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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Journal (how to)

Lately people have been talking about journaling, writing in their journal… It isn’t something new, you’ve probably used a diary when you were younger and now stopped.

In this article we will focus on why keeping a journal is important nowadays.

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Let’s start with the benefits you gain from journaling:

  • Manage anxiety
  • Reduce stress
  • Cope with depression
  • Helping you prioritize problems, fears, and concerns
  • Tracking any symptoms day-to-day so that you can recognize triggers and learn ways to better control them
  • Providing an opportunity for positive self-talk and identifying negative thoughts and behaviors
  • Relax and meditate each day.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet.
  • Exercise regularly—get in some activity every day.
  • Treat yourself to plenty of sleep each night.
  • Stay focused on your goals (daily or the big ones).

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How to journal

These are some tips that will help you get started: (pick what suits you best)

  • Try to write every day: make time for it, spare 10-20 minutes a day to focus on writing.
  • Make it easy: Keep a pen and paper handy at all times, if you prefer digital journaling, keep your notes app always available.
  • Write or draw whatever feels right: Your journal, your rules. Nothing is write or wrong when expressing your thoughts or emotions.
  • Use your journal as you see fit: Your emotions and vulnerability are private, so is your journal.

So as you can see, keeping a journal and using it everyday will help you make your day happier, better and worth it.

10 signs you need a break urgently

We all hit rock bottom at some point of our lives. Burnouts are more and more common, progressive depression and chrocnic fatigue are sadly became a normal routine.

But it’s never too late to take a break. Here’s 10 signs your body is telling you it needs a break.

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1- You get sick more often

Due to high levels of stress, lack of sleep, and lack of energy your immune system gets weakened. That way your chances of getting sick will increase too.

2- Stressing about the past more than the future or the present

Your past is “haunting” you more than normal, a past trauma, a broken friendship, self-doubt and past action reflection.

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3- Neglecting yourself

Due to this whole roller-coaster of emotions you start feeling that self-care takes a lot of energy and that you just let yourself go. You feel like “saving” energy on everyday tasks.

4-Always sad

With everything you’re going through, your emotions are tuning in more, your sadness is much more intense, and you might be feeling sadness all the time.

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5- Tired but can’t sleep

You’re emotionally and physically drained but it’s impossible for you to sleep.

6- Restless

You feel the need to constantly move, being unable to calm your mind, or a combination of the two

7- No motivation

You have absolutely no motivation to even get by the day. You don’t find motivation to do pursuit your passions even.

8- No concentration

You find yourself zoning out, or distracted by anything.

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9- You’re withdrawn

You cancel, avoid, and cut yourself from the outside world, because you’re tired or not in the mood

10- Drained energy

You want to sleep 16 hours a day and not do a thing, you just wanna rest.

It’s true that life gets by pretty quickly, but if you have 5 or more of these signs, your body is in desperate need of a break. Take a day off, take care and pamper yourself. You deserve it!

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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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10 Must-try matcha recipes that will blow your mind

Matcha is the world’s new favorite drink, and we have some good news for you. We love matcha and it is really important to share this wonderful addition to our favorite recipes.

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Find more on our Pinterest, We post new recipes pins everyday!

So Here are Our Favorite 10 Delicious Recipes That Will Blow Your Mind.

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1- Delicious Matcha Latte

Iced, Hot, sugary, or no It’s your decision but either way it’s delicious.

2- Matcha Donuts!

National Donuts day was a couple of days ago so it’s an honorable mention.and who doesn’t love donuts anyway.

3- Homemade Matcha Icecream.

A Marvelous Summer Recipe. And three ingredients only!

4- Matcha Cupcakes

Small tasty cupcakes for the whole family… or a treat for yourself too!

5-Energy Bites

Small matcha bites that can make someone’s day?…. Hell Yeah!

6-Lava Matcha Cakes

No comment just… Yum.

7-Matcha Tiramisu

A very cute, presentable and easy Matcha Tiramisu!

8- Matcha Butter Cookies

Exceptional!

9- Brownies with Matcha Mint Frosting

Delicious treat!

10- Matcha Pannacotta.

Divine, exquisite taste!

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How To Night Routine

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A night routine is everything you do before heading to bed. As much as morning routine is important for good day start, a night routine is important for the ending of a day.

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We all know how hard it can be to stick to a night routine after a very long day at work, but for a more healthy lifestyle you should be starting to adopt and create you own personal routine for bedtime.

Night routines have been liked to a better faster and healthier more wholesome sleep.

Let’s create your night routine!

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  1. Meditate. Ending your day with a guide meditation is the calming energy you need for a goof night sleep.
  2. Have a Healthy dinner
  3. Tidy some clutters and do some laundry
  4. Prepare for tomorrow.
  5. Skincare routine
  6. Take a hot bath to relax
  7. End of the day journal
  8. Read a book
  9. Listen to some good calm music
  10. Avoid alcohol
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Night Routines are like Morning Routines, to every individual its own. It’s all about practices and what works for you.

But if you need a checklist article for both morning and night routines, to give you some ideas about what to include into your routines, leave a comment.

A checklist routine won’t determine what you need to put into your routine but it will help you point out the essentials.

Food To Fight HeartBurn.

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Heartburn or reflux is a common, discomfort among a lot of people. It’s an acidic sensation that goes from zero to a complete nightmare. Though, while it’s curable and might be a little fixable some cases are really dangerous and needs medical care right away.

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What’s heartburn anyway?

Heartburn is a burning pain in your chest, just behind your breastbone. The pain is often worse after eating, in the evening, or when lying down or bending over.

Common Symptoms

  1. A burning pain in the chest that usually occurs after eating and may occur at night
  2. Pain that worsens when lying down or bending over
  3. Bitter or acidic taste in the mouth

When to see a doctor

  1. Heartburn occurs more than twice a week
  2. Symptoms persist despite use of over-the-counter medications
  3. You have difficulty swallowing
  4. You have persistent nausea or vomiting
  5. You have weight loss because of poor appetite or difficulty eating (Source)
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Foods to avoid at all cost

1. Citrus foods and tomatoes
2. Sugary Goods
3. Fried food
4. Spicy food and garlic
5. Chocolate

Foods that can help ease the pain/discomfort

1. Banana
2. Oatmeal
3. Soy Milk
4. Soup,Warm Not Hot!
5. Chamomile Tea, Warm Not Hot!

Keep in mind: Some foods listed here might have the opposite effect, each body it’s own norms, we recommend to always keep a food diary and remember all the foods effect on your stomach. If symptoms get worse, please go to your doctor.

Have a healthy, happy, self-improving, self-loving day!

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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.

Full body Dry Brush.

Many are the things that can benefit your body, but nothing comes close to this 5- 10 minutes routine that you should include to your shower/bath ritual. Dry brushing is a type of Ayurvedic medicine that has been around for centuries, it works by exfoliating the skin. Practitioners of dry brushing rub a brush with coarse, natural-fiber bristles over their bodies in a particular pattern. The idea is that the coarse fibers will help to remove dead skin and improve the skin’s ability to eliminate toxins through the pores.

Here’s How to Dry Brush the Skin:

  1. Start at the feet, brush the bottom and up the leg in long, smooth strokes.
  2. Repeat the same process with the arms, starting with the palms of the hands and brushing up the arm toward the heart.
  3. On the stomach and armpits, brush in a circular clockwise motion.
  4. Repeat the process on your abdomen and back, and then switch to your face with the more delicate brush.
  5. Brush each section of skin 10 times.
Note: Don’t brush too hard! A soft and smooth stroke often works best. The skin should NEVER be red, if it hurts at all, use less pressure!
An illustrated guide to help you.

What are the benefits of dry brushing?

Lymphatic system and the removal of toxins

The lymphatic system helps your body fight off infections. Dry brushing is thought to help the body release toxins through sweat. And the brush motion help open the pores which makes it easier on for your body to release sweat

Exfoliation

It can brush away dry, dead cells from the skin. This can leave your skin more smooth and soft.

Relaxation

Similar to a massage, dry brushing may make you feel relaxed.

Cellulite

Massage has been shown to temporarily reduce the appearance of cellulite. Some claim that dry brushing can reduce the appearance of cellulite because it has similar effects on the body as massage.