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Stress – how do you react to it?

Stress – how do you react to it?

Stress….we all experience it at time.
Do you know the signs of stress?

Have you had times when you feel very stressed? I’m pretty sure you have. We all go through stressful times in our lives.

Life has its ups and downs and we just have to find ways of how to deal with them. It can be “interesting” to watch our bodies physical effects on “difficult or stressful” days. Do you think about what your thoughts are at the time and your feelings?

It can sometimes be helpful to “check” your body awareness.

Here is what you can do:

1. Be aware of the times when you are stressed or overwhelmed; how does it make you feel? What happens in your body when you feel this way?

2. Then observe your anxiety reactions; where do you start to hold the tension, what physical effect has it?

3. Watch your own reactions; what do you do with the feelings that occurred in your body when the stressful or overwhelmed event occurred?

4. If your “stressful” event made you recall a past unpleasant event – how did your body react and how did this make you feel?

5. Think about a time when you where hurt, either physically, mentally or emotionally; take notice in what body parts that feels tight and where you have stored that tightness.

By observing yourself and your reaction, and your body – you will notice how your physical and emotional sides are connected; hence you will become more BODY AWARE.

So if you are feeling a little stressed and overwhelmed, take some time to take a deep slow breath and observe the tension leaving your body.

Pure Wellness,

Karin Hagberg

www.karinhagberg.com

 

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Do you keep a journal?

Do you keep a journal?

I love journalling and I also find it a beneficial thing for all my clients. Do you journal?

Keeping a daily journal has many positive benefits. Daily Journaling can help with personal growth and development. By regularly recording your thoughts you will gain insight into your behaviors and moods.

There is a lot of power in the written word but occasionally words are hard to find. You can then draw or make a collage that represents how you feel.

Here are some Journaling tips to get you started

1. Write about where you are in your life at this moment. Describe your living situation, your work, and your relationships. Are you right where you want to be?

2. For five to ten minutes just start writing in a “stream of consciousness” Don’t edit your thoughts or feelings and don’t correct your grammar. Don’t censor your thoughts.

3. Write down what you are grateful for (at least 3 things every day). This could also contain a daily list of things you appreciate. It can also contain quotes.

5. Take pictures of yourself and things you love. You can take pictures, draw colors or shapes or collage images. Learn to love and accept yourself just the way you are today.

6. Write down things about the weather and the nature around you and what you appreciate about it.

7. Write down what things you are doing today that is going to have a positive impact on your Wellbeing. What exercise you have done, meditation, healthy eating etc.

7. Maintain a log of successes. Write down your daily successes. They don’t have to be huge once. As you pay attention to your successes, small or big, your list of successes will grow and inspire you.

8. Write down your current favorite songs. Write down why you like them and what moods they trigger and how they make you feel.

9. If there’s something you are struggling with or an event that’s disturbing you, write about it in the third person. This will give you distance and provide a new perspective. Write down what you learned about yourself.

10. Develop your intuition. Write down questions or concerns then take a deep breath and listen for a response from your Higher Self. Let yourself write automatically. If you don’t get an answer right away, look for signs during the day.

Pure wellness through journalling

Karin Hagberg
www.aspirewellbeing.com
www.aspireessentialoils.com

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The art of Doing Nothing

The art of Doing Nothing

Today was meant to be a day of complete rest at home for me which I have not had for a long time. Then I discovered someone had booked an appointment online before I had blocked it out.
So my day all of a sudden did not become a day of doing nothing. But, after I had seen the client, I went home with the intention of resting and “doing nothing” but then found myself catching up on washing, cleaning, mowing the lawn, packing up stuff, catching up on things and so on. As I was sitting down for a moment, I reflected on what I had done. It was definitely not a day of doing nothing 🙂 🙂 Doing Nothing is an art form and I had clearly not mastered this art form today.
Like anything it takes practise. 🙂
 
Sure, we all know how to do nothing. We all know how to lay around and waste time. But many of us are too busy to do it much, and when we do it, our minds are often on other things. We cannot relax and enjoy the nothingness. Well, that was exactly my experience today.
When was the last time you practised the art of doing nothing? Doing nothing can be a waste of time, or it can be an art form. So, how can we become mastered of this art so we can improve our life, destress and make ourselves more productive when we actually do work. Well, here are my suggestions as I have practised this art form in the past and it worked wonders. Doing nothing renewed my energy and made me so much more inspired and productive as I started work again.
 
First of all turn off all distractions — TV, computer, phones etc.. Doing nothing is hard when our communications gadgets are calling at us to do something.
Start small – 5 – 10 minutes at the start only is usually enough. Find a time and place where there are not many distractions, not much noise, not a lot of people to bother you.
 
Close your eyes, and do nothing!! Yes,nothing! Don’t even bother listening to your inner voice telling you, you should be doing something. just focus on your breath.
 
After 5-10 minutes of doing – nothing, you can stop & do something. Do this every day, or as much as possible, because it is not possible to become a master without practice.
 
I sometimes practise doing nothing whilst having a bath. this is wonderful! All you do it lying there in the comfortably warm water, perhaps with oils and bath salt.
 
There are many ways and places to practise this art form at.
The Art of Doing Nothing cannot be mastered overnight. It will take hours and hours of practice, of hard work (doing nothing isn’t easy!). But you will enjoy every minute of it! Try it today.
 
Pure wellness by doing nothing,
Karin Hagberg xx
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Are you passionate?

Are you passionate?

Today I wanted to take about being passionate? Are you passionate about what you do in your life?

I believe many of us find ourself living a so called “comfortable” life. We go to work, pay our bills, do our chores. We do it without thinking much about what we do. We are on autopilot. But can I ask you if there is something in you at times telling you…is this what I came her for….to do this day in day out? Is there a part of you that tells you that it does not feel right but it seems all good. That is what people do, you keep telling yourself, although your inner being tells you there’s gotta be more to life then this.
Have you ever been in that position? Then you can relate what I am talking about.

First of all Congratulations for realising that there’s gotta be something more to life.
Ask yourself, what inspires you the most?
I know that you know. Trust yourself.
You will find what you are passionate about when you are inspired. That is when you operate from your spiritual side. Did you know that inspire is derived from the word “in spirit”.

Allow yourself to trust your spirit – then you will be passionate beyond measures and you will have lots of energy to do what you love.

Inspired wellness is the best,

Karin Hagberg xx

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Yes I can do it!

Yes I can do it!

This afternoon I hopped on my rowing machine in the garden and I decided to set the times to 45 minutes.
That meant that I had to finish after doing 45 minutes and not earlier…not after 15 minutes or 30..I finish as there is 0 minutes left.

I had placed the rowing machine on the grass in the garden and the sun was shining. It had been a stunning day and as I had been inside earlier in the day – I felt I needed to feel the sun’s says on my body as I was rowing.

After had done 5 minutes only, I started wondering why I had set it on 45 minutes and not 30 or perhaps 20 minutes…. It was hot in the sun and I felt that it was challenging this afternoon after a long day. Buy mind started playing games with me..trying to challenge me to finish earlier…to give in. I kept focusing on each minute that passed and started telling me…I am getting closer and closer to the finish…after 20 minutes…I started saying…already half way there only about 23minutes to go. Then my mind started telling me…goddness me…that is a pretty long time to keep this up. Are you sure you can do this, my mind was telling me.
But I was determined and steered my mind to say “I CAN DO THIS”. 23 minutes goes really quickly…see how fast the minutes are counting down.

With 15 minutes to go, there was no more negative thoughts coming into my head anymore. If I have managed to go this far, I can do another 15 minutes. What is 15 minutes really?? Not much is it if I put it in a day’s perspective.
When I reached 5 minutes, time was counting down really fast. The goal was to just keep a split time of 2.19min. per 500 meters average and that is exactly what I ended up doing.

So, it is really in your mind. What are you telling yourself when You decide to do something?

Saying
YES, I CAN DO IT! takes you far further then I can’t do this.

Karin Hagberg. x

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Sleep

Sleep

Today I wanted to talk about a Big One that is often overlooked or forgotten about – SLEEP.

I remember being the best sleeper ever when I was young.
I used to fall asleep anywhere and anytime. And I needed a lot of sleep! Saying that I have always been a morning person.
Instead I used to sleep as soon as I hopped in a car for a drive (me as a passenger of course), as I came home from school, in the middle of the day in between training session etc.

Now its different. Work takes up my whole day and before and after work other things need to be done and organised. That means that night sleep becomes extra important.
I definitely don’t sleep as I used too. I’m still a morning person thought – I just can’t sleep in. Funny thing my both kids are just the same – morning people.

Now I can say that I would probably do better with just a little more sleep, cause my sleep are at times a bit broken. I wake up a little more than I used to when younger. Can anyone else relate to this?

So, I have decided to get back into good sleeping patterns with some of these simple tips I’m going to implement.
Are you going to join me?

This is what I am going to do:
– Keep my windows open so I have fresh air coming in and it’s a little colder.
– Eat earlier at night so my stomach is not full and is busy digesting.
– Write in my gratitude journal every night before bed
– Stop having black tea in the evening and instead have herbal teas like Chamomile etc.
– Spend a little more time in the sun as it will boost my vitamin D and boost melatonin production.
– Do a short meditation before bed
– Reduce Sugar intake. I suggest you reduce or stop drinking alcohol if you do. I don’t drink so I don’t have to worry about that
– Include more Tryptophan rich food such as nuts because it’s the precursor to melatonin – the hormone that puts uf to sleep and it’s found in protein.
– Breathe slowly and deeply – particularly before bed
– Have a Epsom and Magnesium Salt Bath before bed with soothing and calming Essential Oils from Young Living too such as Lavender
– Have my Essential Oil diffuser in the bedroom and diffuse appropriate oils from Young Living such as Lavender, Peace and Calming, Stress Away, Sacred Mountain which are some of my favourites.

Sleep is important because that is when the body repairs itself, strengthening the body’d ability to fight infection, repair damaged cells etc. It also is a great with stress reduction, improving moods and can help with weight control.

How’s your sleeping patterns and have you got anything that works well for improving your sleep? Feel free to comment below.

Lots of Love,

Karin Hagberg x

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