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.

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.

Home Remedy For Insomnia

Sleeping 7-8 hours a day is essential to lead a healthy and active life. Sleeping enough hours is suggested for your body, brain, and mental health. Thus, many people struggle with insomnia and don’t sleep through the night.

What’s “Insomnia”?

Insomnia is a sleep disorder in which you have trouble falling and or staying asleep. The condition can be short-term (acute) or can last a long time (chronic). It may also come and go. Acute insomnia lasts from 1 night to a few weeks. Insomnia is chronic when it happens at least three nights a week for three months or more.

And here are some home remedies that can help you deal with insomnia

Meditate:

Meditating will help you relax and feel less stressed and maybe a little more sleepy. So before bedtime, follow this guide: click here.

Drink some tea

The warmth of the tea will make you feel relaxed and sleepy again. So drinking a cup of warm tea, preferably chamomile will help you sleep well.

Take magnesium

 It plays an essential role in your nervous system, helping to activate mechanisms that quiet and calm you. It may also help relieve anxiety and depression, which can interfere with sleep.

Essential oils

Put on some lavender oil or chamomile essential oil in a diffuser and relax.

Reset your sleep schedule

Set your alarm every day to wake up at 6-7 am, and another one to sleep at night, 11-12 pm. That way you’ll be making your sleeping on time.

Yoga

Doing some yoga exercises before bed will help you relax and release some tension and boost your body’s melatonin.

Limit your activities

Limiting your activities in bed will help your brain fixate the idea of bed = sleep and sex.

Valerian roots

This herb has been used since ancient times to promote tranquility and improve sleep.

Avoid caffeine at night.

The most known effect of caffeine is that it will make it hard for you to fall asleep. One study also found that caffeine can delay the timing of your body clock. These effects will reduce your total sleep time. Caffeine also can reduce the amount of deep sleep that you enjoy.

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.