The Wellness Project: Blog

Want to Cross Exercise Off Your Resolution List? Here is the Key

In case the title didn’t give it away: What boosts your energy, deepens your sleep, reduces your stress, improves your mood, lowers your anxiety, spikes your sex drive, decreases your risk factors for disease and just generally plays a major role in keeping you fit and healthy? You guessed it! It’s exercise. What’s more, studies

Beating the Winter Blues: Science-Backed Tips to Combat Seasonal Sadness & Depression

Do the short, dreary days of winter leave you feeling not quite like yourself? Do you feel sluggish, have difficulty concentrating, have disrupted sleeping patterns, and experience bouts of (or constant) depression? With the holidays in full swing, it can feel contrary to be feeling moody or depressed, but the reason may have environmental and

The Not So Traditional Christmas Traditions

For many of us Christmas is a yearly joyous occasion uniting family and close friends. Eating hearty meals together and exchanging gifts is commonly practiced in Lebanon and in many parts of the world. However, in some countries unusual celebrations take place which can range from the charming to the just plain wacky! For some

10 Ways to Maintain a Calm and Relaxing Home in Times of Social Change

As the revolution in Lebanon continues, having a relaxing space to retreat to after long days of being politically active or witnessing change is as important as ever. Numerous studies have shown the high degree to which our home environments affect our lives, including how we deal with stress, how well we sleep at night,

Made in Lebanon: Reasons to Support Local Production

Lebanon is currently facing one of its toughest times in recent history. The volatile economy and the on-going peaceful protests by its beautiful people demanding their rights has impacted day to day living. Soon imports will be restricted and this in turn will lead to shortages of things we previously bought and took for granted

How to Do the Holiday Season During the Revolution: A Guide

The Holiday Season is upon us, and for most people in Lebanon (and the many other places in the midst of social unrest) it’s bittersweet. It’s sweet because there is a sense of hopefulness, excitement, connection, potential. Something intoxicating is happening. Something that has never happened before: a burgeoning feeling of unity and empowerment. Fervent

7 Ways to be Active in Your Community In Times of Social Change

As the revolution in Lebanon continues, you may be asking yourself about various ways you can be active in your community. Being socially or politically active means something different to everyone, and knowing which way is best for you depends on your personality, your values, and your priorities. So what are the best ways for

Garlic: The Ultimate Superfood

No doubt you must have heard about the benefits of garlic for our health. Throughout ancient and modern history, garlic has been used for medicinal purposes to treat and prevent numerous conditions and diseases. Luckily, this pungent bulbous plant is widely used in our healthy Middle Eastern diet. You will hardly find a Lebanese kitchen

Self-Care for Activists: 7 Key Ways to Care for Yourself in Times of Social Change

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” – Audre Lorde Being a political activist or human rights advocate can be incredibly fulfilling, yet emotionally and physically taxing work. As much as protesting for change is important, burnout among activists is a very common occurrence. As

Beit El Baraka: Beacon of Hope for the Elderly in Need

Lebanon has a growing population of marginalized senior citizens who can no longer fend for themselves. Unless supported by other family members, many depend solely on meager pension plans, if any at all, and have very limited access to health care. They often struggle to obtain basic grocery items and may also live in dilapidated

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