All posts filed under: Wellness

How To Have A Mindful Christmas

”Don’t live to please others. Above all please yourself, and the world will be pleased by your genuineness.”   With less than one week until Christmas I decided to continue with the Christmas theme. Christmas is the most magical time of the year. Nevertheless, it’s easily a busy and stressful time. This year, when you’re buried in to-do’s try to remember to be more present, more mindful. A study by Oxford University shows that ‘being mindful not only reduces stress but also gently builds an inner strength so that future stressors have less impact on our happiness and physical well-being.’ So more sitting in front of the Christmas tree sipping on hot chocolate, and less worrying about all the things that needs to be done. Nothing needs to be done, except from spending time with loved ones. How to have a mindful Christmas   First thing in the morning; make yourself a nice cup of coffee and sit in stillness for 15 minutes with the Christmas lights on, preferably in front of the Christmas tree. A …

Simple tips to improve your diet

‘You gotta nourish to flourish’   Eating well is a form of self-respect. However, when life passes by in high speed, and each day feels like a roller coaster, making healthy choices might not be your number one priority. When you’re stressed out and overloaded with work and responsibilities it’s even more important that you take care of your body. Eating healthy is a lifelong goal, but that doesn’t mean it has to take ages before you see any results. In fact, there’re a few simple and easy changes you can start making already today – making a bunch of little changes to the diet you’re already following is one of the best ways to get results. Below you’ll find a few of my favourite nutritional tweaks. Let’s build wellness rather than treating disease!   Simple & Easy Ways To Improve Your Diet   Drink water. I immediately notice when I haven’t been drinking enough water – I have trouble concentrating, no energy and get easily bloated. Every time I’m dehydrated I’m reminded of just how …

How to be more present

‘Don’t wait for the perfect moment. Take the moment and make it perfect.’   Most of our time is spent in the past or in the future, rather than the present moment. According to science there’re great benefits of being more present. By being mindful, you enjoy your friends and family more, you enjoy your food more, everything you’re doing, you enjoy more. Life simply becomes more joyful.   How to be more present-minded;   Pay attention to your breathing. This is one of the simplest ways to become more present. Take a few minutes every day focusing on your breathing. Focus on the inhale, focus on the exhale. Breath in deeply, exhale fully. Allow yourself to bring all of your awareness to your breath. Listen to the sounds. There’re most likely many sounds that you don’t pay attention to when you’re caught up in the past or future. At the moment when I’m writing this I don’t hear anything, but then I stop and allow myself to listen. My neighbour coughing, a child laughing, …

5 things I love about my home country

  It’s Finland’s birthday today. 100 years of independence ❤ Congratulations my dear home country. I might not be there right now, celebrating with you. However, you have a sacred place in my heart, not only today, but everyday. Hooray, hooray, hooray!   5 things I love about Finland   The nature; Land of a thousand lakes. Beautiful, green forests and untouched landscapes – Finland is pure, fresh and clean. Breathing in the peacefulness, the crisp air from the Baltic Sea and the sweet taste of nature’s candy. The wildlife provide habitat to the world’s rarest seal, the Saimaa ringed seal, brown bears and thousand of other wild animals and birds. Finland’s nature calms down the soul ❤ Midnight Sun; It’s magical, and it’s filled with pure heart and light. These calm summer nights turning peacefully into dawning day; feeding us with energy. ”June is for waking up early. For staying up late. The Midnight Sun screaming for attention. June is for restless nights. June is for magic. Young and green. June is for miracles. For feeling alive. …

Dear December…

… You are like the finest piece of chocolate. That one piece we save for last. “Nature in its purest form, only exists. She observes our every move. Shocked by our consciousness, and how it simply does not notice all of the magic it has been given.”   December is for joy. Believing in miracles. Warm-hearted smiles and music filled with heartbeats and pure passion. December is for snowflakes dancing outside our window, making every hour irresistible. Gifts wrapped up in affection, kindness and hope. It is December, you can wish for anything. Any. Thing. ​ What will you wish for? This December is all about awareness. It is about love. It is about winter wonderland, Santa Claus and all his reindeer. December is for each and every one of us. It is for our beautiful planet, Mother Nature, and the precious time we get to spend amongst her. Let us create magic, my dear friends. We owe it to her, and we owe it to ourselves. Dear December, I welcome you. I am love-struck …

Accept what is

  ‘Just breathe and accept what is. The sun will rise tomorrow.’   In the The Power of Now Eckhart Tolle writes; ”Accept – then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it. Make it your friend and ally, not your enemy. This will miraculously transform your whole life.” (p. 35)  I found this to be very important, yet rather challenging. When you’re always busy living your life – striving to improve and solely having the eyes on your end goals – you’re not fully enjoying life. You’ll most probably miss out on a great deal of wonderful things happening around you when you’re never here, but always there. Life happens now. You see, life happens now. In this moment my life is happening here, in front of the computer, writing down words that hopefully will inspire at least one human. The coffee is cold, but I don’t mind, it was hot a minute ago. The rain smashing against the window. My foot …

What inspires me to live a healthy lifestyle?

‘A healthy lifestyle not only changes your body, it changes your mind, your attitude and your mood.’   What inspires me to live a healthy lifestyle? My first respons is life. The idea is to die young as late as possible. I want to be like my dad. He turned 78 this fall, and he’s in better shape than most 50-year-olds. ‘It’s the turmeric, Linda’  he said today. Turmeric might well be one of the reasons. It might also help that he’s active, usually eats healthy (meaning he enjoys his cinnamon buns from time to time) and he and mum have a rich social life. Enough of my dad. Besides life I’ve another reason why I always prioritize health. Positivity & Joy Being healthy helps me stay positive. Health is much more than what you’re eating and drinking. Health is also about what you’re thinking and saying. The older I get I’ve become to realise that a healthy mind is as important as a healthy body (if not even more!) The past year I’ve been prioritising mindfulness, yoga …

What inspires me?

‘If you let go of self-doubt, follow your heart and make time for the things you truly enjoy life becomes much more rewarding. Even in the midst of all chaos.’   Inspiration is like a snowflake; peacefully falling down from the sky ready to settle down on earth, but as soon as it touches the ground it melts away. I love to seek inspiration in the littlest of things. Knowing that once it’s found it has to be grabbed, nurtured. Because if not, it will evaporate like the tiniest snowflake.   Humans My number 1 inspiration. Humans are astonishing creatures. I’m inspired by kindhearted people that help each other for no reason. People that dare to dream big, that follow their heart and that aren’t afraid of failure. People that are passionate about what they are doing and don’t care about getting other people’s approval. Nature Whenever I feel unmotivated I go outside. Nature has a lot of beauty to offer. You can find inspiration just by listening to the sound of the waves crashing …

My 5 favorite books at the moment

‘A relaxed mind is a creative mind.’   This November (what’s left of it) and December you’ll most likely find me sitting on my sofa wrapped in three blankets with a book and a cup of tea. I’ve developed a newfound love for reading (*NERD*). And what better way to spend a cold winter’s evening than with a good book, while snow flakes dancing outside the window. All of these books are quite different to those I’ve read before, but I think it’s important to be open-minded and to explore new fields. At least then you’ll learn something new.   How Not To Die by Michael Greger This is a very comprehensive book about the foods that scientifically have been proven to prevent and reverse disease. Chapter by chapter Michael Greger explains each of the most common diseases such as heart disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer, high blood pressure and diabetes, and how we can prevent and reverse them by making the right dietary choices. Besides all the science-based information there are also concrete steps you …

Re-nourish your morning routines

‘Every action you choose to take will either pull you one step back or take you two steps closer to your dreams. However, you decide.’   I love mornings. The best hours during the day, without a doubt. Nevertheless I’ve set some new goals for myself. Challenges to incorporate into my morning routine. These are small goals that everyone can do, and that are somewhat easy to achieve. I want them to become part of my everyday life, and in order to do so I need to stay consistent. I’m a firm believer in setting small ordinary goals that are both realistic and easy to accomplish. I will try to follow these for the next 30 days. 1. Wake up at 6 am.  I really wish to to get into this early morning routine again. Preferably I would like to get up at 5.30 am, but for now on 6 am is just fine. I will strive to do this whenever it’s possible, meaning if I work until late in the evening I most likely will …