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Sprinkle the love

Having a bad day? What better way to brighten it than receiving some good vibes from the people around you? Or even better; spread some positive vibes yourself.

There is little out there making me happier than seeing people sprinkling some love. Except dogs, dogs make me all mushy and in love. Nevertheless, my point is; simple acts of kindness, like smiling at others, helping a stranger or hold the door for someone, are small actions that do not require great power, but that can give so much to those who receive.  And being compassionate does not only benefit others, it is also good for your own health. It actually improves your mood too.

So here are five simple, yet impactful ideas how you can sprinkle some love and emit good vibrations:

Greet people
“Hey, I already do that”, you might think! A basic rule of courtesy, right? I am not only talking about greeting your partner, colleague or friend. I am talking about your neighbour, the busman, the old lady in the line at the bakery. Most of us are so stressed or so lost in our phones, we often don’t even notice the people around us. So, lift your head and greet people with either a warm look, a soft smile or a loud “good morning”.

Smile
Always smile to the people you meet. Whether it is a stranger walking by you in the street or the stressed man at the post office. A smile always creates positive feelings and is very contagious! And we´re not talking a polite, half ass smile, I am talking about the kind of smile that makes the corner of your eyes crinkle slightly and your lips curl upwards. What the heck, why not go crazy and even laugh a little.

Applaud others
Applaud the achievements of others! Impressed by your colleagues Power Point presentation? Tell him/her. Did your friend get an A on his/her assignment, take a round of applause. By applauding the achievements of others, you make others feel appreciated and seen, which in return generates a positive feeling.

Listen without interrupting
Ever been to a meeting and a colleague or your boss interrupts you, mid-sentence? Or been at a social gathering, eagerly sharing a story, when suddenly somebody interrupts you?  I think if we are honest with ourselves, we can find times we even did that to others too. Learn to listen without interrupting. It makes a person feel good and important, which again creates a positive vibe.

Share genuine compliments
See a lady at the store in a nice dress, tell her! Envy someone’s beautiful hair, tell them. Meet someone who has a cute dog (yep, sorry can’t seem to let the dog go), compliment them on their cutie pie. Buy a coffee at the coffee shop and think it tastes good, tell the barista. Complimenting someone is so simple, yet we do it so little. At least to strangers.

So, greet the day and sprinkle some love! The world definitely needs more of it <3

PS; You rock!


By: Henriette Danielsen

Mind

Find what feels good  

In our high pace society, we often run around doing everything at once in the hopes of checking of yet another thing on our to-do lists. We need to have it all; the perfect job, family and relationships. But the pursuit of having it all leaves us with no time or strength to take care of ourselves.

We all need a break every once in a while, for the sake of our sanity, but how do we do that?

Realize that you need it
First off you need to realize that you’re not running on super fuel and we all need to refill occasionally. Taking time for ourselves, away from the many distractions that surround us, is of the highest importance.

Find your “me-time”
Whatever makes you feel relaxed and good is considered “me-time”. It can be to go for a walk, practice yoga, take a bath, read a book, try out a new recipe etc. “Me-time” means different things to different people, you just need to find yours.

Prioritize it
Solitude is like a little vacation for the soul. It may feel like a challenge to let yourself slow down, but is still very important. Make time in your everyday to find what feels good and make it a priority.

Tell people
Be clear about your needs to the people around you. If friends want to meet, but you want to spend that time doing something for you, let them know. Or tell your partner you will spend the next hour having “me-time”. Make them understand this is a priority to you.

Don’t feel guilty
Many of us are used to putting others first and may therefore find it hard to prioritize ourselves without feeling guilty about it. Taking time for yourself is healthy, and to be able to take care of others and share your positive energy you need to nurture yourself first. Feel good to do good, and leave the guilty conscious at the door step.


By: Henriette Danielsen 

Body

When fitness becomes harmful  

Feel like whenever you log on to Instagram an overload of “fitspiration” is shoved in your face? Sick and tired of reading about people who go to the gym twice a day, every damn day?

Coming across “motivational” fitspiration in social media is unavoidable, but all it does is make us feel bad about ourselves. At least it does to me. “You have to go through the worst to get to the best”, “Do it for the thigh gap” and “This month’s diet is next month’s body” really doesn’t do any good.

Many are under the impression that you either go all in or you go home, which leads too many into this vicious circle where they obsess about hitting the gym, pushing their bodies to the absolute limit. And when they can’t uphold their so-called healthy lifestyle over time, they punish themselves for failing (which is definitely not healthy). At that point I think many of us need to rethink what it means to take care of your bodies.

Exercise is a celebration of what your body can do. Not a punishment for what you ate.

Being active and taking care of your health is important, no doubt about it, and we will never say otherwise. What we on the other hand will say is; don’t stress it! You don’t need to have abs, be able to run a marathon or lift a building to deserve a pat on the shoulder! All you need to do is find what works for you and have fun doing it. Like to walk? Then go for a walk! Like yoga? Then practice yoga! Like to play basketball? Then play basketball! Prefer to only do it occasionally, well, then do it occasionally.

Personally, it took me a while do understand this, but when I did, I unfollowed all those so-called inspirational accounts and founded Best of You with my two friends, Linnea and Victoria. Because we want this platform to be a true place of inspiration and happiness, not a place of shame of not feeling good enough. Because you are good enough. With or without abs!

We all need a little extra motivation or inspiration to get moving sometimes, but let’s do it the right way, ok? So, dear reader, don’t stress it. Take small steps and find what works for you and what makes you happy. And most importantly, do it for the right reasons.


By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred: PopSugar