By learning to tune more into our own body and pay attention to it, you can learn to read your body’s signals. Then you know what your body is trying to tell you, then you can figure out what to give it to get better.
Learning to read your body’s signals can help you immensely. Because when you know what your body is trying to tell you, you can start to figure out what to do about it to get better. There can be a lot of trial and error in terms of finding out what your body is trying to tell you, but overall there are some major things that can easily be read.
If you are experiencing a headache, perhaps you either have not drunk enough water during the day, so try to reach out and drink some water and hydrate your body. It might also be that you have been doing too much and need some relaxing. If you have been sitting at the computer all day, get away from it a bit. Look outside, or close your eyes, and take some deep breaths and relax.
If you are feeling stomach ache, perhaps you have eaten something that doesn’t work for your body. For some people this is fx dairy, wheat, coffee. Try to pay attention to how you feel after eating certain foods. Then over time you can try to cut out a specific food, and see if this makes you feel better.
If you are experiencing dry skin, your body might try to tell you that it needs more healthy fats. Try to add more healthy fats into your diet; avocados, nuts, seeds etc.
These were just a few examples, but our bodies are telling us things all the time. We just need to slow down and listen to it. If you need a break, take a break. If you feel like using your body, go for a run or do a yoga session. Tune into yourself and read your body’s signals – and then do what it tells you to do.
Are you an artist or a creative, and sometimes feel lack of motivation, feel uninspired, or do not believe in the work that you do? Then I have 4 very motivating and inspiring books for you to read that will give you back that creative spark!
The War of Art – by Steven Pressfield
This little wonderful book is all about breaking through the blocks and winning your own creative battles. It is divided into 3 parts ‘resistance’, ‘combating resistance’ and ‘beyond resistance’. And I’ll almost guarantee you, that after having read this you’ll feel more motivated than ever to get back to your writing, painting or whatever creative callings you might have.
Big Magic – Creative Living Beyond Fear – by Elizabeth Gilbert
Big Magic by Elisabeth Gilbert is a book for creatives. Creatives of all kinds, whether you are a writer, painter, singer, and not only for ‘professional creatives’, but also for people who just practice being creative at home. It’s really inspirering, and gives you such a motivational spark to embrace curiosity and just start creating every time you feel that creative flow coming.
It’s also about overcoming the fear we might have that stop us from creating, which is such a shame, because as she mentions in the book, creating shouldn’t just be for coming up with a final result which we can ‘give’ to others or sell, creating should be something we do for the sake of the experience of creating something, because that is such a wonderful thing.
“The Magic of Thinking Big” by David Schwartz is all about how we limit ourselves by our beliefs. We can only achieve what we let ourselves believe is possible. He encourages people to think BIG!
Most importantly of all, he encourages people to ACT on their dreams & visions. Because without action, you will never reach your dreams. He uses this lovely phrase “Action cures fear“. It is such a great phrase, and something I can definitely recognise. Sometimes we work things up in our head, overthink and everything and we never get to do the things we want to do. However, as soon as we start, flow follows and we find that it really isn’t that hard, we just have to take action and begin.
This book is all about following what lights you up. Because by doing to, you’ll light up the world. This is a guide for a new generation of women who are here to light up this world (lightworkers, as she calls it). She talks about how we are in transformation into a new age, where everything we do must be an authentic expression of who we truly are. This book is not for everyone, but if it calls you in some way, I’ll encourage you to read it.
Blue Zones are places in the world where people live longer compared to the rest of the world and are healthy for the majority of their lives. Here are what some lessons from the blue zones.
The other day one of the lectures on my education was about the Blue Zones given by one of the researchers Dan Buettner. If you have never heard about this concept before, it is 5 places in the world where people live longer and do not suffer from major diseases during their lives. These places are; Sardinia (Italy), Okinawa (Japan), Loma Linda (California), Nicoya (Costa Rica) and Ikaria (Greece).
Scientists went to these places to study what these people do that makes them live longer, and here are what they found out:
Move Naturally These people do not participate in crazy hard exercising, but are rather focused on more natural movement. They walk a lot, do garden work or have physical work in fields etc.
Right Outlook They pray, meditate, take naps etc. Tuning in, quiet time, and relaxing.
Know your sense of Purpose Many of these people know their ‘purpose’ in life. Fx in Okinawa, Japan, they don’t even have a word for ‘retirement’, rather they have the word “Ikigai” which means ‘sense of purpose’
Eat wisely Eat only till you are full, do not overeat
Eat a mainly plantbased diet These people live mainly on vegetables, legumes, beans, nuts, seeds. They also eat around a handful of nuts each day.
The 80 % rule Eat big meals in the beginning of the day, and little or no food towards the end of the day.
Connect Connect with other people, especially loved ones. Spend time with your friends and family, and connect.
Belonging to a Faith Many of these communities belong to a faith, and either go regularly to Church or have a spiritual practice
Right Tribe Think about who you hang out with, your social network. Those closest to you, are what you become similar to. Surround yourself with people who uplift you, and who makes you happy and feel loved
Question for you: Have you heard about the Blue Zones before? If not, what do you take from this? Is there one area where you can start to work on it in your own life?
Learning to see that there is no such thing as failure has been one of the biggest life-changing experience for me.
Whenever you experience something that you think is a ‘failure’, learn to see this thing as a way to figure out what is right and what is not right for you. Of course it’s okay to be sad and down about something not working out the way you had hoped for, but if you can change your way of thinking of it as a failure to a lesson, you have a lot to gain!
Perhaps you have experienced a failed relationship. But don’t view it as a failure and a waste of time. Through that ‘failed’ relationship you learned what it is that you actually want out of a relationship, and what you do not want in one.
“If you learn from defeat, you haven’t really lost”
Perhaps you have experienced a job that was certainly not right for you. Don’t view it as a waste of time or mistake. If you hadn’t had that job, you wouldn’t know what it is that you do not want, and what it is that you do want, in a job.
Learn to see failures not as failures, but as things guiding you towards what is just right for you. Learn to see failures as good things taking you exactly towards where YOU are meant to be, and life will be way more fun and beautiful in this way!
I want to end this little write with reminding you of Thomas Edison, the guy who eventually invented the light bulb. Edison failed many, many times, but said that: “I haven’t failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work“.
Practicing gratitude can give you so much. When I first learned to start paying attention to what I was grateful for in life, my whole life changed. So therefore I thought I would make a 30 days gratitude challenge. Will you join me?
I have written about the practice of gratitude so many times before both in here and on my Instagram. If you have never kept a gratitude journal before, then now is the time to jump on both with this challenge and watch your life perspective change!
What to do?
It’s really simple. All you need is a notebook and a pen, or if you prefer, you can make a note on your mobile and make your lists in there. Now every single day for the rest of this month , you shall write down AT least 5 things every single day that you are grateful for.
In the beginning it can be hard. I clearly remember when I first started doing this, I had such a hard time coming up with things. But really, you can write even the smallest things to the bigger things in life. Fx:
I am grateful for my breath
I am grateful for my home
I am grateful for the people I have in my life
I am grateful for fuelling my body with nourishing food
I am grateful for the kind stranger in the supermarket
I am grateful for the rain for giving water to the ground and the plants
So, what do you say – do you want to join me for this gratitude challenge? If you are comment below, or start sharing your lists of gratitude on Instagram and use the hashtag #octobergratitudechallenge and feel free to tag me as well (@camillatromborg). Let’s inspire each other and spread more gratitude!
Most of us are well aware of what to do to be healthier, the problem is actually doing it. Sometimes we tend to overthink ‘health’, when in all reality in order to be healthier, all we need is to implement some simple healthy habits. It’s all about going back to basics.
So today I want to share some simple healthy habits with you, which I’m pretty sure you already know about, but sometimes it’s just about getting reminded about the simple things in life.
Drink more water
Our bodies consist of around 60% of water, and our cells need water in order to function. Remember to drink plenty of water during the day to stay well-hydrated.
Eat more vegetables & whole foods
We can often overthink and complicate the concept of health, but one part of it is about getting way more veggies and whole foods into your body, and minimise the amount of processed food you put into your body. Remember the saying “you are what you eat?“. Every thing you put into your body either has the option to support your body and how it functions. It can either fuel your cells, and make your body work perfectly for you, or it can slow down everything and clog things up. I’m all about balance and enjoying life, but look at the majority of the food that you eat, and see if this does your body good.
Get a good amount of sleep
Sleep is SO important. And I guess you already know. Because haven’t we all tried having a bad night’s sleep, and then felt like a complete mess the next day and not had the energy to do anything? Sleep is vital for our health. Sleep is where the body relaxes, recovers and rebuilds. So don’t skip on sleep, it’s so important for your health and your mental state.
Move your body
Moving is essential for making things flow inside our bodies. If we don’t move, things stay stagnant. We need some circulation in our bodies for everything to function. Go for a walk, bike to work, take a yoga class. Make sure to move your body.
Breathing is essential for humans. If we don’t breathe, we die. Yet, so many of us don’t fully breathe. We only breathe superficially. Just try to pay attention to how you breathe during the day. I know that when I am caught up in things, and feeling busy, my breath is almost none existent. Take a few minutes each day to fully breathe. Fill your lungs completely with air, and breathe it out. Feel your stomach and chest getting completely filled with fresh air.
Just as we can forget to breathe properly, many of us also forget to relax. I am guilty of this myself, because I always feel like I have a thousand things I want to work on. Whether that be house chores, wanting to catch up with friends and family, or working on my own projects. But as much as I want to do all these things, we all need to remember to unplug for some time each day. Remember to recharge yourself. Relax and just be, and you’ll find you have way more energy for all the other things you want to do.
Health is way more than just the food we eat, the water we drink, and how much exercise and sleep we get. I look at health in a holistic way. If you are not happy, you can eat all the vegetables and exercise etc., and you will still not be healthy. Health is just as much about your mental state. So make sure to enjoy life. Do things you love. Journal and talk about things when you have a though time. Be okay with whatever you are feeling. Know that life is all about balance, and that in order to experience the highs we also need the lows. Take care of yourself and your mental health as much as you take care of your physical body.
Question for you: Do you tend to overthink ‘health’? Which one of these simple healthy habits can you focus more on the next week?
One of my big inspirations Marie Forleo, always says that “If it’s not scheduled, it’s not real“, and that’s what I want to talk about today.
If you don’t already know Marie Forleo and her youtube channel MarieTV, then you should definitely check it out! She has so much inspiring content, and has interviews with so many inspirational people (Tony Robbins, Brené Brown, Elizabeth Gilbert, Steven Pressfield etc.).
Anyways, Marie have this saying that “If it’s not scheduled, it’s not real“. And man, is that right! Yet, it’s so easy to forget.
We often have a list of all the things we want to do; workout, do meal prepping, hang out with our friends, work on that project etc. However, if you do not plan it – schedule it – find specific date and time for when to do it, it’s not real.
So in order to make your dreams and goals real, you need to sit down with yourself and plan when and where to work on your goals.
“If it’s not scheduled, it’s not real” – Marie Forleo
Let’s take an example: you want to start working out. That’s great. However, it’s also very unclear and vague. When should that be? And how?
Take your calendar out and make a commitment with yourself: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday I will go for a 25 minutes run.
Or, it could be: Every Tuesday from 9-11am I’ll work on creating content for my business.
Make it concrete. Make it actionable. Then put it into your calendar, and keep your commitments to yourself!
Question for you: What do you want to work on? Fx do you want to start working out? Do you have a specific project you want to work on? How can you break it down into actionable steps, and schedule it in your calendar?
If you want anything in life, the first step to getting it, is knowing what it is that you want. Get clear on what you want in life.
Sounds pretty obvious, right? However, many of us don’t have a clear vision of exactly what it is that we want, so we don’t really know what we are going after, which can end up with us getting something that we don’t actually want.
Perhaps you have heard about ‘the law of attraction’, which is about how ‘like attract like’ and how what you focus on is what you get more of. Have you ever thought about what your main focus is? Is it on the things that you want in your life? Or, is it on all the things that you think are wrong in your life.
“Clarity is power. The more clear you are about what you want the more likely you are to achieve it” – Billy Cox
Sit down with yourself, and get clear on what you want. You don’t have to have all the answers, but get an idea of the life you want to live. What do you want to do? Where do you want to live? Which people do you want to spend your time with? etc. Consider these things.
Once you have a good idea of what it is that you want, then write it down. Make a list. A list of the things you want in life, and don’t limit yourself, dream big. Write it down, make it visual for yourself.
Once you have written it down, you can start to work on one goal at a time. Take a goal, and break it down into smaller more manageable steps. Then make a plan on when to do what, and just get started.
We spend many hours in our home, and why come home to a space that does not make you feel good & happy? Here are some of my tips for how to create a better home environment.
Fresh air is one of the best tips to get a healthier home environment. Us humans we need to breathe, and we need to let air in and out. Think of your home in the same way. If you never let air out, the air inside your home gets filtered with dust, dirt from cooking etc. Do yourself a favour and open your windows for at least a few minutes every day and get some fresh air inside. This is especially good to do in your bedroom, since a colder bedroom with fresh air is also helping you to get a better sleep.
We spend many hours in our home, so why come home and not feel happy, uplifted or calm? If you come home everyday and just feel like ‘eh’, then why not change things? Sell the things you do not like. Paint a wall. Surround yourself with things that really makes you feel happy & home, and create a home environment that you just love. We get affected by our environment, not just our friends and families, but also our home – and this is something we can do something about. So create a space that makes you feel good!
In connection to creating a space that makes you feel good, it’s vital to mention decluttering. Too many of us, including myself from time to time, tend to pile things together, so it can become too chaotic and overwhelming. “Messy house equals messy mind” as the quote goes. If you are ever feeling too overwhelmed, try to declutter your space. Tidy up, throw things are (or donate to charity if they are in a fine state) that you don’t need or like any more. Getting a space cleared can clear your mind as well.
These were some of my tips for creating a better home environment, do you have any other good ones? Then please share them in the comments!
Are you happy with your home situation? Or is there any of the above things you think that you could start implementing that would make you feel happier about your home?