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Indulge in a little home spa

At times, it’s no secret that our lives get hectic and stressful. There are days, weeks, and even months where life comes at us hard and simply juggling the day-to-day tasks can leave us feeling overwhelmed and caught in a cycle that disconnects our body and mind. This makes it very tempting to drop everything and run off for a day of pampering at our favorite spa for some much needed self-care.

Unfortunately, sneaking off to the spa isn’t a feasible option for many of us. But, all is not lost. Thankfully, with some mindful choices and creative thinking we can bring the spa to us. This is great news, because studies show that setting aside time for self-care improves our overall health, quality of sleep, boosts our immune systems, and even reduces our levels of stress. Nurturing our minds and bodies is a good thing!

Give yourself permission to indulge in some much needed soul therapy and wash away stress with the following 10 home spa hacks:

Get fizzy
Using common household ingredients like epsom salts, cornstarch, baking soda, and a little citric acid you can make your own fizzing bath bombs. For added goodness, add some of your favorite scents or essential oils.

Soak in the tub
One of the easiest ways to bring the spa home is by indulging with a hot and steamy bath. Gather the following items to make this time special and more relaxing: fragrant flower petals, epsom salts, essential oils, white candles, a relaxing playlist, your favorite bottle of wine, and throw in a bouquet or two of your favorite calming flowers. Shut the door and soak away all your stress, anxiety, and worries of the day.

KISS
While treating yourself to a home spa day, make sure to practice mini meditations by keeping it simple and sweet (KISS). Focus on your breathing while noticing all of your senses, such as: the warm water running over your fingers, sunlight on your skin, or the soothing soap scent.

Egg it up
Beat egg whites to develop a foamy skin treatment that is perfect for keeping oily skin under control and it can also be used as a skin toner on all parts of the body. Whip yolks with a dash of olive oil or mayo and a smidge of water to concoct a natural deep conditioning hair treatment.

Give yourself a pedi or mani
It’s important that we don’t forget your hands and feet during your home spa day. Soothe your hands or feet by soaking them for five minutes in a tub of warm water, followed by a slathering of your favorite lotion, and finish with an application of clear nail polish. Within less than 10 minutes you will have great looking hands and feet.

Turn up the heat
It’s the small luxuries that put the “aaaaa” in spa. At home, place your lotion in a large container filled with hot water and throw a towel in the dryer so they will be warmed and soothing. This is an easy way to add a little luxury to your spa day.

Wear a mask
Facials are wonderful, but many of the masks we love are loaded with chemicals and cost a pretty penny. Instead of relying on a store bought option, head to the kitchen and create your own mask using oatmeal, honey, avocado, or yogurt.

Remember your peepers
Soothe tired eyes with slices of cucumber, soaked green tea bags, or even thin slices of potatoes, Simply put them on your closed eyelids for a few minutes to take advantage of the naturally occurring antioxidants to reduce inflammation, puffiness, and constrict blood vessels.

Roll it out
Use tennis balls to roll out knots and tension in your back and shoulders. Put the balls underneath your back while using a pillow to prop your head up and then, roll back and forth to relieve sore muscles.

Schedule “me-time”
Self-care is vital to our well-being so make it a priority by writing it on your calendar and choosing times with limited distractions so you can solely focus on yourself. To make this a reality, wake up early, utilize a child’s nap time, or put the kids to bed early every now and then. Do what you need to do to get some alone time to care for yourself.

What home spa hacks can you recommend?


By: Freelance writer Ashley Smith 

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Sweat & Shine part 2

//SOLD OUT

Since the interest in our Sweat& Shine event was so big, we are now announcing part 2!

What better way to end your day then with a sweaty workout, followed by some self-care at the spa, all together with a bunch of lovely ladies? Well, we got it all, so get ready to sweat and shine.

Tuesday 29th of May we want to invite you to our after-work event at Selma City Spa! Personal Trainer Marie Emre will get your pulse up and make your muscles work to the tunes of the 90s, showing that training shouldn’t be anything but fun and that working out in a group can both motivate and create happiness. All in a brand-new outfit from I Can I Will.

Afterwards we head on up to the 8th floor, ready to jump in the heated roof top pool with a spectacular view over the city. And worry not, if you’re not in the mood to take a swim, there is both a sauna or relaxation room available. We´re talking bathrobes, green smoothies, snacks and time to unwind after a day at the office. Here a little surprise will await too.

We want to give you the all the opportunity to make new friends and find what feels good. So, let us help you end your day with both joy and wellness.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
When: Tuesday 29/5/2018, 18:00 (can stay until closing time at 21:00).
Where: 2nd floor, Clarion Hotel Sign. Östra Järnvägsgatan 35, Stockholm.
Price: 400 SEK.
Registration: Limited spots. Sign up here. Please email henriette@bestofyou.se with your size in tights when booking.
Additional information: The workout will be held in Swedish or English, depending on the sign ups, and is for all ages and levels. Included in the price is: a 45 minutes’ workout with Personal Trainer Marie Emre, access to the spa facilities all evening (with bathrobe, slippers, towel, green juice and snacks), a workout outfit from I Can I Will and a little surprise.

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 

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A holistic connection between mind and body

Do you have that friend who seemingly has it all: a brilliant career, a wonderful family and a fit body? What most people don’t realize is, she too struggles with her own demons.

As much as we’d all love for a healthy life to be a sum of healthy habits, such as eating well, exercising, and sleeping, we are much more complex beings than that. We are a sum of our thoughts, perceptions, and feelings, just as much as our daily choices and actions.

So, it’s no wonder that low self-esteem has the power to affect your immune system, as research has shown that for example people who struggle with self-blame at work experience drops in their immunity more frequently than those who are confident. This is merely one part of an intricate equation of life, and we are only scratching the surface of how our emotional wellbeing affects our mind, as well as how our physical vitality impacts our mental state.

Be happy to live longer
Let’s consider this “chicken or the egg” conundrum: do you believe that you need to be healthy in order to be happy, or the other way around? Apparently, thinking positive thoughts has been linked to increased life longevity, even for patients with heart disease.

However, if you need to start somewhere, start with the things you can control with ease. Think about what makes you happy and do it more often! It can be exercise, which is known to boost your happy hormones, but it can also be something like enjoying a funny book. Just stick to what makes you smile, laugh out loud, and detox from daily stress!

Balanced nutrition for all-around resilience
We’re often told that the quality of our meals shapes our physical resilience, but what about our mental fortitude? This is where the famous expression “trusting your gut feeling” gains a whole new level of meaning, because studies have shown that a healthy gut flora is a key ingredient in our emotional stability and mental health.

The right foods give us the right amount of energy, they balance our hormones, and protect our bodies from harmful microbes. Sources of essential macro and micronutrients are crucial for gut balance, so ingredients such as anti-inflammatory Manuka Oil, antioxidant-packed Matcha tea, and the protein-rich Spirulina should reign supreme on your menu.

It takes time to master the art of listening to our body and recognizing our needs.

Mindfulness for prevention
More people join the mindfulness movement every day, and due to this simple practice’s incredible potential to soothe the mind and heal the body, it has become one of the pillars of health. It may start as a meditation practice and breathing exercises, but mindfulness reflects a permanent mindset anchored in the present moment, embracing its beauty, and letting go of all the things we cannot change.

When you incorporate mindful meditation into your life, science has shown that it helps alleviate the impact of stress by controlling our inflammatory responses. There are even studies that aim to explore how mindfulness can help us regulate our emotional responses and how this may help reduce the risk of brain degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s or help those who already suffer from it.

The art of listening 
The entire story of how our physical, cognitive, and emotional behaviour is intertwined is based upon the premise that we have the ability to recognize our own needs. However, our internal signals often get crossed, so what sounds to us like hunger may in fact be boredom, so we end up stress-eating.

It takes time to master the art of listening to our body and recognizing our needs. Some of the best actions in life may not feel as pleasant from the get-go, such as starting an exercise regime, or a challenging job, but it is precisely these choices that will end up shaping our existence both inside and out. The beauty of it all? Most of what happens in your body and your mind is in your hands. Perhaps it’s time to embrace the responsibility and start listening to our internal voice!


By: Sophia Smith. Sophia is beauty and style blogger, an eco-lifestyle lover and a food enthusiast. She is very passionate about natural skincare, minimalist wardrobe, yoga and mindful living.  You can find out more about her writing by following her on: Facebook  Twitter  Google +

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Simple ways to practice gratitude   

Gratitude is such a powerful emotion which can give a more optimistic view towards life. Yet so few of us practice it on a daily basis. Things tend to get a tad too complicated, and we want to change that, creating a positive attitude towards the practice of gratitude .

Practicing gratitude is often dismissed, because it involves too much commitment. Like writing a journal every day, that´s not for everyone. Nevertheless, there are simpler ways to make gratitude a part of everyday life. But let us first consider why we should practice more gratitude:

  • It can help us lessen our longings for more all the time. Creating more awareness to what you have, not what you want.
  • It strengthens relationships, reduces stress and makes us in general more appreciative.
  • It sets things in perspective and helps us see the goodness in what we usually take for granted.

So, how do we practice gratitude? Let´s start simple, because why make small, positive things so damn complicated, right?

  • Tell someone you love them.
  • Nurture your friendships. Maybe time to book in a friend-date or tell a friend that you appreciate him or her.
  • Smile more often. The power of a smile is truly underrated!
  • Be kind, always. Include an act of kindness in your daily routines.
  • See the growth opportunity in your mistakes.
  • Be thankful when you learn something new.

Small, but effective steps. Notice your life from a point of gratitude and you will quickly see how it will affect you in a positive way.


By: Henriette Danielsen

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The road to success

Success; something many of us dream about and work very hard for. But achieving it is a totally different story and often involves a long and bumpy road.

It is in fact a topic that has been equally discussed by experts, older and younger, men and women. Some argue that only talent and hard work lead to success, some that the factor of happiness is crucial, some that the story of every successful person is unique and different.

In this article, I will share some factors I think can ease your way to success. Nevertheless, don’t forget to enjoy whatever you do, because the greatest success in my opinion is to be happy.

Now let´s take a closer look:

Having a clear and defined goal
We should know how, why and in what way we will achieve our goal. We all have many different desires, but often our goals aren’t clearly defined and therefore we don’t know how to achieve these desires. Without a defined goal, we don’t know in which direction to go and our vision becomes unclear. The success criterion is always the achievement of the goal we set.

Positive motivation
With a clear defined goal, motivation grows, which drives us and makes us work towards achieving our goal. Unfortunately, we are often ambivalent when it comes to the goals we have chosen. We want something and at the same time we are afraid of it, and this will affect our reduction of positive motivation. What more affects the reduction of positive motivation is the fair of failure. Fair of failure occurs when we identify ourselves with the goal and create a pressure that is expressed through fear. Positive motivation is growing with the reduction of fear of failure so stick to positivity!

Persistence
Many say that persistence this is the key factor to success. Persistence implies that we don’t give up when we are confronted by obstacles, but instead we are making extra efforts to overcome them. When we really want something, we are persistent and we work long and hard, until we succeed. Being persistent doesn’t mean the same as being stubborn though. Stubbornness is resistance in a negative direction, opposed to persistence.

Flexibility
To avoid being stubborn and persistent in something that doesn’t bring us profit, we need to be flexible. For success in life we need to constantly grow and develop, adapt to new circumstances and changes. This is necessary because the whole world around us constantly changes and if we are not ready to follow it, we will not succeed in the long run.

Courage
That means willingness to take risks. Success always involve risk. So, the bigger the goal is, the greater the risk will be. The willingness to risk implies that we can rationally assess the risk even when we feel fear and uncertainty. Courage doesn’t imply the absence of fear, but precisely the opposite, it means you are ready to make rational decisions and take action when it is the riskiest. Here also flexibility comes to expression. It is sometimes wise to think carefully and give yourself enough time for important decisions and sometimes it needs to be an impulsive reaction. Risk strategies should be customized in line with the given situation.

These are just some of the factors that can ease our way to success. If this interests you I recommend you to listen to some of these amazing TED Talks to learn more about what success is and the road to getting there.


 By: Sonja Josipovic / Photo cred: edce.ca

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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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Forever a dreamer

Goal setting seems to be a huge trend today. Whether it’s losing x number of kilos, get that certain promotion at work, get more active or get rich. Whatever the goal is, it’s in fact a dream with a deadline, and why add that type of stress to your life?

I have always been a dreamer. For as long as I can remember, I would have these visions of doing and achieving tons of different things in life. I still do. And turns out there are enormous benefits to dreaming often and dreaming big. It for example provides us with a platform for growth and success.

The same goes for goals. Except they come with that deadline.

Just taste the word: DEADline. The word itself is negatively charged. And with a deadline comes pressure, and with pressure the possibility of failure. And we all fail, at some point. And then we get upset, punish ourselves and get demotivated. When we in fact should try to accept it, and ask ourselves what we learned from it. Move on, continue our journey.

 Goals may give focus, but dreams give power

I am not saying goals are bad, but why not embrace dreams instead? Because they come without pressure, timelines and rules. Dreams are all about kindness. Maybe try to get yourself a dream diary, put your dreams down on paper. Visualize and embrace creativity, but without the time pressure.

If you on the other hand love goals and have tons of them; That’s great too! Just remember to be kind to yourself. Because the kinder you are, the more efficient you will be and the better you will feel. Skip the rules of what you MUST and SHOULD accomplish and simply trust your journey. Let what is supposed to happen, happen. Preferably without a deadline.


By: Henriette Danielsen

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From couch potato to a more energized self

We have all heard it a hundred times; moving more equals better health. You get more productive at work, you sleep better and you feel more energized and happy. But then there is the hard truth that getting up from the couch is easier said than done. And the gym frightens many of us.  

The good news is that the benefits of physical activity are not restricted to exercise performed only in the gym. There are other steps you can take to increase physical activity that don’t involve hours lifting weights or running on a treadmill.

Simply be on the lookout for little ways to move more.

The small things that can increase your everyday exercise. And you just wait and see; it will do wonders to your overall health!

Use your legs
Get up and start walking. It is as simple as that. Walk to the store, suggest a walking meeting at work if possible, take a Sunday walk with a friend instead of meeting over lunch, get off the bus one stop before home, choose the stairs instead of the elevator. Nothing you probably haven’t heard before, but try it. It really works.

House chores
Cleaning your house or apartment can definitely get your pulse up. Vacuuming, mopping floors, scrubbing the shower, wipe dust, all of it requires movement. And why not add some music and dance around a little while doing it? Makes a boring chore more fun in an instant.

Make time
This is key people. Try to move at least 30 minutes every single day. Might sound a lot, but try to shift the focus of it being something you must do, to something you want to do. Maybe event write it in your day planner, make an appointment with yourself or with others.

Stay motivated
How, you might wonder? Try different things. We have a tendency to stick to what we know and what we are good at, but why not try out new things. Why not give dance class a try, or choose a new route for your Sunday walk? Or why not join your friend for a new activity?  Variation being the key word. And never underestimate the value of the small stuff. As long as you move, your body will thank you for it.

Bring others in on it
Have a family, why not play around in the snow or dance around the house? Have a partner? Why not motivate each other for a little sit up competition? Have co-workers? Why not suggest walking up and down the stairs together, twice a day during your workday? Live alone? Why not call a friend and suggest trying a new activity rather than a movie night?

Don´t limit yourself. Be open for new things and you will see how you will feel better and get more motivated to keep it up. But most importantly; don´t end up punishing yourself if the couch wins over your willpower. Just get up the next day and try again. And remember; start small.


By: Henriette Danielsen

Baking Recipes

Cookie time

It´s Friday and what better than do a batch of cookies to enjoy during the weekend?

We turned to our dearest food blog Happy Health Blog for some inspiration! These cookies are easily made, and even more easily enjoyed!

Ingredients (approximately 12 cookies)
5 fresh dates mashed or blended into a paste
3 tbsp. almond butter
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 cups oats
1/4 cup oat milk
1/2 cup raisins
3 tbsp. coconut sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1,5 tsp cinnamon

Instructions
Preheat the oven to 150°C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Add all the the ingredients (except the raisins) to a bowl and mix until well combined. Then add the raisins and scoop dough into balls on the baking sheet, flatten the balls slightly with the palm of your hand. Bake for about 15-18 minutes. They should be light brown on the bottom. Let them cool before munching! Enjoy!


By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo and recipe cred: Happy Health Blog 

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Is social media messing with our health?

Daily we mindlessly scroll through our social media feeds, being subconsciously fed with a portrait of the perfect life. We start comparing ours with others, getting caught in the delusion that life is flawless. Which is fair to say is a tad unhealthy.

Sometimes it can be just a little sting of jealousy over someone’s vacation photos. Or from someone’s amazing party, event or girl’s night. Or it can be the beautiful clothes, the perfect boyfriend or the fun job. Other times it can be the pressure to post the right picture in order to get enough likes. Everything must be perfect, because while in reality perfection doesn’t exist, in the virtual world it can be achieved simply with the right filter.

We carefully select and portray pieces of our lives which are simply a fraction of what our days actually look like. We choose the best outfits and the best selfies, rarely tapping into the more common moments like sitting on the sofa in sweatpants. Or burring our face in chocolate, or skipping yet another gym class. And we sit on the other side of those screens, swallowing every image, every word.

All of this is not to say that there are no benefits to social media. On the contrary. It keeps us connected across great distances, helps us stay in touch, inspires us, let’s us unfold our creativity and be part of a community. There are so many reasons to why we love it! We just want to give you a friendly reminder that in those moments when you find yourself envying someone, or feel like a failure due to a status or image update, keep in mind that those moments show only a fraction of reality and are usually staged, photoshoped, filtered and styled.

So, consume with caution, and when an account or person makes you feel low, it´s time to defriend or unfollow. Life is too short to be comparing yourself to others and social media should bring you joy and inspiration, not anxiety and depression. Remember; you being you is your superpower!


By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred: planoly.com