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Re-Model Your Home by Using Artificial Lighting

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Here are some expert tips to consider while re-modelling by using artificial lighting. Pixabay

Lockdown Week-two, and most of us have made the best use of this to clean and refurbish our homes, amongst other stuff.

If you still haven’t joined the “Spring Cleaning” bandwagon, what in the world are you waiting for? It’s the perfect time to move things around, clean those difficult corners and make your pad a real nesting place.

Here are some expert tips to consider while re-modelling by using artificial lighting at your home:

As important as natural light is for a house, what excels in portraying the character of a space is artificial lighting. Lighting is the key to exceptional interior design, as it impacts the spatial perception and scale. Today, lighting is a prominent d�cor accent which enhances the design vocabulary of a space; artistic lampshades, in chosen corners act as a sculptural element, says Shobhit Kumar, Founding Principal, RSDA.

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As important as natural light is for a house, what excels in portraying the character of a space is artificial lighting. Pixabay

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In formal areas, tall table lamps in clear or tinted glass not only help in enhancing the luxury factor, but also declutters space; large fabric lampshades help in brightening up commercial spaces in a subtle manner. For informal spaces such as balconies, pendant lights add an aesthetic value.

Wellness projects such as salons and spas demand well-strategized lighting, not only to rejuvenate the experience but also get a signature look; organic and parametric designs are now defining such spaces.

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Lighting is the key to exceptional interior design, as it impacts the spatial perception and scale. Pixabay

Playing with materials of lampshades can assist in changing the mood of the spaces; pendant lamps in colourful eclectic fabric spruce up dull corners of your home.

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Decorative glass pendants that are hung in clusters at varying heights instantly establish design.

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Antique metal finish pendant lamps that are placed in a corner by the window, add an accent to the room while maintaining controlled and warm light.

Clear glass pendants have been trending in commercial and residential spaces owing to their contemporary and minimal nuances. (IANS)

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Easy Home Decor Ideas For You During Lockdown

Try these home decor ideas during lockdown

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Hre's a summer makeover for your home. Pixabay

This summer season is all about trying new trends while spending time at home. Making the most of your cocoon and staying safe in the current times is a priority.

For an exciting twist to your everyday home sheltering, here are a few tips of a quick makeover to enjoy, or better yet make the heat a little more bearable.

“The lockdown phase has certainly brought along the opportunity to embrace this time by exploring your creative instincts while being mindful of personal and environmental hygiene. Since, your home has become your only shelter, staycation destination and hangout spot for some time now, we should take care of the look and feel of the interiors and maintain proper cleanliness to enjoy being cocooned and safe in our perfect abode,” says Parul Mittal, Director, Greenlam Industries Ltd.

Mittal shares with IANSlife these easy to do home decor ideas:

Vacation vibes at home

Is the beach or hill side staycation calling you out? If the answer is yes, then bring the easy-breezy vacation vibes to your home. Opt for a wooden overhaul to refresh your room with its natural essence.

Decorative veneers that radiate warmth and tranquility of natural wood give you a feeling of the outdoors indoor. Adorn your accents, sofa covers and cushions in shades of white to invite as much light into the room as possible. Now, all you need is your delicious summer mocktail to relish your vacation time at home!

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Decorate your room with natural wood and white sofa covers. Pixabay

Favourite corner

We all have a favourite spot at home which gives us immense comfort and happiness. Such corners can play a major role in unwinding us from a hectic work from home yet recharge you for days ahead. Therefore, it’s important to keep it clean and summer ready. Place a bean bag or a single mattress along with floral patterned cushions for an exotic touch. Today, people are extensively looking for wood flooring options that are easy to maintain and durable. Go for real wood floors that are temperature neutral as they resist becoming too hot or cold with the sudden rise and drop in the temperature. Lastly, make the best out of waste by revamping an old suitcase as a table or a storage for your fun activities.

Enjoy summer while working at home

You can effortlessly replicate this season’s liveliness and vibrancy around your work desk at home. Start with mixing playful pastel hues like pale pink, dark sea green and moonstone blue to introduce a new life to your working area. When these shades are used against laminate walls in light brown shade, it beautifully accentuates those pops of colour. Arrange all the essential work stationary and gadgets on your desk to keep the space neat and tidy. This minimal workspace will help you focus while working at an optimum speed to achieve a work-life balance even while working from home.

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Bring a new life to your workplace and enjoy summer while working from home. Pixabay

With this decor, enjoy warmth and good vibes throughout the day!

Home Hygiene

Home paves way for a peaceful mind and a calm soul during the warm season. While keeping yourself hydrated, it is also important to maintain personal and environmental hygiene to keep oneself safe from the germs. Well, worry not, as there are surfaces like antibacterial laminates for your walls and table-tops that can help you do that. Moreover, looking at the current situation, it is best to choose antibacterial laminates which can retard the growth of bacteria up to 99.99 per cent, making it a hygienic surfacing option for your walls.

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Living room

This summer season while quarantining at home our living room will be used more often. Keeping this space clean and spacious which infuses tranquillity and doubles the fun of the quality time with family. Bring some fresh plants inside from your garden to complement the natural decor theme. Pair summer tones like light blue, green and orange with your engineered wood floors to infuse a dose of refreshing air. As an important health advisory by the government, we too suggest to always keep a hand sanitizer close by and maintain cleanliness at home. (IANS)

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Ace Learning From Home During Lockdown

The ongoing lockdown which has been imposed in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic has interrupted the education of students

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In these testing times of pandemic and lockdown, students should ace the idea of learning from home. Pixabay

The COVID-19 has affected our lives in many ways. It has changed the way we interact with people and spend our free time. With the nationwide lockdown is gradually easing, there is still a long way to go before life restores to a normalcy. Navigating education in these strange times can seem daunting and can be challenging for students everywhere, as per Education News.

With schools being shut indefinitely, there has been an interruption in the education of children- especially those who depend on classrooms to learn.

But learning is a continuous process, and the reality is that anyone can learn anywhere through e-learning. Schools,play schools, colleges, tutorials and coaching centres have taken their education online. To avail of this benefit all we need is self-motivation and the right mindset. Ankita Kishore, Chief Strategy officer, BYJU’s shares with IANSlife 6 ways to ace “Learning from Home”.

Here are a few things students can do to help create the right learning environment and make the most of their time at home:

Set up camp, create your “study zone”:

Staying all day at home can also mean lots of distractions. So in order to be focused, dedicate a specific area in the house for studies. Ensure this designated area is free of clutter, has good internet connectivity, and is comfortable enough for uninterrupted learning. And to give your study zone a special touch, decorate your space with motivational quotes for that extra push!

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Spend time understanding a topic, rather than skipping it. Pixabay

Take up a challenge, strengthen your concepts:

This is your personal time and you need to free yourself from the hesitation of asking questions or accepting difficulties. It’s the best time to revisit lessons, strengthen fundamentals, and master challenging topics. So if you’re struggling with a certain topic, instead of shrugging it off, take the time to understand it. There are various study materials available online – videos and written – that explain concepts in an easy-to-grasp and engaging manner.

Watch videos, learn smarter :

Did you know that visuals are processed 60,000 times faster by your brain than text? And I’m sure that anyone can vouch for the fact that learning from videos is a lot more fun than reading! Learning apps have videos with well-explained animated content and live classes that are designed to help students grasp concepts faster and retain them longer. So take the time to find videos that explain concepts visually so you can learn, understand, and remember them better.

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Make a time-table for yourself and follow it every day. Pixabay

Create a routine and stick to it:

Having a routine can help you become a consistent and disciplined learner. So make a time-table for the day and allocate a certain amount of time to learn, practise, and revise. To ensure you make the best use of this routine, make sure that you stick to it. Opting for LIVE online classes could also help set a routine to your learning.

Make your surroundings your Teacher :

Did you know that James Watt’s inspiration for the steam engine came from a boiling kettle? He noticed how the steam forced the kettle’s lid to rise and realised that he could use steam to power an engine.

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What this story tells us is that science is all around us – in your kitchen, the garden, and everywhere else. So be observant of your surroundings, ask questions. If you’re curious to know why certain things work the way they do, look it up online. If you want to go a step further, analyse what you learn and mentally map each of your newly discovered facts to understand how everything is interconnected!

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Make your surrroundings your teacher and be curious to know how things around you work. Pixabay

Practise, revise, and practise some more:

There’s no better time than now to master concepts. Once you cover a new topic, practise and revise. There are unlimited practise tests and quizzes available online and on apps such as BYJU’S and more, that can help you practice, ensuring that you have a thorough understanding of every concept and unit. You can also refresh your memory by occasionally revisiting old topics.

So make the best use of your time indoors to learn, grow now and thrive to be future-ready!! (IANS)

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Patients With Cardiac Issues Might Follow These Tips to Get through Summer

Coping with cardiac issues can be made easy with some simple tips this summer

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Summer-friendly tips for patients with cardiac issues. Pixabay

Exasperating for many, intense heat and humidity leads to dehydration and salt-loss (Sodium and Potassium) causing a series of health concerns. People with underlying cardiac issues also face a host of health problem during this season. Beyond the escalated heat levels, some of the other contributing factors that might impact heart health include not having a salt-restricted diet, increased alcohol intake, poor blood circulation, consumption of certain medications like sedatives or diuretics in combination with blood pressure medications, points out Dr Vivek Mahajan Consultant Interventional Cardiologist, Fortis Hospital, Kalyan & Mulund.

For patients with high blood pressure, when temperature and humidity is extreme during the summer, it causes added blood flow to the skin; the heart is then required to beat at a faster rate. This may cause the blood to circulate double the time per minute, Dr Mahajan informs.

“Intense heat and constant sweating lowers the fluid content in the body, resulting in dehydration causing a strain on the Heart. This along with BP medications may result in a drastic fall in blood pressure. The low BP and fast Heart rate are big risk factors for those who are predisposed to or have a history of cardiac issues.”

 

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Cardiac issues can be kept at bay with some simple tips. Pixabay

Patients with the risk of heart-failure should consume up to 1.25 litres of water per day and limit salt intake. Water and salt-loss caused by sweating and intake of medications may lead to dangerously low levels of sodium and potassium, he suggests

Low sodium in blood results in nausea, vomiting, headache, confusion, drowsiness, fatigue, restlessness, irritability, muscle weakness, cramps and seizures, or coma in extreme cases. Low potassium levels due to less water consumption may lead to muscle aches, cramps, palpitations and disturbances in heart rhythm leading to death. So drinking optimum amount of water is crucial in summer.

Elderly patients have less water content in the body, so the impact of water and salt-loss are all the more prominent in elderly patients with high BP and heart failure. The risks of heart attacks increase in these individuals during the summers and are hence the most vulnerable group in need of care.

Dr Mahajan shares some summer-friendly tips for patients with cardiac issues:

Avoid vigorous physical activity in high heat (not even in balconies & terraces) – exercise indoors

Avoid consumption of Caffeine and alcohol

Wear light-coloured, lightweight clothing (preferably Cotton)

Stay in a cool environment with air-conditioning or fans

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Cardiac issues can be dealt with ease through some simple tips to follow this summer. Pixabay

Monitor your BP regularly

Consult your doctor if your BP is high or low

Depending on symptoms Sodium & Potassium in blood should be checked regularly

Medication dosages may need reductions in elderly patients with history of heart failure and BP

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Patients with history of Heart failure consuming very low water and salt, may increase water intake (by 250-500ml/day) and salt intake should be tweaked after seeking your doctors’ advice (IANS)