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Camilla Tromborg

Health

HOW TO CREATE A BETTER HOME ENVIRONMENT

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

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.

Plants Plants Plants

Plants are amazing, not only are they beautiful as decorations in your home, but they also help clean the air. NASA even made a study about the most purifying plants that helps to clean the air. I’m taking full advantage of the fact that plants are cleaning the air, so I’ve decorated my entire living room with lots of plants!

Surround yourself with things that lights you up

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!

Decluttering

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?

Read also: Create a Space You Love

Books Self-development

BOOK RECOMMENDATION: THE MAGIC OF THINKING BIG

If you are someone with big dreams and are looking for some real good motivation, then this book is definitely for you! Today I have a BIG book recommendation for you: The Magic of Thinking Big.

Wauw. This book was amazing! I felt so uplifted and inspired all the way through reading it, and I highlighted so much in it. “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 contains everything from how to combat limiting beliefs, how to go after your dreams, how to build confidence, how you are what you think and so much more. I will go as far to say, that this is one of the best books I have ever read, I can highly recommend it!

Find the book here: The Magic of Thinking Big – David Schwartz*
(*Affiliate link. If you buy through this link, this means that I get a small percentage of the sale)

Quotes from the book:

“Action cures fear”

“Believe, really believe, you can move a mountain and you can. Not many people believe the they can move mountains. So, as a result, not many people do”

“The how-to-do-it always comes to the person who believes he cn do it”
“A person is a product of his own thoughts. Believe big”

“Others see in us what we see in ourselves. We receive the kind of treatment we think we deserve”

“The body is what the body is fed. By the same token, the mind is what the mind is fed”

“Give your ideas value by acting on them”

How about you, have you read any good books lately? I would as always love to know! As I’m always on the lookout for great new books to read!

Read also: Books that have changed my life

Happiness Inspiration

YOU DON’T NEED TO SEE THE WHOLE STAIRCASE

“You don’t need to see the whole staircase, you just need to take the first step” – Martin Luther King Jr. If you want to live a life that truly makes you happy, go and follow those things that makes you feel excited and passionated!

Sometimes we can get so overwhelmed with getting clear on our big dreams & visions, and even though I do believe in the act of getting clear on what you want in order to get it, I also believe that at some point in our lives, when we are not entirely sure what it is that we really want, the best thing you can do is to go follow those things that excites you. 

“You don’t need to see the whole staircase, you just need to take the first step” – Martin Luther King Jr

As Martin Luther King Jr said it, you don’t need to see the whole staircase, you just need to take the first step. Take actions towards what excites you!

Go to that workshop, read that book, go out in nature, reach out to that person etc. You don’t necessarily know where these things will lead you, and you don’t have to know, you just have to go and do the things that makes you happy and you follow your passion!

“Following whatever lights you up is how you will light up the world” – Rebecca Campbell

And by following each of these little things that excites you, you will eventually see that you’re on the exactly right path for you. If you go and do things all the time that you really don’t want to, you’ll end up seeing that you’ve been heading in the completely wrong direction. – you just need to take the next step! 

Have you been following the things that lights you up? The things that you are passionated about? If not, take this as a sign to start doing more of the things that makes you excited, happy and feel full of passion!

“It is through following each and every little call – a step here and a leap there – that we find ourselves living the life we are called to live” – Rebecca Campbell

Self-development

GET GROUNDED

If we want to grow, stretch and reach our dreams, we also need to get grounded. Plant our roots deep in the ground, so we can grow even higher.

“Flying starts from the ground. The more grounded you are, the higher you fly” – J.R. Rim

Do you have big dreams and visions for your future? I do too, but in order to make those dreams a reality and grow high, we also need to ground ourselves and get the foundational work in place.

Fulfil the Basic Needs

If you’ve ever had a psychology class at some point in your life, you might have heard of ‘Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs‘. This theory explains perfectly the concept of getting yourself grounded, in order to reach your own higher potential.

Photo from: simplypsychology.org

This pyramid starts from the bottom, the first need all human beings needs to get fulfilled physiological needs; air, water, food, shelter, sleep, clothing, sex. If we have not fulfilled these basic needs, we will not begin to start thinking about the next level in the pyramid, because our mind will then only stay focused on fulfilling our very basic human needs.

In our Western society, majority of us people have the two bottom ‘needs’ in place: physiological and safety needs. What we are working on the top 3 layers; love and belonging, esteem and self-actualisation.

So when I say ‘get grounded’, I mean that in order for you to grow, you first need to have these foundations in place. You need to eat food, sleep well, and have a place you feel safe. But what is also important is your relationship towards others, a sense of belonging, and your own self-esteem. A practice to help you with your self-esteem can be the use of positive affirmations.

Remember, that the highest trees, also have the deepest and strongest roots.

Do you have big dreams and visions you want to fulfil? Look at your own life and see where your foundation is not working, and then start working on that. Perhaps you do not sleep enough? Then start working on that. Perhaps your self-esteem is very low? Then start working on that.
So, where in your life, can you work on your foundational work? Share it below, or write it down for yourself, and then start working on it.

Read also: Growth Mindset

Holistic beauty & skincare

4 TIPS FOR DRY SKIN

My skin type is to the dry and sensitive side, so over the years I’ve found many things that help to combat dry skin and moisturise the skin both from outside and from within. I want to share those tips with you, so here you have my 4 tips for dry skin!

1.Facial oils

One of my first tips would be to try to experiment with facial oils. Facial oils are very moisturising, and can really help combat dry skin. If you have very sensitive skin and break out easily, you can try oils such as jojoba, rosehip oil or evening primrose oil.

2. Healthy fats

It is not just enough to moisturise the skin from outside-in, one of the best things you can do if you have dry skin, is to eat more healthy fats. Eat more nuts, seeds and avocados, these will moisturise your skin from within.
Hemp seeds, walnuts, cashew nuts, chia seeds, almonds, sesame seeds etc.

3. Avoid harsh products

I don’t know about you, but when I was a teenager, all the youth magazines promoted skincare products which was really harsh and damaging for the skin. At that time, I thought that if you were going to combat pimples and acne, that was what you had to use. Boy, was that wrong. These types of products actually damage your good bacteria on the skin, and dry out the skin. So avoid all types of ‘harsh’ products. Instead try fx some balm cleansers or some very gentle milk cleansers.

4. Hydrate Hydrate Hydrate

We cannot talk about dry skin, without talking about water. Hydrating your body with water, or watery foods (fx cucumber) is so important. Drink more water, and your skin will thank you!

Read also: 3 Herbal Teas for Clear Skin

Books Self-development

4 BOOKS FOR INCREASING PRODUCTIVITY & CREATING NEW HABITS

Sometimes you just need some motivation or some tips and tools for increasing your productivity or for creating new and better habits. Therefore I have 4 books for exactly that, to share with you today!

Books about Productivity

Eat That Frog! – Brian Tracy


‘Eat That Frog!’ is a brilliant little book. It’s a very easy read and very manageable. It’s about how to overcome procrastination. You might recognise the feeling of putting off that one thing that you just keep on postponing? This book gives you the motivation and reasons for why ‘eating that frog’ as the first thing, is the best thing you can do for yourself.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey

This book was one of the first ‘self-development’ books I ever read, and it is about the habits that ‘effective / productive’ people have. It covers several different aspects, such as personal management, seeking to understand first rather than to be understood and many other habits that will change your life.

Books about Creating New Habits

Atomic Habits – James Clear

I’ve already made a more in-depth book recommendation about this book, but this book is all about how creating small tiny changes in your life will add up over time and make a big difference for you. It is better to make a little change, and stick to that little habit over time, than it is to set a way too big and unrealistic goal and quit within a week.

The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg

‘Atomic Habits’ have many of its principle from ‘The Power of Habit’. I think both books are interesting in their own ways, where ‘Atomic Habits’ are more manageable and give good concrete steps to take, ‘The Power of Habit’ give more insights into the psychology behind habits. Why we have them, and why we can have a hard time breaking some habits. So it’s a really fascinating read, especially if you’re into psychology & understanding the human mind.

Read also: Consistency is Key!

Health

EPIGENETICS – YOU HAVE THE POWER OVER YOUR OWN LIFE

Your genes do not determine your life, how you live your life does! Today I want to talk about the concept of epigenetic, which is a concept that is getting more and more recognition today.

Earlier on we thought that genes affected our lives and how we were, which diseases we got etc. And they do to a point, because our bodies do carry the genes we’ve got from our mother / grandmother etc. However, more recent science have found that it is our lifestyle and our environment that affects whether the gene actually gets activated.

So if your grandmother had a specific disease, you might have inherited the gene to getting that disease. BUT, if you live differently from your grandmother, meaning that you; don’t eat the same food, live in a different environment, have another mindset, exercise more etc. compared to what your grandmother did, this means that the gene might not get activated.

You have the power over your own life

We have a lot more power over our own lives than we have previously thought. Epigenetic is about how signals from our surroundings modifies and regulates the genes activities. Our genes are constantly getting recreated as a reaction to our experiences in life.

Epigenetic = means ‘next to the genes’

Perhaps diabetes runs in your family, but maybe it is due to the overload of processed food and lack of exercise. So know that you can change that. Your genes do not determine how your life is going to be like, you can change the environment for your genes and make sure they do not get activated. Eat an abundance of vegetables, move your body, spend time doing what you love and you create an entirely different environment for your genes, and your life will unfold in another way!

All of this is also connected to fx how you can change your gut health, your micro biome, by changing the food you eat and the amount of movement you do in your daily life. If you want to learn more about this, you can read the post I’ve written about that here.

Sources

Fra genetik til epigenetik
Epigenetikken styrer vores DNA’s opførsel
Intelligente Celler – Bruce Lipton

Inspiration Self-development

GROWTH MINDSET

Having a Growth Mindset can change your life completely. But you have to learn to see things differently, and think differently from what you have been used to, if you want to get this kind of mindset. Invest in yourself, keep learning, exploring and stay open-minded and life will turn into the most interesting adventure you have ever been on!

Fixed Mindset VS. Growth Mindset

A Fixed Mindset sees ourselves as static beings, like we can’t change how things are for us, our character, intelligence or creativity. However, a Growth Mindset thrives on challenge and views failure as new learning opportunities, and new ways of growth. Our entire life is defined by our mindset. Our relationship with success and failure determines our way towards happiness. If you keep seeing a failure as you being a failure and you get sad and miserable over it, this will affect your life. But, if you instead see failure as just another way to have learned something new, and a springboard towards success, your world-view will be entirely different.

How to Gain a Growth Mindset

  • Keep learning and exploring new things and ways of thinking. Read books, watch documentaries, talk to new people, listen to podcasts, go to new places
  • See failure not as a failure, but as an opportunity for growth and learning
  • Focus on the good things in life & the small joys
  • See life as Yin & Yang, everything is about balance. You need both in your life
  • Stop telling yourself limiting beliefs, instead go encourage yourself and talk yourself up
  • Another’s success does not mean that you cannot succeed. Learn to be happy about other people’s successes, and know that there is more than enough to go around for everyone

Read also: Books that have changed my life

Books

BOOK RECOMMENDATION – ATOMIC HABITS

Do you like to improve yourself and creating new and better habits, which can change your life into a better life? Then this is a book for you! The book Atomic Habits by James Clear.

This book is all about how creating small tiny changes in your life will add up over time and make a big difference for you. It is better to make a little change, and stick to that little habit over time, than it is to set a way too big and unrealistic goal and quit within a week.

In this book, James Clear comes with several small brilliant examples of how these small habits over time will have a significant impact on your life – for the better. Do you want to live healthier? Instead of saying to yourself to quit all sugar right now, eat tons of veggies and exercise 5 days a week – start small. Try to eat 1 more vegetable each day, or add 1 smoothie to your diet each day. Over time you can begin to increase the amount, but start small and continue the practice.

I can highly recommend this book, especially if you are into growth and self-development. James Clear offers some very practical guidelines on how to change your habits, and lots of inspiration!

Find the book here: Atomic Habits – James Clear *
(*Affiliate link. If you buy through this link, this means that I get a small percentage of the sale)

Quotes from the book

“Changes that seem small and unimportant at first will compound into remarkable results if you’re willing to stick with them for years”

“Too often we convince ourselves that massive success requires massive action”

“A slight change in your daily habits can guide your life to a very different destination”

“All big things come from small beginnings”

Have you read any interesting books lately? As always, I would love to hear about it!

Read also: Books that have Changed My Life

Food Health

GUT HEALTH – GOOD & BAD BACTERIA

In recent years scientists have started to learn much more about the gut and how important the state of the gut is for our overall health. Today I want to share what you can do to get a healthier gut, as well as an overall healthier body.

“All disease begins in the gut” – Hippocrates

In the gut we have our ‘micro biome’. Microbiome refers to our collection of microbes and their genes. Your micro biome consists of an environment of bacteria. Bacteria are not just bad, more than 95% of the world’s bacteria are harmless to humans, many are actually extremely beneficial. But in order to have a healthy micro biome, we need an overweight of the ‘good bacteria’, otherwise you can get bacteria overgrowth (‘bad bacteria’) which can affect your micro biome, gut, digestive system and your entire body – including your skin. 2/3 of the immune system is located in the gut, and 99% of bacteria are found in the gut.


Change your micro biome by changing the food you eat

The good news is, that you can change your micro biome by changing the food you eat. With everything you put into your body, you have a change of feeding either the good or the bad bacteria. The good bacteria needs greens, vegetables, fibers to survive, whereas the bad bacteria needs processed foods and sugar.

But, food is not the only thing affecting our gut health. Also things such as getting enough sleep, exercising, relaxing is beneficial for our good bacteria. Whereas stress, lack of sleep and exercise, too harsh cleaning products and pesticides kills the good bacteria.


“Almost nothing influences our gut bacteria as much as the food we eat”
– Gut – Giulia Enders


How to get a healthier micro biome?

  • Eat a diet high in fiber, this is good for your digestion (fruits, vegetables, especially green ones like kale, cabbage, broccoli, quinoa, oats)
  • Avoid a too sterile environment, too harsh cleaning products
  • Relax. Stress allows for more bad bacteria to survive in the gut
  • Go for organic food, avoid pesticides
  • Eat probiotic foods regularly (sauerkraut, kombucha, miso soup, kimchi), you can also take a probiotic supplement to get more good bacteria to your gut
  • Eat prebiotics even more often (artichoke, asparagus, bananas, garlic, onion, parsnips, wholegrain, rye, oats, leeks)
  • Eat healthy fats; avocados, nuts, seeds
  • Exercise regularly
  • Get a good amount of sleep each night
  • *Extra Tips for mothers
  • If possible, giving a vaginal birth is the best. This way the child gets a protective layer of bacteria which gives it a healthy gut from the beginning of life
  • Another good idea for moms is to breastfeed for a long time, this gives lots of good bacteria to your newborn

Sources:

– Brain Maker – David Perlmutter
– The Beauty of Dirty Skin – Whitney Bowe
– Gut – Giulia Enders