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One bad day doesn’t make a bad life

Sometimes when the rain is pouring, it´s important to remember that there is sunshine hiding behind those clouds. And it’s going to shine again.

We all have those days. The ones when nothing goes your way and staying in bed under the blanket might be the best thing to do. Sometimes it’s easier to deal with and other times it can be a real nightmare. But, no matter how bad things may be, it is always important to remember that it’s just a phase, and like anything else in life, it too shall pass.

From stress, to hormones, and things not working out as you hoped, there are many factors that can turn your mood sour. A bad meeting, not getting the job you wanted, traffic jam, family drama, heartbreak – the list can go on and on. Some days it may be none of it. Maybe you are just in your PMS or the Mercury is retrograde and you are not feeling it.

When the bad mood sets in, be extra kind to yourself

When the bad mood comes, with or without a specific cause, it is crucial to be extra kind to yourself. Instead of being harsh, try to be your own best friend. Play your favourite song, treat yourself to some ice-cream, light some candles, get a glass of wine or do whatever it is that gets you to relax.

Cry it out if that helps, or call your best friend and confidant that you know will listen to you and try to cheer you up. Sometimes just talking it out can do wonders. Be extra attentive to yourself and give it some time.

Even when the bad day stretches into two or three, just know that it all must end and better days are awaiting just around the corner.


By: Ivona Josipovic

Breakfast Recipes

Our go-to brekkie

Busy days gives us less time in the kitchen. Nevertheless, brekkie needs to be eaten and preferably it should be both delicious and nutritious! 

Our go-to brekkie and all-time favorite is inspired by non-other than food blogger Deliciously Ella! This overnight oats-recipe will give you more time in the morning and keep you full until lunch! Delicious to eat at home or on the run.

Ingredients
1 cup oats
1 1/2 cups of almond milk
2 tablespoons of peanut butter
2 tablespoons of maple or agave syrup
1 tablespoon of chia seeds
Handful of raisins

Topping:
Chopped nuts
Yoghurt
Peanut butter
½ banana

Instructions
Place all the ingredients in a big bowl or a jar and stir well. Place in the fridge overnight. Top with some chopped nuts, a dash of yoghurt and some extra peanut butter if you can´t get enough! A little tip is to add some banana too, really gives it that extra yummy taste! Enjoy


By: Henriette Danielsen / Recipe inspiration and photo cred: Deliciously Ella

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Spurtee- Powerful sportswear for powerful women

With a vision to help ladies release their inner power and share that feeling with others, Mina Lindman founded the brand Spurtee. By wearing Spurtee sportswear you share your power and encourage others to do greater things.
By: Henriette Danielsen Photo: Spurtee

We met Mina at Clarion Hotel Sign in Stockholm on a cold and wet January day. But with her positive energy and big smile she instantly brightened up the room.

So, who is Mina Lindman? Mina has done a lot of different things throughout her career. Everything from being a consultant to working with sales, being marketing manager and lastly CEO. But she didn’t feel happy, so she decided to quit and become an entrepreneur. Today she is the brains behind the sports brand Spurtee.
– I had a vision of finding a fun way to support girls and women to release their inner powers. I am also very much inspired by the whole start-up scene here in Stockholm. There is so much potential and possibilities and you get encouraged to try your own thing. Which I did, Mina says.

Spurtee´s first collection was “The Power Collection”. A collection of workout clothes made of organic materials with inspiring quotes, putting Spurtee on the map and encouraging you to do greater things through their powerful messages. And most recently they launched a more niched collection, focusing on yoga.
– Imagine the feeling when you can take that yoga pose a little bit further, when you run and reach the top of that steep hill, when you score a three pointer or when you finally get the hang on how to do a deadlift. When you have that feeling you want to share it with the world, and you want others to experience the same feeling of euphoria. That is what my brand is all about!

If you can dream it, you can do it

The brand name came from the two words “Spurt” or “Spur” and “Tee”.
– To spurt means to sprint like you do in short-distance running, and the idea is that you get an extra spurt when your read the message on the back of our shirts. But you can also read it as Spur, with the meaning of encouraging someone. And, tee is of course short for t-shirt, she explains.

And what makes Spurtee the brand to choose when it comes to fitness clothing?
– Apart from being edgy and empowering, we think the design is very flattering, bringing out the best of you. And, also, the materials we use are soft, light and has natural thermal qualities to keep you cool when exercising or just strolling around on a hot day.

Besides focusing on her new collection, Mina has many exciting plans for the brand in the future. They are for instance soon launching a possibility to pre-order your favorite Spurtee, in addition to preparing for shipping outside of Sweden and the launch a new collection called “Runner’s Collection”.
– We hope to launch the Runner’s Collection together with an influential runner that really loves and lives our brand. In addition, we are continuously looking for other brands that will supplement Spurtee, and sell them on our online store. Much fun  awaits, Maria says.

Want to learn more about Spurtee? Check out their website and Instagram account for more inspiration.


Facts
Name: Mina Lindman
Age: 42
Lives: Stockholm, Sweden
Favorite quote: “Just Do It” is my all-time favorite, it’s so much me!

Events Featured Upcoming Events

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 breakfast and spa afterwards. Premiere: Tuesday 06/03
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 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 welcome you on the premiere morning and afterwards 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

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7 ways to be your happier self

Some people think happiness is something that just happens or comes naturally. It is widely believed that it is elusive and needs to be chased, but cannot be created. Many people view it as a temporary state, something to be achieved and worked to maintain. Each year, people spend millions of dollars and hours of labor trying to achieve things they think will make them happy.

However, happiness is found within. Some of the happiest people in the world have very little in the way of material wealth, yet they live in a state of serenity. The Kingdom of Bhutan even accounts for its people’s happiness before installing new public works. Happiness is a state of mind, and while it does need to be maintained, it’s not as elusive or fleeting as you think!

Here are seven ways to find your bliss:

Eat right
The old adage says “You are what you eat.” This is actually true. The foods you ingest release vitamins and minerals into your body that trigger the release of hormones, for good or ill. Many processed foods and refined sugars cause the release of stress hormones on the body, which contributes to low mood and larger health problems in the long term. Eating leafy greens and drinking a lot of water is better for your mood because stress hormones are not released by eating them.

Mindfulness practices
Mindfulness is a type of meditation that teaches us to observe our thoughts and emotions in a non-judgemental way. There are many types of mindfulness practices, such as meditation, yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi/Qigong, and martial arts. These practices help build emotional intelligence, called EQ, which is the ability to observe, identify, and appropriately express emotions. Building EQ can help teach us why we become unhappy and how to cope with those feelings.

Practice gratitude
Often we take the things we see every day for granted, making it difficult to realize how important they truly are. Many spiritual traditions practice gratitude, and while the simple act of saying “thank you” may not seem like something that will usher in happiness, it is actually one of the most powerful methods of building happiness. Even just writing a few sentences of gratitude in a journal each day can go a long way.

Happiness is not a secret that has been kept from people or a prize that is difficult to attain!

Be in nature
Exposure to plants, flowers, and natural light has been shown to release stress and have a calming effect upon the mind and body. Even having a photograph of plants and flowers was shown to increase productivity in offices that had no windows. Getting outside for some fresh air can also provide a literal breather from dust and mold that can collect indoors. Having plants inside the house or on the desk of your office can bring a little of the power of flowers to you when you can’t get outside.

Get some exercise
Whether at home, at the gym, or around the neighbourhood, getting plenty of exercise is a must for a happier you. Exercise has obvious health benefits, such as burning calories and building muscle, but even a little exercise each day can also help reduce stress. This happens in two ways: first, exercise burns off the stress hormone cortisol, which raises blood sugar and pressure in preparation for an emergency, but stores fat and sugar when released over a long term. Secondly, muscles (as a result of cortisol) hang onto tension and become tight; exercise releases that tension naturally.

Play with pets
Our furry, finned, and feathered friends can bring a lot of joy to our lives. Pets have been used to assist people suffering from illnesses such as blindness, epilepsy, diabetes, PTSD, and anxiety disorders for years. More recent studies found that caring for a pet, even temporarily, teaches children compassion and empathy, and reduces bullying in schools. Having and playing with pets can bring a long term happiness to the whole family.

Go offline for family
Social support is an important coping mechanism for social animals like humans. It means getting together in person with friends or loved ones and talking about your feelings, problems, and happiness, and listening to others do the same. Family is one of the best ways to connect socially because they are the first agents to teach kids to socialize. Listening to and connecting with family can offer a powerful alternative to the fleeting happiness of television and digital devices. Empathizing with and being compassionate in person is one of the best ways to be happy.

Happiness is not a secret that has been kept from people or a prize that is difficult to attain. It is the product of simple practices that cost very little and can be done by anyone. It is easily within your grasp, so be your happiest self by practicing happiness.


By: Freelance writer Ashley Smith 

Recipes Smoothies/Juices

Green super mix

An all-time favorite in our kitchen: the green super mix. It is what we like to call a little health bomb, which both keeps us healthy during the winter season and tastes delicious.

Fun fact:
There are over 50 varieties of kale, which is one of the ingredients in this health bomb. This trendy green is resilient and can survive into the winter. In fact, frost makes it sweeter. Kudos to the kale!

Ingredients
½ banana
½ avocado
½ lemon
A big chunk of ginger
A handful of green kale
Two handfuls of fresh spinach
1 cup frozen pineapple/or mango
Unsweetened almond milk (or any other nut milk you prefer)

Instructions
Peel the lemon and ginger and mix it, together with all the other ingredients until smooth. If you want a thicker and more filling smoothie, take a little almond milk at a time. Enjoy!


By: Henriette Danielsen

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A journey to take back her power

Having dealt with several different autoimmune diseases and finding no cure, Helena Önneby took matters into her own hands. On her journey to take back power over her own life she learned to take full responsibility for her health: body, mind and soul.  Which all led to her publishing the book: Pure Personal Power. 

What inspired you to write this book?
I first got inspired to write this book at the age of 13, after having been really sick for a longer period for the first time. I wanted to write a book about my experience to be able to help others in a similar situation feel less lonely. Later on, when I found a way to heal from the root of the problem, I started blogging about my journey. When I quit my corporate job last summer I finally got the time to write a proper book about it and the tools that I want to share with others.

The book is partly about your journey healing from different autoimmune diseases. Tell us a little about that.
For more than 15 years I trusted my doctors above all else and never listened to my own body’s wisdom or what actually made sense. About six years ago I was really sick and had collected six different diagnosis over the years. The doctors started calling me “autoimmune” and I realized there was a link between all of the different diagnosis and wanted to know more. When no one in conventional medicine could answer my questions, I found my own path in functional medicine. So often we shut off the fire alarms (the symptoms) instead of extinguishing the fire (the root cause of the disease). In functional medicine you do just that, find the root cause and start the healing from there.

How would you say this has affected you and this book?
What started as a physical healing journey soon turned in to something much bigger than that. I realized I had to work on my self-worth, dealing with fear and stress, and start focusing on identifying with what was healthy in me and being grateful for that.

What do you hope to achieve with your book?
I hope this book will be what I so desperately needed when I had lost all my power; being caught in victimhood and trusting everyone else but myself. I want it to be a guide for anyone who has lost the power over their life.

Personal power is authentic power. It’s the source of your strength!

What is true personal power to you?
Personal power is authentic power. It’s the source of your strength and you can tap it once you start taking responsibility for your life and everything in it. It lives within all of us and it’s when we live in our power that we can create the life that we truly want and the world that we want to live in.

How do you help others on their journey to find true personal power?
Today I guide people to find their power by coaching, mentoring, teaching and writing. I’m on a mission to help people live up to more of their potential by living a more authentic life.

You are worth living the life of your dreams!

How does self-love and personal power connect?
When we love ourselves we also believe we are worthy. If we don’t believe we are worthy we will always resist our power and block our own self-expression. You are worth living the life of your dreams!

What is true health to you?
True health is holistic health. It’s about body, mind and soul. They are all intertwined, and they need to balance for us to find true health. There is no one size fits all or quick fix, it’s a life long journey of trusting, listening and adjusting when we need too.

Helena is as a coach, writer and teacher on a mission to help you find your personal power. After more than 10 years in corporate HR, she now supports people to live up to more of their potential. Are you curious about how you can take back power over your life? Order the book or book a session with Helena.


By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred: Olliver Photographers/ Marie Olliver

Baking Featured Recipes

Gluten free seed crackers

Bread is a big part of this household, but as we all know, too much of something is never good (at least not for my stomach). So I was happy to come across Happy Health Blog´s seed crackers,  and I guess I might not be the only one being happy to find a yummy substitute for bread? 

Fun fact:
Seeds are extremely beneficial for our health and sesame seeds that is part of this recipe, helps to improve heart health, digestion, improves your sleep and reduces inflammation.

So, get ready to fill the kitchen cabinet with these yummy, seed-filled crackers.

Ingredients
1,5 cup flax seeds
1,5 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup sesame seeds
3,5 cups boiling hot water
1/4 cup coconut oil
2 cup corn flour
1 tsp salt + some to sprinkle before baking

Instructions
Start by heating the oven to 200°C. Place all the ingredients in a large bowl, pour the boiling hot water last and mix to combine. Leave for 15 minutes for flax seeds to soften and bind everything together.

Spread the mixture onto a parchment paper lined tray using a large spatula. Use another parchment paper on top to spread out the mixture thin. No higher than 5 mm. Score the mixture by pressing a sharp knife down to create lines. This will make it easier to break into evenly sized crackers after cooking.

Sprinkle with some flaky sea salt. Bake for 25-30 minutes, but remember to watch the crackers carefully the last 5 minutes, they can burn quickly. Especially if you have an uneven oven. Remove to a rack to cool and store in an airtight container.


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

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Flowers for happiness

Flowers create a positive presence no matter the setting. From offices, to homes, to restaurants, medical facilities and gardens alike, flowers can bring good energy and make people feel better in an instant. Research even supports that flowers can significantly improve your mood and health in a number of areas.

Here are some of the top ways in which the power of flowers can contribute to your total well-being.

Flowers & improved air quality
One of the greatest ways that flowers can improve your health is through improved indoor air quality. Indoor air can quickly become contaminated with toxins like mold, dust, and even lingering chemicals from household products. However, flowers can make an impact by cleansing the air and removing these harmful elements so that you do not breathe them in. One such flower is the gerbera daisy which is known to remove trichlorethylene which is sometimes used in dry cleaning. Gerbera daisies also remove benzene which is used in ink, glue, and paint.

Chrysanthemums are another great flower that improves indoor air quality. These brightly colored flowers also help to filter out harmful benzene from the air, keeping you safe and contributing to your health. Just be sure to give your chrysanthemums plenty of direct sunlight to encourage them to bloom. Similarly, azaleas help to fight formaldehyde which is sometimes present in plywood and insulation.

Flowers for happiness & positive energy
Research also connects flowers with improved mood and psychological benefits. First, flowers are pleasant to look at. With all of their colorful petals and visual variety, flowers help to stimulate the senses, energizing those who witness their natural beauty. Flowers also have sweet aromas which can promote a sense of calm and tranquility. For instance, the mild scent of the geranium plant promotes peace of mind. The same is true for the aroma of lavender which has been proven to promote a sense of relaxation and happiness. The lovely fragrance of peace lilies is also associated with improved well-being as they can also encourage deep sleep.

Gifted flowers are representative of so many positive feelings to include love, joy, gratitude, kindness, appreciation and well wishes.

Furthermore, flowers are symbolic. Presenting someone with fresh flowers is a kind gesture that has meaning behind it. Gifted flowers are representative of so many positive feelings to include love, joy, gratitude, kindness, appreciation and well wishes. For instance, think of the practice of sending notes with flowers—this sentimental act helps to create a total experience for the receiver, often stimulating an emotional reaction as they become overjoyed by your thoughtful gift.

Gardening for physical health
Having flowers is not just about having a pretty bouquet in a vase to admire, there are also physical health benefits to planting beautiful flower gardens. Gardening is an excellent way to improve your physical health. The act of gardening is often considered low impact exercise but it can certainly help you stay in shape. From bending down often, to using your arms to dig and rake, to stretching your legs so that you do not step on delicate plants, you can improve your body in a very practical way. What’s more is that gardening can help to lower stress. It can reduce feelings of anxiety and can help you clear your thoughts for improved mental health. Plus, getting regular doses of fresh air is always a good idea for your improved lung, heart and circulatory health.

Having flesh flowers around the home is more than just a symbol of beauty.

Flowers can have a positive impact on your mood, health and overall well-being. In other words, flowers are a proactive step towards improving your health and happiness. Delicate flowers are some of nature’s best kept secrets when it comes to feeling better. They can improve your mood, give you renewed energy and instantly put a smile on your face. This is the true power of flowers.


By: Freelance writer Ashley Smith / Photo cred: astrostyle.com

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Insider tips: Making 2018 your year

This month our four amazing coaches are giving you some pointers to make this year your best one, and first one up is Sandra Aggemo. 

Sandra is a certified Life Coach, Kids Yoga Teacher, Qi Gong and Meditation Instructor. She is passionate about exploring new things, building meaningful relationships and breathing wholeheartedly. Here are her five best tips for the new year:

Be vulnerable 
Tell someone how you actually feel, break down the walls and be brave in your relationships. Dare to go deeper into them. Dare to say: “Hey, I am not perfect, I lack self-esteem when it comes to networking”, or “I am afraid of talking in front of people”. Simply be more human and dare to say: “I am sorry”. Express yourself and be free.

Just breathe
When feeling upset or stressed: slow yourself down by listening to your breathing. Put one hand under your belly and feel your breath deep down. Just lie or sit, and appreciate your breathing and use the breath as a bridge over troubled water. Guiding yourself into calmness, one inhale and exhale at a time always being with you.

Try not to compare yourself to others
This is a big challenge for many of us! My mantra is therefore: choose love over fear. Fear is always chosen when you compare yourself to others and when you tell yourself you are not good enough. But remember that love is always available. What can I do to feed myself with compassion, not hate? Practice love, not fear.

Open your mind
Meet new people, see people, things, taste your food, take in the smell of fresh air, simply look around you. What new things can you experience today? People to talk to, old friends or new ones. Let yourself talk and listen. Let them teach you and you teach them. Be the teacher and the student, always. Experience the reality and learn about life.

Dance
Process feelings through your physical body, let them transform you into something bigger than your mind. Express yourself. Love what your body can do. Embody your feelings.

Feeling inspired by Sandra and would want to learn more about her services? Take a look here.

By: Mo Oléron and Sandra Aggemo /Photo cred: Pinterest