Friday - - Health -

Com­mu­nity men­tal health teams in other coun­tries run ther­a­peu­tic bak­ing classes. Can’t bake? The In­ter­na­tional Cen­tre for Culi­nary Arts has ar­ti­san bread-mak­ing classes (www. ic­cadubai.ae) and Cake Story Dubai can teach you about scrump­tious cakes (www. cakesto­ry­dubai.com). Stud­ies show that Salsa danc­ing not only gets you fit, it’s also a form of ther­apy. The mu­sic alone is enough to lift your spir­its so slip on your Latin shoes and lit­er­ally dance your­self happy. Join suc­cess­ful salsa dancers James and Alex at their dance stu­dios in Dubai Me­dia City to learn the moves (www.jame­san­dalex.com). Ever seen a mis­er­able kan­ga­roo? Of course not – that’s why hop­ping on a tram­po­line is a must. Ac­cord­ing to stud­ies, biological im­bal­ances in the body can lead to men­tal health prob­lems and some be­lieve bounc­ing can read­dress them. Visit Bounce, Dubai’s in­door tram­po­line play­ground with 100 in­ter­con­nect­ing tram­po­lines (www.bounce.ae). Yoga is used to treat stress and de­pres­sion. US sci­en­tists found that the lev­els of the amino acid Gaba are much higher in Yoga fans. Gaba is es­sen­tial for the brain and ner­vous sys­tem and low lev­els are as­so­ci­ated with de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety dis­or­ders. Check out Ur­ban Yoga for classes and work­shops (www.ur­banyoga.ae). Stud­ies show an­i­mals re­lieve ten­sion and im­prove your mood. But don’t race to the pet shop just yet – peo­ple with de­pres­sion can strug­gle with the de­mands of an an­i­mal. Bor­row a friend’s dog and take it for a walk, or help out at an an­i­mal res­cue shel­ter such as K9 Friends (www.k9friends.com) or Fe­line Friends Dubai (www.fe­line­friends­dubai.com).

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