Books Worth Reading: Sustainability Made Simple

A little while back I was offered a courtesy copy of the book Sustainability Made Simple by Rosaly Byrd and Lauren Demates (March 16, 2017 ISBN: 978-1-4422-6909-5 hardcover $36.00; Rowman & Littlefield). If you have been reading me for some time now you know I am all about sustainability, green living and healthy lifestyles (with a few indulgences now and then, because life is too short)

So I obviously jumped in delight when I heard about this book! Anything that can make my life simple, green and chemical free is always welcomed. However I try to stay critical and real with my choices. This book is perfect for anyone starting the sustainable living journey.

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What I love the most about this book is how practical it is. All of the tips and suggestions are easy enough for the average person to follow. It introduces the readers to a world in which sustainable living is not only possible but achievable. In this day and age in which in some parts of the world the impact to the environment is being ridiculed, it is important to keep informed. Know how to separate fact from opinion and make your own judgement. Remember we have only ONE planet, and it is our responsibility to sustain life in it, not only for us but for generations to follow.

Small changes can make a big difference. If we all act united and together small changes become big changes in the long run. For example, Rosaly Byrd and Lauren Demates, offer small and simple little steps such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, and to carry reusable cups and water bottles instead of contributing to plastic pollution. Same goes to reusable non-plastic bags for your grocery shopping trips – hemp bags are a brilliant alternative.

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Eco-Lunchbox BPA free and reusable

 

The book is conveniently divided in sections, from household shores to travelling tips that cover all your sustainabe living needs. Best part? It is kid friendly, there are many activities in there you can do with your whole family and kids. Make concious consumers from an early age and you will change the world.

This educational and engaging book is perfect for someone who has heard the term sustainability and is interested in learning what it’s all about, the novice environmentalist looking for new ways to improve their impact, or anyone in between. Case studies and tables highlight interesting information and trends, and an extensive bibliography provides further reading for those who want to learn more about the world of sustainability.

xoxo

Jihane


About the Authors:

Rosaly Byrd is the co-founder and author of the blog The Sustainability Co-Op that works to engage readers on global environmental issues. She also writes as a freelance blogger for the Huffington Post. Rosaly has lived in Haiti and Brazil, working on environmental policy and sustainable development for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and UN Development Programme (UNDP). Rosaly holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs with a focus on international environmental policy from University of California, San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy, and a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from Florida Atlantic University Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College in Jupiter, Florida.

Laurèn DeMates is a sustainability professional committed to improving the environmental impact of government, corporations, and individuals. Her work has included applying behavioral and social science-based strategies to increase energy efficiency in the federal government and assisting companies collect and analyze corporate social responsibility metrics. Laurèn is a LEED Green Associate and a co-founder of The Sustainability Co-Op blog. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a Master’s degree in International Affairs, and from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Sciences.

Travel Series: Grand Canyon & Hualapai Nation #Arizona

So it’s been a while since I posted, big changes happening! It was Sprint Break in Texas this past week (yay! Spring! although it feels like Summer here already) We had plans to visit Boston, and I was really looking forward to go to Salem and learn all about the Freedom Trail but Mother Nature had other plans. Huge winter storm canceled out trip and we prepared an impromptu visit to Las Vegas.

I knew Las Vegas wasn’t for me, so I convinced my crew to take a little road trip to Arizona and visit the Grand Canyon West Rim and the Hualapai Native American Reserve. WOW! just wow! I am so glad we did!

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Hualapai Nation

The Hualapai Tribe is a federally recognized Indian Tribe located in northwestern Arizona. “Hualapai” (pronounced Wal-lah-pie) means “People of the Tall Pines.” They are the native people of the Southwest. Traditionally hunter-gatherers, they inhabited an area of more than 5 million acres.

Their homeland stretched from the Grand Canyon southward to the Santa Maria River and from the Black Mountains eastward to the pine forests of the San Francisco peaks. Today, the Hualapai American Indian Reservation, created in 1883, is nearly 1,000,000 acres that includes 108 miles of the Colorado River and Grand Canyon.

The total population of the Hualapai Reservation is about 1,621 of whom 1,353 are tribal members (2000 U.S. Census). Total tribal membership, including members not residing on the reservation, is approximately 2,300. Most people who reside on the reservation live in the capitol town of Peach Springs, which owns its name to the peach trees that historically grew at nearby springs.

The Great Spirit created Man and Woman in his own image. In doing so, both were created as equals. Both depending on each other in order to survive. Great respect was shown for each other, in doing so, happiness and contentment was achieved them as it should be now – Hulapai.

I love everything Native American, I feel their energy is so pure and their roots so in touch with nature.

 

Grand Canyon West Rim

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The west rim is approximately a 2 and a half hour drive from the Vegas Strip. On the way there you can stop to see the Hoover Dam which is a majestic work of engineering. You can also enjoy the Arizona Desert views. Once you get to the Grand Canyon directions are easy to follow and for your ticket, you get to see the Skywalk at Eagle Point (skywalk is located here), Guano Point, and an old cowboy style village. You can eat there too, we had some yummy BBQ chicken, ribs corn bread, beans and rice. There is hardly any phone signal but there is wifi at each station.

The tour guide explained this time of the year is one of the best to go due to the weather (not cold, not too hot).

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Please note, the Grand Canyon West is not part of Grand Canyon National Park which is comprised of the South and North Rims. Grand Canyon West is owned by the Hualapai Indian Tribe. We didn’t know that until we got there, I personally though it was all the same park.

Skywalk

The Skywalk is one of the highlights of this tour. It is without a doubt one of the world’s engineering marvels. Walk out on a glass bottom bridge extending 70 feet out from the canyon’s edge into a vast expanse of nothingness. Standing on see-through glass looking 4,000 down to the canyon floor and a small ribbon of the Colorado River will give you a sense of flying. No cameras or phones are allowed at this point but they provide lockers for you free of charge. The view is amazing and it is worth to get the photo package ($65 for a set of 8-12 digital copies)

However, if you have a fear of height, Skywalk is not for you.

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This turned out to be one of the best Spring breaks ever! Nothing like a bit of nature in the mid of chaos to bring you back to peace. Grounded, whole, complete and in tune with myself.

So if you are ever in Nevada or Arizona, I strongly recommend you visit this marvelous place.

xoxo

Jihane

Love from Within: Celebrate Loving you this Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! Whether you are in a relationship or not, Valentine’s gives us the chance to talk freely about love. Some people believe that Valentine’s day today is nothing but another fabrication of capitalism, a commercial holiday that obligates us to buy chocolates and flowers; but to me, any reason to celebrate is worth celebrating. Life is way too short to be bitter about the reasons that prompt an otherwise innocent celebration like Valentine’s. Life is a celebration! embrace it! Or not, it’s entirely your choice. I choose Love!

IMG_1757.jpgHowever, Valentine’s doesn’t have to be all about being in a romantic relationship with someone else. It is that logic that creates Cupido haters in the world. In Buddhist practice, we’re taught to move in the world from a place of inner validation, rather than outer. So let’s use Valentine’s Day as a time to come back to our own hearts—the only place where we will experience true, lasting love. Yes, I have been talking a lot about self-love and Buddhism lately, and it is because I have discovered how important it is to love and respect ourselves both for our wellbeing and the understanding of others. You don’t need to practice Buddhism in order to live some parts of your life under Buddhism – just take what serves you a purpose, and implement it in your daily life.

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Loving kindness, compassion, appreciative joy and a particular form of equanimity are the four kinds of love taught and encouraged in classic Buddhist teachings. None of these are uniquely Buddhist; they are four qualities of heart that reside within everyone, at least as potentials.
Ancient wisdom understood that our true happiness does not rest with others. It comes from within. Acceptance, self-love, confidence and inner strength are the bricks in the path to happiness.

“If with a pure mind a person speaks or acts, happiness follows them like a never-departing shadow.” Buddha

This path to happiness needs to be carved. We live in a society that from a young age teaches us about validation of the group. A society that fills out brains with the utopia of perfection. Being a perfect size, having the perfect hair. We are pressured every day into believing we are not enough. In our failed relationships we are reminded of how we are not enough. We have to make a conscious decision to stop the cycle of self-doubt and build toward our own happiness. We are whole, we are complete, we do not need “another half”. Compassion, empathy, love, are the things that make us beautiful human beings.

“Speak only endearing speech … Speech, when it brings no evil to others, is a pleasant thing.” Buddha

Negative words bring negative actions…
If there is one lesson, just one lesson I want my son to learn from me is to always remain pure of heart and compassionate. Kindness is strongly encouraged in our house and rudeness is never accepted. He knows this. We respect ourselves, we respect each other, and we respect all living creatures.

Respect and love yourself this valentine’s day. Celebrate LOVE from within. Celebrate YOU.

xoxo

Jihane

#IDontDoUgly Anti-Bullying Campaign: The importance of kind words, and positive thinking.

I was recently approached by a PR agency promoting the anti-bully campaign #IDontDoUgly and I immediately knew I had to be part of it.
I have always been an advocate of inner beauty. Be good, do good and you will irradiate good is my motto. My 11-year-old and I live by this rule. Kindness is at the core of our values.

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“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” – Buddha

Positive body image and positive thinking come from a place of acceptance. We can accept we are not perfect and still embrace every single part of ourselves. It comes from a place in which we don’t judge others based on their looks but based on their acts.
Positive thinking is also a learned behavior reinforced by habit. The sooner we learn to turn something negative into something positive, the sooner we can move away from the toxicity negative thinking can bring for us and for those around us.

This message is even more important now, as current times are proving difficult when it comes to accepting each other’s differences. We live in a world too busy focusing on the differences, too obsessed with labeling each other, and too unaware of the power of unity.

“A parent’s words become a child’s subconscious thoughts.” – Jessica Cartwright

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#IDontDoUgly

“I Don’t Do Ugly” is a campaign inspired by cancer patients that curb the hateful insult out of the word “ugly” and transforms it a declaration of independence from the scars of the illness, hurtfulness, and negative purpose. Every day hundreds if not thousands of individuals are bullied one way or another. Domestic abuse doesn’t have to be just physical, a word can hit as hard as a fist; many times psychological abuse can leave scars that run just as deep as the physical abuse.

The hashtag, #IDontDoUgly, isn’t just relevant to cancer patients. People are using it to combat all forms of bullying. Remember, just in case no one has told you today: YOU are not ugly, you are not too fat, too skinny, or too sensitive. You are perfect with your flaws and your lines, your curves your inner light.

“If you don’t learn how to treat society right, nothing else at the end of the day really matters … We’ve got to find a way for people to come back together” -Jason Pinchoff

When Jason Pinchoff suffered the loss of his family, including his mother who lost her battle to breast cancer, the entrepreneur turned his pain into a business plan that would help others as he coped. He created The Linda B. Pinchoff Foundation to raise cancer awareness that not only focuses on not only the patients suffering but the families who suffer with them as well. He introduced the fashion line called A PINCH LIFE® to provide accessories for children in hospitals. His inspiration continued to flourish and finally, he launched the powerful I Don’t Do Ugly anti-bullying campaign with an array of tees and accessories with the slogan on them.

Embrace the power of positive thinking, and remember beauty comes from within.

xoxo

Jihane


Check out A PINCH LIFE ® Instagram to check out more of the #IDontDoUgly stories: https://www.instagram.com/apinchlife/ and add a post of your own!
For more about A PINCH LIFE visit: APINCHLIFE.com

Rethinking Healthy: Your Body, Your Temple, Your Self-Love​ Journey

First of all, I want to say THANK YOU, everyone! for all the support, messages and feedback sent after my last blog post “Unapologetically: Embrace Your Inner Goddess” Your beautiful words made me shine from within.

That post also opened a forum for discussion to introduce my next topic: Positive body image. As women, we are constantly bombarded with messages and propaganda of what our bodies are supposed to look like. We are subject to socially imposed standards of so-called beauty and femininity. Messages of unattainable perfection that are often reinforced by tv, the internet and print media.

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Rethinking healthy: Healthy doesn’t mean skinny. Healthy means you nurture your body with the right foods, you exercise and you connect with yourself spiritually. Healthy means you love and accept your body. Healthy is the balance. Healthy is to be happy inside and out.

“There is nothing more rare, nor more beautiful, than a woman being unapologetically herself; comfortable in her perfect imperfection. To me, that is the true essence of beauty.” ― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

So please understand one thing: You are beautiful.
If you are athletic, if you are tall, or short. If you are skinny, or fully curved. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.

Yes, you have flaws, we all have flaws. Healthy living bloggers like me have flaws. I try to live my life to the best of my intentions, evading chemicals, evading animal cruelty, evading GMOs, and embracing a natural way of living. THAT doesn’t make me perfect either. Because perfection is boring and the last thing I want to be is boring. I am to be ME. Unapologetically and frenetically me. And to me, there isn’t anything healthier in this world than being yourself.

“You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.”

― Amy Bloom

As women we doubt ourselves too often: Am I pretty enough? Am I skinny enough? am I cute enough? Guess what? You are always enough. And whoever thinks you aren’t enough is not worthy of you, because for those who truly love you love every single part of you, flaws and all.

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It seems to be “trend” for men (boys more likely) nowadays to go into body shaming their ex-partners after separation happens. I have been “victim” of this, and I have heard and seen so many beautiful women out there being shamed for their curves. Please know one thing my warrior goddesses, this is not your fault, this is their bruised male ego showing through. Awaken your inner Goddess and let her break through the fragile male ego. Their issues are not your problem. Be juicy, connect with mamma earth, embrace your voluptuous curves and embrace of your feminine essence, sensuality, and vulnerability.

“Women who love themselves are threatening; but men who love real women, more so.” ― Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth

You are more than a physical body

A beautiful way to honor your inner goddess and harness her divine feminine energy is to “feel” her beauty.

While lying in bed on your side, run your hands over the curves of your bare skin. Close your eyes and let your other senses awaken as you focus on the beauty that is your gorgeous female body—your hips, your lips, your collar bone, the fullness of your breasts. Feel all of the parts of you that make you a woman.

Fall in love with yourself. Fall in love with all of it and feel the intensity of your goddess energy. You are magic, and you are spirit you are more than just a body. But it is your body your greatest manifestation of femininity. Now take this feeling of “falling in love with yourself” and carry it with you everywhere you go. Anytime you feel like criticizing yourself for not being what a woman “should be” remember you are everything a woman should be.

xoxo

Jihane


Also, I want to thank my Tribe of amazing women for supporting me and for always being there for me. YOU guys rock my world. My anchor, my light. I write this posts for me, but also for you, and for every woman out there. Supporting sisterhood makes us stronger, wiser and hotter. Thanks for the Love. 

Unapologetically: Embrace your Inner Goddess

“Who is She? She is your power, your Feminine source. Big Mama. The Goddess. The Great Mystery. The web-weaver. The life force. The first time, the twentieth time you may not recognize her. Or pretend not to hear. As she fills your body with ripples of terror and delight.But when she calls you will know you’ve been called. Then it is up to you to decide if you will answer.”  ― Lucy H. Pearce, Burning Woman

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Feminine power comes from within. Your inner Goddess is alive and kicking, but everyday life silences her. Don’t forget to be you, unique, unapologetic, crazy, alive.

Unsatisfactory relationships sometimes leave us feeling like we are not enough. Like somehow we couldn’t fulfill someone’s expectations and we are at fault. We do that, us women, we tend to think every failure is our fault. Don’t. Stop the blaming and embrace yourself. Self-love is not selfish, it is necessary. Set an example for others to know the right way to treat you. Grow and let your inner light ignite.

Divine Feminine energy, or Goddess energy, is a subtle yet immensely powerful source of energy in our lives. Without it, we are out of touch with our bodies, our emotions, our dreams, and our mother earth. Without it, we live lives on the surface, pursuing empty goals, ego-centered ambitions and desolate values that are disconnected from the mystery, wonder, and magic of life.

“You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha

Live with intensity. Feel the intensity of your own emotions, for they are Yours. Blocking emotions doesn’t make you stronger, accepting them and dealing with the pain does. Accept and embrace your emotional body, for she is your inner goddess – she is the Source of your Love and your Power. Have you ever been in a situation when someone (Usually a male, usually a partner) tells you that “You are too sensitive”? don’t be ashamed of it, accept it with pride because it’s your inner Goddess showing through. Their “emotional constipation” is not your problem, is theirs.

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Without honoring and cultivating the divine feminine in our lives, we feel incomplete and eternally dissatisfied, pursuing paths that are destructive to the planet and toxic to those we love. Without acknowledging and nurturing the feminine energy within us, we are incomplete and our lives feel superficial. And it is then when we come up with ridiculous phrases such as “finding your other half”. We are born whole, we are whole and complete, we don’t need to find our other halves.

Sexual Energy and the Feminine Power

Our sexual energy is our life force – it is the pulse of ecstatic energy moving through our bodies throughout our lives, supporting our health, creativity, and longevity. Don’t ever be afraid to embrace your sexuality, never be ashamed of admitting what you want and what you need.

“Nurturing our bodies through Sacred Sensual Self-Care is a priority for empowered health.”

Honoring who you are on a deep sexual level can be extremely difficult. Even more so when we carry social taboos embedded in us by centuries of ancestral guilt, depravity, and repression. But the truth is that you are a sexual being, and being a sexual being is not “wrong,” “dirty,” or “immoral” as we have been so often taught. Instead, our sexuality carries an immense source of creativity, power, and energy which is a potent force of nature, and literally motivates the majority of life on earth.

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“She had power over the most magnificent forces on Earth, but she still didn’t feel like she had power over the most important thing of all—her own heart.” ― Josephine Angelini, Goddess

Let your inner goddess warrior free to roam. Be kind, be the rainbow, be the God damn light.

Xoxo

Jihane

When I say Yummy! You say? Happy #InternationalPieDay

… Not to be confused with Pi Day (pi = 3.15.) that’s in March. 

Pies! yummy pies in your tummy pies! National Pie Day is celebrated annually on January 23rd so go right now and get yourself some pie to celebrate. National Pie Day was created simply to celebrate the grandiosity of the pie.

Pies in the UK and pies in the USA are very different tho. When I first came to the USA I was confused to find savory pies here are not as common as they are there. Also very confused about “pot pies” to me those are just pies, no need for the word “pot” there.

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Chicken “Pot” Pie Basalt, Co.USA.

 

In medieval England, they were called pyes, and instead of being predominantly sweet, they were most often filled with meat — beef, lamb, wild duck, magpie pigeon — spiced with pepper, currants or dates. Historians trace pie’s initial origins to the Greeks, who are thought to be the originators of the pastry shell, which they made by combining water and flour. The wealthy Romans used many different kinds of meats — even mussels and other types of seafood — in their pies. Meat pies were also often part of Roman dessert courses or secundae mensea. Cato the Younger recorded the popularity of this sweet course, and a cheesecake-like dish called Placenta, in his treatise De Agricultura. – A brief History of the Pie (Time.com) 

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Dutch Chocolate Cream, and Bavarian Chocolate pies 

 

A cookbook from 1796 listed only three types of sweet pies; a cookbook written in the late 1800s featured 8 sweet pie varieties; and by  1947 the Modern Encyclopedia of Cooking listed 65 different varieties of sweet pies.

According to British chef, Jamie Oliver, the pie we know and love today has its roots in Northern Europe. Back in the day, olive oil was scarce to nonexistent in the region. Instead, butter and lard were the fats of choice in the harsher and colder climes north of the Mediterranean. The use of these solid fats created a pastry that could be rolled and molded – and so the true pie was born.

Pie Facts: By the American Pie Council

  • There are 231 varieties of apple pie.
  • Pumpkin pie – Contrary to grade school theater productions across the United States, there was no modern-day pie — pumpkin, pecan or otherwise — at the first Thanksgiving celebration in 1621.
  • Pecan pie,  is the third most popular choice in The USA.
  • The first pies appeared around 9500 BC in the Egyptian Neolithic period or New Stone Age.

 

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Apple Pie with Crumble
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Buttermilk Pie

All the sweet scrumptious and yummy pie pictures you see here, I took at House of Pies in Houston, Texas. I went on a little pie eating expedition with some friends (Shout-out to Jess, Jack, and Dennis as well as Ariana for being my pie companions) Sadly they don’t do any savory pies there, however, if it is a sweet pie you are looking for THIS is your place. They have more than 20 different types of pies there!

Anyway,  make sure you celebrate with a yummy slice of your favorite pie, either sweet or savory, American or British. Happy International Pie Day!

Gluten Free Pie Pumpkin Pie Recipe by The Minimalist Baker

Healthier Pie Recipes by Eating Well 

xoxo
Jihane

 

Dealing with Anxiety, And How to Work with it Naturally

2017 is here!

And I am back to blogging! Hello, World!
I took a break from blogging, I was burnt out with all the writing, hectic social media, networking and was dealing with some personal issues. I needed time to find peace and balance within myself.

Anxiety is a horrible thing. I needed some time to decompress and deal with the anxiety I was feeling. Funny thing for the longest time I never knew that feeling on my chest, that constant worry and lack of appetite were anxiety. It wasn’t until I was talking with my mother one day, and I mentioned it, that she finally gave me a name for it.

2017 to me represents to me a whole lot of changes, and that can be overwhelming and scary. However, I believe that whenever something feels scary is when I have to do it the most! So ready or not the time is NOW. I have lived in Houston, Texas for 6 years now. I got married earlier 2016 and thought my life was taking a turn – and it did – but in a different direction. Life doesn’t often go the way we plan, and that is ok. I am now once again ready to embark on a new journey, alone with my son, back into the unexpected just like we did when we moved from the UK to the USA in 2010.
I am excited, I am scared but more than anything I am determined.

Back to the Anxiety:
So, I decided to take a natural route to solve my problem. I threw myself into daily yoga and meditation, and I tried to understand the root of my feelings. And I found myself, and the core of my peace. Happiness is a personal choice, and it is dependent only on us and no one else. Sometimes we lose ourselves in the daily routines of our life and we forget about that inner fire that makes us who we are. Don’t let life dull your light. We can be mothers, sisters, daughters, friends, wives. We can be entrepreneurs, writers, lovers. We can be so many things but don’t forget to above all be YOU.

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Deal with it, Don’t Ignore it!

Whatever it is that is bothering you, deal with it. Feelings don’t go away they only get more intense. Understand what you are feeling and allow yourself to break apart – and then build yourself back up from the ashes.

Some natural “remedies” to help you ease the anxiety:

– Yoga: I cannot stress enough how important Yoga can be for you if you are feeling anxious, or nervous. Learning how to breathe and how to understand your body can help you regulate your moods, and it also leaves you feeling relaxed and refreshed.

– Chamomile Tea: Some compounds in chamomile (Matricaria recutita) bind to the same brain receptors as drugs like Valium.

– Green Tea: Research shows that L-theanine helps curb a rising heart rate and blood pressure, and a few small human studies have found that it reduces anxiety.

– Exercise: sounds cliche, but yes! a simple 2mile run or walk outdoors can do wonders for your body and mind. “If you exercise on a regular basis, you’ll have more self-esteem and feel healthier,” says Drew Ramsey, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University, who blogs at http://www.DrewRamseyMD.com.

– Lavander essential oils: with an oil diffuser, infuse your room with some lavender. Lavender has been also used internally for mood imbalances such as anxiety, insomnia, and gastrointestinal distress.

– Writing, painting, drawing: all these activities can release stress, and can also make you forget about your problems for a while, giving you some much needed relieve.

Check out this video with a simple Yoga session to relieve stress and anxiety

If you are suffering from anxiety, consider natural ways to take control. Speak to a friend (I am SO grateful for the network of amazing friends I have and are always there for me) Or take time out, whatever works for you. I had to do both.

Just remember anxiety is nothing but fear of the unknown. Embrace the future with all its challenges, I promise you, I’ll be alright.

xoxo
Jihane

OnixJ Book Release:: Find it, Read it, Keep it! #OnixJBooks

It’s December 1st! whoa, can you believe how fast 2016 went by? Big year, huh? Glad is over hopefully 2017 will come in with a lighter vibe and with some good advances in humanity. *wishful thinking*

Books make me happy 🙂

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So in the spirit of giving back, I have decided to release 10 books from my personal collection! I will be giving away some of these books by letting them free for anyone to grab at different locations around Houston! Montrose area at the University of St.Thomas campus will be my starting point. Other books will be left at different coffee shops around Montrose.

Books to be released, Au Revoir!
1. Kissing the Virgin’s Mouth, by Donna M. Gersten
2. Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes Nemesis Lives Again, by John Gardner
3. Wrecked, by Charlotte Roche
4. The Solitude of Primer Numbers by Pablo Giordano
5. Prague, by Arthur Phillips
6. Uncage me, by Jen Jordan
7. The Keys of Egypt by Lesley & Roy Adkins
8. The Dante Club, by Matthew Pearl
9. Sea Glass, by Maria V Snyder
10. The Birth of Venus, by Sarah Dunant

I will tweet locations once I drop the books, sometime next week (December 5th) Join me on social media! Follow me on Snapchat and Twitter while I drop books around Houston, and feel free to join the fun!
Tweet: It’s Xmas time! @onixjihane is releasing books around the city! find them, read them, keep them! #OnixJBooks

If you find a book please post a picture and use #OnixJBooks, tag me if you want too @onixjihane (twitter/Instagram)

Happy reading!

xoxo

OnixJ