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Right where I belong

Being Editor in Chief of Best of You, I have been getting to know the health community in Stockholm more and more. Not only in terms of our collaboration partners, but all the wonderful personal trainers, yoga teachers, coaches and brand owners out there. We work together, go to events together and often train together. Which used to terrify me!

I have never been this super fit gym lover, who makes lifting weights and running on a treadmill look as easy as a Sunday stroll to the local bakery. Let me try to explain: I am more the type of girl who gets a mild heart attack after a few meters of running, who is so red in the face that it looks like my period came out of the wrong place and lifting those 2-3 kg like my life depended on it. Making it hard to feel any connection to all those bloggers and influencers out there, promoting health.

When I met all these wonderful trainers and started to get invited to their workouts and events I was terrified. “I am not fit enough for this”. “I am not one of them”. “What the fuck am I doing here”. These where all thoughts running through my head.

But then I realised that this is exactly what we want to change

We want you to know that you don’t have to be fit to join a gym class. You don’t have to be soft and limber to be able to do yoga, and you don’t have to be skinny and have abs to be able to call yourself healthy. You find what feels good to you and a balance based on your life, your body and your needs.

Which is also what inspired me to found Best of You in the first place. Because I love yoga, but I also love wine. I love to work out and sweat, but I also love my relationship to the cookie jar and our late night dates with Netflix. And that doesn’t mean I don’t belong.

Now that I finally have realised that I am no longer afraid to join a kick boxing class, lift those weights or go for a run with someone (all though I prefer not to run, hihi). My point being; don’t think you need to fulfill certain criteria’s to be part of something. You are more than enough and health is for everyone! Coming from the girl who still goes to fitness events being the only one there not being able to do pull ups or hand stands, but still enjoys herself!

So go lift those weights girl, or go to that yoga class you always wanted to try or head straight into the lions cave and join the heavy bodybuilders at the gym. Whatever you prefer, but dont let a label or the thought of not being good enough stop you. Because you rock, with or without abs!


By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred: Jānis Šaulis / Location: rebirth fitness

Be Inspired

Give each moment a chance

We are all going to die. I repeat: no matter what, we are going to die. So why do we keep on living ignoring the elephant in the room? Spending so much time and energy caring about minor insignificant details? Shouldn’t THIS  (inevitable death) be our major concern? 

Ignorance is bliss they say. But I say if you have information you make more educated choices. This is not like hunching your back and looking down at your notebook in class hoping the math teacher will pick someone else to get up and resolve the equation. We will eventually all be called up. Wouldn’t it be better to feel “prepared” then?

One of my favorite singer once sang (roughly translated): “When the sun comes up and I am alive that is all that matters to me”. Grant you he is now a raging alcoholic, but let’s focus on the message here: What truly matters? What is really at stake? To live while we can.

Somehow we manage to ignore death for most of our life because it is “The Voldemort” of our story, “it who must not be named”. We call it something else to reassure us: passing, leaving this earth, departing… it’s like a freaking airport.

Monday, Friday, weekend, those are labels we put on spans of opportunities. Nine to five, happy hours, those are name we gave to slots of possibilities.

They all matter, they all have the same value, but somehow what we call them gives them more or less importance. Mondays are dreadful and Fridays are longed for. But anyone can see through the varnish, those are the exact same days, same amount of hours, same set up, same chances, it is only our mindset that differs, only what we chose to ignore and what we decide to acknowledge.

Things have to be fun, cool, awesome, exciting to matter and the time in between is often considered worthless. But remember, even a boring day at the office is a day you lived.


By: Mo Oléron 

Previous Events

Tapping into that inner smile

Saturday 14th of October, Best of You and Blissfullyliving, teamed up with the inspirational personal trainer and blogger Camilla Lorentzen!

We had a morning filled with training and fun, where Camilla took everyone through a 45 minutes’ body weight session, getting everyone’s pulse up. On site was myactivestyle, showing off their newest collection and sponsoring everyone with a pair of their amazing tights.

Afterwards, we refuelled on some fresh salads and yummy juices by Essentially, before heading home with a goodiebag from Supernature and Celsius Norge.

Thank you to our sponsors and Camilla for making this happen, and a huge thanks to everyone who came and spent the morning with us. It was wonderful to see everyone leave with a smile on their face, and worry not, we WILL be back!

Head over to Facebook to see more pictures from our event and to keep track on what’s up next.


By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred: Helena Krekling – Krekling Photo

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Do self-help books actually help?

They are no longer hidden in the back corner of the book store. Today self-help books are a huge business and offer to solve pretty much any problem. The only question is – do they really help?

I can’t really recall when I bought my first self-help book. I’m a big fan of reading, but this selection was unknown to me until sometime in my mid-twenties. Books were a magical escape into a new world and I had not seen them as something offering a solution to my life problems. Then one of my friends recommended one of his favorite self-help books and my bookshelf became home to more and more titles that promised to improve my life in one way or another.

As I read, I started noticing something; First, none of these books offer magical solutions, because there are no magical solutions in life. Secondly, they can’t do much, other than to inspire you to take actions that will lead you to the desired outcome. And thirdly, just reading them without implementing their messages won’t get you anywhere. However, getting a book that will help you with your problems is a step in the right direction as you’re taking action and you are willing to make some changes.

What I noticed from my personal experience is that in order for the books to help, you have to read them with an open mind. You may feel tempted to roll your eyes every once in a while, but try to stay open minded.

It took me a while to understand that knowing something and actually doing it are two different things.

That’s why these books work more as reminders and a source of inspiration and will hopefully give you the little push you need in the right direction. That is also why I like to come back to them, to make sure I stay on the right track and I don’t forget to apply the wisdom to my everyday life. It has no use if it stays on the pages.

I guess my point is that self-help books can, like any other books, be good or bad. Some authors are better than others and some you may not like at all. If you decide to give them a chance, research a bit before you click ‘add to cart’. Also, be open-minded. In my case self-help books helped me learn some things and they helped me improve my life to the extent of how much I worked on it. And for me, there will always be more room on my bookshelf for new self-help titles. After all, life is a work in progress.


By: Ivona Iwarra Josipovic / Photo cred 

Body

Half marathon half prepared

For those of you who don’t know me, let me set one thing straight: I haven’t always been a runner. I used to be one of those who was under the impression that running was something you only did when being chased. I also like to add that the very first day I ran seven minutes on a treadmill without stopping I emailed my entire family. True story.

That was seven years ago. A lot has changed since then. I have managed to stay longer and longer on the treadmill (and fought the urge of emailing my family every time) and have started to actually enjoy it, most of the time. I have broken personal records, in terms of time and distances, and registered for a few races here and there. So, I guess you could say I’m a runner now.

However, I must admit I have periods where I’m a much better runner than others. Others being when my friends: “laziness”, “cold-weather” and “procrastination” come together and throw a party in the living room of my mind. Usually, the best way for me to get back into my running shoes is to register to a race. If I’m gonna pay someone to be able to run in the street, something I am well aware I can do for free any day of the year, I’m gonna at least do my best! And that usually does the trick: I wanna do better than the last time, so I go out for a run and start training.

This year however, it didn’t quite work as planned. I had so much on my plate when I moved back to Sweden last fall that running fell off my priority list. Until my friend Amandine told me she had registered to Paris half marathon 2017 and was planning on running it with me. My lovely Dine had register for two half marathons two years in a row and had to withdraw each time at the last minute because of injuries. I felt like I couldn’t refuse so I registered too. That was last summer. That gives me plenty of time I thought.

So…Paris half marathon is this weekend…

What happened? I think I partied hard with my old friends “laziness”, “cold-weather” and “procrastination” and a newbie to the party: “super duper busy”. Bottom line, I find myself running 21.1km in a few days and have run 1x 12km, 1x14km and 1x16km the past month. That’s it. I can probably kiss my dream of beating my personal record goodbye, but I am secretly hoping all the yoga I’ve been incorporating in my daily routine will do the trick when it comes to breathing and stride.

But not being 100 percent prepared does not bother me anymore. It did at first, until I realised three things:
• I am the only one to blame, lesson learned
• It’s up to me to go out there and have fun and make the best of it
• No matter what, we’re still having brunch afterwards

Once this is over and if I survive it, I promise myself I’ll be more disciplined with my running. And should my usual “friends” pay me a visit I’ll make sure to get out there and meet up with real friends at www.runwithmestockholm.com for my weekly dose of motivation instead.

If like me, you’re wondering how it will go on Sunday, stay tuned and have a look at our Instagram story!


By: Morgane Oleron / Photo cred 

Be Inspired

Top Ted Talks

If you have access to the Internet (which you obviously do since you’re here) you have probably come across TED Talks. If not you’re in for a treat!

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. They cover almost all topics in more than 100 languages and are a huge source of inspiration and motivation for so many people all over the globe.

It’s hard to choose, but here are some of our favorites. Enjoy!

Do you have any favorites you would like to share? Leave a comment in the comment field below.


By: Henriette Danielsen

Mind

The magic of self-love

We focus on being a good friend, the perfect partner and a loving family member. What we often seem to forget or at least set second, is loving ourselves.

Practicing self-love is often associated with being selfish, but that couldn’t be further from the truth! It will not only help you become the best version of yourself, but will also help you get in touch with your wellbeing and your own happiness.

Not sure on how to practice self-love or what it even means? We give you five simple steps that may inspire you.

Bring out your smile
Each morning when you wake up we recommend you to tell yourself something positive. How lovely you look, how great you feel or compliment yourself on how you handled a situation the day before. It can be whatever, but try to start each day with a positive thought and a smile.

Learn to say no
Feeling tired and not in the mood to go for a drink? Or maybe you don’t want to hang out with a friend or do that extra work your boss kindly asks you to? Learn to say no. It’s not selfish putting yourself first.

Notice how you talk to yourself
Have you made a mistake at work? Not upheld your new year’s resolution or said something you regret? Notice how you “talk” to yourself in those situations. Do you talk yourself down? Do you focus on your weaknesses rather than your strengths? Don’t! Learn to accept yourself, shortcomings and all, and be supportive.

Listen to yourself
Feeling like taking it easy and watch a movie or read a book all by yourself? Or maybe unwind by going to yoga? Learn how to prioritize yourself and take the time you need to take care of your needs. Find what feels good, clear your mind and just appreciate doing something nice for yourself.

Find your own happiness
We often expect others to make us happy and forget that we have the power and responsibility for our own happiness. Stop seeking happiness outside of yourself, long lasting happiness comes from within. The one person you always have to live with is yourself so be able to be happy on your own.

Lastly, remember that practicing self-love does not mean you’re being selfish. It simply means you love yourself enough to take care of yourself, creating your own happiness. You cannot make others happy if you’re not happy yourself first.


By: Henriette Danielsen

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Merry Christmas

We want to wish you a Merry Christmas and hope you enjoy the holiday season and all that comes with it.

Make sure to fill the upcoming days with love, joy and laughter and don’t forget to cherish the people around you. Because in the end that’s all that matters.

We will take a short Christmas break and will be back in 2017! Meanwhile you can follow us on Instagram for inspiration and glimpses of our Christmas celebrations.

Lots of love from Henriette, Editor in Chief <3

Events Previous Events

Just breathe

On December 17th, we had a yoga workshop in collaboration with Subhechha Yoga at Clarion Sign in Stockholm. Mikaela and Morgane, the two lovely souls behind Subhechha Yoga started off talking a little about how to stay centered in the midst of the Christmas chaos, before guiding us through a 75 minutes Hatha yoga class, leaving us feeling relaxed and centered.

Christmas for many can be stressful, and it was nice to see so many beautiful yogis show up and dedicate that time for themselves. Such an amazing way to welcome the holiday.

We want to thank Grounded Factory for lending us their beautiful mats, Clarion Hotel Sign for letting us host the event at their amazing hotel and Run & Relax for a whole outfit for one lucky winner to bring home! And of course; NOA, mymuesli, Tidningskungen, Holistic Sweden and Nova Concept who helped us create goodie bags filled with lovely treats.











For more pictures, head over to our Facebook page!


By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred: Ellinor Ravelin

Body

How to boost your self-esteem

We all have an inner critic and sometimes that voice completely takes over! We give you some tips that may help you boost your self-esteem when you need it the most, because nothing is more important than how you think and feel about yourself.

There are many things we can do to help our self-esteem, but what works for one person may not work for another, so keep that in mind while reading through these tips.

Exercise
Exercising is a great way to release endorphins. Getting through a workout can help renew your belief in yourself, and seeing yourself improve gradually over time is also a great way to boost your confidence.

Dress to impress
Taking care to dress nice and get ready for the day can help boost self-esteem. Instead of staying inside all day in your pajamas, try dressing up a bit and get outside! Being outdoors around nature and people is a great way to give your self-esteem a boost.

Be grateful
Practicing mindfulness every day is a great way to train yourself to stay in the present. In addition, try keeping a gratitude journal and write down at the end of the day three things you’re grateful for. This can help you focus on things that make you happy instead of worrying or getting down on yourself for things that don’t matter much in the long run.

Visit with family and friends
This is something that I personally use whenever I’m feeling down. Talking with family and friends can boost your mood and help you feel like you’re part of a community.

Do something you love
Most important tip of them all; Find something you love to do, and do that everyday. You don’t have to be good at it, it doesn’t have to be perfect, it’s just important to do something that makes you happy. Being happy and improving at something you love to do is a great way to boost your overall confidence and self-esteem!

I hope these tips have helped you or have inspired you to figure out what it is you can do to lift yourself up!


By: Samantha Thayer