How To Morning Routine.

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Having a morning routine is linked to a much happier and productive day. A morning routine also allows you to start your morning with intention, rather than letting the day run away from you. This positive feeling of being on top of things has results in a positive feeling and effect on your entire day.

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Let’s Create A Morning Routine!

First thing we should start with is: taking into consideration the four aspects or ‘systems’ of you: Mental, Emotional, Physical and Spiritual.

Mentally:

  1. Set goals: Setting your goals for the day will kick start your day with more motivation and energy.
  2. Create a schedule for the day: This will make sure to keep you on the right track so you never miss anything.
  3. Read something that feeds your mind, or listen to a podcast. (Tune in to Ja’s Lifestyle The Podcast on all streaming platforms!)

Emotionally

  1. Express gratitude, expressing gratitude releases a good amount of positive energy that surrounds you.
  2. Identify what makes you feel good. self exploration and tryouts, try this and that or that to see wha makes you feel good and going in the morning.
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Physically

  1. Get moving, don’t sit too long in your bed try to get moving immediately.
  2. Drink lemon water. it’s water, it’s super refreshing and it will help clean your body from toxins.
  3. Eat a good breakfast, never skip it. It’s your body-recharging meal.
  4. Clean your space, make your bed, do some laundry, wash the dishes… before hitting the road.

Spiritually

  1. Meditate
  2. Be in nature.
  3. Connect with yourself, all can be done by deeply mediating outside your house. it’s a great source of energy and grounding.

Creating a morning routine isn’t a checklist that happens in a day or two, it takes time and practice with of course a personal touch. So trying things for the first time and see what fits you the most, your schedule and your mood is really important.

But morning routine are worthless without a night routine too, so in a way you’ll be in control over two periods of your day and not letting it pass by you. draining your energy and not feeling as productive as before. Stay tuned for a night routine article this Thursday.

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How to deal with anxiety attacks

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Anxiety or panic attacks are becoming more and more frequent and common among youths. I suffered from these panic attacks for a long time and which seemingly has intensified over the years. But luckily, there’s always a solution for everything.

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I’ve been fighting panic attacks for three years now, but luckily i tried some techniques that helped me cope with them throughout the years and lessen their intensity thank God.

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Breathing exercise.

This is really obvious, but for me, breathing exercises were my go-to-deal-with-anxiety-attack. It’s so simple:

Breathe in, Hold for 5 seconds, release. Repeat until you feel calm.

Try to meditate on the spot

Try mindfulness meditate on the spot, focus on being intensely aware of what you’re sensing and feeling in the moment, without interpretation or judgment.

Go to your Happy Place.

Everyone has a happy place, something you feel a good happy feeling in. Something that makes you feel at ease and relaxed.

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Focus on an object

Try to focus on something stable and fix around you in the room.

Close your eyes

Some people get stimulated by triggers around them. Closing your eyes will help you reduce the stimuli.

Those are some of my favorite techniques, feel free to share some of yours too in the comments!

Home Office

Working from home created a new chaotic household disaster. Moving your office, files, laptop, and your work stuff to your home has become a tricky business.

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But no problem has no solution at Ja’s Lifestyle! We had the honor of re-interviewing Jessica Abou Jaoude and get some ideas and a simple focus-list to turn your home into a more suitable office, that ensures your well-being, and helps you get your work done.

Stability


Stability comes first in this list as to its big importance in this process. Having a constant “Stable” place in your house that you can use all the time as your office, helps you get your work done faster, more efficiently, and so much easier.

Stay away from dining tables, the bedroom, and a very busy living room. Any place that can trigger unwanted distractions even falling asleep, should be avoided as much as possible. A closed balcony can do the work. It is spacious, bright, and isolated.


Location


After deciding on the area of your new home office, it’s important to filter your choices based on 2 important things: A window in front of the desk, and behind us a wall and not another room.


Having a window right in front of your desk will help get the sunlight directly into the room, which will increase the room’s brightness to protect your eye vision. If there’s no window, choose a room with a painting in front of your desk. It is important to have a painting or a view in front of you, so you can look away and shift your focus to something natural other than your screen.


Ambiance

Choose an ambiance for your new home office that suits your style, but is comforting and professional at the same time. Who said you can’t be comfortable in your office while being focus and dedicated to finishes these files.


A coloring range can vary between white, light grey. oak. Some color that is light and sight comforting. Light colors make you feel in a wider space too, which can boost your motivation.


Decoration

For decoration, you need to keep it simple as an office, but fuller as a house. You can add some plants, flowers, a piece of art hanging, or for example, dispose of a collection that you own of your interest. It is highly recommended to add a cactus next to your laptop, it can absorb the toxic radiations. The plants should be limited to oxygen providers ones.


Organize


Because it is your current everyday office, you need to keep everything organized and unmovable from the desk. For example, those files, these pens, papers, anything that you work constantly with, should always and never leave the desk. Plus you should buy yourself an office/desk chair it will help keep your posture straight.


Light

Light is important, the more light there is in a room, the more energy it will provide you. The room where your new office is located should always have access to an abundant source of light. Natural and artificial. During the day, the sun will do its work of lighting the room, but working at night requires lots and lots of light to keep the work environment healthy.

You’ll need general lighting, and task lighting. General light will do the sun’s work during the day, (ceiling lamp), and task light is the focused light you put on your desk for details and no shadow over your paper. And go for cool lights and not warm light. Cool light will keep your brain awake while working at night, while warm light have the tendency to make you sleepy.

How To Prepare For Spring

A new cycle has begun, Spring is here! We’ve got a lot to prepare for, mentally and physically.

We all know how seasonal changes affects our health; mentally and physically. But nothing is unpreventsilanl or even unpreparable for. Here’s a guide on how to be fully prepared for Spring Season!

1. Start by Cleaning your house.

Cleaning your house comes as an essential part of the process to embrace this new beginning. Cleaning your house, part by part, will help you change your physical ambiance to a more natural and springy feeling. This will put your mind in a welcoming calm vibe for spring.

2. Cleanse your energy

There are a lot of ways to cleanse and prepare your energies that are shifting into a new cycle. Rituals are essentials, stock up on sage, crystals, scented candles, and essential oils.

3. Draw yourself a cleansing bath.

Draw your bath as you normally would but, this time add some essential oils (lavender is a good choice), detoxifying bath salts. Warm water of course plays a very important role in this cleanse too.

4. Drink infused water

As the air gets warmer and the sun stays out longer to play, we most likely will need to up our intake of water. And what a better and more appealing way to start your water intake than by decorating it with some fruits and flowers. Here are some of the cool and delicious recipes: click here.

5. Get some nature in.

As the breeze and the cool weather starts to show more and more throughout the season, being in touch with nature is super important and highly recommended to keep you grounded and calm.

6. Start your workout plans

Spring will bring you more joy and motivation to workout, the sun is out the weather is warmer. So it’s time to work that summer body!

7. Step your skincare.

With the sun being much more out throughout the day, it’s important to keep your skin protected and safe. If you don’t already use sunscreen as part of your skincare routine it is important to apply it everyday.

8. Start meditating

Morning outdoor meditation are a big win for your spirituality journey. It calms your mind, body and soul while absorbing all that fresh vitamin D from the sun. Click here for our guide on how to meditate.

9. Add some flowers to your house

Adding flowers, freshly collected from a garden if possible, is part of being connected more and more to spring and this whole shift in cycles. They give positive vibes all over the room and will make you calmer and joyful.

10. Change your diet

Changing your diet every now and then, is a fun and healthy way to keep your body amused and healthy. Eating with the season, is healthy, fun, and mindful too. So don’t be scared to switch it up a little every now and then.

Single Valentine night

A lot of us are single this Valentine which can trigger some unwanted emotional baggage. So here’s a guide to all my beautifull single souls out there, to spend a lovely, drama free lovingly night by yourself or if you could with some friends too.

If you decided to celebrate your single life alone:

1. PAMPER YOURSELF of course!

A nice hot bath, bubbles, music, candles and some wine are highly recommended becasue you deserve it. and let’s be honest nobody can love you more than you can.

2. Order some delicious food

Maybe try some new restaurants, and delicious meals for your special night alone.

3. Puzzle it up!

Order some puzzles to keep you company and enjoy your time alone even more! boardgames.andmore is one good store for you!

4. Give yourself a cute makeover

Makeovers never get old, it’s time for you to shine again!

5. Start a new show.

No it doesn’t have to be a romantic one, so you don’t trigger more emotions. 🙂

6. Start a book.

Starting a book can open a new chapter and help get your mind out of thinking.

7. GET YOURSELF SOME VALENTINE GOODIES.

Yes because you deserve them. Some delicious cakes or butter/sugar coated cookies for your tummy. ss_events_lb ❤

8. Bake yourself a cake!

There’s really nothing to say here, but Tasty is here for to help you 😉

9. Make yourself a drink.

Well what better night to toast your beautiful, independent single life? Tasty will also help you with that 🙂

10. Practice some self-love

I mean it’s the celebration of love after all. Love yourself always and celebrate it too!

If you decided to celebrate your singleness with a group of friend:

1. Cook a delicious meal with your friends.

Inviting your friends over for dinner is fun and all, but have you ever cooked a meal all together?

2. MASSIVE Game Night

Boardgames.andmore is your best solution here. 🙂

3. Exchange small gifts

Yes it would be fun to do a valentines version of secret santa with your friends on your Singles Valentines night. Mdgiftsss is the perfect store for that.

4. MOVIE MARATHON.

The night is just getting started, so binge watch some movies while snacking and drinking.

5. Blast some music and hit the dance floor.

It’s been a while since you’ve went out clubbing and shaking those hips, so this is your time to shine cutie-pie!

6. Give each other makeovers!

This is super fun and you can have a blast from it.

7. Have a heart to heart conversation

We all have thoughts and emotions that are triggered during this “lonely” time, it’s good to let them all out.

8. Shake up the night with some delicious cocktails.

Tasty can help too, some anti-valentines group drinks.

9. Smash break a piñata.

An anti-valentine piñata to be specific

10. Do a Valentine’s cleansing ritual

Throw and burn everything that reminds you of past relationships, toxic exes… It helps a lot 🙂

How to have a relaxing/healthy bedroom?

Having a healthy and relaxing bedroom is an absolutely gorgeous goal to have in our houses, so for the second time, i asked Jessica Abou Jaoude to tell us more about the renovation of the bedroom!

Each area in the project follows the same steps in order to be delivered in a proper way.

In this article we will be discussing bedroom’s design as a first example.

Starting by the layout.

It is better not to place the bed under the window.

Neither to place it directly in front of the door As per the feng shui(it reminds of the dead body while taking out of the room)

The ideal location of the bed is where it is welcoming you as shown in the picture below

It is better not to place a tv in a bedroom to keep it relaxing and specific to sleep.

Do not place a mirror infront of a bed.

Let’s step into few tips for the bedrooms

By feng shui

-do create a safe haven for sleep rest intimacy and recharging your spirit and body

-don’t keep more than a few books in your bedroom they are too stimulating.

-do remove as much electronic equipment from your bedroom as possible especially televisions, stereos… which emit electromagnetic energy that is determinantal to rest, health and fertility

-don’t use round windows, skylights or unusual ceilings in a bedroom as these shapes create odd pockets that collect negative energy.

-do use plants and flowers to introduce healing yang energy into an ill or convalescing person’s bedroom

-do keep your bedroom free of clutter and minimize the amount of furniture so that chi, or life energy can flow easily throughout the room

-don’t have any aquariums in your bedroom, where they are considered unlucky and can lead to loss of wealth

-do encourage your child to study in the NE area of his or her bedroom to facilate learning and achieve scholarly success.

Once you achieve all these points correctly you can start by picking your favorite palette

(we will be discussing colors in another article)

And you can design whatever suits your bedroom correctly…in order to start the execution based on that!

How to “house decor” well-being

Home decor is an important factor in boosting your well-being. It’s a fun activity and a necessity at the same time. So, to bring more information about the impact of good home furniture and items organization on our mental health, I allowed myself to ask my friend, Jessica Abou Jaoude, to answer some of the most popular questions related to our topic today.

 Jessica Abou Jaoude is an Alba graduate with an amazing eight years of experience in architecture-landscape-interior design-furniture consultant, who also adopt a healthy lifestyle, 

So first, How can interior design affect our mental health?

<<Interior is very important because wherever we go we might be affected by an interior ambiance. Our house – hospital – restaurants – malls. Due to quarantine lately, we might notice the importance of our interior and how it’s affecting our mental health.

To start with, it is important to know what we like and feel comfy around.

A simple exercise can answer this question to the people who don’t know what color they like. “Open your closet and search for the color you wear the most, It may help figure out the color we will need the most because it will be the color you feel comfortable in.

If you like black or neutral colors, you are more into minimalism.

This step can help you identify the style you like and feel comfortable with within your house.

To understand the importance of applying each color in the specific area,

Close your eyes and imagine redecorating your room with red ceramic tiles, red wall painting, Red lights, curtains, and bed. Then tell me how many seconds would you resist in such a Red space. Red is a yang energy color that is too active and will disturb the occupant.

Here comes the feng shui to explain and help us turn our interior into a comfy one.

It helps us by allowing us to listen to our five senses and turning the interior to be as perfect as our mother nature.

Fast food restaurant colors are yang therefore, you eat quickly and leave.

Spa and hospitals are more into blue and green relaxing colors.

Now, how can we fix our houses and bedrooms decors and make them greener:

<< First of all, we need to pick a style we like. It’s important to reduce the quantity of furniture and stuff in our room or living area fix colors to our interior (the right color to the right place) and add some greeneries.

Materials are so important and, they affect our mood and mental health as per the furniture selection and colors:

Mirrors in small places to make it bigger. Painting can help but, it depends on the drawing and where to hock it.

Lightings are so important either from the sunlight (we must have a window in each bedroom) or warm bulbs color can help stay calm and relaxed (bedroom). Cool lights can be used in spaces we need to stay focused and awake (kitchen sometimes in a living room)

Daylight can be used as task lights (in our kitchen above the island or countertop / on any desk we have or working office or space).

And finally, do green plants affect our mental health?

<<Greenery helps a lot with reducing stress and staying calm plus having a special mood, a view on our garden from either our room or reception area is always a plus And in case we don’t have this luxury we can bring the outside into the inside (feng shui style)

Adding some plants inside our house can help a lot (we must be careful about the kind of plants we pick a few plants are specific for the interior and can provide oxygen to have a healthy interior)>>

So to sum up, the interior can affect positively or negatively. It’s our job to take it seriously and make our living areas more comfortable and relaxing.

Thank you so much Jessica Abou Jaoude, for these important pieces of information you provided us with!

Stay safe, stay green, stay positive!

How to prepare yourself for a friend’s move

Change is hard, especially when it’s a permanent change in your circle. Having a friend move away from you and headed to another part of the country is hard, painful, and full of unwanted change that can mess with your routine.

2020 has sure been a hard year on all of us, and many of us have nothing else except moving out, even migrating to a whole other country. Many of us can’t afford to leave so we’re here staying put, watching our friends and people leaving for good to another country.

This change/ detachment can be super draining and sad. But there’s always a place for growth, adaptation, and making it work. I mean if 2020 and quarantine taught us something new is that digital friendships are doable.

So here’s a guide on how to prepare for a friend’s departure without letting it be so hard on you:

Be as involved in the move as possible:

Even if it’s hard, it’s essential to help and support your friend’s moving process. It’s hard on both of you and, you need each other to cope with the change. So helping them pack, organizing and, the whole process of moving will help you get the “closure” you need.

Friends taking a break from packing

Before they go, create recordable memories:

The moving process doesn’t have to be a sad and emotional change. We remember the people we love by going down the memories lane. So, what better way than to start the moving process by creating new memories that you can save. Whenever we feel life is hard or that we miss them but can’t reach them we can watch those recordings.

Express your feelings with them

You may feel like you don’t want to talk about your feelings and emotions with them but, it is important to talk things through with them. They feel the same way but, you’ll work it out. You’ll find your way around and handle your friendship, long distant.

Talk about staying connected:

Technology this year was a blessing to keep all of our relationships going from a distance. Video Calls, text messages, and all social media platforms are such a blessing to be available at the tip of our hands.

Consider throwing a goodbye party

Throwing a goodbye party to your friend is the perfect fun goodbye. If you can’t throw a big party because of quarantine and the whole pandemic issue, a home gathering of you two, or even a small group of friends is a good idea!

Friends toasting with fresh juice at dinner table

Exchange thoughtful gifts

Small handmade gifts are super warm and emotional to give each other and remember each other with. a scent, a photo album, maybe a letter.

Remember distance is not a problem.

Being distant will not change your friendship status, if you are true friends, no matter how far you’ve grown apart you’ll always find your way back to each other. Maintaining a long-distance friendship is hard but, with a little more effort it’s possible.

2020, a year we’re thankful for!

2020, this complicated and exhausting year, is finally coming to an end. This year sure changed everything in our lives forever; routines, schedules, visions and dreams, circles. We grew five years in just one year, and we are thankful for that.

so what better way other than expressing gratitude to end the year and start a brand new one

Why should I take the time to express gratitude?

Gratitude can have psychological and physical benefits:

  • Increase your happiness.
  • Help you get better sleep.
  • Increase our success at work.
  • Improve our relationships.
  • Make you healthier.
  • Increase your energy.
  • Help us relax.
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So here’s a list of things to be thankful for this year, even tho it was one hell of a year.

1- Family

2- Health

3- Water

4-Technology

5-Music

6-Food

7-Laughter

8- Healthcare

9- Pets

10- The roof over your head

Being thankful this year for small things we see every day is important to make it a positive year and ready for 2021.

How to Social media detox.

Social media is the most popular addicting “activity” that people always check, post, like, stalk, and stay active on. But social media is a real energy drainer and consumer, so detoxing from all sorts of social media platforms, now and then is a must. But how?

Detoxing from social media can be done in so many ways that I can’t even count or note. But it is preferable to go directly with the process and cut yourself completely from using your social media accounts.

So as a start, disconnect your accounts. (if you have a business account, keep it but limit your use of it).

If you feel like you will be more comfortable, delete the applications… ALL OF THEM.

Keep yourself busy in the day with things that are more important and can Keep you off thinking about social media: click here.

Get yourself some hobbies to keep your mind peaceful: aromatherapy, yoga, or meditation. Every single person on this earth has his therapy. It is time to discover yours!

When you feel ready to come back, give yourself a “following detoxification.”

 A “following detoxification” is to unfollow all users that may be affecting your mental health and well-being. It is recommended to have a quality following than quantity.

 Follow motivational pages, positive pages. Unfollow all the bad vibes, from people to friends, to any user you don’t like their provided content. You need to do this step to feel better coming back to this world.

And that’s how social media detox is done. Every time you feel down, tired, and low energy and you need some free time for soul searching and self-reflecting, social media detox is the best option.

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