3. Attend free panels online, where psychologists help you build skills


Keep an eye on the official @HappyUAE Twitter account, where they have been holding various virtual talks and Instagram Live sessions, that revolve around your well-being.

On the evening of April 16, Laurie Santos, a professor of psychology at Yale University, will lead Happy UAE’s first live webinar. During ‘Life Skills for Well-being’, she will talk about dealing with relationships, combating stress and anxiety and balancing your digital life.

You can register online for webinar, which starts 8pm UAE time. Keep checking back to see their latest offerings.


4. For general questions and free advice, these professionals are helping on Twitter


Check out the #AskDXBdoctor hashtag on the Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) Twitter account.

The Dubai Media Office teamed up with the psychologists Dr Deema Sihweil, who gives advice in English, and Dr Walid Khalid Abdul Hamid, who gives advice in Arabic, from Dubai Healthcare City.

In the form of short videos embedded into tweets, the two doctors answer several common questions that UAE residents might have, from how to deal with spousal arguments, to what to do if the pandemic becomes too surreal and overwhelming for you.


5. Adhere to the best practices and guidelines


The World Health Organisation (WHO) released an infographic with some basic suggestions on how to protect your mental health.

These include: reaching out to your friends, family and people you can trust when you are feeling upset; maintaining a healthy lifestyle including sleep, exercise, a proper diet and social contact with loved ones via phone or online; avoidance of smoking, alcohol and other drugs to deal with emotions, but rather reaching out to a health worker or counsellor; finding a credible source to get all the facts you need to keep you physically safe; limiting your worry and agitation by reducing the amount of media coverage you are exposed to; and finally, draw on previous coping skills that have helped you manage your emotions in the past.

Source: Gulf News