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7 COZY WINTER SELF-CARE PRACTICES

Winter is just around the corner, it actually snowed a little bit in Denmark the other day! That calls for lots of cozy times and self-care practices, to help with the mood and make the cold and dark Winter times a bit more enjoyable.

 

Here are 7 Cozy Winter Self-Care Practices

1. Drybrush your Skin

During Winter your skin tends to get a lot more dry. Something that can help with this is dry brushing your skin (preferably every day, or just before you take a shower). Dry brushing helps mildly exfoliate the skin and get rid of dead skin cells.

 

2. Use a Moisturising Body Butter

In coherence with dry brushing, what your skin would really love during the Winter is to get massaged into a really moisturising body butter after having taken a shower. I have a delicious and very easy recipe for a body butter right here, and you can also find a simple guide to it under ‘highlights’ on my Instagram.

 

3. Take a Footbath

Is there anything better than snuggling under a blanket, with a cup of tea, and a warm footbath while watching a good movie? I absolutely that I love this. Winter is the perfect time to give your feet some love, especially now that they are locked inside big boots for many months. I like to make a footbath with some epsomsalt and lemon juice.

5. Light a Candle

Winter time calls for candles. Am I right? It just creates such a cozy and comforting vibe to see candles lit inside your home.

 

6. Time for Tea

I can basically drink tea all year long, but Winter time especially calls for those warm drinks. Whether that be herbal teas, hot cacaos or a delicious smelling chai lattes. Pour yourself a warm drink, grab a blanket, light the candles and engage in a lovely book, your favourite movie or have a great talk with your best friends.

7. Yin Yoga

I might be a bit biased here, but Cathrine (my boss) has really showed me the wonders of Yin Yoga. Yin yoga is a very slow and deep yoga practice. You stay in each pose for 3-5 minutes, and you thereby get really deep into the stretches. It feels amazing, and it is so relaxing and it really calms you down. Yin yoga also calls for warm clothes and you usually finish off with a blanket over you in Savasana. You can either take a physical yin yoga class, or you can do it at home by fx using Yogavivo.

 

What are your favourite things to do during the Winter, to make life a little bit more enjoyable? Share them in the comments, and let’s inspire each other!

 

Read also: My Daily Self-Care Routine 

Read also: Make Your Own Skincare Products 

Happiness

GIVE COMPLIMENTS!

Foto: Johanne Stenstrup /Bedre Mode

Don’t we all just love when people compliment us? We might not know how to handle it and get shy and embarrassed, but inside we all love when people compliment us either on what we do, what we say, how we look or something else. Just like you love getting compliments, others do as well. And here the saying “give what you want to get” is very relevant.

Think about, when was the last time you gave someone a compliment? Can you remember it? If not, then it’s definitely time to start getting into the habit of it. Not only will it lift others mood and make them happy, but it will for sure also make you happy. Just think about the joy of giving someone else a gift, and seeing how happy they get.

 

“Throw kindness around like confetti”

When I was in High School my best friends and I talked about this topic, and we challenged each other for a while to give at least 1 compliment every single day. And wow! This is just such a great practice – because not only did it light up someone else’s day, but you gain just as much yourself from seeing someone getting happy by something you did.

But, who to give compliments to, and about what?

You can literally give compliments to anyone about anything. Even the smallest things counts, and often we think about all these small things we like about others, but we simply keep them to ourselves and forget to say it out loud, even though it could make the world of a difference to someone else, and completely make their day.

“I love what you just said!”

“This drawing is beautiful!”

“I really like your shirt!”

“Your skin is glowing!” 

“Thanks for your suggestions, they really helped me”

“Thank you for your kindness” 

I loved this piece of writing

Thank you for cooking this delicious meal

I love your hair!

Thank you for your consideration, that means a lot to me

You see? There is no limit to whom and about what you can give compliments. And I know that it takes practice, I have to challenge myself all the time as well. Because I often think about a compliment to give someone in my head, but I sure do not always express it verbally, even though I know that this is only something that would make someone else’s day much better.

Are you good at giving compliments? Or, do you want to try to practice giving more of them?
Have you given anyone a compliment today? Otherwise, you still have time!

Read also: How to Find your Soul Sisters

Health Holistic beauty & skincare

3 CURRENT FAVOURITE PRODUCTS

Hi everyone! It’s been forever. Big jokes on me when I last posted and said that I was going to start posting regularly in here again. Well, that did not happen, because then uni started again and I got a bit overwhelmed. But now I’ve gotten into a a better routine and I have LOTS of ideas scribbled down and blog posts planned that I want to share with you here on the blog.

 

First, I want to share 3 current favourites with you guys, which I’ve been absolutely loving lately!

🌱Matcha Latte

I absolutely love a (good) cup of matcha latte. Believe me, you can for sure also get some not-so-good ones out there (I’ve definitely tried that as well). But, a good cup of matcha latte is just a delicious, comforting drink to sip on. I love to have it on cafés or to make it at home during the colder months and then drink it while reading homeworks or doing some work. It just makes the day a little bit better (and I’m all about adding those small things into your everyday life that brings you more joy!).

🌱 Gua Sha Facial Massage

I had a little period of time where I forgot about doing gua sha facial massage, but I just got back into it again, and wow, I just really, really love it! And, I feel like I do such a great thing for my skin. It really stimulates the blood flow and circulation in your skin. I can recommend the Honesty Beauty Talk’s book where you can read and learn a lot more about the benefits of gua sha massages.

 

🌱 Antipodes Grapeseed Butter Cleanse

As some of you might know, I have got a new job, in a health store – and I absolutely love being surrounded by healthy food products, supplements and natural skincare! A few weeks ago one of my colleagues recommended me to try the Antipodes Grapeseed Butter Cleanse, and I have fallen completely in love with it. This is the perfect cleanser, especially if you have dry skin, since it leaves your skin so smooth and soft afterwards! I feel like having a real spa night every night when I apply this to my face. It just smells divine and I love the little ritual with applying it in circular emotions, and then use a damped wash cloth over my face to gently remove it – it’s just the best!

 

What are your current favourites? Whether that be a new tea you have just tried, a book you have read recently, or something else! Share it in the comments and let’s us all inspire each other!

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EVERYDAY HAPPINESS

It’s time to come back to some Everyday Happiness moments. I love seeing these posts at others blogs, and I really think it is such a lovely way to remember to take some pictures of the small, good things in life and be more grateful for even the smallest things <3

 

So, I want to start posting these kind of posts again, every Monday. I hope you’ll find some inspiration as well – either to do a little face mask and watch your favourite movie and relax, go and grab a cup of tea or coffee with your best friend, or go for a walk or to the movies with your family or your loved one. See this as an inspiration to sneak in some more moments in your everyday life that makes you happy – because that truly is what life is made of; the small little everyday things, so cherish these moments!

Our hallway in our apartment complex has been completely repainted and it has become so bright and pretty, I absolutely love it!

I had a Chai Masala tea with my mom and a little piece of brownie cake and just some mom-daughter-time. I love that <3

I’ve started in Fitness again! What a surprise, mainly for me. Last year I stopped in fitness because I was way too tired of fitness centres and the whole train-train-train mentality. But, lately I’ve just been feeling like really doing some energetic exercise and really get my pulse up, and sweating – so I’ve followed my body’s need and I’ve started in fitness again. And, I love it! I really feel SO good after getting a good sweat and getting a tomato-red-face. I, of course, still love yoga and stretching – and as my lovely boss says; it’s all about balance: yin & yang <3

There’s nothing better when the sun is shinning than a little walk around the lake and seeing the beautiful nature – and preferably with a good podcast in my ears!

I’ve always loved my family, but I think over the past years I’ve neglected my lovely big family a bit too much due to lots of work and school – but, I truly love my big family, and I love all the different personalities which I am so truly blessed to have in my life – and I really want to spend more time with them all <3 Here is a picture from last week where almost all the women from my mom’s side of the family had a Cinema trip. We watched ‘The Book Club’ (hilarious movie, and so sweet and loving!) and had dinner afterwards – such a great time!

 

How was your past week?

 

 

Holistic & Spiritual living

MY DAILY SELF-CARE ROUTINE

If you have been following me for a while, either here on my blog or on my Instagram, then you know how highly I value self-care practices. But what kind of self-care practices do I actually practice daily? I’m going to share some of my favourite daily self-care routines with you today!

 

A little while ago I shared this blogpost about my thoughts upon why I find self-care practices so important, and some tips on different practices you could start practicing in your everyday life.

But, what self-care practices do I actually personally practice daily? That is what I want to share with you today, and hopefully you can find some inspiration to sneak in some more self-care in your daily life.

My daily self-care routine

 

*Drink a cup of warm green tea

The first thing I do in the morning, is to drink a nice cup of warm, green tea. This is one of my favourite things to do. It is so simple, yet it makes me so happy. Just ask my boyfriend how happy I finally got the other day when it was finally ‘cold enough’ again to start drinking tea in the morning (because it has been so hot during this Summer in Denmark). There is just something so soothing and relaxing about a nice cup of warm tea, and I truly love that time of my day.

 

*Wake up early

Along with a good cup of nice tea, I really like to wake up early. Not that I need to get lots of stuff done in the morning necessarily, I just really like to have a slow, relaxing morning, where I can wake up slowly and eat and enjoy my breakfast without having to hurry and run out the door. This really makes such a huge difference for my mood. When I was younger I would rather sleep in, and then stuff some breakfast down my throat and run out the door – but then my mood would not always be the best. Nowadays I always plan to wake up at least 1,5 hours before I need to go anywhere, so that I can slowly wake up and start the day on a slow, lovely and good note.

 

*Have a lovely Skincare routine

I have always loved skincare and the whole practice of cleansing the face, moisturising it, facial massages etc. So I do my best to really take some time to enjoy this little practice in the morning and evening. It doesn’t have to be a long time, just 5-10 minutes of a relaxed time with just me and myself – a time where I really feel like I do something good for my skin and it’s a lovely way to relax and calm down, especially in the evening after a long day.

*Enjoy a Green smoothie

Taking care of myself also means taking care of my body and my health, and I’ve found the easiest way to do so is to get as many greens during the day as possible. It’s not always the easiest if you have a lot to do, but then I’ve found the most delicious recipe for a green smoothie, where I can thereby sneak in lots of extra greens during my day. You can find the recipe for my green smoothie right here – you have to try it!

 

*Spend time with loved ones

My day ALWAYS gets better when I spend time with my loved ones. Either friends or family. And luckily enough I also live together with my boyfriend and our cat. I am such a home-buddy, and I just absolutely love spending time with them – it makes me so happy and completely filled with love.

 

*Keep a Gratitude Journal

One of the best practices, which I’ve talked about a million times in here and on Instagram, is having a gratitude journal. I cannot express how much learning to be grateful for even the smallest things in life, has changed my life completely! So I strive for writing down a couple of things every single day that I feel grateful for – and then take a little second for every thing I write down, to really deeply feel the gratitude in my heart.

 

These are my personal favourite daily self-care practices. Do you also remember to take time to nurture yourself and your soul, and do what makes you happy? What are your favourite things to do? Feel very free to share them below in the comments!

 

Read also: Healthy Lifestyle Tips 

Happiness Holistic & Spiritual living

CREATE A SPACE YOU LOVE

This is YOUR life, so why not create it and make it just as you like it! Create a space you love – and not just a physical space, but just as much a mental space you love.

 

Physically

Life is simply too short to surround yourself with things that doesn’t make you happy. Seriously, do you sit at home and just feel like “eh..” over your room, apartment or house? There is really no need to. Start clearing up and throw out all of the things that doesn’t make you happy (for this little project I can recommend Marie Kondo’s book ‘The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up“). Hereafter, everytime you bring something new into your life really think about if this is something that makes you happy and excited. Create a home and a create a feeling that inspires you and which makes you feel happy and at home.

I still have a few minor things I would like to change in our apartment, but overall I am so happy with the light and bright apartment my boyfriend and I have, all the plants I have, the himalayan salt lamps, the crystals, all my books and just everything! I really love our home. I especially love my little desk corner (yes exactly, the one on the picture above), which is where I sit most of the day and read homeworks, do work or write on blogposts – and with a cup of tea by my side, that is simply just the best! You know, the small pleasures of life, right?

Mentally

But now we talk about creating a space that you love, then I of course do not just mean the physical space, but just as much the mental space. You are the only person you need to spend your entire life together with. Just think about it for a second, you will always be together with YOU. Therefore, the best thing you can do in life is to learn to love yourself and love your own company. Become your own best friend.

But, how do you do that?

I know, it’s not just as easy-peasy as it sounds. We can be so cruel to ourselves “you look ugly”, “why did you say that?”, “and who exactly do you think you are?” – do you recognise the negative self-talk? I’ve done a tons of this, and I still work on this, but I have gotten so much better, and I love myself now and whenever I start thinking such thoughts I quickly turn them around and apologise to myself.

But Camilla you still didn’t answer the question, how do you actually learn to love yourself?

First of all, you need to start paying attention to the things you say to yourself. Start noticing every time you think negatively about yourself and then stop yourself right there. Become aware of it. Instead tell yourself something you love about yourself, it might be your smile, your eyes, your kindness toward others – anything, just focus on something positive instead. At first it can seem very forced and fake, but eventually you will start believing yourself.

 

A little exercise: Look yourself in the mirror and say “I love you”.

Do this every time you are at the bathroom, fx brushing teeth, cleansing your face or if you just pass a mirror – take a little moment, look at yourself and say these words – and try your very best to believe them, trust me, eventually you will learn to love and accept yourself just as you are.

 

I have lots of other ideas for things you can do to improve your wellbeing, but let’s say this is it for now. Try working on stopping your thoughts every time you find yourself thinking negatively, and do the little mirror exercise, and see how your life slowly starts to become happier, better and you will feel more confident!

By creating a mental space you love, also think about whether you spend your time on the things you love. Do you read books that you find interesting? Do you spend time in nature? Do you spend time with people who you like? Consider these things, and if the answer is not yes, then start changing things – or, if you do not know what you like, start to do some researching, explore – find out what it is that really makes you happy and excited and spend your time on these things!

Read also: 3 Practices that Will Change Your Life

 

Holistic & Spiritual living Inspiration

3 PRACTICES THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE

Today I want to share with you, 3 practices that have literally changed my life! The practices are so simple, yet so life changing and amazing. And if you have never tried them before, you will have so much fun trying it out and a whole new world will open up for you.

 

So, let’s get into these amazing practices!

Gratitude

The first one you will most likely be familiar with if you have followed me for just a little while, and that is: showing and feeling gratitude. I first learned about this when I read the book ‘The Secret‘* (affiliate link) for the first time back in 2012 (where I magically saw the book in a bookstore in London and bought it right away – that book has impacted my life in such a positive way, I can not recommend it enough!). Here I was introduced to the concept of showing gratitude for the things you have in your life. I learned about how I was not going to be able to get ‘more’ (things, love, money etc.) in my life, if I didn’t start to appreciate and be grateful for what I already had.

In the book there is a 30 day practice where you get a new task everyday, and one of the tasks was to write down 3 things every single day that you were grateful for. I started doing this practice, and in the beginning I had such a had time thinking about things to write, because I thought it needed to be something big, but when I learned that there are SO many things to be grateful for, then my lists became longer and longer!

You can literally be grateful for everything in your life: the air you breathe, the food you eat, the water you drink, buying another a present, having a home, having a job etc. Once you start paying attention to all the wonderful things you already have in your life, an abundance of things will come to you. Like attract like, and if you are grateful and show gratitude, you will only get more to be grateful for. On the other hand, if you focus on all the things you ‘lack’ in your life, then there won’t come more good things in your life.

Ps, if you think I’m just crazy, then just try google it, and you’ll quickly find out that some of the greatest people on this planet (Oprah for example) practice and believe in this as well.

 

Visualising & Manifesting

Visualisation is the act of imagining something which you do not have yet, and really feeling as if you already have it. Our minds are so amazing, they can imagine things which are not there yet, and we can actually feel the joy, love or whatever we want to feel without having the things which we think will bring us this emotion. The practice of visualisation is about becoming clear about what you want in life, and for this practice you can make a list (*I will cover this in the next point), or you can make a vision board.

A vision board is where you have a blank piece of paper (or you can make it on your computer), and then you find a lot of pictures, words etc. that symbolises what you want in life, and how you want to feel. That could be people smiling, pictures of the places you want to travel to, your dream apartment, words like ‘love’, ‘happiness’ etc. – exactly what YOU want in life. Then you make a nice collage, and then you look at this collage every single day and feel how it would feel to have these things in your life. Such a simple, yet very powerful practice.

I have made several vision boards over the years, and it is amazing to look back at them and see the things which have ‘come true’, or realise that your dreams might have completely changed – then you just make a new vision board which is more in alignment with your present needs, wants and desires.

 

Script Writing

Script writing is almost the same as vision boards, except this is about writing the things you want in life, rather than making a visual collage. A script is where you write – in present tense – what you want.

Let me explain that. You shall not write: “I want to find the love of my life”, because then you send out a signal that it is something you are still searching for, and then you will stay in the process of searching. Instead, you need to write:
“I have found the love of my life and we tell each other every single day how much we love each other”. So, you write as if you already have it. And really feel when you write and read it.

You can change your script as often as you like. Just remember to look at it often, and read it and really feel as if you already have it.

I cannot tell you the amount of things I have written down on a piece of paper that have come true in my life – just some examples; my boyfriend, our apartment, some of my friends, winning the Danish championsship in showdance with my dancing team, travelling to lots of countries, my job etc.

 

Some people might say that “well, that is not because of some sort of magic that these things happened to you, that is just you who made it happen“, and that might be true – but I like to believe in everyday magic, and really – does it matter? As long as it works. And seriously, no harm can happen with these practices.

 

At least I know that my life has become more fun, more filled with joy, happiness, love and everyday magic after having found these practices and incorporated them into my life – and my hope with this post is that you might discover something new which can change your life for the better as well.

 

Have you heard about these practices before? Do you practice them yourself? Or, is it the first time you learn about them? – and in that case, is it something you want to start practicing?

 

Read also: The 3 Ayurvedic Doshas 

 

*Affiliate link has been used, which means that I get a small percentage of the sale, if you buy through this link 

Happiness Personal

EVERYDAY HAPPINESS

It’s Monday and you know what that means – time to look back at some everyday happiness from the past week!

I’ve been fuelling myself with my favourite green smoothie almost daily!

I’ve been practicing yoga at home, and at Cathrine’s yoga class Thursday evening at Yogacentralen <3

My boyfriend and I have booked a trip to Alicante, Spain, this Summer and I’m looking so much forward to it! If you have good suggestions for things/places to see, where to eat, sustainable shops etc. then please share them with me! I would love to know since I’ve never been there before

Okay so this isn’t from the past week but this upcoming week, but I just thought I wanted to announce it again. Emma, Johanne and I are going to hold a speech (Danish) about how you can live more sustainable at Fredensborg Bibliotek April 12th 7pm – if you are nearby, come and join!

Saturday some of my best friends from high school came over for brunch and birthday celebration, and it was so good to see them again <3

I started Sunday out with picking up trash at Amager Strandpark with Clean Up Copenhagen and these 3 lovely women! We had the most beautiful sunny weather! Where should we hold the next TRASH & TALK event?

After picking up trash at Amager, I went straight to The Organic Club at Vesterbro for the Sustain Yearly pick-up party. It was so great, so many lovely women, the new magazine, ice tea, the sun was shinning and I spend the next couple of hours talking with Ida in the sunshine – what a lovely day!

Sweet Johanne & Emma at the pick-up party

The beautiful magazine <3 I’m so grateful for having written something in such a beautiful magazine which is all about how you can live a more sustainable life. And a big congrats to lovely Sustain Daily for making this magazine and for spreading sustainable inspiration to so many people!

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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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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