Health and Wellness

A bright light amid the darkness
A bright light amid the darkness
7 September 2022

My blindness is not my weakness, but my greatest strength. I could see one day, but the next I could not. Once I realized I would be blind for the rest of my life, the challenge placed before me cultivated a strong motivation. I wanted to learn new and diverse ways of doing things. Each barrier became a challenge, and each challenge an invitation to overcome.

Stammering or Stuttering is a neurological condition that affects one out of every 100 people worldwide, about 70 million people in total.
Stammering or Stuttering is a neurological condition that affects one out of every 100 people worldwide, about 70 million people in total.
Facing my fears, year after year
Facing my fears, year after year
10 May 2022

As part of the one percent of the population who stammer (stutter), I know first-hand the challenges that come with having one. I remember the feeling of dread when being asked my name or if I had to speak on the telephone. Ever since I was young, I’ve been on a journey to find the courage to face my speaking fears.

It’s important that we start talking about our mental health.
It’s important that we start talking about our mental health.
How are you, really? Let’s talk!
How are you, really? Let’s talk!
2 February 2022

Time to Talk Day is observed every year in the United Kingdom on 3 February. It is considered to be the “nation’s biggest mental health conversation where families, friends, workplaces and communities come together to talk, listen and change lives.”

By ensuring that we take care of ourselves, we can be better positioned to take care of others.
By ensuring that we take care of ourselves, we can be better positioned to take care of others.
The secret to successful self-care
The secret to successful self-care
26 January 2022

While the term “self-care” appears more and more often in conversations nowadays, the concept is not new. However, knowing what it is and correctly putting it into practice is essential to taking control of your health.

Expressive writing is a useful, therapeutic tool that can be part of a wellness plan.
Expressive writing is a useful, therapeutic tool that can be part of a wellness plan.
Expressive writing for better health
Expressive writing for better health
16 December 2021

Do you ever feel like you want to vent your feelings without having to speak with another person? If so, journaling may be for you.

Emotions exist for a reason. They need to be felt, and when you interrupt or ignore them, you are likely to feel the effects unexpectedly later on.
Emotions exist for a reason. They need to be felt, and when you interrupt or ignore them, you are likely to feel the effects unexpectedly later on.
The ins and outs of human emotions
The ins and outs of human emotions
29 October 2021

Educating yourself on how to regulate and feel your emotions in a productive way is often the first step to a healthy and mindful daily routine. If you have difficulty getting in touch with your emotions, feel overwhelmed by them, or don't understand what emotions can feel like, you are not alone.

World Mental Health Day is celebrated every year on 10 October.
World Mental Health Day is celebrated every year on 10 October.
Mental health care for all: Let's make it a reality
Mental health care for all: Let's make it a reality
7 October 2021

Mental health isn't just the absence of mental illness. It extends to a more holistic spectrum of emotional and social well being, and affects how we think, feel, and act. To raise awareness of mental health issues globally and mobilise efforts around it, World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year. This year's theme highlights the urgency to make quality mental health care a reality for all.

Research has shown that ongoing stress can have a negative impact on the body and mind.
Research has shown that ongoing stress can have a negative impact on the body and mind.
Covid fatigue: a survival guide
Covid fatigue: a survival guide
27 September 2021

A dramatic reduction in face-to-face interactions, concern for older relatives, and uncertainty over examinations and future prospects have placed a heavy burden on today’s youth. When it comes to mental health, young people are facing one of the most pressing challenges in recent times.

Our mental, emotional, and relational wellbeing is what determines human resilience, or the ability to bounce back from adversity.
Our mental, emotional, and relational wellbeing is what determines human resilience, or the ability to bounce back from adversity.
The art and science of resilience
The art and science of resilience
23 September 2021

The coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc and redefine normalcy for almost everyone in every part of the world. The past 18 months have been a uniquely challenging time on many fronts. As we learn to adapt to new ways of living, the ongoing uncertainty continues to challenge us at a level much more profound than we may realise.

Resilience refers to our ability to recover after hardships.
Resilience refers to our ability to recover after hardships.
Eight steps to building resilience in changing times
Eight steps to building resilience in changing times
29 August 2021

The changes caused by the Covid-19 pandemic have impacted every aspect of life, and often leave us feeling physically and emotionally tired without understanding why. Our ability to recover after hardships, also known as resilience, is key in helping us to adapt to new situations in our lives. Read on for eight tips on how to build resilience in our rapidly changing world.

Psychiatrists have observed that overindulgence in the use of smartphones can significantly reduce attention, decrease memory span, and accelerate early-onset dementia.
Psychiatrists have observed that overindulgence in the use of smartphones can significantly reduce attention, decrease memory span, and accelerate early-onset dementia.
Digital dementia: are we heading in the right direction?
Digital dementia: are we heading in the right direction?
28 August 2021

Dementia is characterised by confusion, disorientation, and impaired memory — it is often portrayed as a ‘loss of mind.’ In a concerning development, recent studies have linked the overuse of screens and connected devices to reduced attention and failing memory among younger people in what is being described as ‘digital dementia.’

As our world grapples with a complex public health crisis, the importance of healthcare is clearer than ever.
As our world grapples with a complex public health crisis, the importance of healthcare is clearer than ever.
Ismaili youth changing the practice of healthcare
Ismaili youth changing the practice of healthcare
28 April 2021

With technology advancing and the world becoming increasingly globalised, the very nature of healthcare provision is changing. Young Ismailis around the world are at the forefront of this transition, pursuing diverse interests to help health workers around the world provide equitable, compassionate, and quality care.

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