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THE BENEFITS OF WALKING

Did you know that you can improve your health simply by going for a walk? Inactivity is one of the biggest health threats to our society today. A simple way to combat this is simply to put one foot in front of the other and go for a walk. The benefits of walking is amazing, and this is what I want to share with you today!

 

Walking is such a simple thing, yet so effective when it comes to improving your overall health. I’ve previously written a blogpost about that ‘Sitting is the new smoking’, which you can read right here, which is all about how we in today’s society are way too inactive and spend too much time sitting, which is actually really harmful for our health.

And a way to combat sitting and being inactive – is simply, to go for a walk. Walking can actually help cleanse the lymphatic system – which is a system that helps to purify bodily fluids and improve your overall health. This system does not have a pump, and it is therefore necessary for the individual to maintain a regular amount of activity that will help move the lymph and cleanse the system. You can cleanse this system simply by engaging in 20-30 minutes walking – preferably outside in nature, since there is also a lot of benefits with being outside in nature; you get fresh air, you get some natural sunlight and just the visual of nature can be an instant mood lifter!

The Benefits of Walking

  • It boosts the immune function
  • It helps combat sugar cravings
  • It reduces risk of developing breast cancer
  • It can lower risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes
  • It strengthens your bones and muscles
  • It lifts your mood by releasing endorphins (the happy-hormone!)
  • It reduces the risk of depression and fatigue
  • It improves your posture
  • It can increase your creativity
  • It can improve your memory
  • It cleanses your lymphatic system

 

But, if walking doesn’t  sound like the funniest thing for you, then here is a few suggestions for how to spice it up and how to make walking a bit more fun! 

How to make walking more fun

  • Listen to a podcast or some good music while walking (my absolute favourite podcasts at the moment is The Food Medic, Martiny Podcast and Awaken Radio)
  • Go for a walk along with a friend and talk
  • Go outside in nature, in the forest or along the beach and enjoy the beautiful nature and fresh air
  • Drive to a beautiful place where you haven’t been before and go for a long walk, fx Møns Klint (I was there recently with my family and it was such a beautiful place)
  • You can also choose to make a little competition with your friends, children or whoever, about who can pick up most trash while going for a walk. A fun little game and such a nice little thing to do to keep the nature clean

How to sneak in more walking in your everyday life?

  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator to your work
  • Choose to walk instead of taking the bike or the car to the grocery store
  • Go for a walk with a friend instead of sitting down at a café. You can just bring your own to-go cups with you and either make your own coffee, tea or whatever, or you can ask to get your cup filled at a café

So, don’t you just feel like going for a walk right now? Or maybe you can suggest to your friend that the next time you are going to meet up that you can go for a walk instead of sitting at a café.

Read also: Healthy Lifestyle Tips

 

References

5 Surprising Benefits of Walking

Benefits of Walking 

The # 1 Best Way to Cleanse the Lymphatic System 

Why Walking is the most Underrated form of Exercise 

The Importance of Walking to Public Health

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

 

Books Inspiration

MY SUMMER READING LIST

I’m always on the hunt for new exciting books to read, and if you are a bookworm, just like me, then you might be too. So I thought I would share some of the books that I plan on diving into this Summer. I might not come around all of them, or I might add some other books, but these are the ones I would for sure love to read!

 

When I was younger I participated in my local library’s competition where you had to read 5 books and then you could pick 1 book for free (such a nerd, but I absolutely loved it! And hey, books are just amazing!) – anyone else who did that when they were younger? Anyway, let’s get into my Summer reading list!

 

Sluk – Kunsten at overleve i en digital verden – Imran Rashid

(This book is in Danish). Jeg er pt. igang med denne bog omkring den digitale verden vi lever i, og om hvor styrede vores samfund er af vores smartphones. Både skræmmende, men også virkelig interessant læsning.

Waking Up in 5D – Maureen J. St. Germain

A book about how we are all transitioning from the third dimension and waking up to the higher vibrations and abilities of the 5th dimension. The book is about how to develop a Higher Self connection, increase your sensitivity to dimensional signatures and consciously choose 5D, where love is the governing force.

Sæt Livet Fri – Den revolutinerende healingteknik EFT, der styrker krop, sind og sjæl – Nick Ortner

(This book is in Danish, but can be bought in English “The Tapping Solution”). Bogen præsenterer den kraftfulde healingteknik EFT, Emotionel frihedsteknik, som er et fantastisk redskab til at arbejde med mentale, følelsesmæssige og kropsrelaterede problemer. EFT er en videreudvikling af tankefeltterapi og kombinerer den gamle kinesiske lære om meridianer med moderne psykologi og positive bekræftelser.

 

The Food Medic For Life – Dr. Hazel Wallace

I’ve been following Hazel Wallace on Instagram for a while and have been listening to her podcast and I find her really inspirering, so when I found out she had written a book about health and filled with food recipes I had to get it. I’m looking forward to diving into this and try out some of the recipes.

Intelligente Celler – Bruce Lipton

(This book is in Danish, but can be bought in English; “The Wisdom of Your Cells”). Bruce Lipton er en anderkendt cellebiolog og har i mere end 20 år forsket i de mekanismer, hvorigennem celler modtager og behandler information, og i denne bog formidler han denne nye videnskab, kaldet epigenetik. Han viser hvordan at DNA bliver styret af signaler uden for cellen, det vil sige det indre miljø, vi selv skaber blandt andet gennem de energimæssige budskaber, der udgår fra vores positive og negative tanker.

The Complete Guide to Yin Yoga – Bernie Clark

This book was recommended to me by my yoga-boss Cathrine. It’s an in-depth book about the philosophy and practice of Yin Yoga.

Kiss the Ground – How the food you eat can reverse climate change, heal your body & ultimately save our world – Josh Tickell

How can I not read this book simply just based on this amazing title? I heard about the book in one of Melissa Ambrosini’s podcast episodes where the Author of the book was interviewed and I immediately wrote it down on my reading list. Well, the title says most of what it is about, but more precisely it should be about the importance of our soil that we grow our food in.

Rise Sister Rise – A guide to unleashing the wise, wild woman within – Rebecca Campbell

This book is a call to arms for women yo rise up, tell their truth and lead. It is a guide to co-creating a whole new archetype for women in these awakening times – a woman who does not keep herself small in order to make others feel more comfortable, a woman who knows that she is not her body weight, her sexual partner or her career. A women who understands the true meaning of sisterhood, and that alone we are strong but together we are fierce.

Money and the Law of Attraction – Learning to attract wealth, health and happiness – Ester & Jerry Hicks

One of the leading books about the powerful Law of Attraction. I’ve already read ‘The Secret‘ which was groundbreaking for me, and I’ve understood the basic principles of the law of attraction, but this book should really go into depth with the concept, so I’m very excited to dive into this.

The Big Leap – Conquer your hidden fear and take life to the next level – Gay Hendricks

Hendricks reveals a simple yet comprehensive program for overcoming our one barrier to happiness and fulfilment, providing a clear path for achieving our true potential and attaining not only financial success but also success in love and life.

The Power of Habit – Why we do what we do in life and business – Charles Duhigg

The book dives into the scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed.  The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: the key to exercising regularly, losing weight, being more productive, and achieving success is understanding how habits work. By harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

Linchpin – Seth Godin

This book is about you – your choices, your future, and your potential to make a huge difference in whatever field you choose. There used to be two teams in every workplace: management and labour. Now there’s a third team: the linchpins. These people figure out what to do when there’s no rule book. They delight and challenge their customers and peers. They love their work, pour their best selves into it, and turn each day into a kind of art. Linchpins are the essential building blocks of great organisations. They may not be famous but they’re indispensable. And in today’s world, they get the best jobs and the most freedom.

 

Have you read any of these books? And, what are you going to read this Summer? Let me know! I’m always looking for new books to add to my reading list!

 

Read also: My Favourite Health Books 

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 

Holistic beauty & skincare

NATURLIGOLIE – ORGANIC FACIAL OILS

Indlæg skrevet i samarbejde med Naturligolie.dk, som har sendt mig nogle af deres produkter. Jeg har selv brugt deres olier igennem de sidste 2-3 års tid, og jeg er så begejstret for dem.

 

Indenfor de sidste par år er jeg virkelig begyndt at tænke mere og mere over hvad jeg bruger af produkter i alle livets aspekter. Jeg vil gerne have, at de er naturlige og ikke er fyldte med alverdens kemikalier og tilsætningsstoffer. Dette gælder især når det kommer til hudpleje, da jeg har lært at 60 % af hvad vi putter på vores hud bliver absorberet ind i blodbanerne og påvirker vores hormonsystem og krop, og dermed vores overordnede sundhed.

Hvorfor at økologiske olier er fantastiske

Det er netop på grund af ovenstående at jeg er blevet så vild med Naturligolie og deres produkter. Her får man de reneste, økologiske olier og det tilmed i en glasflaske i stedet for plastik. For ikke at nævne, at al deres emballage som produkterne bliver sendt afsted i er genbrugeligt og helt uden plastik, det er jeg virkelig stor fan af! Her er man altså sikret at man ikke putter nogle dårlige ingredienser på sin hud, men kun sunde, nærende, økologiske og rene olier som virkelig går ind og nærer og plejer huden.

At vælge økologiske produkter er ikke kun godt for din hud og din egen sundhed, men er også med til at passe på planeten, da produktionen af råvarerne dermed ikke er blevet sprøjtet med pesticider som går ned og forurener og skader jorden.

Forskellige olier til forskellige behov

Jeg kan rigtig godt lide at man hos Naturligolie kan købe enkelte olier, og så kan man helt selv gå ind og blande og mixe som man vil. På den måde kan man lave en olie mix som passer præcis til ens egen hudtype.

Jeg har selv siddet og studeret alle de forskellige olier og læst om hvad de er gode til, samt taget testen på deres hjemmeside for at finde ud af hvilke olier der er gode til lige netop min hudtype. Det er nemlig virkelig individuelt hvad for olier du har behov for, afhængig af din hudtype – om den er tør, moden eller om du har tendens til uren hud osv.

Jeg har tendens til tør hud / uren hud, og er for tiden rigtig glad for at bruge hybenkerneolie blandet med lidt granatæble olie og jojoba olie.

Jeg synes at olier er så skønne at smøre på huden, de sørger virkelig for at huden bliver dejlig blød og fugtet og når man så tilmed går ind og læser om de forskellige egenskaber som de diverse olier har, så bliver det bare endnu bedre, for så føler man virkelig at man gør noget godt for ens hud. Jeg har nu brugt olier i både ansigtet og på kroppen de sidste mange år, og jeg er virkelig glad for det – det gør huden smuk, blød, smidig og fugtet.

 

Du kan også lave dine egne produkter ud af de forskellige råvarer du kan købe hos Naturligolie. Jeg har selv lavet min egen læbepomade, en ansigtscreme og body butter – dem kan du finde opskrifterne på lige her.

 

Har du prøvet at bruge olier i ansigtet? Eller på kroppen? Hvis ja, hvilke olier er dine yndlings?

English:

This post is written in collaboration with Naturligolie.dk (Danish company which means ‘Natural Oils’), which have send me some of their products. I’ve personally used their products during the last 2-3 years and I’m so happy about them. 

Within the last couple of years I’ve really started to think more about what I use of products in all aspects of life. I want them to be natural and not filled with harmful chemicals and additives. This is especially important to me when it comes to skincare products, since I’ve learned that 60 % of what we put on our skin is getting absorbed into our bloodstream and affects our hormonal system and our body, and thereby our overall health. 

Why organic oils are amazing

It is exactly because of the above information that I’m so into Naturligolie and their products. Here you get the purest, organic oils and you also get them in a glass bottle instead of a plastic bottle. Not to miss, all their packaging which the products get send in is recyclable and completely without any plastic, and I really like that!
Here you are ensured that you won’t be putting any bad ingredients on your skin, but only healthy, nourishing, organic and pure oils which really nourishes the skin. 

To choose organic products is not just good for your skin and your overall health, it also helps protect the health of the planet since the production of the raw materials is not getting sprayed with pesticides which then absorbs into the ground and damages the Earth. 

 

Different oils for different needs

I really like that you from Naturligolie can buy oils separately and thereby go in and mix it together just as you like. In that way you can make a mixture which fits exactly your skintype.

I’ve been reading about all the different oils and what they are good for, and taken the test on their website to find out which oils are especially good for my skintype. Because it’s really individual what kind of oils different kind of skin types need – whether it is dry, mature or you have a tendency to breakouts.

Personally I have a tendency to dry skin / smaller breakouts and I’ve become really fond of rosehipseed oil mixed with some pomegranate oil and jojoba oil. 

I really find oils to be so lovely to put on the skin, they really make sure that the skin gets soft and moisturised, and when you start reading about the different benefits of the different oils it just gets even better, because then you really feel that they make a difference on your skin. I’ve now been using oils on my face and body for the last couple of years and I truly love it – it makes the skin glowy, soft and moisturised.

You can also make your own products from the products which you can buy through Naturligolie. I’ve personally made a lip balm, a face cream and a body butter – you can find the recipe for those right here.

Have you tried using oils on your face? Or on your body? If yes, then what are your favourite oils?

 

Health Holistic & Spiritual living

THE 3 AYURVEDIC DOSHAS

In ayurveda there is 3 different doshas, or constellation types. We all have each of these doshas in us, but we tend to have one or two more dominant doshas. Based on these doshas you can find out what brings you out of balance, and what brings you into balance and what makes you the best version of yourself. If you have no idea what ayurveda is, then I have written a little blogpost about ayurveda in general here, but today I want to write a bit about the 3 different doshas.

The 3 different doshas are vata, kapha and pitta. Below you will find some descriptions about the characteristics for each type and what brings them out of balance and what brings them into balance. You can take ayurveda tests several places online or in books, or you might even be able to see which one is your primary one simply based on the descriptions below.

 

Picture source: Raw Ayurveda

 

Vata – space and air

  • Characteristics: typical slim, small persons. Easy to see bones. Tendency to dry skin. Often have cold hands and feet, speaks fast and sleeps very lightly.
  • Vata in balance: imaginative, enthusiastic, flexible, generous, easily gets friends, ready, happy, creative, good communicator, light body, does not care about routines, ordinary and predictable ways. Learns quickly, loving. Because vata is very cold, light and dry it needs warm, stability and routines.
  • Vata in imbalance: easily gets out of balance during the winter and the cold months, and by stress, hard exercising or too much activity, travelling and instability. Easily gets constipated, shakes easily, easily looses appetite, sleepless, gets anxious, have a hard time making decisions and standing by them, feeling divided, dry skin, cannot stay still, worries a lot, anxious, indecisive, unfocused, do things fast, forgets to eat, gets overwhelmed by too much at once.

 

Kapha – Water and Earth

  • Characteristics: Often big and strong.  Skin is clear and eyes are moisture and beautiful. Hair is typically thick, shiny and waved. Strong appetite, good immune system, moves slowly and calmly, loves to sleep for a long time and deep.
  • Kapha in balance: calm, stable, romantic, grounding, a good support for many people, easy to be in company with, satisfied, generous, loyal, faithful, good health, likes cakes, full of love and compassion, happy for routines, empathic, good memory, loves to eat, sit, relax, sleep, easily gains weight, healthy body, strong teeth, thick hair,
  • Kapha in imbalance: very lazy, depressive, greedy, turns inward, lung issues, slow, sleeps more than  hours per night, feels heavy in body and mind, does not take initiatives, passive, lies on the couch, eats comfort foods, easily gains weight, jealous.

 

Pitta – Fire and Water

  • Characteristics: medium building, is often strong and well proportioned. Have a sensitive skin, a good glow, glittering eyes with a sharp look. Hair is soft and thin. A pitta is warm and soft to touch, they speak sharp and precise.
  • Pitta in balance: have lots of fire and energy inside, a big drive, is ambitious, competitive, leader, ask many questions, interpretive, reflective, energetic, intelligent, sharp focus, organised, impatient, warm, adaptable, strong appetit and thirst, disciplined, principle, perfectionist, independent, strong body, charismatic, passionated, good at businesses, healthy and strong appetit.
  • Pitta in imbalance: impatient, frustrated, highly competitive, arrogant, judgemental, critical, angry, aggressive, burns out quickly, gets inflammations, gets skin rashes, looses hair early, high blood pressure, cynical, needs to cool down, feels exhausted, works too much, is a control freak, diarrhea, stomach problems.

 

Once you know which dosha is your primary, you can also learn how to bring it into balance by learning about what foods are good for you, what kind of exercises are good for you, which routines etc.

I can tell you that I’m without a doubt a primary vata, I’m slim, have a tendency to get easily cold, gets easily stressed out if I have too many things going on, love warm food and drinks and I have tons of ideas,  but sometimes have a hard time sticking to routines – a typical vata. Some of the things I’ve learned through learning about ayurveda is what I can do to get more into balance. I can eat warm, grounding food, remember to relax and slow down and try to stick to some routines.

Ayurveda is a very ancient philosophy which goes hands in hand with yoga and really looks at how you can prevent diseases, illnesses etc. rather than fighting them once they are there.

 

I’m interested to hear – what is your dosha type? Can you identify yourself based on these descriptions? Or have you taken a test?

 

If you want to learn more about ayurveda and doshas, then I can recommend these sources, which is also where I’ve found information for this post from

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

Health Holistic beauty & skincare

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

Holistic & Spiritual living Inspiration

FORGIVENESS IS THE ONLY WAY TO HEAL

Yesterday I was reading in the book “The Four Agreements“* (which is a must-read!) and the quote “Forgiveness is the only way to heal” came up. I have been thinking about this life lessons myself several times in my own life, and now I got reminded to share it with you guys.

 

In all it’s simplicity it’s about that you will never heal yourself and move on from something if you do not choose to forgive those who you think have hurt or harmed you in any way.

 

Let me show you an example, if you for example have been dating a guy and find out that he has been dating several others at the same time, then you might feel betrayed and hurt. Over time you will move on, but you will never fully heal yourself until you choose to forgive the guy. This doesn’t mean that you in any way have to go up to the guy and say “I forgive you”. You simply just need to forgive him in your own heart. Know that there could have been several reasons for him doing so, and that it really might not have anything to do with you at all. Choose to look at the things you’ve learned along the way instead. Because of this relation you might have learned how to be more open towards other people, you might also have learned that what you want in a potential partner is someone who is loyal towards you. Realise that you would never have learned these things if you hadn’t had that negative experience, and see it as a blessing. I love the Dumbledore quote (you know, from Harry Potter): “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light“.

motivational journal

To take another example, some blame their parents for having given them a certain upbringing. Choose to look at it this way instead – most parents did the best they could with what they had and with the knowledge they had. There’s really no point in holding on to anger or frustration for how you was raised – instead choose to let go, forgive, and choose your own way now.

 

By holding on to anger, or not wanting to forgive someone, you are only holding yourself back and hurting yourself. All those negative feelings are locked inside you. You might think that you are directing them at someone else, but the only person it is truly hurting – is yourself.

 

Choose to forgive and you can thereby heal yourself.

 

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Health Holistic & Spiritual living

WHAT CYCLE SYNCING IS AND HOW IT CAN IMPROVE YOUR LIFE

Today I want to talk about cycle syncing, what it is and how it can improve your life.

Cycle syncing means syncing your life to your menstrual cycle. We have 4 cycles that we go through: follicular, ovulatory, luteal and menstrual. All my information come from the book Womancode* or the app MyFLO. Cycle syncing is all about how you can optimise your life and your health by syncing your life more with your cycle. Fx we all know the feeling of having menstruation and not feeling like doing anything at all – in this philosophy it’s all about following your flow. If you are having your menstruation you just don’t feel like doing much else except relaxing, and that is what you should strive for.

I really like this idea, because I’ve gone through many years where I’ve been trying to go to the gym when I was on my period even though I didn’t feel like it AT ALL. Now I really tune more in and go with what my body wants to. I know it’s not always possible to do exactly what you want, fx cancelling going to work just because you have your menstruation, but it’s more about learning to be more connected with your body and do some small things which is in alignment with how you are feeling. This philosophy is really all about how you can improve your life, how you are feeling and your health by trying to live more in sync with your cycle. Below you can find out how you can do this more practically.

And just for your information, in the book (Womancode) there is a much more scientific explanation into why you are feeling certain ways during the different times of the month, fx because of estrogen dropping, hormones raising etc. I didn’t want to write about that here, but rather take away the more practical and simple stuff. But if you’re interested, then you can read all about it in the book.

 

The 4 phases

• Follicular phase (7-10 days)

This is when you have most energy and your conscious awareness increases. This is the perfect time for mental creativity, learning, clarity, concentration, researching, structural thinking and independence. During this time focus on setting goals, plan and set intentions.

Food focus: fresh, vibrant, light foods that make you feel more energised during this phase, when all hormone levels are at their lowest. Think: pressed salads (kimchi, sauerkraut), plenty of vegetables, sprouted beans and seeds, energy-sustaining grains.

Exercise focus: try something new. You also have the energy to go for more challenging workouts too at this time.

 

• Ovulatory phase (3-4 days)

This is the time where you are more expressive, outgoing and this is the best time for communication, empathy, productivity, teamwork. Focus on social activities and communication. This is also the time of the month were you are fertile, and you are therefore also more flirty and outgoing because of natural instinct of the body being fertile and thereby want to attract the opposite sex.

Food focus: you have plenty of natural energy and your mood is stable because of all the estrogen floating around, so go easy on carbohydrates and stick to lighter grains such as corn and quinoa. Still eat plenty of vegetables and fruit.

Exercise focus: high-impact workout and group settings. Your energy levels are at their maximum at this time.

 

• Luteal phase (10-14 days)

Pre-menstrual phase. Here you are more creative and active. This is the best time for inspired creativity, out of the box thinking and problem solving.

Food focus: focus on food rich in B vitamins, calcium, magnesium and fiber. Healthy, natural sugar can help with the dip in estrogen that occurs in the second half of the luteal phase which can make you feel irritable. Also make sure to have a good amount of complex carbohydrates to stabilise serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain and help prevent mood swings.

Exercise focus: during the first half of this phase your energy might still be high so just go for the same activities as during your ovulation phase. Then scale down on the intensity during the final days and strive for exercise such as walking, pilates, yoga, mor slow forms.

 

• Menstrual phase (3-7 days)

This is when you have your menstruation. You are more likely to be reflective, passive and withdrawn. Subconscious intuition, best time for inner processing, creative reviewing, reaching the core of things, letting go, new ideas, intuitive creativity and renewall. Focus on time alone, reflecting, selfcare, journalling.

Food focus: during this time your body is eliminating the lining of your uterus – so focus on foods that add nutrients; foods with a low-glycemic index and water-rich fruits and vegetables. Sea-based vegetables will help your body remineralise iron and zinc, which you lose during menstruation.

Exercise focus: rest and recovery. If you want to exercise strive for yoga or walking, take it slow and let your body rest.

 

I have to say that I certainly do not live completely according to the above description, but it really does make perfect sense for me. To live in sync with your hormones and not push yourself to fx Working out when you are on your period and really just feel like laying down and watching a movie. It’s all about learning to listen more to your body and take care of it and it that way optimise your health and life.

If you are in doubt about which phase you are in, then I can for sure recommend the app MyFLO which is created by the author behind the book Womancode. Here you plug in when you have your menstruation, how you feel on different days and it will tell you in which phase you are currently in and how you can optimise your health during the specific phases.

 

What do you think about it? Have you heard about cycle syncing before? Are you trying to live your life more in alignment with how your body is feeling?

 

Read also: Book recommendation – Womancode 

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Happiness Personal

EVERYDAY HAPPINESS

The past week has been filled with lots of studying, great time with one of my best friends, coming home to valentines day to find that my boyfriend had bought me flowers and chocolate (so sweet, but I might have hinted it a bit too much, cause that is the first time in 5 years that that happens, nevertheless I’m so grateful and I love him so much) and I’ve been on a lovely yoga retreat with Cathrine on Samsø over the weekend <3

As you might have seen on Instagram, I’ve started tongue scraping and it’s incredibly satisfying once you first begin

I’ve also tried to make my very own face cream, and it turned out really well, it’s so thick and moisturising, perfect for dry winter skin!

I spend the weekend in this beautiful place (Mellem-Rummet) at Samsø on a yoga retreat held by Cathrine, and a lot of kind and loving people. We ate lots of delicious, healthy vegan food, practiced yoga, relaxed, drank herbal teas and just had time to just be. So lovely!