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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10 ways to make a good ENVIRONMENTAL impact

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The climate crisis is calling you to make a move. Our planet is in danger, the clock is ticking. Massive natural disasters are happening around the world; untameable wildfires, massive hurricanes/tornadoes, disastrous floods…

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It’s getting more and more dangerous each year and it’s time to take some action. We all asked ourselves how can we contribute to help fight climate change, so here’s a list of easy ways that can help you change your lifestyle to have a good impact on the environment. And remember your move counts!

1- Cut off single used plastics

Water bottles, sodas, forks, and plastic plates, plastic bags, are a must-go. There are a lot of substitutes that are reusable and made from sustainable materials. Shop here.

2- Switch to Renewable Resources

The universe has gifted us with so many blessings, and one of them is reusable energy. Sun, wind, water. Let’s use them to produce our needed energy.

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3- Eat less meat, and do not WASTE.

Eating less meat will help reduce the amount of meat needed to be produced. With that being said, it will reduce water use, and the CO2 emissions caused by meat production. Switching to a vegan/vegetarian diet can help too. And wasting food adds to the amount of CO2 being created in landfills. Which contributes to worsening the greenhouse effect.

4- Get invested in recycling more.

Recycle everything you can: paper, cartons, plastic bottles, metal containers, and cans, glass, and jars, some places can recycle electronics too. Check locally live love recycle.

5- Thrift Shop!

“Don’t Throw It, Fix It And Use It Again”, should be your new mindset from a “buying new stuff” perspective. Giving clothes, books, mirrors… and a lot more items a second life, can help you save money and save the planet by reducing waste. Try PINK ATTIK.

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6- Limit your water use.

Having running water in your house is a blessing that not everyone has, but that doesn’t mean you should waste a big amount of water just for having it. Reducing the amount of water you use daily, (no not your water intake), can help reduce the wasteful, polluted untreated water that goes straight to the ocean.

7- Use eco-friendly cleaning products.

You can make your own with a homemade recipe (check our Pinterest for some ideas, we post our favorite recipes regularly)

8- Common transportation:

Using buses, taxis, and public transportation is important for a significant change in CO2 emissions.

9- Volunteer and plant some trees:

Plant some trees to give some green ambiance around your house and town, but more importantly, volunteer in different NGOs to contribute to the reforestation of some areas in your country. Check (locally): Jouzour Loubnan and Lebanon Reforestation Initiative.

10- Change your brands

Change your brands to eco-friendly, cruelty-free ones that can help you make an even bigger impact on the climate fight. Lush for example is a great example for more clean living.

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AN AWESOME BOOK TO ADD TO YOUR COLLECTION OF SELF-HELP.

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Self-help books are a great source and the new trend to get everything you need for growth. We love collecting books and adding them to our collection and of course, share them with you to help you with your self-improvement journey.

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For this awesome book “Words that Might Mean Something to Someone Someday” , we had the chance to get an exclusive few words from the author himself Bashar Abou Hawili

“Words that Might Mean Something to Someone Someday” is a modern poetry book about love, loss, and the five stages of grief. I wrote this book when I was at a very low point in my life. I had lost who I thought was the love of my life, and I thought the pain was too much too handle, but day by day, my life started to turn around. This book goes through that process, step by step. It’s very personal and raw. It’s literally a piece of my heart that I’m so happy to share with the world. Get your copy now, available on amazon and kindle!

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.

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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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.