that create a space for women to talk about their performance and collaborate with others.

Let’s now start small and check your bias to allow you to look at a new perspective. When you think of a CEO, who do you think of? A male or female? When you think of a parent, do you think of a male or female? When you think of the breadwinner of a household, do you think of a male or female? If you’ve answered male to most of these questions, this shows that you may share the societal bias towards one gender over the other. It’s powerful and impactful to know our mindset as it puts us in a place of awareness, collaboration, and exploration. It can also make our experiences and relationships stronger and more meaningful.

According to a study conducted at Cornell University: “Women tend to underestimate their confidence, whilst men will overestimate their abilities.” Another study found that men will apply for a job role with only 60% of the credentials, compared to women, who will apply for a role with only 100%. Here are ways to check your bias and thrive with confidence if faced with a job opportunity.

Ask Yourself:

  • What can I offer this role?
  • If confidence or self-belief wasn’t holding me back, what would I do?
  • What’s holding me back?
  • What impact would I make if I had this role?
  • Why not me?

If You Own a Business, Consider the Following Questions: 

  • Could the company benefit from a different perspective?
  • How gender equal are we in this company?
  • Is our team stronger in one gender than the other?
  • What gaps need filling when it comes to gender equality?

These small insights and perspectives can offer a host of knowledge about what sets us back. Remember ladies, we all are worthy of achieving our goals and dreams – and 2022 is truly our time – so be proud, make a stand, and show the world who you truly are. As Oprah Winfrey once said, “I was once afraid of people saying, ‘Who does she think she is?’ Now I have the courage to say, ‘This is who I am.'” 


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