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7 Ways to Maintain Your Social Life Despite How Busy Life Gets

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As we grow up, our lives get busier by the day and between maintaining your full-time job, spending time with the family and getting enough sleep, you lose other valuable things and people in between. You lose the time to do the things you used to love, you lose the time for a hobby and in time, you start distancing yourself from the people who are closest to you.

But it’s never really your fault, you’re already juggling between things as much as possible. So what to do when your job is taking too much of your time? How to balance between your social life and career? Here are some tips to help you get the answer.

Schedule lunch breaks and coffee dates

Your day may be packed but you gotta eat at some point, am I right? So, if you are a person with fixed lunch breaks, then turn those lunch breaks to a small get together with a friend. Even if it is only an hour in midday, this will help you more than you think and you will probably get back to work feeling more energized.

That way you can keep your normal routine to some extent and still be able to catch up with those who matter most to you.

Plan an evening out at least once a week

I personally know how hard it is to hang out after work, you are always tired and eager to get some rest. But at least one day a week, plan an outing with your group of besties. Even if it is just for coffee or a breakfast, spending time with close people outside of the office is very important.

Switching up your routine will keep things fresh and exciting, so whether it’s over the weekend or after work, you must go out every now and then.

Prioritize your time

Create a to-do-list of all the tasks in hand, and start prioritizing them so that you can know which task can be done at a later time and replaced by some time for yourself or for your hobby.

You can prioritize them as follows:

  • Urgent and important
  • Important but not urgent
  • Urgent but not important
  • Neither urgent nor important.

Schedule phone calls

It sound ridiculous at the moment, right? But when was the last time you gave an old friend a call? When was the last time you caught up with your friend who now lives abroad? If the answer is that you don’t remember, then it’s not that ridiculous after all. Plan when and who you will call midday and whenever you’re free, even if it’s only for 10 mins, give that friend a quick call.

Enjoy some ‘You’ time

Maintaining a social life includes you as well! It is extremely important to take a night for yourself and do the things you enjoy, even if it means just laying back and not doing a thing.

Catch up on a series, read a book, take yourself out on a date or exercise! The important thing is to give yourself a break from all the hassle and find peace and quiet.

Exercise and meditate

Exercise is a very effective way to reduce stress as it pumps feel-good endorphins through your body and helps lift your mood. I know how busy one can gets, but even if there’s absolutely no time to hit the gym, you can at least go for a 30 minute walk even if it’s just once a week.

Limit time-wasting activities and people

If someone or something no longer add value to you, limit it or cut if off of your life. You no longer have the luxury of wasting your time on invaluable things and toxic people, so identify what’s most important in your life and then draw boundaries so that you can devote quality time to these high-priority people and activities.

 

 

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Tamer Hosny Breaks Guinness World Record in Abu Dhabi

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Our very own pop star Tamer Hosny performed last night at Abu Dhabi’s Marina Mall a song that he wrote in honor of the UAE’s year of tolerance. That’s not all, as the star got to break a Guinness World record at the mall with the help of his fans.

Up until Thursday, fans kept posting messages to the star with the hope that he would collect the most contributions ever made to a bulletin board and that way, break a new Guinness World Record. Which impressively, they managed to make it happen!

The Marina Mall shared a number of the messages that Hosny received, saying they had received “a lot of positive and many influential messages” for Hosny.

Last night was certainly Hosny’s night as he got to break the record for being the most inspirational and influential star in the world, it is also worth mentioning that he broke his own record with twice the number this year!

“My entry to Guinness World Record will be a historical victory for every Egyptian and Arab … my greatest joy is making history with my art.” The star said prior to his win.

Congratulations to the superstar, we couldn’t be any prouder of him!

 

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Egypt Jumps Up Four Places in the Climate Change Performance Index for 2019

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Minister of Environment Yasmin Fouad announced on Wednesday that Egypt has managed to jump four places in the Climate Change Performance Index for 2019 and now ranks the 24th place out of 57 evaluated countries.

The minster said in a press release that this progress is because of the many attributions that Egypt has adopted in addressing the effects of climate change, one of these attributions was participating in the presidential summit on climate change in Madrid.

Egypt has also received an invitation to join the COP25 climate change conference, which will take place in Madrid from December 2nd till the 13th.

According to a study by the Climate Change Performance Index 2019, Egypt successfully scored a total of 57.49 points, and Egypt is expected to continue this incredible progress through the promising plans and initiatives that will address the effects of climate change and hopefully help put an end to it.

 

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Mansour Mobilizes to Phase Out One-Use Plastic Bags

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The Mansour Group is proud to continue its environmentally friendly efforts by selling reusable, locally produced shopping bags at its Fresh Food Market stores.

The new waterproof eco-friendly bags are large, durable, and produced in partnership with the Degla Community Development Foundation, an organization that employs and empowers more than 65 skilled female bread earners.

Fresh Food Market is a premium retail gourmet chain and is part of the Metro Markets company owned by Mansour.

These efforts are a result of round-table discussions between Mansour, the Ministry of the Environment, and The Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe. The aim is to reduce Egypt’s reliance on plastic bags and move to safer alternatives.

Mansour’s environmental initiative aims to reduce reliance on plastic bags. They encourage their shoppers to buy locally produced bags instead of using plastic bags. They are also planning to implement these changes at all of their Metro and Kheir Zaman stores.

In 2015, they were able to reduce their overall annual electrical consumption by a third after converting all existing retail, factory, and building lights to efficient L.E.D. lighting. Such initiatives are part of Mansour’s broader environmental policies.

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