Celebrating the inspirational stories of women living in the Middle East, The Goodness Podcast highlights tales of triumph over tragedy, stories of resilience, and ones of survival, all while imparting valuable advice and lived experience to its listeners.

EPISODE TWELVE
Helen Williams: Managing Fear and Anxiety Amidst Covid-19

Helen Williams, a counselor, psychotherapist, and mindfulness teacher with decades of experience, joins us to talk about how to manage fear and anxiety through mindfulness amidst the current coronavirus pandemic.

“Many people are very deeply unhappy with themselves and have used working or other people or other habits as a way of avoiding their own inner life. They have spent their whole life avoiding themselves. Today, when you’ve taken away work from most people, the ability to be busy, to go out constantly, and to have our lives so full, we’re left – if we’re alone -– with ourselves, or with a partner we may not be happy with, or with children we may not actually spend very much time with. I imagine that a vast amount of people here are going to be in the beginning stages of grieving, whether they realize it or not.”

Duration: 47 minutes

EPISODE TWELVE
Helen Williams: Managing Fear and Anxiety Amidst Covid-19

Helen Williams, a counselor, psychotherapist, and mindfulness teacher with decades of experience, joins us to talk about how to manage fear and anxiety through mindfulness amidst the current coronavirus pandemic.

“Many people are very deeply unhappy with themselves and have used working or other people or other habits as a way of avoiding their own inner life. They have spent their whole life avoiding themselves. Today, when you’ve taken away work from most people, the ability to be busy, to go out constantly, and to have our lives so full, we’re left – if we’re alone -– with ourselves, or with a partner we may not be happy with, or with children we may not actually spend very much time with. I imagine that a vast amount of people here are going to be in the beginning stages of grieving, whether they realize it or not.”

Duration: 47 minutes


EPISODE ELEVEN
Dr. Aarti Javeri Mehta: What You Need to Know About COVID-19

This episode of the podcast was very much an unplanned one. Our first season was only supposed to be 10 episodes long, but given the situation we find ourselves in, we figured this was a conversation that needed to be had.

Our guest on the podcast today is Dr. Aarti Javeri Mehta, a specialist internal medicine and American board-certified doctor in lifestyle medicine, who is joining us to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Surgical masks are actually not effective at preventing the infection from entering your body. Everyone is wearing masks around us, but that’s not what’s going to help stop coronavirus. Masks are only effective when used in combination with frequent hand cleaning. We see a lot of people wearing masks and touching their face, taking off a mask and putting it back on, or disposing of it incorrectly. You are contaminating yourself and everyone around you. That’s completely futile.”

Duration: 48 minutes

EPISODE ELEVEN
Dr. Aarti Javeri Mehta: What You Need to Know About COVID-19

This episode of the podcast was very much an unplanned one. Our first season was only supposed to be 10 episodes long, but given the situation we find ourselves in, we figured this was a conversation that needed to be had.

Our guest on the podcast today is Dr. Aarti Javeri Mehta, a specialist internal medicine and American board-certified doctor in lifestyle medicine, who is joining us to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Surgical masks are actually not effective at preventing the infection from entering your body. Everyone is wearing masks around us, but that’s not what’s going to help stop coronavirus. Masks are only effective when used in combination with frequent hand cleaning. We see a lot of people wearing masks and touching their face, taking off a mask and putting it back on, or disposing of it incorrectly. You are contaminating yourself and everyone around you. That’s completely futile.”

Duration: 48 minutes


EPISODE TEN
Harriett Stewart, Aisha Almohtadi, and Marina Anic: Women on the Rise

The Goodness Podcast host, Noor Tehini, is joined by three women on the rise to celebrate International Women's Day. Harriett Stewart is a director of sales and marketing at one of the leading event and entertainment technology companies in the GCC by day and an entrepreneur by night, Aisha Almohtadi is the co-founder of Mad Juice, one of the coolest creative agencies in town, and Marina Anic is Brand Marketing Manager at PUMA and part of the High Beams Run Crew & Sound System in Dubai.

This episode is sponsored by PUMA.

Duration: 67 minutes

EPISODE TEN
Harriett Stewart, Aisha Almohtadi, and Marina Anic: Women on the Rise

The Goodness Podcast host, Noor Tehini, is joined by three women on the rise to celebrate International Women's Day. Harriett Stewart is a director of sales and marketing at one of the leading event and entertainment technology companies in the GCC by day and an entrepreneur by night, Aisha Almohtadi is the co-founder of Mad Juice, one of the coolest creative agencies in town, and Marina Anic is Brand Marketing Manager at PUMA and part of the High Beams Run Crew & Sound System in Dubai.

This episode is sponsored by PUMA.

Duration: 67 minutes


EPISODE NINE
Dr. Carine El Khazen: How I Help Women Overcome Eating Disorders

Dr. Carine El Khazen, a psychologist specializing in the treatment of eating disorders and the Vice President of MEEDA, joins us on the podcast this week to discuss the rise of eating disorders and body dissatisfaction in the Middle East and what we can do about it.

“Our culture is very much prone to nurturing body dissatisfaction and eating disorders because there is a huge pressure on the Middle Eastern woman to be very beautiful, very thin, and very perfect in all areas of her life. Preliminary studies suggest that our rates of eating disorders in this part of the world are double what they are in the West. So if the prevalence of Anorexia Nervosa is 1% in the UK, in the UAE we think it’s 1.8%.”

Duration: 42 minutes

EPISODE NINE
Dr. Carine El Khazen: How I Help Women Overcome Eating Disorders

Dr. Carine El Khazen, a psychologist specializing in the treatment of eating disorders and the Vice President of MEEDA, joins us on the podcast this week to discuss the rise of eating disorders and body dissatisfaction in the Middle East and what we can do about it.

“Our culture is very much prone to nurturing body dissatisfaction and eating disorders because there is a huge pressure on the Middle Eastern woman to be very beautiful, very thin, and very perfect in all areas of her life. Preliminary studies suggest that our rates of eating disorders in this part of the world are double what they are in the West. So if the prevalence of Anorexia Nervosa is 1% in the UK, in the UAE we think it’s 1.8%.”

Duration: 42 minutes


EPISODE EIGHT
Maryam Ghouth: How I Tell Stories About the Human Experience

Maryam Ghouth is a Saudi storyteller and shadow worker living in Dubai. On this episode of the podcast, she shares how the human experience informs her art and how she works to help people get to know the darker sides of their identity.

“Due to societal and familial pressure, we learned somewhere along the way that certain qualities were wrong or punishable, and so we suppressed them and chose not to identify with them. That’s problematic because these repressed qualities don’t just disappear; they stay there and drive our behaviors behind the scenes and in unruly ways.”

Duration: 46 minutes

EPISODE EIGHT
Maryam Ghouth: How I Tell Stories About the Human Experience

Maryam Ghouth is a Saudi storyteller and shadow worker living in Dubai. On this episode of the podcast, she shares how the human experience informs her art and how she works to help people get to know the darker sides of their identity.

“Due to societal and familial pressure, we learned somewhere along the way that certain qualities were wrong or punishable, and so we suppressed them and chose not to identify with them. That’s problematic because these repressed qualities don’t just disappear; they stay there and drive our behaviors behind the scenes and in unruly ways.”

Duration: 46 minutes


EPISODE SEVEN
Georgie Bradley: How My Dubai Job Drove Me to Burnout

Georgie Bradley, a journalist living in Dubai, opens up about how her job in the local media industry drove her to burnout and led to the resurgence of an eating disorder she had been battling for years.

“It’s become an industry standard to have one person fulfill the job of ten people. And if you’re already not loving what you’re doing, which was the case for me, it can be incredible hard. When your life becomes desk to bed to desk to bed, you’re so clouded, you’re so outside of your body that you’re on autopilot and that only lasts you for a period of time. Mentally speaking, it drained me. And then it became a physical problem. My bones started aching and I really had to negotiate getting out of bed. And that’s not okay, especially when it’s a huge part of your life.”

Duration: 45 minutes

EPISODE SEVEN
Georgie Bradley: How My Dubai Job Drove Me to Burnout

Georgie Bradley, a journalist living in Dubai, opens up about how her job in the local media industry drove her to burnout and led to the resurgence of an eating disorder she had been battling for years.

"It’s become an industry standard to have one person fulfill the job of ten people. And if you’re already not loving what you’re doing, which was the case for me, it can be incredible hard. When your life becomes desk to bed to desk to bed, you’re so clouded, you’re so outside of your body that you’re on autopilot and that only lasts you for a period of time. Mentally speaking, it drained me. And then it became a physical problem. My bones started aching and I really had to negotiate getting out of bed. And that’s not okay, especially when it’s a huge part of your life."

Duration: 45 minutes


EPISODE SIX
Caroline Labouchere: How I Took Control of My Life at 53

When Caroline Labouchere's husband lost his job in Dubai, she found herself sleeping on a mattress on the floor of a friend's house, unable to afford her antidepressants and pushing all of her friends away. This is the story of how she finally took control of her life and turned it around at the age of 53.

“I had never taken the reigns in the whole of my life. I had never wanted to. As a teenager, I just wanted to get married and have children. I never had a career and never wanted to. I just expected to be looked after, so when that all came crashing down, the thought of becoming an independent person was really random, scary, and impossible.”

Duration: 32 minutes

EPISODE SIX
Caroline Labouchere: How I Took Control of My Life at 53

When Caroline Labouchere's husband lost his job in Dubai, she found herself sleeping on a mattress on the floor of a friend's house, unable to afford her antidepressants and pushing all of her friends away. This is the story of how she finally took control of her life and turned it around at the age of 53.

“I had never taken the reigns in the whole of my life. I had never wanted to. As a teenager, I just wanted to get married and have children. I never had a career and never wanted to. I just expected to be looked after, so when that all came crashing down, the thought of becoming an independent person was really random, scary, and impossible.”

Duration: 32 minutes

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EPISODE FIVE
Nicola Beer: How I Help Couples Stay Together

On this episode of The Goodness Podcast, Dubai-based relationship counselor and coach Nicola Beer talks about the most common marital issues she’s seeing in the region, plus how she helps couples stay together through infidelity, communication issues, and more.

"Infidelity is one of the main reasons couples come to me. Affairs are quite common, whether it’s an emotional affair, a cyber affair, or a physical affair. And it’s not just the affair; it’s dealing with the aftermath, because it can really knock the intimacy, the communication, the self-esteem of someone. It’s something that doesn’t go away just by saying sorry. It stays in the relationship longer. "

Duration: 40 minutes

EPISODE FIVE
Nicola Beer: How I Help Couples Stay Together

On this episode of The Goodness Podcast, Dubai-based relationship counselor and coach Nicola Beer talks about the most common marital issues she’s seeing in the region, plus how she helps couples stay together through infidelity, communication issues, and more.

"Infidelity is one of the main reasons couples come to me. Affairs are quite common, whether it’s an emotional affair, a cyber affair, or a physical affair. And it’s not just the affair; it’s dealing with the aftermath, because it can really knock the intimacy, the communication, the self-esteem of someone. It’s something that doesn’t go away just by saying sorry. It stays in the relationship longer. "

Duration: 40 minutes


EPISODE FOUR
Sarah Malki: How I Recovered from Postpartum Anxiety and Depression

One year after the birth of her daughter, Sarah Malki opens up about her struggles with postpartum anxiety and depression, as well as what helped her get through it.

“ I’d literally be wanting to punch the wall. I’d punch the bed and the pillows and be screaming and crying and throwing things and sobbing for hours on end. [...] It got to a point where I considered buying a plane ticket and just leaving, and leaving my husband and daughter. You can’t meditate that away.”

Duration: 58 minutes

EPISODE FOUR
Sarah Malki: How I Recovered from Postpartum Anxiety and Depression

One year after the birth of her daughter, Sarah Malki opens up about her struggles with postpartum anxiety and depression, as well as what helped her get through it.

“ I’d literally be wanting to punch the wall. I’d punch the bed and the pillows and be screaming and crying and throwing things and sobbing for hours on end. [...] It got to a point where I considered buying a plane ticket and just leaving, and leaving my husband and daughter. You can’t meditate that away.”

Duration: 58 minutes


EPISODE THREE
Najla Moussa: How I Built a Stronger Marriage

Najla Moussa is a longtime Goodness collaborator and colleague, as well as the creator of relationship blog Truly Madly Honestly. On this episode of the podcast, she's sharing the tips she's learned along the way, from both experience and her work with the Gottman Institute, to build a stronger marriage.

"This idea of living happily ever after and all the social media quotes are so detrimental to a relationship, because they put so much pressure on the relationship. A person can't make you happy, and their job isn't to make you happy. Their job is to add to your happiness. You will have conflict. You will question the relationship. So this idea that the goal of your relationship is happiness is so incorrect. The end goal is never happiness."

Duration: 53 minutes

EPISODE THREE
Najla Moussa: How I Built a Stronger Marriage

Najla Moussa is a longtime Goodness collaborator and colleague, as well as the creator of relationship blog Truly Madly Honestly. On this episode of the podcast, she's sharing the tips she's learned along the way, from both experience and her work with the Gottman Institute, to build a stronger marriage.

"This idea of living happily ever after and all the social media quotes are so detrimental to a relationship, because they put so much pressure on the relationship. A person can't make you happy, and their job isn't to make you happy. Their job is to add to your happiness. You will have conflict. You will question the relationship. So this idea that the goal of your relationship is happiness is so incorrect. The end goal is never happiness."

Duration: 53 minutes


EPISODE TWO
Florence Gillet: How I Ate so "Clean" That I Couldn’t Have Children

Florence Gillet, an Eating Psychology Coach living in Dubai, opens up to Goodness about her struggles with orthorexia, hypothalamic amenorrhea, and her road to recovery.

"Diet culture puts thinness on a pedestal. It tells you that thinness is everything you need to get to, that it's going to bring you success, moral value, and virtue, that it's going to open all the doors for you and make you healthy and happy. But the reality is that it's not true."

Duration: 59 minutes

EPISODE TWO
Florence Gillet: How I Ate so "Clean" That I Couldn’t Have Children

Florence Gillet, an Eating Psychology Coach living in Dubai, opens up to Goodness about her struggles with orthorexia, hypothalamic amenorrhea, and her road to recovery.

"Diet culture puts thinness on a pedestal. It tells you that thinness is everything you need to get to, that it's going to bring you success, moral value, and virtue, that it's going to open all the doors for you and make you healthy and happy. But the reality is that it's not true."

Duration: 59 minutes


EPISODE ONE
Caroline Leon: How I Recovered from a Fall That Broke Half My Body

Caroline Leon was a young newlywed living in Dubai when she fell from the top of a climbing wall, unharnessed. This is her story of mental and physical recovery.

"I was told by the hospital that I would never walk again. I couldn't see any light. I threw myself into learning and listening to anything that I could, and when I had a little bit of hope I just fed that. I didn't allow myself to think anything that wasn't going to get me to the place I wanted to be. And the place I wanted to be was better than I was before."

Duration: 50 minutes

EPISODE ONE
Caroline Leon: How I Recovered from a Fall That Broke Half My Body

Caroline Leon was a young newlywed living in Dubai when she fell from the top of a climbing wall, unharnessed. This is her story of mental and physical recovery.

"I was told by the hospital that I would never walk again. I couldn't see any light. I threw myself into learning and listening to anything that I could, and when I had a little bit of hope I just fed that. I didn't allow myself to think anything that wasn't going to get me to the place I wanted to be. And the place I wanted to be was better than I was before."

Duration: 50 minutes