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

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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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Adonis Releases Their 5th Studio Album ‘A’DA’

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Lebanese indie-pop favorites, Adonis , complete the release of their highly anticipated fifth studio album ‘A’da’ (Enemies), with part three out now across all streaming platforms.

Part one and two of the release saw the group trending across Lebanon with live stream performances of their new work to delighted fans.

The final segment of the album, introduces  “Tabi’yi” , a fast-paced pop-rock anthem with hard-hitting drums and catchy guitar riffs, while “Jeet Kermalak”, a delicate ballad,  showcases a traditional middle eastern instrument, the Qanun, beautifully orchestrated alongside the smooth, soothing vocals of guest singer-songwriter, Dana Hourani.

“A’da” is described by the band as a love story between two young, impressionable characters, that unravels through the album tackling themes of nostalgia and lost futures, in an elusive, sometimes cruel, present.

Speaking about the album, lead singer-songwriter Anthony Khoury shared “each part of A’da not only explores a specific time in the characters relationship – how they grew together or apart – but also represents significant times that deeply influenced our songwriting and development over the years.

 

We celebrate our 10th anniversary this year, so we’re really excited to share an album we feel demonstrates who we are today, and explores the experiences that have shaped us as a band in Beirut.”

Artwork stills  from ‘Mouharrami”  and Moukhtalef lyric videos. Illustration  by Anthony Khoury, animation by Kook.

 

Released at the end of January, “Mouharrami” was a tone-setter for a new musical direction taken by the four musicians, with heavy 80s and 90s dance music influences weaving their way through the lively opening track.

Title track “A’da”, meanwhile, was accompanied by an intricately illustrated music video, which follows the band members as four retro video game characters, navigating through a dystopian Beirut in search of their stolen hearts.

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The video was directed and illustrated by Omar Khouri, with art direction by the band’s long-time collaborator Nadim Hobeika.

Filled with downbeats of raging bass drums, shimmering guitar lines and sweeping synthesizers, this three-part album is complimented by the band’s signature Arabic lyrics, sometimes playful, sometimes poignant,  and always  a point of reference for their expanding fan base across the region.

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“A’da” was produced by Sleiman Damien, between the months of August and November 2020, in an improvised studio in the seaside town of Batroun, where the band relocated just days after the August 4 Beirut Port explosion. “Tabi’yi” showcases a live performance music video shot in the same traditionally Lebanese setting.

 

WATCH TABI’YI

During release weekend, Anthony Khoury, Adonis’ lead singer, also performed an exclusive stripped down set featuring vocals and piano as part of Embrace Lebanon’s initiative “Music for Mental Health”,  where he showcased Tabi’yi as a message of hope for those struggling through unprecedented times.

WATCH THE PERFORMANCE HERE

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Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church Suspends Services for One Month

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Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox churches have announced the suspension of masses and other services in both Cairo and Alexandria as of Monday and the suspension will last for a month.

The suspension comes in light of the rising numbers of Covid-19 cases among clergymen and churchgoers.

The Coptic Orthodox Church on Saturday released an official statement that says the suspension includes Sunday’s schools, meetings, services and masses, and that priests in each church are allowed one mass weekly with a minimal presence and a maximum of five deacons only.

As for funeral services, they’re allowed to be held but with the participation of only one priest and one deacon and of course the family of the deceased. However, the halls that are designated for mourning services will be closed until the improvement of current conditions.

For Baptism services, the maximum number allowed are four member of the baby’s family.

The statement added that study at institutes and educational centres will carry on but with a reduced maximum of 25%.

As for the dioceses, each bishop get to decide what is most suitable to the health situation in his diocese, in partnership with the congregation of priests.

We urge all worshipers to remain safe and adhere to all the precautionary measures needed.

 

 

 

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The Oscars Will Be Held In-Person Telecast and Not Virtually

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According to a report from Variety, the Oscars 2021 will be held in-person telecast and not virtually!

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has pushed the 73rd Academy Awards ceremony to the 15th of April next year, because by spring the theaters would be open again; allowing more movies to compete in the awards.

“The Oscars in-person telecast will happen,” Variety said on Tuesday, quoting a representative from the Academy.

“The Academy has done a walkthrough of the Dolby recently to see all the multiple options,” the report added, citing an awards publicist familiar with the situation.

The academy will of course be forced to cut down the number of attendees.

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