If you were to think back over the years of your life … when was it that you felt most happy in your own skin? Who were you when you were the most confident? The most joyful? When was it that you were the best version of you?
This question came to me from a recent episode I watched on Grace and Frankie. If you watch that show, you know that the ladies recently went through a trauma and are in the process of reinventing themselves … at age 70. It’s down right inspiring and a lesson for us to remember that age is just a number.
I think somehow, over the years, many of us have forgotten the best version of ourselves … the essence, the thing that made us uniquely and unapologetically us. Do we try to cover up that uniqueness due to society pressures or because of layers of damage caused through the years? Have we just lost or forgotten who we really are?Read More»
It’s been a hell of a week! And I couldn’t think of a better time to promote a little self care and suggest that we unplug for a few days. I think we all need to regroup a bit.
Here’s my proposal:
Take the weekend off. Don’t even think of logging on to Facebook or watching the news. Unplug from the negativity and hate that has been rampant in the world. Shut off the phone. Take time to be alone. To be quiet. Reflect. Stop typing. Stop talking. Just back away from the electronics.
Read fiction … not on a tablet but, you know, a book. With paper. Escape. Go for a walk in the woods. It’s magical. Nap. Take a detox salt bath. Watch a sunrise. Watch a sunset. Meditate. A lot. Exercise. A lot. Exercise until you feel like your body is going to drop. Get the bad energy out. Rehydrate with clean cool water. Eat good food. Honestly, do whatever floats your boat, but let’s all just take a break.
And when we come back to work, back to reality, on Monday – let’s all remember diplomacy. We don’t have to worry about “others” destroying us because we are doing it to ourselves.
Writer/photographer Lisa Mikulski. Available for print or online publications and business in the Nordic region, Europe, and the U.S. Editorial, features, marketing copy, and public relations.
The path to wellness includes a constellation of lifestyle changes. And so over the last week as I reflected on what would be the next best topic to write about for our journey to wellness I was quite conflicted on the subject matter.
I considered first writing about the benefits of salt baths (an activity which saved me on a number of occasions), or perhaps a list explaining the symptoms of adrenal fatigue … there are so many us who, if not at stage three of adrenal exhaustion, are working diligently toward it. From what I’ve read in comments here, and on Facebook, none of us feel really great.
Whether or not you have beaten yourself up to the point of adrenal exhaustion, as I did, I think wellness tips are especially relevant as autumn falls and the long winter nights set in.
- Health. There are a good many American expats who complain that Sweden provides less healthy choices than their home country. I just simply don’t believe it. While America may provide many more options and brands on their supermarket and retail shelves, Sweden is an extremely healthy culture. To not take advantage of the active and nature loving lifestyle is to miss out on many benefits of healthy living. The air is clean. The drinking water is magnificent. And the foods are not filled with pink slim and chemical processing. This year, I will be pursuing a more healthy attitude. More outdoor time. More exercise. Better eating. Good living.