365 ways to energize – a daily companion to living with health, purpose, and joy


Self-healing really works

Day 85Trust your own healing abilities

I am amazed at how quickly my body responds and heals itself naturally – from pure rest. This afternoon while in various meetings, the glands in my throat began to swell, my head felt heavy and stuffy and my energy dropped. (My body got seriously cold a couple of mornings ago while I was skiing the ‘Haut Route’, due to blasting chilly wind – which weakened my immune system). Towards the end of the day I realized that unless I stop these symptoms quickly from developing further, I could catch a cold or flu.

There was no time to relax at the time I felt the symptoms, but I took C-vitamins and Echinaforce, which I always have handy. By the end of the day, I laid down on the floor and covered up with a warm blanket and a scarf over my eyes. After just a few minutes of relaxing fully, my throat and head instantly felt better. After 20 minutes, I got up and was symptom free.

How magic isn’t that!

Our body is a wonderful organism with a self-repair mechanism installed. It is designed to establish optimal health. Through various complex interactions within our body, it attempts to maintain balance and stability and manages to bring imbalances back to a normal range – also referred to as homeostasis. In other words, we have all the help we need in order to heal, if we just give our body a chance – by giving it some rest.

P.S. I mentioned in an earlier blog post, Day 70, about the reasons why we catch a cold; the combination of exposure to bacteria or virus –and our immune system weakening due to lack of sleep, necessary vitamins, exposure to daylight as well as cold body temperature. What I did not mention was that our digestive system and intestines also plays a very important part for our immune system. Our digestive system will receive it’s own blog post at a later stage, as it is another passionate subject of mine.

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How do you re-charge?

Day 73In order to feel and be our best is important to stop in our tracks and re-charge regularly..

Many people try to re-charge artificially by drinking caffeine, alcohol or by eating sweets. But that only gives short-term energy. If we are tired, what our body and mind need is relaxation and an opportunity to re-charge from within.

There are numerous ways to re-charge; for example by writing a journal, spending time with friends, or by oneself, taking long showers or baths, lying on the sofa, sitting on a balcony or terrace reading in the sun, spending time overlooking the ocean, hiking in a forest or in the mountains, looking into the fire in a fire-place or a candle, dancing, singing, meditation, yoga, artwork, breath-work, etc. How we best nurture ourselves is unique for each one of us.

Personally, what nurtures and energises me the most is to carve out time and let go of my to-do -list and invest time alone. I quickly find inner peace when I journal and meditate, as well as when I spend time in nature. There is also something magical for me around a fire. I find it very calming to have candles around me and in sitting in front of a fireplace.

And when I give myself the luxurious gift of just being here and now without reflecting on the past or thinking about the future I ground myself and energise from within.

In the afternoon, if I am tired I meditate sitting for 20 minutes. If I am very tired, due to for example a poor night’s sleep, I lie down on a yoga mat and relax for 20 minutes. These 20 minutes of relaxation gives me quickly a large amount of energy, and enough to make me feel energised, positive and alive for the rest of the evening.

Take time to re-charge. It’ll light your inner energy and fire!

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Guard your immune system

Day 70When spring is in the air, it is easy to get excited and dress summary in order to feel the sunshine on our skin. This is the time of the year where many people catch a cold, since the air is still often quite cool when the sun disappears behind a cloud or the wind picks up.

Yesterday I shared a recipe for what I do to stop a cold from developing.

Today I will share tips about how I manage to hardly ever catch a cold or flu.

We are all exposed to germs, which we cannot protect ourselves against. However for germs to turn into a cold or flu, our immune system has to have been weakened.

I therefore make sure to do the following:

Every morning before breakfast I drink 2 large glasses of warm water with a teaspoon of BIO honey. Honey has many health benefits; among them it boosts the immune system and aid the digestive system.

Our body consumes liquid to fight germs. Since the air is particularly dry during the winter months due to central heating, I make sure to drink a lot of water throughout the day. Water works like oil in a car. It is essential for it to run optimally.

I  take –C and D- vitamin daily during the winter months.

I make sure to keep warm and protected the most vulnerable areas of my body; head, ears, neck, stomach, feet and ankles. I never drink ice water, it is not only terrible for our digestion; it also cools the body and can easily give a soar throat. I eat warm prepared food and avoid cold salads as a main meal during the winter months.

Fatigue weakens the immune system. I therefore create an environment where I sleep well. We always sleep with our window open to allow fresh air to come in, even during the winter. I am also eating more protein and fat than I used to, which aids my sleep. Our body cannot rest at nigh without a proper nutritious diet that is suitable for our body type. I try to limit my alcohol and sugar intake and never drink caffeine in the evening as it causes poor quality sleep.

I exercise and spend time outdoor during daylight, which I think is key to boost the immune system.

Listen to your body and treat it nicely. It is designed to work well!


Flu & cold-free recipe for every season

DAy 69As I stepped out on the street to walk to a meeting in beautiful and sunny Stockholm today, I was hugely grateful that I had dressed wisely.

It was 9 °C and fresh breeze 9 m/s. Brrr, just spending a few minutes in this wind can make you cold into your bones, and the potential for catching a cold or a flue is huge- unless you carry proper clothing.

I had put on two coat layers; one long thin down jacket underneath a trench coat. There was a hood on my down jacket, which I was hugely grateful for and that I pulled up to protect my head and ears.

I was able to fully enjoy and appreciate the 25 minutes walk through one of the most beautiful capitals in the world, and I was not at all bothered by the cold wind.

As I looked around me, lots of people hurried to get to their various destinations seemingly freezing. I was curious as to whether they had chosen their clothes that morning out of wisdom or vain, and curious to how many would catch a cold due to not wearing proper attire for the weather?

At the onset of a cold, follow the recipe above! It has prevented my family members, including myself as well as numerous other people from catching a cold or a flue.


Living our cultural heritage

Day 67My body and mind is a bit fried as I sit down to write today. I have been skiing for the first time the Engadina Ski Marathon, 42km ‘classic style,’ (not skating).

The marathon today reminded me of how much cross-country skiing is part of my cultural heritage, and something I can feel the cells of my body have missed. It was thrilling to be back on skis and amongst so many others who love the sport.

I grew up in Norway where cross-country skiing is a national sport. During my childhood our family cross-country skied quite often, but only leisurely. I was not passionate about skiing as a child and racing was for sure not my thing. However, the older I got the more I came to enjoy the tranquility of the sport particularly because I was mostly skiing in the mountains above the tree line.

It was while cross-country skiing in the Norwegian mountains I came to learn about peace of mind. Skiing in this wide-open, untouched landscape, above the treetops, with no or few people in sight, with the diagonal movement of cross-country skiing, harmonized my brain and touched my soul.

It is thirty years ago since I left Norway. I have missed my old love of being out in the wild and cross-country skiing.

I am grateful that my husband and friends encouraged me to participate in this ski Marathon. It was a thrilling experience to be skiing amongst 25,000 participants (some doing the half marathon and others doing the full distance). It felt like I had come back to my element.

Somewhere along our life journey we may give up part of our cultural heritage and who we used to be. If we meet a partner who does not share the same heritage or if we move abroad, many of us let go of cultural heritage and values we love.

If we reclaim the old ‘parts’ of us, these can bring loads of joy and energy to our lives.