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Be Inspired

Unplug and reboot

Everything will work again if you unplug it for a while. Including you.

I was working on my computer the other day when it started making a weird noise I had never heard before. Suddenly everything stopped working and eventually the only option I had was to press the on/off button long enough for my computer to finally turn off completely.

It got me thinking about how I felt at that moment, and how much I wished someone would press my on/off button long enough so everything would turn black and I would not have to deal with anything for a while.

While my computer reboots I look around, feeling a little lost. I snacked on some chocolate and ended up grabbing a book and suddenly I rediscovered the pleasure of turning pages and getting lost in someone else’s stories for a while.

But I also felt guilty. I felt I was wasting time. I felt unproductive.

What had happened? Since when did I value time spent in front of a screen more than time spent reading a book? For me that was a wakeup call.

I would be lying if I would say I got better and now set aside more time to read every day. But every week, every now and then, I try to put the computer away, I even turn off Wi-Fi so I won’t be lured into checking my phone every 30 seconds.

What I recommend though, hell, what I prescribe, is to occasionally take some real time off. Whether it is a few hours at a spa, a full day laying in the park or a weekend gateway. A break from the routine, to stay away from social media for longer than an hour and remember how to it feels to unplug, relax and eventually, reboot.


By: Morgane Oléron 

Be Inspired

The beauty of blank space in your calendar

I looked at my calendar this morning and realized I have something going on every single day the next few weeks. Having planned every single day into detail made me realize how little I set aside time to do nothing.

We have become a culture that is severely uncomfortable with blank spaces in our calendars. We rarely set aside time to be alone and do nothing, mostly because it doesn’t sound so fun. And for some it may be hard being alone, having to face their true emotions and take the time to reflect upon life. Scrolling through our phone or continue running from one social gathering to another just seems so much easier, right?

Personally, I am terrified of days where I have nothing planned! I get so restless and I got this idea in my head that I need to do something all the time. I need to be active, social and productive. Days of not having to do anything, what is that? And by doing nothing I of course don’t mean sitting and stare at the wall, I mean have a day where you don’t plan anything. Simply clear your calendar and let the day unfold.

No agenda, no rushing around. Just be.

Sometimes the best thing to do is give your body and mind a break and remove all social obligations, turn off your notifications and put your projects on hold. Simply take a day and just be.

Why, you may wonder?

It’s healthy! It may sound boring, but taking time to do nothing often brings everything into perspective and gives your mind a little break from all the images, noises and impressions thrown its way. And it actually takes the absence of an agenda to really get to know yourself.

So, time to turn this around and clear my calendar. Make room for some empty pages and see what the day will bring. Be spontaneous again, feel and embrace! Going on autopilot may be efficient, but maybe not the best way to live.

What about you? Will you give it a try with me? Simply wake up and resist the urge to immediately DO something. It might take some time to break the habit (at least it will for me), but let’s try! But let’s start with once a week (babysteps, hihi)!


By: Henriette Danielsen

Featured 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

18 Things to do when you’re feeling down

Sometimes we simply have an “off day”. This happens to all of us. To me and to you, to your friend with that big smile, to that successful woman on Instagram: to all of us. Don’t be angry with yourself if everything gets a little too much and you need some downtime, a hug or both.

Here are some of the things I do when I need a positive boost. I hope they help you, too!

1. Watch a silly comedy, in your PJs.

2. Make a cup of steaming hot golden milk.

3. Listen to this beautiful playlist, by Marthe from The Freedom Experiment.

4. Eat chocolate.

5. Make a Pinterest board with inspiring quotes. I made one myself!

6. Clean up your wardrobe or organize your bookshelf.

7. Take a warm bath with epsom salts.

8. Put your favorite essential oil on your wrist. Citrus oils are very uplifting, lavender is calming and Frankincense is so grounding.

9. Meditate. Even five minutes of stillness can change your perspective.

10. Grab your pencils and start coloring.

11. Listen to a podcast. Some of my favorites include This American Life, The Lively Show and Ted Radio Hour.

12. Go for a run, a walk, a swim: move.

13. Bake these beetroot brownies.

14. Text a friend and tell her you need her.

15. Buy yourself your favorite magazine and read it on the sofa, under a blanket.

16. Roll out your yoga mat and do a gentle flow class.

17. Have an Instagram detox.

18. Dance in front of the mirror (suggestion: a Spice Girls song).

I hope this makes you feel better. If not, please remind yourself that this too shall pass. It’s okay to feel sad, or down, or just a little off. We’re all human beings trying to fit in, and sometimes it just gets a little too much. That’s fine. Be kind to yourself. You’re the most important thing in the world.


This post is contributed by Claudia Menger, health coach, yoga teacher, world traveler and content manager at travel app Stay.com. Find her on ClaudiaMenger.com and on Instagram.

Body

Zen mode

Do you ever feel like the days and weeks seem to pass by quicker and quicker as you’re getting older? At least we are. It happens quite frequently that we’re squeezing in lots of activities – breakfast seminar, work, lunch with a friend, gym class etc. without even reflecting upon the current moment we’re in. From time to time we need slow down the pace and save some space in our calendars for “me-time” and get into zen mode.

“It’s not happy people who are thankful. It’s thankful people who are happy”

Zen is a way of being or a state of focus which incorporates a balance between the body and mind. It’s also mainly about relaxing and letting go of the things you cannot change or affect. We’ve found that taking a few moments every day (it could be in the morning, during lunch or afternoon break) sitting in a comfortable position with your eyes closed and just breathing deeply can help you to find balance again. By filling your lungs with fresh air, all the way down to your stomach and then up again, a few times will reset your previous mood and become more thankful for the people and things around you.

If you feel like you need more guidance, there are several fantastic aps, like Headspace, which you can download to your smartphone. Want more advice of how to reduce stress? Click here.


By: Linnéa Nilsson Photo: Flickr/Take Back Your Health Conference