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MAKE A LIST OF THINGS THAT CAN CHANGE YOUR MOOD

If you have a bad day, or just feel like you want to change your mood, then I will recommend to make a list of things that can change your mood ✨🙌

I’m currently reading Tony Robbins book “Awaken the Giant Within”, and I just the part where he suggests that you make a list of all the things that can change your mood instantly. This was such a lovely idea, so I had to share it.

It’s really all about making a list of things that you can do that can change your mood instantly. If you are having a bad day, and just not feeling good (by all means, we all have those days, and if you’re sad, feel those feels, but sometimes just a little change in the mood can make everything better), you can take out your just and do one or more of the things on the list, and change your mood and come into a much better place.

I made my own list of things that can change my mood, here they are:
1. Meditate
2. Listen to high vibe music
3. Dance around
4. Move my body
5. Go for a walk in nature
6. Kiss my man
7. Smile
8. Create content / write / take photos
9. Give myself a facial massage
10. Read
11. Learn new, inspiring things
12. Having inspiring talks with my close ones
13. Uplift other people
14. Give to others
15. Make my family happy
16. Tidy up my space / decluttering
17. Eat healthy, nourishing food
18. Dream BIG & visualise
19. Drinking warm tea
20. Singing

Project for you: Grab your favourite notebook, make yourself a warm cup of tea and sit with yourself and be very honest about what can change your mood and put you in a better place. Write it down, save the list and take it out whenever you feel the need ✨🙌

Holistic beauty & skincare

MAKE YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE A SELF-LOVING PRACTICE

Why not turn something you do every day, into a loving practice? Today I want to encourage you to make your skincare routine a self-loving practice ✨

Skincare, cleansing, moisturizing, it can be a loving practice, or it can be ‘something we just need to get done’ in the evening. You choose. When you get home from work or school, why not do it right away, when you have time and aren’t too tired.

Choose to make your skincare routine a self-loving practice you have with yourself. Light a candle, make a cup of tea, put on some nice, relaxing music and spend a few minutes to really take care of yourself and your skin.

Give yourself a little facial massage while you put on oil or creme, take time to smell the lovely smells of your products. Take time to look yourself in the mirror, smile and show yourself all the love in the world. Take time just for you. Think about your skincare routine as another way to connect with yourself, and show yourself some love and kindness ✨

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WHAT YOU AFFIRM GROWS

What you affirm grows. What you pay attention to grows. Become aware of this, and start to pay attention to the things you want more of in your life ✨

One of the biggest lessons I have learned in life so far, is that what you affirm grows and what you pay attention to grows. This goes for both good and bad things. If you pay attention to how much love you have in your life, and how kind, generous, inspirational people are – you will get more and see more of this. On the other hand, if you pay attention to how irritating, angry and frustrated people are – you will see more of this.

If you keep telling yourself that you are not good enough, you are ugly, you don’t deserve certain things – you will keep getting more of the things that affirms that this is true for you. However, if you start shifting your perception and tell yourself that you ARE good enough, that you are beautiful and that you deserve all the best in the world – your belief in yourself will grow, and you will start to recognise more and more things that will affirm you in your beliefs.

“What you pay attention to grows. If your attention is attracted to negative situations and emotions, then they will grow in your awareness”
– Deepak Chopra

This means that YOU have the power over your life. You, and only you, can decide what you give your attention to. So what do you want in your life? Start to pay more attention to the things you want more of, and you will start to see how these show up more and more ✨

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THE DAY YOU PLANT THE SEED IS NOT THE DAY YOU EAT THE FRUIT

You might have seen this quote on Instagram before; “The day you plant the seed is not the day you eat the fruit“. This is so true, and such an important reminder to keep in mind. This applies to all things in life. Things do take time, and a continuous effort.

You might want to grow a business. This doesn’t happen over night. It takes time and effort. You can start to plant the seed for it, by starting a website or a blog – but that is not enough for you to have a business. You need to continuously water and nurture it, in order to make it grow.

The same goes for many other things in life. If you want a good relationship, you need to continuously water & nurture it. Put in the effort, plan dates, communicate also when things gets hard, do loving things for each other.

Whatever you want to see grow in your life – you need to give attention to, and water and nurture it, otherwise the seed will die out. But if you keep watering it and giving it love and attention, I promise you, one day the seed will have grown big and beautiful and you will be able to reap all the rewards from all the love, attention and dedication you put into it ✨

But remember, in order to grow anything, you also first need to plant the seed. If you want anything in life, you need to plant the intention of it, start it and then you can start to water it.

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SELF-CARE ON MULTIPLE LEVELS

Self-care is not just pampering yourself with a bath and a face-mask, self-care is about way more than that. There is self-care on multiple levels. It’s all about nurturing & refuelling yourself ✨

When we hear the word ‘self-care’ we often tend to think about baths, saunas, wearing a facial mask etc. All the physical stuffs we can do to take care of ourselves. While I still think that that is important, there are self-care on multiple levels, and they are all really important to pay attention to.

Taking care of yourself is not just about pampering yourself on the outside. But doing this is good, because it can also make you feel good on the inside as well. But self-care is about waaaay more than just that. Self-care is taking care of your emotional and mental state, your spiritual beliefs, your relationship to others, your work.

A definition of self-care that I just learned through my school is this; Self-care is any activity that nurtures & refuels you on a deep level.

So tune into yourself and consider these areas of your life, do you feel good in these, or is there anything you can do to take better care of yourself in a specific area?

Physical Body
– how do you feel about your body? Do you feel good? Energised? Calm?
– think about what you can do to take better care of your body; go for a walk, stretch it, drink some more water, eat some veggies
– take a bath, nourish your skin with a good oil and give yourself a face massage

Emotional & Mental State
– your emotional & mental state is SO important. How are you? Have you allowed yourself to feel the emotions coming up?
– feel free to cry if you need to
– journal about your feelings, just write whatever is on your mind
– talk to a good friend

Relationship to others
– how is your relationships? To your partner (if you have one)? To your family? To your friends?
– is there anything you want to work on? is there a relationship that no longer feels right for you? Tune into yourself, and feel. Relationships are one of the things that can really either give us SO much, or drain us

Work
– how is your work/school situation? Are you happy doing what you do? Do you feel engaged & enthusiastic about it? Or does the thought of going there drag you down? Write down your thoughts and feelings about this. You don’t have to take any action towards changing things right now if you are not happy with it, just be honest with yourself and get your thoughts out

Question for you: Which area of your life needs some self-care? Share it, or write it down in a for yourself in a journal. Then think about how you can take better care of yourself within that area of your life

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INTERVIEW WITH IVY LEE

Ivy Lee is an acupuncturist, herbalist and energy healer. I found Ivy through Instagram where I have been following her for a while. She just continues to inspire me with her wisdom and all that she shares. You can learn more about her in this interview. Please welcome, Ivy.

Dear Ivy, will you tell us a little bit about yourself? Who you are and what you do? I’m an acupuncturist, herbalist, and energy healer. I draw upon an expertise in Chinese Medicine from my ancestral roots and infuse other therapeutic modalities to create a multi-sensory healing experience. My specialty is in women’s health and I love to help women feel empowered in their body and in life.  

Why did you start to work with acupuncture / Chinese medicine? 
I grew up with Chinese Medicine from my family in Taiwan. Since I was young, I was very interested in learning about a variety of traditional healing practices. But being from an immigrant family, I felt the pressure of financial security and I went to work in corporate for many years. Then after a series of experiences I realized that I had a lot of knowledge and a unique gift for healing, and I felt a responsibility to share it with the world. That’s when I quit my corporate job and shifted to my path to doing acupuncture and healing work.


Can you tell what acupuncture is, and how it works? 
Chinese Medicine is based on a framework which sees that the body is intelligent and has an ability to heal itself. Symptoms and conditions are caused by imbalances in the body, so when the body is brought back into balance, the symptoms and conditions resolve. Acupuncture is one of the modalities within Chinese Medicine and it has been practiced for over 2,000 years. The insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body influences the physiological functioning of the body and promotes balanced flow of energy. 

Which experiences in your life have had a big impact on your own self-development?  
I had lived and traveled to over 30 countries by the age of 30. This had a significant impact on my self-development because it opened my mind. It offered me different perspectives in viewing the world and in viewing myself. It gave me an understanding of the many ways of being and the commonalities in human experience. It empowered me with the belief that I can create myself and create my life. 

Which books have changed your life?
I read a lot of books on Buddhism when I was young and that has influenced the way I navigate life.  “When Things Fall Apart” by Pema Chodron. “The Practice of Lojong” by Traleg Kyabgon. “Loving Kindness” by Sharon Salzberg. “The Sacred Path of the Warrior” by Chögyam Trungpa. And so many more. 

What do you feel the world needs more of?
Forgiveness. This is needed to break the cycle of anger, hurt, and suffering. 

Do you have some daily rituals that you do every single day?
Sitting with tea, quieting the mind and coming to stillness.

Which people have inspired you most in your life?
My mother inspires me in many ways, she embodies so much resilience and strength. She raised me with the values of integrity and honesty, to be true to others and most importantly to yourself.

If people want to learn more about you, or support you in any kind of way, where can they do this?
I am the founder of Luminae Wellness in Oakland, California. I offer acupuncture treatments in-person at my healing space and I also offer virtual healing sessions. Reach out to me through my website www.luminaewellness.com or Instagram @luminaewellness

Thank you so much for answering my questions, and for being such a beautiful soul and sharing all your wisdom and for bringing a higher vibration to this world!

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TIPS IF YOU SUFFER WITH ECZEMA

If you suffer with eczema, then this blogpost is for you. I have done a lot of research into what might help if you have this condition. So here you have my tips if you suffer with eczema.

My littlesister suffers with eczema, and having seen how much it itches and what it can do to one’s self-esteem, I have tried my best to do tons of research and try to find out what can help with eczema (of course in a more natural and holistic way). Here is what I have come across:

Eat more Healthy Fats

Just as if you suffer with dry skin, eczema is a condition that creates really dry and itchy skin, so it is not only enough to moisturise the body from the outside, but just as much from within. Add more healthy fats to your diet. Eat more avocados, nuts, seeds, and fx incorporate a daily green smoothie into your every day routine and add oil supplement, like fx evening primrose oil, or an ‘oiloflife’ oil blend (I personally use the ‘woman’ blend).

Drink more Water

Just like you want to moisturise your body from within with healthy fats, hydrating your body with water is also very important, so remember to drink plenty of water during the day.

Improve your Gut Health

There is a huge connection between gut health and skin health. Many people who suffers with conditions later in life might have a damaged gut, meaning more of the bad bacteria than the good bacteria. Try to take a probiotic supplement to get more good bacteria, and eat more fermented foods; sauerkraut, kimchi etc.

Avoid Inflammatory Food

Eczema is an inflammation in the body, and by putting inflammatory foods into your body you are putting more wood on the fire. Try to limit sugar, alcohol, processed foods. Instead aim for anti-inflammatory foods, such as veggies, fruits and berries. Eczema might also be an expression of a food you are eating that doesn’t function with your body, try to make an elimination diet with fx dairy and wheat. Take one of these out for about a month, and see if you can see and feel an improvement, then you can slowly start to introduce it into your diet again if you like, but pay close attention to how your skin reacts.

Avoid Perfume

Perfume can really trigger a condition like eczema. Try to avoid perfume, and also go over all the products you put on your skin. Fx go after buying products that are made out of pure oils (fx apricot oil, almond oil), or go after certifications such as fx ‘allergy friendly’. Also try to cut down on topical products, so that you do not use too many. Try to keep it simple, and use very gentle products.

Question for you: Do you suffer with eczema? Or do you know of anyone who does? Then share this article with them. Perhaps there is a tip or two that they hadn’t heard about before, that might help them.

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LEARN TO READ YOUR BODY’S SIGNALS

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.

Headache

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.

Stomach ache

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.

Dry skin

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.

Read also: Simple Healthy Habits

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LESSONS FROM THE BLUE ZONES

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Right Outlook
    They pray, meditate, take naps etc. Tuning in, quiet time, and relaxing.
  3. 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’
  4. Eat wisely
    Eat only till you are full, do not overeat
  5. 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.
  6. The 80 % rule
    Eat big meals in the beginning of the day, and little or no food towards the end of the day.
  7. Connect
    Connect with other people, especially loved ones. Spend time with your friends and family, and connect.
  8. Belonging to a Faith
    Many of these communities belong to a faith, and either go regularly to Church or have a spiritual practice
  9. 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?

Read also: Simply Healthy Habits

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SIMPLE HEALTHY HABITS

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.

Breathe

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.

Relax

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.

Enjoy life

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?

Read also: Epigenetics – You Have the Power over Your Own Life