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How to manage stress?

”You cannot control the weather, but you can always choose to kiss in the rain.”   To not encounter some kind of stressor in your life is rather impossible. Stress is inevitable, and most certainly we will feel stressed out at some point in our fast paced life. However, what are the steps we can take to master stress, and not become its victim? But firstly, what is stress? Stress can be seen as a process. This view emphasizes the importance of how we appraise – that is, judge – demanding or threatening events (stressors); these appraisals, in turn, influence our reactions to such events. Therefore, stress is largely in the eye of the beholder; it’s not so much what happens to you as it is how you respond. Stress can, however, be a positive, motivating force that can improve the quality of our lives; a moderate amount of stress can be beneficial in challenging situations. Nonetheless, when a person experiences very strong emotions – especially those associated with a perceived threat – the body’s …

How to be more productive

”Stay focused and get sh*t done.”   How to get things done when you’re completely overwhelmed? Fall is here and it’s time to get back to work and/or school. Have you ever told yourself that; ”There isn’t enough time in one day?” The truth is; there is more than enough time, it’s how you choose to spend your time that matters. It’s for example easy to lose focus if you’re used to checking your phone every five minutes. If you feel like there isn’t enough time, start to observe what you’re doing with your time. How can you become more effective? Structure your days, focus on what you can change and take action – in order to stay ahead of the game. Below you’ll find 5 hacks that will make your days more productive; Be proactive. This advice is from the book ”7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey. Focus on the things you can change, instead of worrying about the things on which you have no control. And do it proactively, before …

Dreamy mornings

”darling sun, you woke me up from my dreams. but then I realized, this one is way better.” Why a healthy morning routine? It reduces stress, helps you set your mood for the entire day, makes you more productive and ahead of the day. Furthermore it makes you feel calm, relaxed and centered. Wake up happy and start your day rejuvenated.   ”early morning sunrise. i opened up my eyes, and it got me thinking of you.”   Below you’ll find a couple of my favourite self-care routines for a dreamy morning; Let the sun in & meditate As soon as you wake up, open up your curtains to let the bright & beautiful morning sunlight in. Now is also the perfect time to take a few minutes and set an intention for the day ahead. Visualize your perfect day; What are you doing? What will you accomplish? making myself a cup of coffee… Stretch & get your body moving A sweaty morning workout releases feel-good endorphins. During the summer months I prefer working out in the mornings; …

Friday Feeling – Patience

”No one is an overnight success story. Put in the work.”   Sometimes what we want doesn’t happen when or how we want it to. But that doesn’t mean the answer is ”no” it just mean ”not right now”, or ”I have a better plan for you, sincerely the Universe”. I believe the main difference between successful and unsuccessful people is not the way they vary in their competencies, but the way they vary in their ambition, and desires to reach their potential. Persistence is key, since good things usually take time. Below you’ll find a few important mindsets to carry with you during times when giving up is the only thing on your to-do-list; Practise gratitude. It’s extremely easy to get caught up in other peoples’ success stories. However, spending time dwelling on the things you haven’t achieved yet, or comparing yourself with others won’t take you anywhere. Focus on you. Be thankful of the things you have accomplished so far. Write down all of your achievements – big and small, and start being …

That gut feeling

”Trust your intuition. It knows what your head has yet to figure out.”   Come home to yourself, darling. Stop running away from your inner being, instead run toward yourself. Trust that you hold all the answers within. When you feel at home with yourself you begin to feel safe in the world, and it will become much easier to listen and pay attention to your intuition.  How can we become better at listening to our inner voice, that gut feeling? Here are the most important ways I’ve learned to uncover and trust my intuition. 1. Stay present. ”Breathe in the moment.”  To be mindful in the present moment is one of the most powerful ways to detach from the ego. It’s easy to get caught up in all the shoulds, and thereby forgetting all the wants and needs that lie deep within. At the moment I’m sipping on a cup of coffee while writing, and enjoying the sound of heavy rain and thunderstorm. Happiness lies in the smallest of things. Each and every day …

Happiness comes from setting goals?

”The secret of your future is hidden in your daily routine.”   A couple of days ago I read an interesting article in the Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat – ”Onni tulee tavoitteista.” (Roughly translated; Happiness comes from goals.) The article is an interview with 40 year old Satu Pihlaja, a Finnish psychotherapist. At the moment she is working on a dissertation, while studying two other degrees and operating a privat clinic as a psychotherapist. In her spare time she practices yoga, sings in a rock band and spends time with her friends. (How many hours does she have during a day?!) Setting and accomplishing goals is, however, possible for every single one of us. It can be regarded as a characteristic that can be taught.  Satu Pihlaja does not regard herself as a ”doer”. During her teenage years she started to ask herself why she didn’t have any goals. She realized how dissatisfying it was to start studying the night before an exam. It was when she applied for the university that she understood that she won’t …

Scripting & Visualizing

”You are the creator of your reality.”   Scripting, or journaling, is a powerful tool in order to create the life that you want. It’s a way of visualizing your future and how you wish it to unfold; in other words you get to design your entire life. You are limitless. Everything will work out for you; you just have to find the trust within yourself. Trust. Yourself.   ”We chase likes instead of dreams. We surf the web instead of the world. We build profiles instead of connections. We let computers fill our hearts, and then we wonder why we feel so empty.” – Mark Groves   Whether you choose to use scripting every day, once a week, once a month or once a year, remember it can be a powerful tool in order to create your desired destiny. Write everything in detail, the way you wish your life to be. Write everything as if, in the present tense, the way that you desire it. The key ingredient when writing your script is emotion. …

Mindset is everything

”Chaos is only understood when it’s loved by the wild, not the weak.”   I believe in me. And you should too. Believe in yourself. Do not become small for people who refuse to grow. The less you respond to negative people, the more peaceful your life will become. Remember that no one is coming to save you. This life is 100 % your responsibility. Brave human, never settle again.    ”The hardest step she ever took was to blindly trust in who she was. – Atticus Believing in yourself is the first secret of success. Your mind will always believe everything you tell it. Feed it with love. Feed it truth. Feed it faith. It’s never too late to start living the life you always dreamt of. One day you just have to decide to jump. Not knowing where you will land. Having the courage, although life is uncertain, will take you to places you never thought of exploring. Dear human, be brave. Have faith. Life will reward you if you decide to never give …

How to become the best version of yourself

”Be the sort of person you would admire.”   You are a different person to different people. Annoying to some. Talented to another. Kind to a few. Unknown to a lot. But who are you, to you? What does the best version of yourself look like? Being the best version of yourself needs to start with you, it needs to start from within. Other people will always have expectations from you, however, you decide who you are.    1. Take your power back.   To change your life, you have to change yourself. To change yourself, you have to change your mindset. It all begins and ends in your mind. What you give power to, has power over you, if you allow it. Trust that you have what it takes, the power is found within you. You won’t become powerful through another person, getting a promotion or having excess money in your account. These things might make you feel powerful. But they won’t make you powerful. Having the confidence within, a deep trust within yourself …

Mindfulness practises for setting & achieving goals

”How amusing isn’t it that we all pretend to be normal when we can be wildly different and fascinating?”     March intentions Where do I want to be one year from now? What can I do this month that will bring me one step closer to where I want to be? Setting monthly intentions is a great way in order to achieve the desired goals you have in life. Dreaming is always good, but taking action is even better. Mindfulness practises for setting & achieving goals   Writing. The more specific you are about your goals the better. Write them down, try to be as clear and precise as possible. I strongly believe that putting words, goals – the desired future – on paper will take you one step closer to achieving your dreams. I started writing things down last fall, and reading it now makes me realise some of the things already happened. Let go of the how. After writing down your goals I think it’s crucial that you stop obsessing over how everything will happen. …