How to take care of your mental health

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Taking care of your mental health is becoming more and more a necessity and more common nowadays. A lot of us don’t know how to properly take care of our mental health

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So here’s a guide on how to do so in the most beneficial way possible.

  1. Practice gratitude: Keep a journal with you so you can write down something you’re grateful for every day.
  2. Connect with friends and family. Make time for the people you care about.
  3. Go outside. Try to get at least 30 minutes of sunlight each day to improve your mood and increase energy.
  4. Meditate. Set aside a few minutes each day to center yourself.
  5. Get a good night’s sleep. Try fixating your sleep schedule, to get more sleep.
  6. Improve your physical wellness. Try to exercise at least a few times per week and eat healthier.
  7. Try out different ways of coping with stress. Find something that works for you, such as going for a walk, yoga, deep breathing, listening to music, etc.
  8. Do something kind. Making someone else happy will make you feel happy, too.
  9. Make time for yourself. Set aside time each day to be alone and recharge.
  10. Do something you enjoy. Practice a hobby, watch a TV show you like, read a book, etc.
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how to celebrate small success and why it’s important?

All our lives, we’re wired to wait for big things to be happy about, a big announcement, big achievement are worth celebrating. But the process leading us to get that big announcement or achieve that big goal is important and there’s a rollercoaster of small successes that are worth celebrating that we ignore. (cute gifs are included)

Speaking of which, most of the time we get attached to big events happen that we get so sad while waiting to accomplish our goals, which delays our goal from happening.

So here’s how you can celebrate small successes and adopt a more celebratory approach to life.

1- Treat yourself

Go on that fancy dinner with your friends or alone too, buy something delicious or even a gift to congratulate yourself.

2- Take a day off

Spend a well-deserved, earned me day, celebrating and taking care of yourself.

3- Write your feelings

Writing your feelings about a happy event will help rewire your brain when things get bad one day.

4- Blast some celebrating music and have a dance party

Music is the body’s harmony, dance to the rhythm and forget the world around you, just celebrate yourself and your current reason for extreme happiness and joy. 

5- Dress up for no reason

Dress up, for you alone at home, maybe cook a delicious dinner or go out have a fancy dinner with yourself

6- Go to dinner with your friends

Celebrating with your friends is a good way to share your happiness with.

7- Journal your small successful steps.

This way when you accomplish your goal, you’d have written proof of every little step you’ve gone through that lead you to your big accomplishment.

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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 “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!

New Year’s Resolution

Each year during the six days between Christmas and New Year’s eve, we rush into a phase of setting resolutions for the next upcoming year. Most of them go straight to waste because they might be way too hard to keep up with or even achieve by the end of the year.

So here’s a list of recommended and might be achievable resolutions for this year:

1. Increase Your Fitness

Improving fitness is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions out there – and it’s easy to understand why.

2. Improve Your Diet

The quality of our diet has a massive effect on the quality of our lives.

3. Stop Procrastinating

It’s time to learn how to stop procrastinating for good. That way, you can spend your time and energy on what you care about.

4. Earn More Money

If you have dreams of traveling, buying a house, or starting a family, you may want to set a New Year’s resolution to earn more money by chasing a promotion or taking a new job.

5.Learn to live more sustainably

If you don’t know what sustainably means, it’s being more Eco-friendly to the planet. With everything that we’ve been through, changing our way of living into green living is a must.

6. Start Meditating

To improve your health and well-being, you should start meditating daily.

7. Improve Your Sleep

We sure burned our sleep schedule this year with quarantine and all, but it’s time to fix that as soon as possible.

8. Spend Less Time on Social Media

Social media harms our well-being and increases feelings of loneliness and depression. See how to detox from it

9. Learn Something New

Have you ever wanted to learn a new language, play a musical instrument, or take up a new sport? You should add it to your New Year’s resolutions.

10. Develop a Hobby

Choosing a hobby to focus more on not only improves your skills, but it will increase your happiness for sure.

11. Volunteer 

Volunteering is a great way to feel connected to your community by giving back. It is a great addition to your list!

12. Express Yourself More

Whether it’s music, painting, or writing, we all need to find ways to express ourselves. Find a creative way to let go of all of your emotions and create a work of art that you will keep as a souvenir

13. Confront a Fear

Overcoming a fear you have is a big step that you can do this year!

14. Meet New People

Get out of your comfort zone, network chat, and meet new people. They might become new muses, business-partners, friends, and even a potential partner;)

15. Travel

We know covid is restricting us from traveling and checking countries off of our list, but it is still possible with the new worldwide systems and reopening airports.