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Easing back into business

The day you turned on your autoreply, turned off your phone notifications and popped open a bottle of wine, seems like a distant memory. Vacation has come and gone, and with tons of new memories we are ready to embrace work again.

But the leap from lazy days in the sun to busy work schedules can sometimes be a challenge. We therefore share a few simple tips on how to make the transition back to business – and reality – a little easier.

Get up early
Slow mornings are the best part of vacation, and having to jump out of bed and run off to the office can feel brutal. Therefore, set your alarm early and enjoy a big cup of coffee and your breakfast in peace and quiet. Allow body and mind to wake up and get ready for the first day back.

Don’t overschedule
Try to avoid scheduling tons of meetings and setting deadlines the first day back. It will probably leave you feeling overwhelmed and behind schedule. Keep your first day as open as possible, giving you the chance to ease into it.

Clean your desk
Clean desk equals a clean mind. Take some time when you get in to get organized and make your desk a cozy corner for creativity to spark. A tip is also to get important documents labeled for follow-up and action, and toss out reports that are no longer relevant.

Take breaks during the day
Even though your email might be on the verge of explosion, your to-do list might be miles long, take the time to move your body every now and then, talk to colleagues and get some fresh air. Key to an efficient workday.

Mindset
Instead of feeling blue about being back to work, try to focus on what you like about your work. And think of the vacation you had as an energy-charger, fueling you with creativity and gratitude.

Happy Monday and welcome back!


By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred: Eirin Kristiansen

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Let´s get moving

We have all heard it a hundred times before; physical activity equals better health. In fact, there is no way around it if you want to improve your overall well-being and quality of life. Time to put that to a test!

It is said that to reduced risk of health problems and maintain an overall good health, a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate to high intensity physical activity is required each day. In fact, the list of benefits is endless, and you would think that knowing this would make most of us jump out of the couch. But the sad truth is that only 1 out of 3 meets WHOs (World Health Organization) minimum recommendations and many of today’s major public health problems are related to our lifestyle and lack of movement. Time to change that, don’t you think?

All you need to do is make a conscious decision to get moving.

I for one want to be healthy, happy and be filled with endless energy, so I decided it was time to put it to a test. So, I am adding at least 30 minutes of physical activity into my daily routine for the next two months and will see what happens. And I of course want you with me on my journey.

But before we start, let’s first look into what moderate and high intensity physical activity means:

  • Moderate intensity corresponds to activities that result in faster breathing than usual, such as power walking.
  • High intensity is equivalent to activities that result in much faster breathing than usual, such as running.
  • In addition, WHO advises doing strength-training exercise twice a week, working all the major muscle groups. Strength exercises should be adapted to the individual with regard to type of exercises, number of sets, number of repetitions and frequency of training.

So, let´s do this! And remember, there is not need to run to the gym! A walk in fresh air, a swim, playing with your children, a dance off in the living room; everything counts as movement. Keep it simply my friends, no need to complicate things. You just need to find what gets you moving!

Join the journey by entering the Facebook group “Let´s get moving“, where we can inspire each other to a more active life. I have also teamed up with some amazing brands so during the next two months I will be sharing discount codes and have some fun giveaways (motivation is key, right)! So stay tuned.

Exercise is if one of the most important things you can do for yourself they keep saying, so let’s get moving. Goodbye couch, hello new and energized us!


By: Henriette Danielsen 

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City Spa Yoga

Discover a fresh and new you with the finest ambiance yoga class, followed by a therapeutic spa experience and healthy fuel for your body. Your very personal getaway in the heart of Stockholm.

Together with Selma City Spa we proudly invite you to our new concept: City Spa Yoga. Every Tuesday we offer you to start your day with a warm and gentle 45 minutes Hatha class, which awakens and energizes the body in a comfortable flowing sequence that deepens the connection between breath and movement. Accessible to beginners as well as advanced students.

Enjoy the healing powers of yoga in the spa before opening hours, with a stunning view over the city and its breath-taking sunrises. Afterwards you will have free access to enjoy the beautiful spa facility, while enjoying a light breakfast of fresh fruits, tea and smoothies. Let your Tuesday mornings soothe your soul, lift your spirits and fill you with tons of love.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
When: Every Tuesday morning 07:15-08:00. Free to stay as long as wanted to enjoy the drinks, snacks and spa afterwards.
Where: Selma City Spa, 8th floor of Clarion Hotel Sign. Östra Järnvägsgatan 35, Stockholm.
Price: 250 SEK
Registration: Limited spots. Sign up here
Additional information: The classes will be held in English/Swedish and mats will be in place. Included in the price are towels and access to the dressing room with shower, products and everything you need to get ready for work, in addition to a light breakfast served after the class. You will also have free access to the spa to indulge in some self-care before embracing the day.
Instructors: Morgane Oléron and Ann Solberg, both teacher’s part of Best of You´s team, will switch every other week.

For more information contact Best of You at contact@bestofyou.se. Looking forward to meeting you.

Lots of love from Best of You


By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred: Charlotte Rehm