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Mindfulness and the quarantine | The Daily Star
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Mindfulness and the quarantine | The Daily Star

In addition to protecting our physical health from the COVID-19, we must be conscious of how to maintain our mental wellness. As fear, confinement, and uncertainty test us, practicing mindfulness can provide us some much-needed emotional nutrition. None of us were prepared to face this type of unexpected situation, and long before the pandemic, we already had a very complex mental situation (depression, phobias, generalised anxiety, eating disorders etc.). This isolation/self-quarantine can work as a catalyst to increase these mental health issues. Practicing mindfulness can work like a wonder to keep up a positive mental state during the crisis that we are facing. The concept of mindfulness is not very complicated, and it is simply the awareness of the present moment that one is ...
Zakat leading to Helper’s High
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Zakat leading to Helper’s High

Have you ever experienced an intense feeling of happiness washing over you after performing an act of kindness? If yes, then you are one of those who have felt what psychologists call the Helper's High, an uplifting feeling that helps the mind, body, and spirit. This is the month of Ramadan. Muslims perform acts of charity or give to charitable causes every year, especially during this month, in the form of Zakat — one of the five pillars of Islam. Although most of us give to charitable causes, the amount we donate are not always commensurate with our wealth. Therefore, it is important that we calculate our due Zakat before we pay it. I have often heard from the elderly relatives in my family say "If people paid their Zakat in full, the country would not have any poor people." We ...
Banishing rainy day woes Berger’s latest solution
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Banishing rainy day woes Berger’s latest solution

Rain has adverse effects for buildings. Raindrops contain acidic elements that adversely affect the paints on the exterior wall of any building. There is also the risk of mold, algae infestation which deteriorates the walls.  For these issues, their latest WeatherCoat AntiDirt Supreme is the ultimate solution to protect homes, with 10 years of durability warranty and 5 years of waterproofing warranty. In addition to Berger's AntiDirt exterior product range, this paint, with its a thick yet flexible elastomeric exterior wall coating, helps to protect and maintain the appearance of outdoor walls. The paint is also designed to adapt to the change in climate. The unique nano additive technology in this paint offers a shiny finish with excellent weatherproofing against ultraviolet rays...
Adopt an artisan and save our heritage
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Adopt an artisan and save our heritage

Sobita Modi, a woman in her early fifties, had to take charge of her life with no aid from anyone else. Having to raise her children all by herself and ensure a proper education for all of them, she had to work relentlessly, weaving cane mats (shitol pati) and selling them to merchants at the district bazaar in Munshiganj. Source link
Grocery shopping on the internet
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Grocery shopping on the internet

A situation where going outside means taking a risk and requires a lot of protective measures is no more just imagination, and regular activities like picking up the groceries have become difficult. And that is the exact problem that online grocery stores are solving for us. Practically all essential grocery items are delivered to one's doorstep in a matter of hours. These are some of the names you can browse to find one that suits your needs the best.  Chaldal and Khaas Food Chaldal.com is one of the first online grocers in Bangladesh. The online market offers a diverse range of items, including fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, beverages, cooking assistance and home appliances, cleaning products, office items, and so on. The market also keeps pet care items, baby care, and other h...
Prepping for Eid: the final stretch
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Prepping for Eid: the final stretch

Eid this year may feel joyless for those who are used to the hustle and bustle of shopping and prepping for the big day. The spirit of Eid does not lie in how much one can buy, but rather in being appreciative of what one has. With just a handful of days left before the grand day, it's time to plan with purpose and intent to make the best of this celebration within limited means.  PRODUCTIVITY One final sweep and scrub Your home on Eid Day this year may not have the typical footfall, but that does not mean leaving things as they are. Beside the daily and weekly clean ups, don't forget to get out a new set of curtains, table linen, or living room essentials. Meal prep Instead of keeping all meal prep for Eid morning, start early and store them in your refrigerator. When preparing,...
Eid Snacks
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Eid Snacks

With Eid fast approaching, you know you are in for a treat, as all the main dishes for lunch and dinner will be on form. But what about those moments in-between, when you do feel peckish, but can’t really handle the heavy main dishes? Source link
FAQ on diet and Covid-19
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FAQ on diet and Covid-19

There has been much talk about nutrition as a defence mechanism to reduce the chances of contracting the Coronavirus. How important is a change in our dietary intake towards fighting the virus? Till now, the exact nature of the Coronavirus is unknown. We are practically functioning in the dark regarding the treatment protocol against Covid-19. But it's been proven long ago that a good immune system can save us from any viral or bacterial infections. Even if infected, a strong immune system can help us overcome the pathogen. So, during this pandemic, our utmost effort should be to bolster our immune systems. To boost immunity, we need to enrich our diet with enough vitamin C (found in abundance in guava, citrus fruits, amloki, bitter guard, etc); zinc (found in spinach, beef, nuts,...
Help the helpers: support the extended hand
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Help the helpers: support the extended hand

In these days of the pandemic, as we practice social isolation as a family, I have been the one designated with any tasks that required venturing out of the house. Even though these trips were few and not too far, every time I stepped outside of the house a distinctly more dire situation was observable. These snippets, when extrapolated, indicate to increasingly difficult times for many. Numerous people asking/demanding money desperately, visibly destitute yet shy alms seekers, and of course a smattering of goonish extorters, are all a large part of the outside landscape. As even large companies struggle with salary expenses, thousands of little businesses and service personnel who all depend on a steady flow of freelance work to stay afloat are even worse off, and are cutting exp...
Understanding the symptoms of Covid-19, common cold and allergy
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Understanding the symptoms of Covid-19, common cold and allergy

Ever since the pandemic broke out, some of my friends and family have been calling whenever they get a cough, runny nose, or sore throat. Of course, most of them are scared and stressed, and want to be reassured whether the symptoms point to a virus infection. And that concern is perfectly natural. Which is why, to ease your mental burden, I want to point out some differences between an allergy/the common cold and Covid-19. First of all, lets start with the common cold. Anyone and everyone can get a common cold. The symptoms are a runny nose with stuffy or blocked feeling, sneezing, watery eyes, a sore throat and sometimes a low-grade fever with a sense of being unwell. The cough that we get with a cold is usually mild and has sputum with it. A cold usually lasts 7-10 days and goe...