All posts filed under: Wellness

Everyday Habits to Change Your Life

‘Consistency is more important than perfection.’   Here is a list of small habits that will make your days more enjoyable, productive and mindful. Keep in mind that it takes approximately 21 days to form a new habit, therefore be consistent. Performing habits like these might not seem like a big deal, but it is usually the tiniest habits and routines that at the end of the day will have an huge impact. Like choosing a positive thought over a negative one, practising gratitude and drinking enough water.   Wake up one hour earlier. If you’re not already waking up super early try to set your alarm one hour earlier than usual. Dedicate this extra time to yourself; enjoy your coffee, read something educational, practise yoga or take a morning walk. Getting ready for the day ahead in a calm and relaxed manner is a crucial  step towards a more productive day. At least it will help you feel more in control, since having more time will make your morning less stressful, which in turn, …

Day Trip & Own Creation

‘psithurism  (noun) = the sound of the wind through trees.’   It was a cold and crisp November’s day when I got the most spontaneous idea to go to Sigtuna, a small and cosy town approx. 2 hours from Stockholm. Or actually, the idea came during my morning meditation. I had this voice inside my head; ‘You have to go to the cosy little town outside Stockholm that your friend keeps talking about all the time.’ I did not remember the name of this cosy, little town though. But thank you Google. I was very pleased because my friend Emelie had a day off and was happy to join. We strolled around, trying to keep ourselves warm, had lunch at the main hotel in town and enjoyed a beautiful sunset by the water. Nature and stillness – and the brain is intact again.   I received my book in the mailbox today! I have to proof read it first, and then I might order some more copies so I can give to friends and family. …

Balance

‘You write your life every day. Remember to edit it as well;every piece of it, every teeny-tiny word and detail. It’s your work of art after all.’   To have a balanced lifestyle – What does that even mean? I always thought that balance is something all humans need to strive for, in order to feel content and at peace. But when I started to think about it more deeply – the actual meaning of the word “balance” – I slowly started to change my mind about the concept that we all need to find balance in order to have a happy and fulfilling life.  The meaning of the word balance according to Oxford dictionary; ‘To be in a position where you will stand without falling to either side, or to put something in this position.’ ‘To give several things equal amounts of importance, time, or money so that a situation is successful.’ There are, however, many different types of meanings to the word, based on the condition. Balance is so distinctive, depending on whom …

The Brave Human

‘You do not have to have all the answers. Sometimes you just pause. Take time-out, and let it be. Eventually, when you are ready, magic starts to happen.’   Imagine you came up with the best idea. You feel immensely excited and proud, and you cannot wait to get started to bring it to life. But then all of a sudden these thoughts take over; ‘What the hell are you thinking? You cannot do that. You are not smart or creative enough. There is already someone doing precisely that, and they are better than you, much better. You are not good enough. Who do you think you are?’ ENOUGH! Enough already. These negative thought patterns do not serve you in any way. They do not bring you forward; in fact, they take you a thousand steps backwards. Let them come, but most importantly – let them go. Do not dwell upon them, and do not engage in them. You do not want them taking over your mindset. Do not let them settle down and get …

Exercise Your Mind – Free Write

‘Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.’   Whenever I need to find some new inspiration, and allow new thoughts to enter I free write. It can be about absolutely anything. It can start from a word that I like, from a song, from a conversation I overheard at the coffee shop or from nature. It can grow from anything. Writing is exercise for the mind. As important it is to exercise our bodies it is equally important to exercise our minds. You don’t have to write in order to challenge your mind; you can learn a new language, study a new subject or meditate – simply do something that your mind isn’t used to. Allow your mind to stay open for any ideas to enter, whatever ideas they might be – let them come. Don’t analyze them too much; they’re just thoughts. In the end they will simply be words written on a piece of paper. A piece of paper that eventually will end up in the garbage. Step …

Seeking stillness

‘Sometimes when we just stand still the grace finds us.’ – Unknown   It’s a good idea to seek stillness from time to time; Especially when things get too much, or when you simply wish to find focus and motivation. The constant need of being online 24/7 affects even the best of us. When feeling stressed out from school, work or just normal life-obligations it’s vital to take a step back, and travel in the passenger seat for a while. Unplug and unwind – if only for a couple of hours. You’ll feel recharged and ready to take on the world again. Benefits from seeking solitude and stillness:   Being by yourself with no distractions gives you the chance to clear your mind, focus and think more clearly. When seeking stillness you allow your brain to think more deeply. You might for example struggle with a challenging task and are seeking good ideas on how to proceed. When you allow your brain to unwind, and think more deeply, you allow your creativity to come alive – which …

4 Life Mantras To Live By

‘Life is uncertain. Life is beautiful. Accept where you are. Be proud. But most of all be kind. Always be kind to yourself, fellow humans, the planet and all the animals. You have one body. We have one Earth. Show respect, kindness and courage. Life may be uncertain, but we all got a chance of making something beautiful out of it. Be bold, take the chance.’   – Linda   I believe it’s the small things that matter in life. The things we do every day, the things we might not even think we’re doing all day, every day. Like thinking. All the necessary thoughts such as ‘where did I put my car keys?’ and ‘today is going to be a good day’, as well as unnecessary thoughts such as ‘I’m not good enough’, ‘this won’t work out’. Random thoughts like these run through our complicated minds each and every day. Thoughts have a massive impact over us. They affect our feelings and behaviours, as well as our everyday life, although we like it or …

Breathing in the crisp air

‘When seeking pure awareness the best thing one can do is to silently witness the beauty of nature. How effortlessly she’s unfolding her treasures. So transparent, yet so forceful. Copy her, and let yourself be amazed.’   – Linda   The best thing one can do to relax and unwind is to spend some precious time close to nature. Especially those days when she’s picture perfect, taken straight from a fairy tale; Crispy autumn breeze, colourful leaves and the October sun caressing our souls. Whenever I’m in doubt, or in need of some motivation & inspiration, I usually go for a walk and breath in the nature. It works wonders, every time. She’s magic, no doubt. After a 90 minutes walk I’ve been sipping on a large, green smoothie, cleaning out my closet, editing pictures, writing, and thinking about going to the gym. Weekends like these, when October is spoiling us with her kindness, I’m very grateful for crispy, sunny autumn days. Heartbeats You’re not here, but that’s simply because you’re in my heart. I …

Headspace

‘Try not to overthink the process too much. Instead, enjoy the feeling of pausing to balance and catch your breath.’ ___________ Headspace   Stressed out? Meditation has been shown to reduce daily stress and perceived stress. A couple of days ago I’ve found this app called Headspace, a meditation and mindfulness app.  Since I’m new to meditation this app is perfect. I appreciate the simplicity of it – meditation made simple.  I must say I’ve been enjoying it very much, although it’s only been three days – it’s easy and you can choose from 3, 5 or 10 minutes sessions (the Basic theme). There’s definitely a theme for everyone since you can choose from different topics such as health, brave, happiness, work & performance, sport etcetera. The health theme has sessions such as anxiety, stress, sleep, depression, pain management while the work & performance theme has sessions such as productivity, focus, creativity and balance. The sport theme focuses on topics such as motivation, focus, training, competition, communication and analysis. Perfect for any athletes! There are also these …

food & other stories

‘I will talk to you words of honey.’   – Linda   About four years ago I started my blog CleanEatingbyLinda. It all began as a final project while I was studying media-production & journalism at the university in Stockholm. My vision was to offer gluten and dairy free recipes, as well as refined sugar free desserts. The site, as well as myself, has both grown and developed quite a lot since. Even if I haven’t been updating regularly during these four years, neglected it for longer periods of time, I’ve always thought of it as my precious baby. But, it’s not a baby anymore… Although CleanEatingbyLinda is evolving, growing up, the main purpose will always be the same as from the very beginning;  A wish to inspire to a healthful and holistic lifestyle. However, the CleanEatingbyLinda of today is going beyond eating clean. It’s about awareness. It’s about feeding the body, as well as the mind & soul. It’s about passion. It’s about listening to your own, unique body. It’s about writing and following dreams. It’s …