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Tips on how to stay fit, healthy, making meaningful connections and friends  as an expat in Japan. Learning about Japanese culture.
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How To Say No In Japan

How To Say No In Japan | Expat Life In Japan: | Scoop.it

The art of saying no in Japan is a tricky one. 

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Japanese usually don't say 'NO" directly but learn the specific body language and you will probably guess easily when words mean no or maybe 
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How to Pack a Suitcase for a Month's Stay

How to Pack a Suitcase for a Month's Stay | Expat Life In Japan: | Scoop.it
A month-long holiday can be bliss, but packing for it can be a hassle. If you dread trying to squeeze 30 days of fabulous clothes into your luggage, relax. Packing for a long trip doesn't have t
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No Matter what,  I always bring too much especially during summer break when as expats we are gone for more than one month. Here some good Tips
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Nordic walking helps survivors of the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami cope with trauma and depression

Nordic walking helps survivors of the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami cope with trauma and depression | Expat Life In Japan: | Scoop.it
Nordic walking helps survivors of Japan earthquake & tsunami cope with trauma & depression 
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Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association | Parks in Tokyo Metropolitan

Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association | Parks in Tokyo Metropolitan | Expat Life In Japan: | Scoop.it

Park,Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association,


Parks in Tokyo Metropolitan by category : 


Best for Family,

Best for barbecue,

Parks with large grass,

Easy access from downtown,

Historic spots

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Physical Exercise Beefs Up the Brain - BrainFacts.org

Physical Exercise Beefs Up the Brain - BrainFacts.org | Expat Life In Japan: | Scoop.it

Brain and cognitive health can benefit from very modest increases in exercise and physical activity, 


There are plenty of great parks in central Tokyo and with less than 60 minutes by trains you can access beautiful, natural places. 


Doing mild exercise, especially going outdoor walking, is very easy to do and to develop resilience to stress for expatriates relocating to a new place.

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Tsutsuji Matsuri at Nezu Jinja Shrine - japanfly

Tsutsuji Matsuri at Nezu Jinja Shrine - japanfly | Expat Life In Japan: | Scoop.it
Bunkyo Azalea Festival (Tsutsuji Matsuri) will be held from early April to early May at Nezu Jinja Shrine.you can enjoy approximately 3,000 azaleas
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2016 Tokyo Spring Events Not to Miss

With winter giving way to spring, it’s time to welcome the new season with another roundup of events worth attending. This article doesn’t cover cherry blossom viewing, as it’s such serious business that there are several other articles to cover […]
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insideoutphysio | Health Benefits of Nordic Pole Walking

insideoutphysio | Health Benefits of Nordic Pole Walking | Expat Life In Japan: | Scoop.it
Nordic Pole Walking is a low-impact exercise that provides the highest benefits for health, wellness and fitness for people of all ages and fitness levels.
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Neuroscience Pinpoints Unique Way Exercise Fights Depression

Neuroscience Pinpoints Unique Way Exercise Fights Depression | Expat Life In Japan: | Scoop.it
A groundbreaking new study has pinpointed why vigorous exercise has the power to reduce depression and improve mental fitness.
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How Exercise Benefits Depression, Anxiety, and Stress: Using Physical Activity to Improve Your Mental Health

How Exercise Benefits Depression, Anxiety, and Stress: Using Physical Activity to Improve Your Mental Health | Expat Life In Japan: | Scoop.it
Exercise is one of the easiest and most effective ways to improve your mental health. Learn how.
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The Only Thing You Need To Remember About The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

The Only Thing You Need To Remember About The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People | Expat Life In Japan: | Scoop.it
I can't name any single one of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. But I do remember this simple 2 x 2 matrix on how to spend your time -- and you should too.
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Good inspiration to make the most of the 7 habits of highly effective people but I recommend to read the full book as there are some more interesting ideas 

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7 psychological reasons for diet failure | Low Carb Diet Support

7 psychological reasons for diet failure | Low Carb Diet Support | Expat Life In Japan: | Scoop.it
Do you keep failing to lose weight? Your mindset might be preventing successful weight loss. Find out how to change this.
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This apply to any kind of change, not only for loosing weight :

 

We don't like discomfort and change is about making you uncomfortable so embrace it rather than trying to avoid the pain.

 

No pain no gain: yes if you want changes that last you will have to give up some things you really enjoy but the key is to replace habits that don't serve your goals by new habits you equally enjoy

 

Focus on the process rather than on the end results, nothing is happening overnight.

 

Check if you are mentally and physically equipped to make the changes you need. It is better to postpone starting a change project if it is not the right timing rather than trying for a couple of days or week, failing and blaming yourself for lack of will power. It will sure make your self-esteem goes down

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Let Go, Keep it Simple, Move Quickly: Secrets to Being a Productive Entrepreneur (Infographic)

Let Go, Keep it Simple, Move Quickly: Secrets to Being a Productive Entrepreneur (Infographic) | Expat Life In Japan: | Scoop.it
To launch and grow your own company, your whole life is going to have to become more efficient. Here's how.
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Nice Infographics to help you stay focus and more effective

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Tokyo Teen Checklist - What to see and do in Tokyo

Tokyo Teen Checklist - What to see and do in Tokyo | Expat Life In Japan: | Scoop.it
My three teen boys have grown up in Tokyo and do not agree on much. However, they were able to agree on this Tokyo Teen Checklist on the must see and do.
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what teens like to do in Tokyo ?
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Journey to Japan 8: Redefining your Comfort Zone

Journey to Japan 8: Redefining your Comfort Zone | Expat Life In Japan: | Scoop.it
Adjusting to life in a new country is undoubtedly tough - when it comes to finding your new comfort zone, how comfortable is too comfortable?
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Saying no in Japanese: don’t mention it!

Saying no in Japanese: don’t mention it! | Expat Life In Japan: | Scoop.it
The first words we learn in another language are "yes" and "no". But no in Japanese is actually tricky! You soon learn that Japanese do not like "no"!
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Tokyo temple's beckoning cats keep visitors purring in | The Japan Times

Tokyo temple's beckoning cats keep visitors purring in | The Japan Times | Expat Life In Japan: | Scoop.it
A five-minute walk from Miyanosaka Station on the Tokyu Setagaya Line, Gotokuji Temple in Tokyo's Setagaya Ward offers a fun sight for visitors. By a path
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Top Tokyo Cherry Blossom Locations for 2016 - Best Living Japan

Top Tokyo Cherry Blossom Locations for 2016
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(2) Tokyo International Nordic Walking

(2) Tokyo International Nordic Walking | Expat Life In Japan: | Scoop.it
Interested in Nordic Walking in Tokyo ? Please join our group #NordicWalking #Tokyo, 
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Interested in Nordic Walking in Tokyo ? Please join our group #NordicWalking #Tokyo, 
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21 Sites All Women Should Bookmark

21 Sites All Women Should Bookmark | Expat Life In Japan: | Scoop.it
The best websites, blogs, and communities to inspire you to hit the gym, try something new, and change your life.
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Japan News in English: 20 Great Media Outlets for Expats

Japan News in English: 20 Great Media Outlets for Expats | Expat Life In Japan: | Scoop.it
Information-hungry Tokyo expats, fear no more: From radio, TV, newspaper & online sources, here are 20 great ways to get your Japan news in English.
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Research on Well-being and Aging: Comparison between U.S. and Japan

Research on Well-being and Aging:  Comparison between U.S. and Japan | Expat Life In Japan: | Scoop.it

We have only begun to look at the evidence, but it appears that different aspects of well-being matter for health in different ways depending on the cultural context where people reside

 

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Well-being in the West is formulated more in terms of the individual and how he or she may feel about how they’re doing in life.

 

In the East, well-being is much more about the self embedded within social relationships; for example, how well you’re doing in meeting your obligations to others.

 

In the U.S., self-report tools ask people to report on their levels of positive and negative affect. Usually the two types of affect tend to be inversely correlated. Emotions are strongly related to people’s health in the U.S.: those with more positive and less negative affect report better health. This is true even when we look at more objective health criteria, like stress hormones, or other biological risk factors.

 

That is not true in Japan. Both affects tend to be more moderately reported. That is, there is no cultural prescription for feeling mostly positive emotion and not feeling much negative. In Japan there’s nothing wrong with feeling negative emotion; it’s not viewed as something amiss that possibly needs to be fixed in therapy

 

In the West, the core objective is to get people out of the experience of negative emotion – whether it’s anxiety or depression. The way that well-being tries to do that is to get patients to focus on their experiences of well-being by keeping daily diaries of positive experience.

 

 In Japan therapy is designed to treat distressed or maladjusted people, but the focus is not on fixing emotions. In fact, they are viewed as beyond the person’s control. Emotions come and go and people do not control them. They may be positive or negative, and you can observe them, but it’s not worth your time to try to fix them. What you can fix is what you do. So the therapy tries to get people to shift into thinking not so much about how they feel, but what they are doing. 

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Karen McGraa's curator insight, February 18, 2015 2:15 AM

Our culture may determine how we define aspects of well-being.

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Meditation Apps To Calm Stress And Boost Mood

Meditation Apps To Calm Stress And Boost Mood | Expat Life In Japan: | Scoop.it
By Natasha Baker TORONTO (Reuters) - In a bad mood but not sure why? New smartphone apps provide short guided meditations designed to help users return to a positive state of mind. Stop, Breathe & Think, a free iPhon...
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8 Tools to Open Your Heart and Cultivate a More Joyful life

8 Tools to Open Your Heart and Cultivate a More Joyful life | Expat Life In Japan: | Scoop.it
8 Tools to Open Your Heart and Cultivate a More Joyful life
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Feeding the Heart

Nutrition.

We can tailor our diet to specifically support our highest well-being. In the case of the heart chakra, the focus is on green foods for rejuvenation. Look to kiwis, avocados, leafy greens, sprouts, broccoli, wheat grass, moringa herb, blue green algae, pistachio and honeydew melon.

Nature.

Similarly, we can immerse ourselves in the green of nature. There is nothing quite like a tree filled stroll to soothe the heart and spirt.health.

 

Forgiveness.

One of the surest ways to liberate the heart is to forgive. Open to the depth of our feelings involving the situation, person or event — and then, when we’re ready, we let it go.

 

Gratitude.

Often overlooked because of its simplicity, gratitude is a lovely way to feed our hearts. Not only will relationships and health benefit, but our happiness expands as well.

 

 











Essential Oils.

Don’t underestimate the power of essential oilsto balance and heal the heart chakra. Ananda Apothecary gives the following advice. To comfort and open a grieving heart, rose otto and rose absolute are two exceptionally beneficial oils. When you feel as though your heart is constricted or in self-protection mode, melissa, neroli and ylang ylang help to gently nurture and reopen the heart center.

 

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). 

When we feel as though the weight of the world is on our shoulders, or that our heart is much too heavy, EFT is an exceptional tool for releasing stagnant emotions and fostering more lightheartedness. Based on specific acupuncture points, the technique involves an initial healing statement followed by gentle tapping on certain areas of the body.


Yoga. 

Whether you’re dealing with a broken heart or feel you could be more joyful, Anusara yoga can help with its focus on heart-opening poses. Practice asanas like Love Raid, Extended Side Angle Pose,Low Lunge, Twisting Low Lunge and Honey-in-the-Heart Pose.


Meditation.

Likewise, loving-kindness (metta) meditation is a powerful tool for unlocking the heart as well.

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20 bad habits you need to quit now

20 bad habits you need to quit now | Expat Life In Japan: | Scoop.it
Satisfying late night cravings with pizzas and chocolate cake might be a tempting way to end each day, but it's not doing your body any favours.
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I think this list is really good but when you want to quit a bad habit you have to replace it by a good one .

 

Here 5 steps to start building habits for healthy living (physical and mental health): 

 

1-Make the list of bad habits you know are damaging your health

 

2-Identify three bad habits that if you quit now will improve your life within 30 days

 

3-Use journaling to record what or when or with whom you have a tendency to indulge in your bad habits or be able to have enough willpower to resist temptations: for example if you want to quit smoking surround yourself with people who do not smoke 

 

4-Make an action plan with daily baby steps: if you drink too much alcohol,  parties, take a non alcoholic versions of your favorite cocktails or a sparkling water with lemon. 

 

5- Join a support group find  a buddy or a coach who will empower and support you

 

 

 

 

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