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BALANCING FEMININE AND MASCULINE ENERGY

If you want to live a balanced life, it’s so important to balance your feminine and your masculine energy. Or, what is also known as “yin and yang” 🙏✨

Everything in life is about balance.

We need both. We need both the light and the dark. We need the individual and the collective. We need the warm and the cold.

To find balance in life, we should look at balancing the Yin (feminine) and Yang (masculine)energies in our life.

It’s good to dream and envision how we would like our life to be like (yin), but we also need to take action towards achieving those dreams (yang).

It’s good to go out and socialise with others (yang), but we also need time to be still and tune in to ourselves (yin).

It’s good to move your body and be active (yang), but you also need to take time to rest, relax and let your body recover (yin).

It’s good to work, especially on projects you are excited about (yang), but you also need time to just relax & recharge (yin).

It’s good to give generously (yang), but you should also allow yourself to receive as well (yin).

Remember, life is all about finding the balance, and it will never be perfect – and it shouldn’t be the goal to strive for “the perfect balance”. But learn to use the Yin and Yang energies in your life – if you have been working hard, remember to take some time off to relax. If you’ve been too inactive for a longer period of time, take time to come up and move your body. Always remember that we need both feminine and masculine energy in our life to find balance 🙏✨

Read also: Preventative Health

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BALANCING MASCULINE AND FEMININE ENERGY

Everything in life is about balance. Which is why balancing masculine and feminine energy is vital for your health and well-being ✨

We might be classified as ‘female’ or ‘male’ based on our gender, but all individuals have both masculine and feminine energies inside of them, and these needs to be balanced if we want to live a life in harmony and health.

If we are too much in our masculine (yang) energy, we’ll eventually burn out – as this is very much “go go go” energy, with focus on taking action and getting results.

Whereas if we are too much in our feminine (yin) energy, we’ll never get anything done as this is very much about resting, relaxing and nurturing.

Both energies are important in our lives, but we need them both. It’s all about balance. We need both the light and the dark. We need the individual and the collective. We need the warm and the cold.

Just think about this:

It’s all wonderful to dream and envision how we would like our life to be like (yin), but we also need to step up and take action towards achieving those dreams (yang).

It’s good to go out and socialize with others (yang), but we also need time to be still and tune in with ourselves (yin).

It’s good to move your body and be active (yang), but you also need to take time to rest, relax and let your body recover (yin).

Life is all about finding balance – and it will never be 100% perfect – and it shouldn’t be a goal to strive for the perfect balance. But you can learn to use the Yin and Yang energies in your life. If you have been working hard, then remember to take some time off to relax. If you have been too inactive for a longer period of time, take time to come up and move your body.

Always remember that we need both in our life to find balance ✨

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HOW EMOTIONS GET STORED IN YOUR BODY & AFFECT YOUR HEALTH (TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE)

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), your emotions and your physical health are connected. Today we’ll look at how emotions get stored in your body & affect your health 🙏✨

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), your emotions and your physical health are connected. Sadness, nervous tension and anger, worry, fear, and overwork are each associated with a particular organ in the body. This aligns with the holistic philosophy, that mind-body-soul all affects your health and well-being.

I’m well aware that for some people this theory of emotions affecting your physical health might be “too weird”, but when giving it second thought, I personally think that it makes perfect sense. Just think about how we’re now finding scientific proof of how long-term stress damages our bodies and our overall health. If stress, a mental state of being, can do this to our body – then just imagine what all the other emotions can do to our health?

In Traditional Chinese Medicine they have seen the connection between emotions and physical health for many, many years – and there is a lot of wisdom to take from it, and things to learn to pay attention to.

If you have health problems and can identify where you’re hurting, and thereby can connect a specific emotion to it – then you can start to look at yourself and your life and become aware of if you’re holding on to certain feelings, that might become stored in your body and affect your health.

Then from here on, you can not only work on your health through the physical aspect (fx movement, food, supplement, herbs etc.), but you can also engage your mind and emotions and work through the problems on a much deeper layer.

“When there is no movement there is pain. When there is movement there is no pain”
– Traditional Chinese saying

Let’s look at where emotions are stored in the body according to TCM.

Spleen
Emotions:
Worry, dwelling or focusing too much on a specific topic, excessive mental work

Symptoms of Spleen imbalance:
Tired, loss of appetite, mucus discharge, poor digestion, abdominal distension, loose stools or diarrhea. Weak muscles, pale lips. Bruising, excess menstrual blood flow, and other bleeding disorders.

Lung
Emotions:
Grief, sadness, detached

Symptoms of Lung imbalance:
Shortness of breath and shallow breathing, sweating, fatigue, cough, frequent cold and flu, allergies, asthma, and other lung conditions. Dry skin. Depression and crying

Liver
Emotions:
Anger, resentment frustration, irritability, bitterness

Symptoms of Liver imbalance:
Breast distension, menstrual pain, headache, irritability, inappropriate anger, dizziness, dry, red eyes and other eye conditions, tendonitis.

Heart
Emotions:
Lack of enthusiasm and vitality, mental restlessness, depression, insomnia, despair, excessive joy

Symptoms of Heart imbalance:
Insomnia, heart palpitations and irregular heartbeat, excessive dreaming, poor long-term memory, psychological disorders.

Kidney
Emotions:
Fearful, weak willpower, insecure, isolated

Symptoms of Kidney imbalance:
Frequent urination, urinary incontinence, night sweats, dry mouth, poor short-term memory, low back pain, ringing in the ears, hearing loss, and other ear conditions. Premature gray hair, hair loss, and osteoporosis.

How can you then use this to improve your health and well-being? Work through your emotions. Really sit with yourself and feel if you have anger, frustration or if you’re feeling insecure or fearful.

Take out a journal and write freely about your emotions – or talk with someone. Feel the feelings, get them moving. Be very honest with yourself – perhaps you’ve been holding onto something that doesn’t make you happy? Or you’ve held onto anger or jealousy for years? Work with your mindset. Fx if you’ve felt hatred or jealousy towards someone for years, know that this feeling isn’t hurting them, it’s hurting you. Choose to forgive and let go for your own health and well-being 🙏✨

Read also: Forgiveness is Not for Others, it is for Yourself

Sources:
Book: Chinese Holistic Medicine – Steven Cardoza
Emotions in Traditional Chinese Medicine – Verywellmind
Five Major Organs – Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation

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THE BENEFITS OF MEDITATION

I’ve been incorporating meditation into my morning practice more and more during the last couple of months. Not only do I feel amazing, there are lots of good reasons to do it. Therefore I want to talk the benefits of meditation 🙏✨

During the last couple of months I’ve added a little meditation into my morning routine, and it feels amazing. Meditating is such an easy way to start your day in a calm and relaxing way. I do different types of meditations, sometimes I just put on some very relaxing music on youtube while meditating, other days I go for a guided meditation and sometimes I put on some positive affirmations (read by Louise Hay) while meditating.

Not only is it a soothing and relaxing practice, there are actually many health benefits to gain from meditating, and that’s what I want to share with you today.

Benefits of Meditation

Reduces Stress

Can Help Control Anxiety

Can Lead to Better Emotional Health & Well-Being

Improves Your Concentration

May Improve Your Memory

Improves Your Happiness

Improves Sleep

Can Reduce Blood Pressure

Strengthens the Immunesystem

Reduces Depression

Have you gotten inspired to start meditating? As with all things, whenever you need to implement new habits – remember to make it easy and simple for yourself. Don’t expect yourself to go from never meditating to suddenly meditating for 20-30 minutes every single day. Start small. Try meditating 3-5 minutes every morning for a month.

Then overtime you can always increase how long you meditate. But start small – and remember, it is something you do for yourself. Think about that every time you sit down, think about how you’re doing a good thing for yourself and your mental health and well-being 🙏✨

Sources:
Book: Perfect Health – Deepak Chopra
Book: 12 Minutter til Success – Mediter dig lykkeligere, klogere og mere rolig – Henning Daverne
Book: Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself – Joe Dispenza
12 Science-based Benefits of Meditation – Healthline
The Science-baked Benefits of Meditation – Headspace
7 Ways Meditation can actually Change the Brain – Forbes

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GLOBAL MASS MEDITATION

In these times, sending out loving and good thoughts can do more than we are even aware of. Take part in the Global Mass Meditation on April 4/5, 2020. Let’s spread the light 🙏✨

I got aware of this event through Jill on Instagram (which I btw will highly recommend following if you’re into spirituality, growth, meditation etc.), and I thought it was such a beautiful initiative, that I highly want to support and take part in myself.

The event is a Global Mass Meditation that will happen on April 4/5, 2020. The idea is to heal the world from the current virus we’re affected by. Whether you believe in the concept of healing or not, I still find the concept of sending all the love and health out into this world, to be a beautiful thing.

What we focus on grows. I’ve said it many times, and I completely believe this. What we give our attention to is what will grow.

I will for sure take part in this, and meditate during this weekend with a focus on sending love, health and healing out into this world. I hope you will take part in this as well. Send me a message on Instagram, or comment below, if you want to join this beautiful event as well – let’s light up this world 🙏✨

Ps, if you find it hard to meditate in complete silence, I recommend searching for ‘Binaural Beats’ on Youtube and you can find the most beautiful pieces of music to listen to while meditating, which can also help to elevate your frequency ✨

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WHAT WE FOCUS ON GROWS

What we focus on grows. Let’s focus on what we want more of, not what we worry about. Let’s spread more love and kindness, and use this time to slow down, and rest and relax 🙏✨

I completely believe this. What we focus on grows. Within the last few weeks the world has been taken by storm of the corona virus. It has gone so quickly. But with the amount of attention that it gets, of course it spreads even faster.

By worrying and stressing about the situation, you’re lowering your immune system, and are thereby also more vulnerable of getting the virus. Instead, we need to change our focus.

I already think many have, yesterday I felt fear and worry, but today I feel more and more love and support for others. It is beautiful to watch people stick together and show love and support.

Let’s focus on that. Let’s focus on how we can help and support each other. Let’s focus on showing and giving love. Let’s take the time off to rest and relax.

Focus on what you want to grow.

5 Ways to Grow More Love Instead of Fear

  1. Meditate
    Meditation helps you to slow down, and focus on your breathing. Put on some calming music or a guided meditation, and take time to slow down.
  2. Breathe
    Breathing is what we need to do. Breath in fresh oxygen, this is vital for your entire system and well-being. It also relaxes the body.
  3. Show Love & Be Supportive
    Offer your help and support to those who need it. Buy groceries for your grandma, ask your neighbour if they need help with anything etc. Let’s show all the love and support that we can – what we send out, we get back, always remember that.
  4. Practice Self-Care
    Perhaps you’ve been told to stay at home for the next 2 weeks, and you’re a person who always go-go-go from one thing to the next, and have a hard time taking care of yourself? Now is the time. Slow down & take time for some self-care.
  5. Take time to Rest & Relax
    Again, our society is so used to this go-go-go mentality. So look at this time as a change to get down in gear. Slow down. Relax. Rest.
    When was the last time you had no plans? When was the last time you were fully in the moment? Use this time to slow down and take care of yourself, and others.
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WHERE MY INTEREST FOR HOLISTIC HEALTH COMES FROM

I want to share with you, where my interest for Holistic Health comes from. This journey has involved all from digestive issues, to a weak immune system to skin issues. But it has all led me to where I am today 🌿✨

What I personally love about following people who shares about fx how to fix health problems, is to follow people who have been through it themselves. Because then you really know that they have been through the same struggles as you, and that they have really done the work and experimented themselves with what works and what doesn’t.

My Personal Health Story

Growing up I had lots of digestive problems and stomach aches during my childhood. And it was for sure something that was interrupting my life, as it was both painful, but also very frustrating that I never really knew when and why these stomach problems was happening.

Read also: 5 Ways to Improve your Gut Health

Read also: Tips for Stomach Issues

Weak Immune System

Fast forward into my teenage years, where my immune system was so weak. I kept getting sick throughout high school, and at every bigger event (study trip, dance competition etc. I ALWAYS got sick). At this point I still didn’t know what was wrong, and it was frustrating, because in your teenage years FOMO (fear of missing out) is so big, at least it was for me at that time, so laying sick in hotel rooms at study trips while my classmates was out having fun and exploring new cities was for sure something I could have lived without.

Around this time, I started to find out that my connection to my digestive problems was very much connected to whenever I had dairy of any kind. I started reading and learning more about this, and found out that many people are lactose intolerant. Hereafter I started experimenting myself, and started to cut out dairy products. This was a game changer. I started noticing how every time I was at a family birthday and had some dairy again that my stomach would react, and I got confirmed in that this food group was not a well-fit for me. I was feeling way better without eating dairy, and I started to search for alternatives.

At this point, my digestive problems had become so much better, but now my immune system was a wreck.
Couldn’t I just get to a point where I could feel healthy and thriving?

Funnily enough, today I can see the connection so clearly between my digestive issues and my weak immune system. Because I have later learned that around 2/3 of your immune system is located in your gut. By eating plenty of processed foods, sugar and keep eating and drinking dairy products as a child, this has certainly damaged my gut flora, and thereby also my digestive system later on.

Read also: 5 Natural Tips to Prevent Getting a Cold

Skin Issues

Like most other teenagers I also experienced skin problems, which does absolutely no good to an already insecure teenager. When my skin was breaking out there were days where I just wanted to stay at home and not go out. If you have had skin problems yourself, you can probably recognise this feeling.

Again, today I can completely see why my skin was breaking out at the time.

First of all, my gut flora was already so damaged, so there have been a bacterial overgrowth of the bad bacteria in my gut.
Second, my stress levels was quiet high in High School due to school assignments, exams and just normal high school pressure – and when you’re stressed this easily affects your skin. Because the ‘beauty’ of your skin really isn’t necessary for your overall survival, so when you’re stressed, your body takes nutrients from your skin cells to other, more important functions in your body. This is of course a good thing, but as a teenager, those breakouts was for sure not fun, and out of desperation I have probably tried all the harsh cleansers, creams etc. on the market (which of course didn’t work).

Out of complete desperation I decided to get on the vitamin A prescription through my doctor. This is such a harsh treatment, with very high dosages of vitamin A. It is actually so high, that you have to get blood test results every month while on the treatment. The treatment did work – for a while, but it also completely dried out my skin. And half a year later, the breakouts started happening again.

At this time, I had started to learn more and more about how the food we eat affect our health, and I was really into fuelling myself with healthy food. For many years, I saw the ‘solution’ to my problems as being: eating healthy food and moving my body.

Read also: Skincare is about Way more than just what you Put on Your Skin

Read also: 4 Tips for Dry Skin

Read also: 3 Herbal Teas for Clear Skin

Your Mindset

I have later learned the more holistic approach to health. Being healthy is not just about what you eat and how much you exercise. It’s just as much about how you’re feeling mentally.

Do you love yourself? Do you speak kindly to yourself? Do you have a job that you love? Do you take time to relax and do the things that makes you happy?

Emotions and your mental well-being affects your health so much, I’m positive that in the next few years we’ll learn even more about the powerful connection between our emotions and their effects on our health. I love how the whole body is connected, and I keep learning new things about different connection. I find this to be the most fascinating thing!

And this is why I’m so passionated about Holistic Health. It’s NOT just about what you eat (even though whole foods can do wonders for your health, for sure), but being healthy is just as much about your mindset and your well-being 🌿✨

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LAW OF ATTRACTION

The Law of Attraction states that what you focus on is what you’re going to get more of. Learn this, and use this to create your best life! ✨

I first came across the concept of ‘The Law of Attraction’ back in 2012 when I first read “The Secret”.

It changed my life.

I know that is such a cliché thing to say about that book. But it’s very true. Up until that point I never thought I had much control over my life.

But after reading that book, I realised how much power we have over our own lives. But it also meant that I had to get brutally honest with myself, and recognising that I, up until that point, had created and attracted everything – both good and bad in my life – all by myself. That was a hard thing to swallow.

But knowing that from then on I could choose what to focus on and what I wanted in life, was just so powerful and magical.



The Law of Attraction states that what you focus on is what you’re going to get more of.

If you constantly focus on your problems and worries, then they will come true and you’ll get more of these.

Whereas, if you instead focus on all the things you’re grateful for and what you want more of in your life – then THAT is what you’re going to attract into your life.

I have lived by this concept for the past 8 years – and of course, with ups and downs in both my belief in this concept, as well as me falling back into old limiting beliefs systems from time to time. But overall I have lived by this over the past 8 years, and I have attracted so many wonderful things into my life.

What you send out comes back to you. What you focus on grows.

How you can actively use this in your life to create more of what you want

Challenge for you: Try this 30 Day Gratitude Challenge and watch how your perspective of life starts to change! ✨

Read also: Books that Changed my Life

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HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

Being healthy is about way more than just what you eat & how much you exercise. Your mental health is just as important. Here I share a few tips on how to take care of your mental health 🙏✨

Being healthy is about way more than just getting enough vegetables, drinking water and exercising. From a holistic standpoint, which I’m all about, you look at the individual as a whole – and everything is connected and affects other parts. Emotions can affect your health. Being stressed or feeling sad, angry – it all affects your health.

Therefore, it’s so important, not only to take care of your physical health, but also your mental health.

So today I want to share a few tips on how to take care of your mental health

How to Take Care of your Mental Health

  • Take Deep Breaths
    Sometimes we’ve gone through a whole day without breathing properly. Take some time to take some deep breaths all the way down to your belly and take in fresh air, and use a couple of minutes to just be present and not do anything
  • Meditate
    Just like it’s important to take deep breaths, you can do this alongside with meditating. Just sitting still, breathing and being. Not doing anything. Just being in the moment, and take a pause
  • Spend time in Nature
    Getting out in nature is such a great way to relax and disconnect. Listen to some beautiful music, or just go for a walk and listen to the sounds in nature. Breathe in the fresh air, feel the sunshine
  • Journal
    Sometimes we have so many worries, things we need to remember, things we want to do etc. etc. Get all of these things out of your head. If you are scared of forgetting them, use a journal, or a planner, and write it all out. Just get things out of your head, so they don’t build up. If you are feeling overwhelmed, angry or sad, writing about it and getting it off your chest can also be very helpful
  • Talk with Someone
    Just like writing about things can help, so can talking with someone about your worries, problems or just your everyday ups and downs. Talk with a friend, your parents, your partner, a therapist. Just the simple act of saying things out loud can sometimes help tremendously
  • Practice Setting Boundaries & Saying No
    What’s not good for your mental health, is taking too much on your plate or doing things you actually don’t want to. Practice setting boundaries and saying no to things. Even though you might want to do XY&Z, also remember that you need time to just rest & relax
  • Focus on what you’re Grateful for
    Focusing on what you’re grateful for, will help you notice more things to be grateful for, which makes such a difference on your mental health. I’ve already written a ton about the practice of gratitude in here, but if you want to get started on it, then try to write down at least 3 things everyday, big or small, that you’re grateful for
  • Minimise your To-Do List
    Just like you should practice setting boundaries and saying no to others, this also applies to yourself. You can do many things in life, but try not to overwhelm yourself with writing an endless to-do list every single day which you’ll never get done. Practice only writing 3 bigger things for each on your list. Anything else you get done besides that is just a win! But remember not to overwhelm yourself, and make time for just relaxing as well

Question for you: How do you take care of your mental health? ✨

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GET READY FOR 2020

Do you want to get ready for 2020? Grab your journal and a blanket, light a candle and make yourself a warm cup of tea and get ready to do some reflections for the past year, and visualise your 2020 🙌✨

2020 is approaching soon, and I can feel it’s going to be a BIG year! Last year I began the year with reflecting on the past year, sat goals for the upcoming year and sat some minor goals for each quarter in the year to help me reach my goals.

I’ve reached almost ALL of my goals I sat for myself for 2019. So I’m going to do the exact same thing this year! This year I’ve started doing accountability coaching together with my dad, where we set goals in different areas of our lives and create small tasks for ourselves to do in order to accomplish our goals. Then we meet up, write to each other and keep each others accountable and help each other reach our goals. As we are already doing this, we decided to sit down together this year and do this little reflection exercise and set goals for 2020, so we can help each other reach those goals.

In order to reach what you want – you need to evaluate your current life. What do you like about where you are at? What don’t you like? Reflect back on the past year, as well as visualise your future – 1 year from now, 5 years from now. Where do you want to be? 

Remember, once you have set your bigger goals for 2020, then it’s important to break them down into smaller actionable steps. You can write “finish this project” on your bigger goal list for the year, but to make it more manageable and easy to get started on, you need to break it down into smaller steps that you can easily start on. Fx if your goal for 2020 is to write a book, then your smaller steps could be:
– brainstorm content for the book
– do research for XYZ
– write paragraph 1 in chapter 1
– write paragraph 2 in chapter 1
– read through and edit
By breaking your big goal down into smaller steps, it feels much easier to begin the projects.

Here are some reflection questions to prepare you for 2020

– What were the best things about this year?

– What has life taught your this year?

– What don’t you want to take with you into 2020?

– What do you want to take with you into 2020?

– Where do you see yourself in 1 year?

– Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

– What do you want to accomplish in 2020?

– What will it take for you to reach those goals? What do you have to do to get there?

Question for you: Are you ready for 2020? What are some of your goals? I would love to know! Let’s root on each other, support each other and help and encourage each other to reach our dreams! 🙌✨