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Home Design: Let the Interior of Your House Help You De-Stress



Home Design: Let the Interior of Your House Help You De-Stress

Since we’re stuck in home for god only knows how long and if you’re the outgoing type who can’t stand the lock down, then you have got to make sure that your home interior helps improve your mental health.

Several studies proved that factors such as natural lighting and even noisy traffic can truly impact your mental well-being, after all no one really wants to be surrounded with bad vibes. So, if you’re feeling a bit trapped and in a desperate need for some change, here are simple hacks and tips on how to make your home even more homey.

Remove Clutter

The most important step of all is to de-clutter and this is the perfect timing to start doing so! Studies have shown that clearing away the clutter helps improve your focus abilities and significantly increase productivity. You just have to separate between your needs and wants and what has to go straight to the trash.

Ramadan is also upon us, so it would be great to have a box for charity and donations.

Include Plants

Flowers are incredibly soothing both visually and aromatically so they would be a perfect addition, there are also specific plants that can help de-stress your home and provide sanctuary of peace and tranquility.

These plants include the following:

  • Aloe Vera.
  • English Ivy.
  • Rubber Tree.
  • Peace Lily.
  • The Snake Plant.
  • Bamboo Palm.
  • Philodendron.
  • Spider Plant.

Allow more natural light in

Lack of outdoor light might be stressful at times and can affect your well-being, so make sure to always light it up as much as you can. Make it a habit to always wake up and pull the curtains and blinders away.

Remember! Natural sunlight does wonders to one’s spirit.

Create your own little corner

Find a small corner in your house and turn it to your very own space, it could be your reading spot or coffee corner or just a small place to practice yoga in. What matters is to include in that space everything that makes you relaxed, from colorful cushions to cheerful rugs and of course make sure that it’s well lit up.

Furniture Placement 

Most of us set everything against the wall which can create a dead space that doesn’t allow energy to flow, so try to balance everything and you certainly don’t have to make everything symmetrical. Don’t be afraid to mix and match between the furniture and to add a variety of colors and vintage pieces.

Include candles

Candles are very relaxing but go for the white ones that add an air of calmness and relaxation, avoid having too much scented ones as they can sometimes be overwhelmingly strong.

Add Paintings

Paintings and creating art in general is a good way to distance your thoughts from whatever it is that is causing you stress or anxiety, so make sure to pick out colorful paintings. It can often enable a person to achieve a positive state of mind known as “Flow.”

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Memory of the City: New Initiative to Document Egypt’s Architectural Heritage




‘Memory of the City’ is the newest initiative launched by the Egypt’s Ministry of Culture with the aim of documenting the architectural identity of ancient areas in Egypt.

Minister Inas Abdel Dayem said that Egypt’s architectural heritage represent the history of civilizations and the formation of urban life and its development. 

Abdel Dayem further explained that Egypt’s rich architectural treasures are a product of various historic influences that all came together to form the country’s unique heritage.

Abdel Dayem further pointed out that the “Memory of the City” Initiative is a humanitarian and historical message with the aim of preserving the nation’s unique features.

Also worth mentioning is that the “Memory of the City” initiative includes launching a series of books that highlights areas with a great historical value, in addition to setting boundaries and foundations to preserve this rich history.

The series tells multiple stories of buildings, their residents, the community and environment. All of this comes as part of the Ministry’s efforts in preserving the identity of these Egyptian areas and shed the light on their significant part of the Egyptian cultural heritage.



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New Swine Flu With Pandemic Potential Found in China




A new type of swine flu has been discovered by Chinese researchers with the possibility of infecting humans and causing yet another pandemic! The study was released on Monday.

Scientists warn about the virus but for the time-being, they say that it doesn’t impose an immediate global threat.

The disease, knows as the G4 virus, is genetically descended from the H1N1 swine flu that caused a pandemic in 2009. G4 nowshows “all the essential hallmarks of a candidate pandemic virus,” said the study, published in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

We know how scary this sounds but Dr. Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at Columbia University’s public health school, asked the public not to “freak out.”

“Our understanding of what is a potential pandemic influenza strain is limited,” she posted on Twitter. “Sure, this virus meets a lot of the basic criteria but it’s not for sure going to cause a hypothetical 2020 flu pandemic, or even be a dominant strain in humans.”

No evidence has shown yet that G4 could be transmitted from one person to another, perhaps the most promising sign so far, said Carl Bergstrom, a professor of biology at the University of Washington.

“This is not a *new* new virus; it’s been very common in pigs since 2016,” he tweeted. “There’s no evidence that G4 is circulating in humans, despite five years of extensive exposure. That’s the key context to keep in mind.”

However, researchers are warning the public that the virus is rising among large populations and could and could “pose a serious threat to human health” if not carefully monitored.
Transmission of the virus from pig to human could “lead to severe infection and even death,” said the study.
So should you be worried? For the time-being no but no one knows what this could mean for us in the future.

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Mounir to Perform at Cairo Opera House As Cultural Events Resume Mid-July




Egypt’s cultural activities will return in min-July with a 25% capacity in all facilities, the ministry of culture announced.

The ministry has already planned out for its comeback with renowned singer Mohamed Mounir set to perform the venue’s first concert after reopening.

Cultural events will return after being suspended for three months in light of the pandemic. Now, we’re about to be entertained once again but with all precautionary measures taken.

Minister of Culture Inas Abdel Dayem assured that all facilities will adhere to precautionary measures against the coronavirus.

In a statement, Abdel Dayem said that the resumption of cultural activities indicates Egypt’s ability to face challenges and cope with the virus.

She further explained that the 25% capacity will be enforced to all facilities and all measures will be taken, which includes applying social distancing and providing audiences with an educational guide to maintain public safety.

A committee will also be formed under the supervision of the ministry, to follow up on the implementation of these procedures at all cultural facilities.

The reopening decision includes all museums which are under the Ministry of Culture’s supervision, Cairo Opera House, art exhibitions, national circus shows, theatres, and cultural and intellectual evenings.

Mounir’s concert will be held on July 17th and is the artists first performance at the Cairo Opera House in 15 years!


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