Sorry for the silence, I have been extremely tired the last weeks. This happens to me every year when spring arrives and the days get longer. For 2 weeks it feels like all my energy disappears and I just want/need to reload and rest my body. Can anybody relate? It kind of feels like I’ve been hit by a bus every morning, haha, and for a morning person like me this doesn’t happen very often.
Last year I read into this a little bit more and apparently it’s called Springtime Fatigue. When spring arrives and the days get longer our bodies start to readjust our hormone levels and release more serotonin, the activity hormone. This change can be quite heavy on our bodies, causing us to feel more tired for a while as we adjust. I think it’s a little bit like when the darkness arrives in November, but the other way around.
Anyhow, I have noticed that during this couple of weeks it is extra important for me to keep up with my daily routines; nourishing my body with good and healthy food (although I have been so tired lately I have eaten way to much chocolate because I just haven’t had the energy to care -> the sugar makes me even more tired) , drink a lot of water and stay active.
So in other words, I have been really tired and honestly quite unproductive lately and that’s not a feeling I like. I found a picture on Instagram that said:
“The only problem with this weather is that I think sun = vacation. So I just let everything be and become the most unproductive person.”
Haha, I think this sums up my last week pretty good. I’m going to catch up with some of the stuff during this weekend, rest and enjoy this sunny weather!
I got a comment from one of you readers that it would be nice if I wrote a post about How to keep a balanced diet, so here we go! Remember that this is my point of view, knowledge and experiences around this subject – it can be different for someone else. As you know I strongly believe in bio – individuality which you can read about more here if you like.
So, to start with – I don’t believe in diets. I believe in a healthy, balanced lifestyle. The result from diets aren’t lasting and they are also very heavy on the body. Too much dieting will screw up your digestion, which in the worst case can be really hard to get back to normal. In this case I prefer different kinds of challenges, for example a month without sugar, cutting back on fast food etc. because these are actually good challenges for your body and will make you feel better.
I think the core to a balanced diet is to have a healthy base, but also allow yourself to have a treat every now and then. So think about it this way, 80% of what you eat should be food that is healthy and nourishing your body and 20% can be exactly what you want. So you eat the way you know you should eat to stay healthy, but if you’re out and about, you’re with friends or there’s a celebration – it’s ok to eat whatever you want to eat. This way, you keep both your body and mind happy.
Well, how do you start? How do you get to this balanced diet?
♡ Don’t underestimate the small changes in your everyday life that might not feel like much in the moment – it’s those changes that will be the big change in the end. Say for example that you are really bad at drinking water during the day and slowly start to add 2 – 3 glasses every day. By time, it will be a part of your daily routine and you won’t even noticed the changes, or yes, in a good way.
♡ This is easier said than done, but try not to stress about your diet (and weight.) Focusing too much on these areas often ends up backfiring and creating a stressful relationship with food. The mind and body is one and when you stress it will show in your diet and body. When the stress hormones are trigged, the body goes into fat – storage mode and actually becomes more effective at storing fat rather than burning it.
♡ Move the focus from the outside to the inside. Most of the time, people want to eat healthier/move etc. so that they can change the way they look/their bodies. Instead of putting all your attention on trying to change your outside, start to focus on how to make yourself feel better on the inside. This will show on the outside too.
♡ Instead of focusing on what you shouldn’t eat, focus on adding more healthy and nourishing food to your diet. This way the unhealthy food will automatically, by time, be replaced by the good food.
♡ Listen to your body.I do not, and have never, counted calories. Try to learn how to listen to your body – eat, when you are hungry, stop, when you are full.
For me, a balanced diet is a lot of vegetables, fruits, plenty of water, fish every now and then and whole grains. Coffee & tea. It also includes sleep, workouts and time with my friends. My 20% is way too much chocolate, pancakes, cinnamon buns and night outs with friends.
Start to think about what you want to change in your diet (or lifestyle) to get closer to a healthy, balanced diet. Then, start to make small steps towards your goal (and stick to these steps) and give it time. Changes like this doesn’t happen over a night and neither should they. Also, remember that other factors like sleep, the people you spend time with and your workout routine can affect your diet in a negative and positive way.
As always, I’m here if you have any questions or thoughts about this subject. Have a wonderful Sunday! <3
Hi guys! I have to admit something… I forgot to take photos during the day I was supposed to do the “My Day” post, so this post is more about my everyday routines with pictures mixed from 2 days. Hope you like it anyway! <3
06:45. Time to wake up. During the week I try to wake up at the same time every morning to keep a good routine, which is between 06:30 – 07:00. As I might have mentioned I’m a morning person and love the silence and stillness in the early mornings. It’s my “own time” of the day.
I always start the day with a lot of water + one of the following, depending on what I have at home (and if I have the energy to clean the juicer or not);
lemon water with apple cider vinegar/ celery juice with lemon or two spoons of the SuperElixir Green powder mixed with water.
At the moment I’m having the celery juice, which I have been drinking for about 2 months now.
And after that I have my first cup of coffee <3
08:00 Time to move. I love to workout in the morning and strive to do it 3 – 5 times a week, depending on my energy levels and schedule.
Working out gives me a great energy and inspiration for the day. At the moment I’m doing a lot of yoga and running and I love the fact that Sagayoga ( a yoga studio) is only a couple minutes from our place so it doesn’t take much to drag my ass there in the morning.
Remember: It is very important to listen to your body and rest when you need to. Don’t feel the stress to workout just because “you have to”. Be kind to yourself and your body. There are weeks when I have 0 energy and during those weeks I try to go for long walks, do relaxing yoga and just rest. You can’t always be on top and that is okey.
After my yoga I take a shower, make myself ready and have breakfast.
And then it’s time to study/work (and some more coffee). Most of the time I study at home, but every now and then I go to some coffee shop for the day. If I have anything work related I either sit here, editing photos or then I’m somewhere creating content/taking photos.
13:00 Lunch. I usually eat lunch around 13:00 and it’s often a salad or smoothie bowl. This one was from Cotelette Et Caviar that is located at Kapteeninkatu 24. It might not look as much, but it was very good. They also have a really good lasagne if you are in the mood for that! Other good and healthy lunch places in Helsinki are Hey Poke, Mat, Green Hippo, Relove, Pupu, Moko, Paulig Kulma, Kippo and Jungle Juice Bar.
After my lunch I continue with whatever’s on the agenda that day. Working home can be a bit lonely sometimes so I’m usually trying to have breakfast/lunch with a friend or meet up with someone in the afternoon. Regarding my diet routine I always have some snack in the afternoon – carrots and hummus is my go to or an apple with peanut butter or some crispbread.
In the evening we usually make dinner together with Jonas, eating in front of the tv, in the sofa. I honestly can’t remember when we last had dinner in our kitchen, haha. If I’m still hungry later I have a snack or some chocolate.
This is a very typical day for me. For me it is important to try to find the time for the following things during the week (+ work/studies): workouts, quality time with friends and Jonas, enough sleep, some me time and healthy eating. I try to strive for a balance – that is when I fell the best.
I hope you enjoyed the post and have had a great weekend! Talk to you soon <3
Hope you have had a good Monday <3 April is finally here and I’m excited, it is one of my favourite months. The spring has arrived, it’s me and my boyfriend’s birthday (yes we are born on the same day, the same year haha) and there is a lovely positive vibe in the air – it feels like people are generally happier during spring, don’t you think? I also have some new fun projects coming up which I’m really excited about. I already told you guys about one of them, you who follow me on Instagram probably saw that I’m the new ambassador for Palms and Berries Acai. I’m so excited and grateful to be a part of the Palms and Berries team! It is the first, and only, frozen açai available in Finland and it tastes so good. We have all kinds of fun stuff planed and you get to, of course, follow along!
I got a wish from one of my readers ( I love it when you send me DMs with thoughts, comments etc. regarding the blog <3 ) that it would be fun if I shared my daily routines with you, so I thought I would do a “My Day” kind of post some day during this week. Although my days are pretty different from day to day, I will try to pick a typical day for me.
I hope you had a peaceful weekend and feeling rested and ready for this new week! I’m going to end this day with a yin & yang yoga session.
This morning I had my first test, which went really good. I’m very happy about that. The next module won’t open until next Monday, so since I don’t have any new material to go through, I decided to take rest of the day of and dedicate it to self – care. My energy levels have been really low lately and I’ve overall felt a little disconnected from myself.
So, after my test I did a 15 minutes online detox yoga with Josfin Dahlberg, you can find her YouTube channel here. After that I went to the sauna, took a dip in the sea ( first time this year! ) and after that I took a very needed 20 minutes powernap. I didn’t even understand how tired I was before I stopped for a minute (and didn’t fill my body with endless amounts of coffee).
It’s easy to forget to take time for yourself and really listen to how your body feels, it’s especially easy to forget it when you have a lot of things going on (like during spring). I have noticed that for some reason I’m much better at self – care during summer than winter, don’t really know why.
So what about you guys? How often do you do self – care activities? And what is self – care activates for you?
Some of my favourite self – care activates are:
♡ Long walks by the sea
♡ To watch sunsets during summer in Hanko
♡ Home Spa
♡ To try out new healthy recipes or make an old oldie but goldie
Self – care is an activity that should nurture and refuel you at a deep level. It is so much more than a massage once a year at the spa (although that is really nice too), the definition is multifaceted and each of us has many sides that makes us whole, like physical body, emotional and mental state, relationship to self and others, work and spiritual beliefs. Self – care can be an “bigger “ activity once a month, but also small activates that you do on a daily basis – like a morning/evening routine or keeping a daily journal.
One thing that is common is the thought of not “being worth” self – care or that there simply isn’t enough time for it. Give yourself permission to practice self – care. When you are happy with yourself your energy and enthusiasm will shine through and you will automatically feel better and more comfortable / confident in different life situations.
I hope you find the time to do something for yourself during this week, you’re worth it. Talk to you soon <3