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MY FAVOURITE SELFCARE RITUALS

Noget af det bedste jeg ved, er at passe godt på mig selv, både fysisk og mentalt. Jeg elsker det, og jeg ved hvor vigtigt det er. For i de perioder hvor jeg glemmer mig selv pga. travlhed og stress, der får det jeg det både dårligt og jeg kan ikke være tilstede på samme måde både overfor relationer, i skole eller på job. Der er utroligt mange mennesker i vores samfund i dag som går ned med stress, og det er derfor at det er så vigtigt at lytte til sig selv, og huske at prioritere tid til sig selv og til lidt stilhed og ro engang imellem.

Her er nogle af mine bedste selvkærligheds ritualer som jeg benytter mig af, både hver dag eller bare engang imellem, for at passe bedre på mig selv.

Grøn te
At drikke grøn te er noget jeg personligt gør hver evig eneste dag, og gerne flere kopper om dagen. Jeg elsker simplethen bare en god kop varm te, og så er jeg vild med at grøn te også har en hel den sundhedsmæssige fordele, bare læs med her.

Bevægelse
At få bevæget mig gør en kæmpe forskel på mit velbefindende, og jeg kan tydeligt mærke de dage hvor jeg bare har siddet stille foran computeren dagen lang (ak ja, at studere indebærer mange timer foran computeren eller bøjet over bøgerne). Det behøves ikke være den helt store motionstur, bare at røre mig lidt på yogamåtten eller gå en tur er med til at gøre det hele meget bedre.

Frisk luft
Denne her er vigtig, og en ‘instant mood changer’. Bare det at komme ud i den friske luft, i kontakt med naturen, og få blæst lidt vind i hovedet eller solskin i ansigtet gør altså bare noget helt fantastisk ved en.

Tørbørstning
Jeg er virkelig blevet elle vild med at tørbørste. Både kroppen og ansigtet. Man får virkelig en fornemmelse af at gøre noget rigtig godt for ens hud, hvilket man også gør, da det sætter det gang i cirkulationssystemet.

Oliemassage
Ligesom jeg elsker at tørbørste kroppen, så elsker jeg også at give min krop en god gang oliemassage. At smøre mig ind i olie fra top til tå og massere kroppen samtidig.

Ansigtsmassage
Jeg elsker at rense ansigtet, og proppe godt med olie på og så bare massere ansigtet godt igennem. Samtidig med det laver jeg tit en masse mærkelige grimasser for at få gang i hele ansigtsmuskulaturen. Det er skønt, det kan virkelig anbefales.

Sund og nærende mad
Jeg har det aller bedst når jeg fylder min krop med sund og nærende mad. Jeg kan mærke det på mit energiniveau, hvordan jeg har det, og jeg kan ikke mindst se det på min hud.

Chokolade
Men lige så meget som jeg får det skønt og godt at sund og nærende mad, så er jeg nu også ret vild med nogle få stykker chokolade engang imellem (gerne sammen med en kop te), det er bare indbegrebet af hygge og afslapning for mig, og man skal jo også huske at gøre de ting som gør ens sjæl glad.

Meditation
Meditation har så mange fordele ved sig, og det skaber bare en indre ro som er guld værd.

Taknemmelighedsliste
Det her er noget af det bedste man kan gøre for sig selv rent mentalt. At sætte sig ned mindst én gang om dagen og tænke på, eller skrive ned, hvad man er taknemmelig for. Det kan være alt fra himmel og jord, fra den mindste lille ting, til noget stort. Bare værdsæt livet og hvad du har.

Rare tanker om mig selv 
Ligesom at lære at udvise taknemmelighed for det man har er fantastisk, så lær også at elske dig selv lige som du er. Vi er allesammen forskellige og hver vores person, og det er fantastisk. Lær at elske dig selv, og tænk rare tanker om dig selv istedet for at kritisere dig selv hele tiden. Prøv for eksempel hver dag at kig på dig selv i spejlet og sig at du elsker dig, tro mig, først synes man det er tosset, men man lærer virkelig at elske sig selv på en fantastisk måde efter noget tid.

Fodbad
Et dejligt varmt fodbad er virkelig noget af det skønneste, og så afslutte med at massere fødderne ind i olie. Tit glemmer vi lidt vores fødder, selvom det er dem der bærer os rundt hver evig eneste dag. De har også brug for lidt forkælelse og pleje.

Hårkur
En god hårkur er altid skønt. Jeg er vild med at massere håret ind i kokosolie, op i en knold og så sove med det og vaske det ud dagen efter.

Hovedbundsmassage
I takt med at du giver dig selv en hårkur, så giv også dig selv en god hovedbundsmassage samtidig og stimuler hårrødderne, det er virkelig skønt og så sundt for dit hår.

Bare at tage sig tid 
Man kan lave nok så mange ritualer, men noget af det vigtigste er også bare at slappe af og lave lige hvad du har lyst til i det pågældende øjeblik. Vil du læse? Se en film? Sove? Tegne? Gør lige hvad du vil, og bare tag dig tid.

Hvad er dine yndlings selvkærligheds ritualer? Del dem endelig i kommentarfeltet!

English:
One of the best thing that I know of is to take good care of myself, both physically and mentally. I love it, and I know how important it is. Because in the periods where I forget about myself because of too many things, I get both physically ill and I can only feel that I just cannot be there as much as I want to for my relations, in school or at my job. There are so many people in our society today who go down with stress, and it is therefore so important to listen to yourself, and remember to prioritize time for yourself and time for some quiet and relaxing time.

Here are some of my favourite selfcare rituals which I use, some every day and some just once in a while, to take better care of myself.

Green tea
I personally drink green tea every single day, and preferably several cups a day. I just love a good cup of warm tea, and I love all the health benefits there is to drinking green tea.

Movement
To move my body makes such a different on my overall wellbeing, and I can clearly feel it in my body when I’ve had those days just sitting in front of the computer all day long (sigh, being a student calls for many hours in front of the computer or bending over the books). It does not have to be a giant exercise, just moving a little bit on the yoga mat or going for a walk makes it all better.

Fresh air
This is important and really an ‘instant mood changer’. Just getting out into the fresh air, get in contact with nature, get some wind in the face or some sunshine on your skin makes such a difference.

Drybrushing
I’ve fallen completely in love with dry brushing. Both my body and my face. You really feel like you’re doing something amazing for your skin, which you are since it starts your circulationssystem.

Oil massage
Just like I love to dry brush my body, I also love to give my body a good oil massage. Just rubbing myself in oil from top to toe and massage the body.

Facial massage
I love to cleanse my face, put lots of oil on it and then just massage the oil really good into the skin. In the meanwhile I make some ugly faces and get my face muscles going. It is lovely and can only be recommended.

Healthy and nourishing food
I feel my absolute best when I fill my body with healthy and nourishing food. I can feel it on my energy level, how I feel and, not least, I can see it on my skin.

Chocolate
But just as much as I love filling myself with healthy and nourishing food, I also love to eat some pieces of chocolate once in a while (gladly combined with a cup of tea), that is just the definition of a good and cozy time for me, and you also need to do the things which makes your soul happy.

Meditation
Meditation has so many benefits to it, and it just makes you so calm, which is just amazing.

Gratitude list
This is one of the best things you can do for yourself mentally. Sit down at least once a day and think about, or write down, what you are grateful for. It can be anything, the tiniest thing or something huge. Just appreciate life and everything you have.

Think nicely about yourself
Just like learning to show gratitude for what you have is amazing, it is just as amazing to learn to love yourself just as you are. We are all different and our own person, and that is amazing. Learn to love yourself, and think nice thoughts about yourself instead of criticizing yourself all the time. Just try looking at yourself into the mirror and tell yourself that you love you. Believe me, at first you will find yourself ridiculous, but then you actually learn to truly love yourself after a while.

Footbath
A nice warm footbath is one of the best things, and then finishing off with massaging your feet with some oil. We often tend to forget our feet, even though they are the ones carrying us around every single day. They also need some care and nurturing.

Hairmask 
A good hairmask is always wonderful. I love massaging coconut oil into my hair, put it up in a bun and sleep with it and wash it out the day after.

Scalpmassage 
While you are giving yourself a hairmask, you might as well also give yourself a good head and scalp massage and stimulate the hair roots, which is really good for your hair growth. 

Just take your time
You can have plenty of rituals, but one of the best things is to just relax and take time for whatever you want to do. Do you want to read? Watch a movie? Sleep? Just do whatever you want to, and take your time.

What are your favourite selfcare rituals? Please share them in the comment section!

 

Read also: Essentials for a selfcare day

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ESSENTIALS FOR A SELFCARE DAY

Noget af det bedste jeg ved, er at have rene selvforkælelsesdage. Hvor man ikke skal andet end at tage sig af sig selv, hygge, slappe af og lave lige hvad man aller bedst kan lide. Det behøves ikke at være en hel dag, men bare at indføre disse små hygge ritualer engang imellem gør en kæmpe forskel i ens hverdag og på ens generelle humør.

Tørbørstning
Tørbørstning* er en skøn måde at føle at man virkelig forkæler sig selv og sin krop. Du skal simpelthen bare børste din krop, og så sætter det gang i dit lymfesystem og får blodet til at cirkulere rundt i kroppen, hvilket stimulerer cellerne. Jeg elsker at tørbørste kroppen og efterfølgende tage et bad, eller smøre mig ind i olie – så føler jeg virkelig at jeg gør noget godt for mig selv og min krop.

Olie
Jeg elsker virkelig olier. Jeg elsker at smøre dem på kroppen, i hovedet, i håret osv. Jeg synes at olier kan noget helt fantastisk, og jeg føler at de virkelig går ind og nærer min krop. Der findes et hav af forskellige olier som hver især kan noget fantastisk. Typisk bruger jeg kokosolie til kroppen når jeg skal give mig selv en oliemassage, eller bare efter jeg har været i bad, og til ansigtet bruger jeg enten mandel- eller jojoba olie (gerne blandet op med noget hybenkerneolie og lidt e-vitaminolie).

God te
En god kop te skal man ikke undervurdere. Jeg drikker simpelthen så meget te. Min kæreste synes det er helt morsomt så meget te jeg drikker. Han spørger mig altid, “hvor mange kopper te har du så fået i dag?”. Jeg elsker varme, og teen hjælper med at holde mig varm, og så er der bare noget virkelig hyggeligt over at sidde med en varm kop te.

Lækker snack, evt. chokolade
Hvis man skal have sig en rigtig hyggestund, så skal man også have noget hygge snacks. Og det behøves altså ikke at være det usunde. Der findes tonsvis af lidt sundere snacks, fx mørk chokolade, eller sunde snickersbarer, eller bare noget frugt er også virkelig skønt.

Noget godt at læse i
Det kan være et blad, eller en bog. Jeg elsker at fordybe mig i en god bog, med en god kop te og lidt at snacke på. Det er nok noget af det bedste jeg ved, og det får mig til at slappe helt af. I kan læse lidt boganbefalinger fra mig og Cathrine lige her.

Hyggetøj
Hvis man skal hygge sig, så skal man også have det rart og bekvemt. Det bedste er at sidde i en stor striktrøje, natbukser og tykke sokker under et godt tæppe – er det ikke rigtigt?

Lys
Lys er bare hyggelige. Jeg elsker at tænde lys, og foretrækker soya lys (læs hvorfor her), og ellers så er min himalaya salt lampe også med til at skabe den hyggeligste atmosfære.

Hvad gør i når i skal hygge jer?

English:

One of the best things that I know of is to have days where I focus on selfcare. Where you don’t have to do anything else except taking care of yourself, having a cozy time, relaxing and do what you love the most. But it doesn’t have to be an entire day, you can just incorporate some of the small cozy rituals into your every day life and it will make a huge difference on your day and your general mood.

Drybrushing
Drybruhsing* is a wonderful way to feel like you are really treating yourself and your body. All you have to do is dry brush your body, and this will get your blood circulation going which stimulates your cells. I love to dry brush my body and afterwards either take a bath, or give myself an oil massage – then I really feel like I am doing something good for myself and my body.

Oils
I really love oils. I love to put it on my body, in my face, in my hair etc. I think that oils are fantastic, and I really feel like they go in and nourish my body. There are tons of different oils which all can something differently. I typically use coconut oil for my body when I’m giving myself an oil massage, or just after the shower, and for the face I use either almond- or jojoba oil (preferably mixed with some rosehip seed oil and some e-vitamin oil).

A good cup of tea
Never underestimate a good cup of tea. I drink so much tea that my boyfriend thinks it is hilarious, he always asks me “how many cups of tea have you had today?”. I love the warmth, and the tea really help to keep me warm, and then there is just something cozy about drinking a warm cup of tea.

Delicious snacks, fx chocolate
If you are going to have a real good time, you also need some kind of snacks. It doesn’t have to be unhealthy snacks. There are tons of delicious healthier snacks, fx dark chocolate, healthy snrickersbites, or some fruit is also wonderful. 

Something good to read
It can be a magazine, or book. I love to dive into a good book, with a lovely cup of tea and something to snack on. It is probably one of the best things that I know of, and it really makes me relax. You can read some book recommendations from me and Cathrine right here.

Cozy clothes
If you are really going to have a cozy time, you also need to feel cozy and comfortable. The best is to sit in a big knitted sweater, pyjamas pants and some thick socks beneath a good blanket – am I right?

Candles
Candles are just cozy. I love to burn candles, and I prefer soy candles (you can read why, right here), and else my himalayan salt lamp also helps to create a cozy atmosphere. 

What do you do when you want to feel cozy?

 

Read also: Make time for yourself

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EVERYDAY HAPPINESS

It’s Monday and time to look back at some everyday happiness from the past week, which was the Easter holiday!
The past week was so lovely. It consisted of time to wind down, relax and not think too much about school and assignments. Time spend with friends, family, selfcare and birthday celebration (because I turned 24).

How was your Easter holiday?

I started this week with the intention of going to the Botanical Garden with 2 of my friends, but apparently it was closed. So instead we went for a little walk in Ørstedsparken

I also collected up some trash in the Kings Garden with my friend. Btw, I’ve just created a new TRASH & TALK event with Clean Up Copenhagen, so if you want to come and have a good time and pick up trash from nature, then join this Sunday!

I also drank hot chocolate with my friend <3

 

This towel was another lovely birthday gift <3 I also did a lot of selfcare this week; at home facial steams, gua sha facial massage, oil massage, dry brushing and lots of tea and reading

I got this new basket for my plant as one of my birthday gifts <3

I bought this lovely shirt (secondhand) from one of my sweet friends, and had a hot coconut chocolate with her at Souls on my birthday <3 And the beautiful necklace was a birthday gift from my boyfriend <3

 Another birthday gift was this cork yoga block. And this Saturday I was to Cathrine’s yoga & vegan Easter lunch event where we also did some exercises with a yoga block, and it just feels so good, so I’m going to do more of those exercises at home as well!

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A LITTLE EASTER BREAK

I am going to take a little Easter break from posting in here, and will instead focus on relaxing, homeworks and creating new and good content once I’m back again.

I wish you all the best Holiday and hope that you take some time to either read some good books, watch some good documentaries, listen to some good podcastsmake your own skincare productstrying something new and fun, or do some selfcare <3

Just take some time to do whatever makes you happy!

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MY SELF CARE TIPS AND WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT

What is self care?

Basically, in all its simplicity it means to take care of yourself. “You can’t pour from an empty cup” as the saying goes. You cannot give fully to others before you make sure that you are well and feeling good yourself. Therefore it is so important to remember yourself and listen to your own body’s needs. Do you feel completely stressed out and filled up? Have you spend time with too many people the entire day? Have you fuelled your body with good vitamins and nutrients? Have you gotten enough sleep?

If you start to really listen, your body will easily tell you what you need. And, you should learn to listen to it and then accommodate to those needs. If you’re feeling completely overwhelmed by spending too much time with others, then take some time for yourself to just relax and just be alone. Take a bath, just lay on the couch, read a good book. Whatever you need.

It is so important to take care of yourself. And even though I love to-do-lists and being productive, I also know that if I don’t take time for some self-care, then I’ll eventually end up burning out which won’t do any good at all.

Here is a quote that I love:

The most important relationship in your life is the relationship you have with yourself. Because no matter what happens, you will always be with yourself“.

So, as the quote goes, the only person you are sure to be with for the rest of your life is yourself, so be sure to take care of yourself and be happy and content with your own company and who you are.
Next I will share some of my favourite self care tips with you and hopefully you will find some inspiration to tune in with yourself and listen to what you need and then remember to take some time just for you.

 

My favourite self care tips

  • take a warm bath
  • make your skincare ritual a nice part of your evening routine, really take your time and enjoy it
  • make a nice cup of hot tea, a matcha latte, chai or hot chocolate
  • go for a walk and breath in the fresh air
  • move your body
  • find a good movie or serie and just completely relax on the couch with a blanket and a cup of something good
  • take time to make some delicious food
  • journal, write out your thoughts, get them out of your head
  • dance around to your favourite music
  • spend some quality time with someone close to you, and just talk and share what’s on your heart and mind
  • learn to say ‘no’ to things which doesn’t feel like you at all
  • dry brushing and giving yourself oil massages
  • lighting candles and creating a cozy atmosphere
  • doing a little at-home-faical-massage with oil and a gua sha
  • be kind to yourself, tell yourself that you love yourself <3

 

Read also: Essentials for a self care day

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EVERYDAY HAPPINESS

Monday and time to look back at some everyday happiness from the past week!

How was your past week?

Monday called for work, but I really love my work, and I love that it is something I’m able to do from wherever I am – it’s so freeing.

I’ve been adding lots of healthy fats into my everyday diet lately after recommendation from Carolina

I went to the Botanical Garden with one of my best friends to take some pictures and get some tropical feeling into our bodies while it was minus degrees and snowing outside – always a good idea!

After going out into the snow again after having been to the Botanical Gardens we went straight to get some warm drinks <3

Speaking of the Botanical Garden, my own little “Botanical Garden” is also growing at home, and I love how much my Monstera is growing

Saturday called for work and my boyfriend’s mothers birthday, and Sunday called for pure relaxation with selfcare and serie-marathon with my boyfriend. You have to watch the serie “Manhunt: Unabomber”, it’s based on true events and it is so good and fascinating!

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EVERYDAY HAPPINESS

It’s Monday and that means looking back at some everyday happiness from the past week!
The past week was filled with dinner and playing “Hint” with my friends (have you tried it? It’s so much fun!), lots of studying and reading, lots of time for indoor selfcare and drinking tea while it was snowing and being reallyyyy cold outside. Café date with my mom, more reading and café coziness with my friends, work and Sunday was spent pretty much on the long side on the couch relaxing, drinking tea, eating homemade vegan cinnamon rolls (but I did also paint a shelf, which is now above my desk and is going to be filled with plants)!

How was your past week? And do you have any exciting plans for this upcoming week?

Monday evening my friends and I made dinner together (recipe by Piece of Plants), and played ‘Hint’ <3

I’ve been drinking tons of tea because of this cold, cold weather we currently have in Denmark (or, all of Europe it seems like?)

I’ve been dry brushing, as always, before a lovely shower. Best thing every – it removes dead skins cells and gets your lymphatic system going!

I still love this homemade face cream, and tongue scraping. There’s just something about small everyday rituals which makes you feel really good <3

Sunday I baked homemade vegan cinnamon rolls (recipe from Mia Sommer’s cookbook ‘Vegansk Velvære’; but I tried to make them into rolls instead of buns). I would not say that they aesthetically was so successful, but as with all other things in life – it’s what’s on the inside that counts, and they sure tasted delicious! And Sunday was also the day that Sustain Yearly ended their crowdfunding campaign, and with 35.000 DKKR extra! So amazing, can’t wait to get the magazine in April!

 

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WHAT CYCLE SYNCING IS AND HOW IT CAN IMPROVE YOUR LIFE

Today I want to talk about cycle syncing, what it is and how it can improve your life.

Cycle syncing means syncing your life to your menstrual cycle. We have 4 cycles that we go through: follicular, ovulatory, luteal and menstrual. All my information come from the book Womancode* or the app MyFLO. Cycle syncing is all about how you can optimise your life and your health by syncing your life more with your cycle. Fx we all know the feeling of having menstruation and not feeling like doing anything at all – in this philosophy it’s all about following your flow. If you are having your menstruation you just don’t feel like doing much else except relaxing, and that is what you should strive for.

I really like this idea, because I’ve gone through many years where I’ve been trying to go to the gym when I was on my period even though I didn’t feel like it AT ALL. Now I really tune more in and go with what my body wants to. I know it’s not always possible to do exactly what you want, fx cancelling going to work just because you have your menstruation, but it’s more about learning to be more connected with your body and do some small things which is in alignment with how you are feeling. This philosophy is really all about how you can improve your life, how you are feeling and your health by trying to live more in sync with your cycle. Below you can find out how you can do this more practically.

And just for your information, in the book (Womancode) there is a much more scientific explanation into why you are feeling certain ways during the different times of the month, fx because of estrogen dropping, hormones raising etc. I didn’t want to write about that here, but rather take away the more practical and simple stuff. But if you’re interested, then you can read all about it in the book.

 

The 4 phases

• Follicular phase (7-10 days)

This is when you have most energy and your conscious awareness increases. This is the perfect time for mental creativity, learning, clarity, concentration, researching, structural thinking and independence. During this time focus on setting goals, plan and set intentions.

Food focus: fresh, vibrant, light foods that make you feel more energised during this phase, when all hormone levels are at their lowest. Think: pressed salads (kimchi, sauerkraut), plenty of vegetables, sprouted beans and seeds, energy-sustaining grains.

Exercise focus: try something new. You also have the energy to go for more challenging workouts too at this time.

 

• Ovulatory phase (3-4 days)

This is the time where you are more expressive, outgoing and this is the best time for communication, empathy, productivity, teamwork. Focus on social activities and communication. This is also the time of the month were you are fertile, and you are therefore also more flirty and outgoing because of natural instinct of the body being fertile and thereby want to attract the opposite sex.

Food focus: you have plenty of natural energy and your mood is stable because of all the estrogen floating around, so go easy on carbohydrates and stick to lighter grains such as corn and quinoa. Still eat plenty of vegetables and fruit.

Exercise focus: high-impact workout and group settings. Your energy levels are at their maximum at this time.

 

• Luteal phase (10-14 days)

Pre-menstrual phase. Here you are more creative and active. This is the best time for inspired creativity, out of the box thinking and problem solving.

Food focus: focus on food rich in B vitamins, calcium, magnesium and fiber. Healthy, natural sugar can help with the dip in estrogen that occurs in the second half of the luteal phase which can make you feel irritable. Also make sure to have a good amount of complex carbohydrates to stabilise serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain and help prevent mood swings.

Exercise focus: during the first half of this phase your energy might still be high so just go for the same activities as during your ovulation phase. Then scale down on the intensity during the final days and strive for exercise such as walking, pilates, yoga, mor slow forms.

 

• Menstrual phase (3-7 days)

This is when you have your menstruation. You are more likely to be reflective, passive and withdrawn. Subconscious intuition, best time for inner processing, creative reviewing, reaching the core of things, letting go, new ideas, intuitive creativity and renewall. Focus on time alone, reflecting, selfcare, journalling.

Food focus: during this time your body is eliminating the lining of your uterus – so focus on foods that add nutrients; foods with a low-glycemic index and water-rich fruits and vegetables. Sea-based vegetables will help your body remineralise iron and zinc, which you lose during menstruation.

Exercise focus: rest and recovery. If you want to exercise strive for yoga or walking, take it slow and let your body rest.

 

I have to say that I certainly do not live completely according to the above description, but it really does make perfect sense for me. To live in sync with your hormones and not push yourself to fx Working out when you are on your period and really just feel like laying down and watching a movie. It’s all about learning to listen more to your body and take care of it and it that way optimise your health and life.

If you are in doubt about which phase you are in, then I can for sure recommend the app MyFLO which is created by the author behind the book Womancode. Here you plug in when you have your menstruation, how you feel on different days and it will tell you in which phase you are currently in and how you can optimise your health during the specific phases.

 

What do you think about it? Have you heard about cycle syncing before? Are you trying to live your life more in alignment with how your body is feeling?

 

Read also: Book recommendation – Womancode 

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EVERYDAY HAPPINESS

Monday and time to look back at some of the lovely things from the past week – everyday happiness.
I’ve been to school, studying, photographing Copenhagen with one of my best friends, relaxing and taking time for selfcare, studying with one of my other best friends, watched Atlantis with my boyfriend and been to my cousins birthday – lovely week.

How was your past week?

the wave

marmorkirken

This week my friend and I went to a certain part of Copenhagen to take pictures and enjoy the city. It was freezing cold, but still beautiful!

I also took time to just be still, do some selfcare, drink some tea and relax. I really try my best that whenever I start to feel overwhelmed with things to do – instead of doing more, I try to take some time to relax and calm down. And once I’m calm and relaxed again I can usually handle much more and without feeling any kind of stress <3

  chai latte

Saturday I had a lovely study day with one of my best friends – just reading a lot, drinking chai latte, talking and eating lunch <3

green smoothies

Later that Saturday I came home and my boyfriend and I made some green smoothies, cuddled up on the couch with a blanket and watched the ‘Atlantis’ movie – lovely evening!

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AYURVEDIC PRACTICES

Today I thought I would share some of the ayurvedic practices which I’m using in my everyday life, and you might find some inspiration for some more loving and selfcaring practices.

 

If you don’t know what ayurveda is, then I’ve already written a blog post about it which you can read about right here. I find ayurveda very fascinating and, as mentioned, I’ve already taken several of the ayurvedic practices to me and use them in my everyday life to take better care of myself, health and happiness.

 

Dry brushing

Dry brushing is a very used practice within ayurveda. Dry brushing is where you brush your dry skin, to get rid of dead skin cells, but more importantly to get your blood circulation flowing in your body. Dry brushing before a bath is such a lovely selfcare practice.

 

Oil massage

Just like dry brushing, then giving yourself an oil massage, is also a very practiced ritual within the ayurvedic belief system. Again this is a way to get your blood circulation going, but also just a lovely way to moisturise your skin and get in tune with your own body.

self care

 

Tongue scraping

Tongue scraping is a new ayurvedic practice which I’ve just started to do. Basically you just scrape your tongue to remove dirt from your tongue. You can do this after you brush your teeth and just incorporate it as a daily practice, like brushing teeth. Tongue scraping is a way to not only remove a bad breath, but also a way to, according to ayurvedic beliefs, improve taste and digestion*.

 

Warm food, drinks and clothes

If you have identified which ayurvedic dosha is your primary (vata, kapha, pita), then you can follow some of the practices which are suggested for your type. My primary dosha is vata, and one of my characteristics is that I very easily get cold and freeze. This is so simple and seems very logic, but the ayurvedic practice recommends, especially for vata doshas, to eat warm food, drink warm drinks (herbal teas, golden milk) and dress in warm clothes in order to keep balanced. So I sip on tea almost all day long, wear lots of warm knits and a blanket if I’m at home, and I truly enjoy eating a delicious warm and nourishing vegetable soup or a good dhal.

 

I’m curious to know if you’ve looked into ayurveda? Are you following any of these selfcare practices? And, what dosha type are your primary?

Source: Why everyone should consider tongue scraping