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Exercise can lengthen your life, improve your mental health, and stave off disease. But committing to a regular exercise routine is easier said than done.

Here is how to get started:

Set short-term goals

Huge, outcome-focused objectives like dropping 20 pounds or developing six-pack abs are frequently established by people. These can be inspiring, but they don’t tell you what you should be doing now and over the next few days and weeks to achieve them.

Set achievable goals to maintain your motivation. Consider extending your plank for 15 seconds every three days or extending your run by a half mile each week.

Find a workout you enjoy

Finding a workout, you truly enjoy will increase your likelihood of sticking with it over time.

Start by seriously considering your favorite things, such as nature, social situations, sports, quiet time, or challenges. Find activities that fit one or more of your criteria and make them a part of your routine.

Put it on your calendar

Make time for your workouts so they become a regular part of your schedule. Schedule a few days a week and put it on the calendar just like any other significant event.

Play some music

You might find that playing some music is all you need to go the extra mile. According to studies, exercising to music prolongs workouts for both men and women without causing them to feel as though they are exerting more effort.

Break things up

Do you miss your workout because you lack the time to complete the entire routine? Divide your daily physical activity into shorter bursts. There are also aerobic advantages to shorter but more frequent sessions. A few quick workouts throughout the day may fit into your schedule more conveniently than a single 30-minute workout. Anything you do is preferable to doing nothing at all.

Have a plan B

When the weather is bad and you don’t feel like leaving the house, or if you’re traveling and don’t have access to a gym, put together a bare minimum workout with a few basic moves like squats and planks that you can do anywhere. If you typically exercise outdoors, find a backup workout or class you can do at the gym or at home in case of bad weather.

Water makes up over 70% of your body, therefore drinking enough water is essential for good health. Your body uses water for a variety of functions, including regulating your body’s temperature, electrolyte balance, blood pressure, lubricating joints, and cell health.

Although everyone is aware of how crucial it is to stay hydrated, doing so can occasionally be challenging.

Here are six simple tips for staying hydrated:

Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning

Drinking a glass of water in the morning increases your energy levels and kickstarts your metabolism.

Keep a reusable water bottle with you

Having a reusable water bottle makes it simple to drink water wherever you are, whether you’re out and about, traveling, at home, or at school. A visual reminder to drink more water can also be provided by keeping a water bottle nearby. You’ll be continuously reminded to drink more if the bottle is on your desk or table.

Set alarms or reminders

You can also set reminders to consume more water, using an app or the alarm on your smartphone or smartwatch. Try setting a reminder, for instance, to sip on a little water every 30 minutes or to finish your current glass of water and replenish it every hour.

These things can encourage you to drink more water, especially if you have trouble remembering or are often busy.

Eat more foods high in water

Eat more foods that are high in water. Fruits and vegetables that are particularly high in water include lettuce, cabbage, celery, cantaloupe, and zucchini. In addition to having a high water content, these fruits and vegetables are a powerhouse of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that improve your general health.

Drink a glass of water before each meal

Making it a routine to have one glass of water prior to each meal is another easy approach to enhance your water intake. It will keep you hydrated, help your body digest food better and help you feel full faster.

Set a daily goal

You can increase the amount of water you consume by setting a daily goal. Setting a goal itself can inspire you and increase your likelihood of lasting change.

Environmental degradation, unclean habits and settings, insufficient and improper systems for waste disposal, a lack of hygiene, and poor sanitation are the main problems Pakistan and other third-world countries face. These issues not only affect the health of the populace but also contribute to climatic changes, which are thought to be the greatest threat to human lives and the planet itself.

Environment protection is a requirement, not a choice.  We must all do our part to make Pakistan a clean, green country. Here’s how we all can contribute:

Don’t litter the streets or roads

Remember that you are a responsible Pakistani citizen when you are out and about. It is your responsibility to keep the ground clean. Keep a small bag on hand to collect waste, such as plastic bottles, juice boxes, and wrappers.

Plant more trees

There are so many advantages that trees bring to our daily lives. They help prevent climate change, filter clean air, produce clean water, and provide habitats for countless plant and animal species. Our country can be protected from climate change and biodiversity loss by planting trees. Neem trees can be planted. They are low maintenance, water efficient, and provide a lot of shade.

Use Biodegradable Stuff

Sustainable living includes the use of biodegradable items that are created from recyclable and renewable components. This indicates that the garbage produced by these products won’t end up in a landfill. Paper bags containing seeds have been introduced by some companies. Therefore, even if they are thrown away, the seeds can still grow into plants. Alternatively, you can remove the seeds and plant them yourself.

Recycle

The environment and your neighbourhood can both benefit from recycling. It lessens the amount of trash that is dumped in landfills and burned in incinerators. By minimizing the need to gather fresh raw materials, it conserves natural resources like water and timber and prevents pollution.

The Islamic holiday known as Ashura commemorates the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (RA), the holy Prophet’s (PBUH) grandson, and his comrades at the Battle of Karbala on the tenth day of the Islamic month of Muharram. When faced with disasters, Imam Hussain (RA), his family, and associates displayed the greatest moral standards.

Here are some lessons that we think everyone should learn from Hazrat Imam Hussain’s (RA) remarkable journey:

Significance of Salah

Imam Hussain (RA) never forgot the significance of Salah when engaged in the Battle of Karbala. When it was time for Zuhr, Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions halted to pray despite the Yazid’s troops firing arrows at them nonstop.

Sacrifice

Imam Hussain (RA) demonstrated to the devout believers that they should be willing to give up all to uphold Allah’s religion when it is in danger. He rebelled against Yazid when he saw how the dictator openly disobeyed Allah’s precepts.

Patience

One of the most important life lessons we can take from Imam Hussain (RA) is to be patient, even when things don’t go your way. Imam Hussain (RA) maintained his composure throughout everything, including the contract violation that led to hostilities with Muawiyah and the incident where he was turned away from water on the Euphrates. He had the patience to put his affairs in Allah’s hands despite the oppressors killing the Imam’s (RA) youngest child, Ali Asghar, who was just six months old.

On the Day of Ashura, when the battle was in full swing, he told his companions: “Be patient O ‘ the son of the nobles. Death is only a bridge that takes you from misery and loss to the vast Paradise and the eternal graces”

Determination

Imam Hussain’s (RA) legacy is one that exemplifies remarkable courage, determination, and grace in the face of oppression. Imam Hussain (RA) did not move from his true position in the face of enormous obstacles. On numerous occasions, including at Karbala, he was given the chance to swear allegiance to Yazid in exchange for the protection of his life and the lives of his family. However, Imam Hussain (RA) remained steadfast in his choice since he understood it would go against Islamic values.

Submission to Allah’s will

From an early age, when his Grandfather Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) would tell how he will be left alone in a place called Karbala, Imam Hussain (RA) was aware of his fate. However, Imam Hussain (RA) never questioned Allah’s plan, even when he was left alone on the Day of Ashura. He always accepted his fate.

Hazrat Zainab (R.A.) is the granddaughter of Allah’s messenger Mohammad (P.B.U.H.) and the daughter of Hazrat Fatima (R.A.), also known as al-Batool, or “the chaste and the pure.” A brave woman, Hazrat Zainab (R.A.), stood up to Yazid’s atrocities while standing with her brother Hazrat Hussain (R.A.) on the Karbala battlefield.
The title “Queen of Karbala” is given to Hazrat Zainab Bint-e-Ali (R.A.), who truly played a significant role in representing Islam. Many significant lessons may be learned from Sayeda Zainab’s life, and they are all still relevant to our lives now.

Strength of Hazrat Zainab (R.A)

Hazrat Zainab (R.A) was aware that it would be her duty to take care of the widows and orphans. Despite the severe disaster that befell her and her family, she exhibited strength, confidence, and faith. Her life teaches us even in the most challenging situations, women must not undervalue their strength. In these circumstances, being proactive might be of the biggest importance.

Leadership of Hazrat Zainab (R.A)

Hazrat Zainab (R.A) was renowned for her leadership through her conduct. History repeatedly recalls her pivotal role in uniting the people who had been captured by the army of Yazid and left behind by the Karbala martyrs as a brilliant example of leadership in the face of difficulty.

Vision of Hazrat Zainab (R.A)

Hazrat Zainab (R.A) was a leader with vision. Islam’s continued existence depended heavily on the preservation of the Imamate. Hazrat Zainab (R.A) understood she had to defend her nephew, Imam Zayn al-Abidin (p), and she did it as well as she could with God’s Divine defence and assistance. When it was necessary to defend him physically, she remained steady and publicly spoke out when the truth was distorted or obscured.

Courage of Hazrat Zainab (R.A)

We learned from Hazrat Zainab (R.A.) that it’s not always simple to resist our oppressor. Even though our oppressors might take on many different identities and organisational structures, it’s crucial to summon the confidence to stand up to them. To be steadfast and strong, we must have faith in our principles and in ourselves. By defying the obstacles and resisting the vile and formidable oppressor of her day, Zainab (R.A.) rose to become a pillar of courage and hope.

The first month of the Hijri calendar, Muharram, also referred to as Muharram-ul-Haram, marks the beginning of the Islamic year. The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) referred to it as “the Sacred Month of Allah” and it is the only month to which Allah’s name has been attached, making it a very blessed month.

The word “Muharram” literally translates to “forbidden,” signifying how sacred it is and how certain actions become prohibited because they would compromise its sanctity. The word Al-Masjid Al-Haram, the name of Allah’s House (Al-Masjid Al-Haram), and the month of Muharram share a common Arabic root. Both are holy places where every action, whether good or bad, weighs heavier on the scales. 

We’ve put together a short list of simple methods to benefit from Muharram:

Seek Forgiveness:

Muharram is a month when sins are heavier, so you should seek forgiveness as often as you can during this time. You can also seek forgiveness for your sins by providing others with water, which is a wonderful Sadaqah Jariyah.

Offer voluntary fasts:

Narrated Abu Hurairah (RA)

The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said:

The best fast after the month of Ramadan is fasting in the month of Allah, al-Muharram.”

Fasting on the Day of Ashura expiates the sins of the previous year as the Prophet said, “Fasting on the Day of Ashura (is of great merits), I hope that Allah will accept it as an expiation for (the sins committed in) the previous year” (Muslim)

Give regular Sadqah:

The Islamic New Year begins with Muharram, making it the ideal time to make resolutions and create healthy routines that will pay off all year long.

Avoid sinning:

Allah tells us in the Qur’an:
“so wrong not yourselves therein”
[Soorat at-Tawbah 9:36]

The four sacred months (Muharram, Rajab, Dhul-Qa’da, Dhul Hijjah) are mentioned in this verse. Muslims are encouraged to refrain from sins and increase their good deeds during the sacred months.

Read more Quran:

The best method to be closer to Allah during this month is to recite the Quran. Setting aside just 10-15 minutes per day for it is the best strategy.

Lessons from Karbala

Karbala is the place where Prophet Muhammad’s grandson Hussain was killed during what is known as the Battle of Karbala in A.D. 680. According to Shiites, Hussain and his men were martyred in this battle on the Day of Ashura.

Many lessons can be drawn from the events at Karbala for humanity. It is a source of divine illumination and the truest path to humanity’s salvation.

Such lessons, which are neither community nor time-specific, can be learned from the Karbala incident. Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) demonstrated in practise over thirteen centuries ago that the ostensibly western ideals of standing up for what is right, enduring hardship, and sacrificing one’s most precious possessions are universal lessons. These priceless lessons apply to all societies and eras.

Be Righteous:

Even if you are alone, practise righteousness. It is crucial to stand up for what is right, even when you are certain that you will die.

Be Just:

The first universal lesson Karbala imparts to us is to never support oppression and injustice, regardless of how strong the oppressor may be. Never support falsehood and tyranny, regardless of the incentive or threat you may be given. The contrast between good and evil is demonstrated in Karbala.

Be Kind:

Even to your enemies, show kindness. Hur oversaw the opposing army. As he and his soldiers made their way to stop Hussain, they ran out of water. Despite having little water, Hussain served it to them.

Be Patient:

Imam Hussain’s life teaches us to be patient in adverse times. When facing a challenging circumstance or obstacle, one should truly look up to and emulate those who have overcome them. This is because one should never forget that much greater people have overcome much more difficult circumstances while maintaining a strong faith in Allah SWT.

Be Brave:

Even after you have lost everything, show courage. After witnessing the massacre of her family, which included her devoted brothers, her adorable nephews, and her two own sons, Zainab, the brave sister of Hussain and the daughter of Ali, was taken as prisoner. Even though they were all killed in the same day, she didn’t lose sight of her brother’s objective. She spoke out bravely against the oppressive ruler while restrained by ropes right there in his durbar (courtyard).

Everyday stress is something that we all experience. Each of us has a different cause of stress and a different method of coping with it. Yoga encourages mental and physical relaxation and it’s a good choice to manage stress.

We are recommending some yoga poses that can make you feel more at ease, less tense and better overall. You’ll be amazed at how much your mood can elevate with just a few minutes of daily self-care.

Balasna (Child’s Pose)

Balasana reduces stress and anxiety and gently stretches your hips, thighs, and ankles. This pose also calms your mind and steadies your breathing.

This asana should be practiced on an empty stomach. Hold the pose for 1 to 3 minutes for best results.

Shavasana (Corpse Pose)

Shavasana soothes all your muscles and stimulates blood circulation. This pose gives you a deep and meditative rest.  It requires you to sleep flat on your back and stay immobile like a dead body.

You can practice this beginner level pose any time of the day for 5 to 10 minutes.

Viparita Karani (Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose)

Viparita Karani helps boost blood circulation through your head and upper body, allowing you to feel realigned after hours of sitting or standing. This pose can help alleviate headaches and soothe back pain.

You can either perform this yoga before sleep or after waking up or at least five hours after your meal. Hold it for 5 to 10 minutes.

Sukhasana (Easy Pose)

Sukhasana is the most common calm-inducing posture. This posture simultaneously activates your body’s relaxation response and deactivates your stress response.

For best results experts suggest moving through a breathing pattern consisting of a breath in for four counts and a breath out for six counts.

Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend)

Seated Forward Bend is best for calming mind and relieving stress. This pose also helps in stretching your spine, shoulders, and hamstrings. It also stimulates the liver, kidneys, ovaries, and can help improve digestion.

If it’s difficult for you to touch your feet, you can modify this pose by using a strap.

Malasana (Garland Pose)

Malasana is the perfect yoga pose for relaxation because it allows to release any tension or stress that has built up in head. As it directs energy downward, this pose is especially beneficial for people who are experiencing anxiety.

This pose also helps to stretch hips, relieves back pain, and promotes relaxation.

Are you tired of sleeping on your hard bed and want to experience the feeling of sleeping on a cloud? This is only possible with a soft and comfortable bedding as this is the main factor in having a great night’s sleep.

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There’s always something exceptional about women who take their passions and turn them into purpose. Pursuing their dreams and goals while paving the way for others is something that we love to see female entrepreneurs do. When thinking of such women one particular interior designer stands out. The creative visionary and working mom who is doing it all and making it look seamless, Amna Wali’s interiors are unlike any other. With bespoke furniture that is unique to the customer, her creations are more than just ordinary pieces. They are particularly catered for clients and are not mass produced which sets them apart from the rest. Since everything is tailored to the client’s needs, Wali has also decided to open up her own boutique store and we are already in awe of her marvelous creations!

Amna Wali was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan where she initially wanted to become a surgeon in her adolescence. However, as her love for the arts grew she knew that design was the right path for her. After honing in on her talents she finally decided that her passion for interiors was the strongest and enrolled herself in one of the most prestigious art institutes in Pakistan, Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture. In her 3rd year, she transferred to Kingston University in London where she graduated with Honours in Interior design. Amna Wali Design Boutique has established itself as a highly specialized provider of products and services in interior and architecture. As the founder and creative head, Amna herself, set up her boutique which has unique pieces catered to anyone who wants to explore living spaces beyond the mundane. In 2017 her brand decided to have its first pop-up shop in Karachi where a distinct variety of bespoke furniture and interiors were displayed. Ever since, Amna Wali Design Boutique has expanded its creative portfolio by redefining residential, hospitality, commercial, and retail interiors along with a range of beautiful home accessories and textiles.

Amna Wali’s interiors are full of layering, making them look grand, bold, and beautiful. Extravagance is usually her forte as her work leans towards tall ceilings, moldings, layering walls with different patterns, and furniture with all kinds of bold textures as well as colors. However, since her brand’s motto is to execute pieces and spaces catered to the client’s needs, she does not impose her own style on them completely and instead, uses their needs as a source of inspiration when designing a space. Her design boutique also does luxury interiors for anyone with an imaginative eye for living spaces. Furthermore, Amna Wali is also a mother of three and who balances her home life and her professional life while doing an excellent job at both. Being accredited for her distinguished work already, she sets an example for other women to pursue their passions while still being good mothers stating that the two are not mutually exclusive.

Amna Wali’s official design studio is finally opening up in Karachi later in May near Bukhari Commercial area, Lane 2 Phase 6 DHA. The studio is an exclusive 200 square yard building where her boutique will open on the ground and basement floor. Since we’re already in love with Amna’s designs, we can’t wait to check out her store real soon!

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