Friends, stars and color “sunrise”

A whole exciting week of the #THE100DAYWELLNESSCANVAS.

A whole week committed to the 100 day Wellness Canvas challenge is behind, leaving me with a list of inspirational things to cheer me up. I realized that despite the problems and stress in our daily grind, there is always a positive perspective. It is there waiting for you. Sometimes you just have to make an effort to make it happen by giving your body and soul what they need. And trust me – deep inside you really know what you need. Just be yourself and every day do something that makes you smile.

The second week of #the100dayWellnessCanvas experiment leads me to several good ideas of things to do that lift the mood and turn around a hellish day at work. Here they are:

Bring the summer in your breakfast

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It is Monday. You are dreaming of a day at the beach…In stead of ocean there is a bunch of work that is waiting for you. Don’t give away! Try to bring the summer mood in your breakfast. Have something light, fresh and healthy and decorate it with some summer motives.

Spend time with your friends

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Call your friends and meet them after work. You will feel much better afterwards.

Do more of what makes you feel awesome

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Treat yourself with something that makes you feel nice – a massage, a new haircut, wearing clothes that you are keeping for some special occasion.

Go stargazing

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If the weather is clear call some friends, go somewhere outside the city where it is dark enough, lay in the grass and look up at the stars. You will have fun, you will relax and probably you will enjoy great conversation on different existential topics (stargazing has the power to trigger interesting conversations).

Balance with some new challenge

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Try something new – some new sport that challenges you to focus on the present moment and makes you forget your daily worries. You love yoga?  Have you ever tried to do yoga on a paddle board? I hadn’t 🙂

Enjoy the sunrise

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How often do you look at the sunset? And how often do you wake up early enough to see the sunrise? Try to start your day in the red-orange-yellow colours of the sky.

Pick up fruits for your breakfast

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If you can’t find some fresh organic fruits, veggies or herbs to pick up in your area, then just grow some in your yard or on your balcony.

Spend a weekend in the wilderness

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Finally, try to spend the weekend outside the city. Far away from your worries. Enjoy nature sounds, fresh air and relax.

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Physical Activity + Nature = Adventure

First weekend of #THE100DAYWELLNESSCANVAS.

Staying whole week long in the office got me craving natural sun light and true movement. So, I decided to listen to my body and devoted the weekend to its needs 🙂

Day 4

Kayaking for a first time in a lake turned out to be a whole adventure. Sunlight, wind, a yellow kayak in blue waters – amazing!

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Having a walk in search of the best sunset view was the great end of the day.

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After having a day devoted to the muscles of the upper part of the body, we decided to do something for our legs 😀 Let them walk on the steep mountain hills in search of the best views and our physical limit!

Keep calm, stop, relax and enjoy the beautiful landscape. Don’t forget to be well equipped when going on a trek. Always take food and water with you, as well as windproof jacket (at least wind proof because at elevation the weather can turn and the temperature drops very quickly).

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Now sitting in the office with aching muscles reminding of the great weekend is not such a torture.

Doing some exercise outdoors has a lot of benefits for your health:

  • Strengthen your bones and muscles.
  • Makes you feel more energetic.
  • It increases feelings of happiness and self-worth.
  • Leads to better mood, better self-esteem.
  • Improve your sleep.
  • Reduce depression.
  • Makes you focus on the present moment.

Use any opportunity to spend your time outside. Your body will be grateful!

10 reasons why you should try sleeping in a tent

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I had a really fantastic weekend, which allowed me to reconsider the benefits of sleeping in a tent. The plan was to have no plan. So, we just got in the car and drove to the North coast. We had passed through several good places for camping when we finally saw the perfect spot: a secluded clearing in an elm grove, enough for a tent and the hammocks, perched on a terrace overlooking an empty beach.

  1. Have astonishing view

If you find a great place to put your tent you will be able to enjoy stunning views in the morning. Imagine if the first thing you see when you opens your eyes is the sunrise over the sea.

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  1. Trigger the relaxation mode

Having no internet connection is detaching you from a lot of things that do not matter much – like checking facebook or other social media. Also of you are a workaholic having limited amount of battery on your phone and no internet helps you really to focus on the current moment and to relax. Researches show that the beeping of your phone (even if it is just a facebook message from a friend) increases the level of cortisol in your blood and triggers stress.

At one point you lose the sense of time and enter relaxation mode.

  1. Reset your body clock

This is my favourite one! Very often I feel so tired in the morning even after 7 hours of sleep. I can barely open my eyes and usually do not have enough time in the morning to get all things done before going to work. When you expose yourself only to natural light, you reset your body clock and adapt to the sun. You wake up naturally with the sunrise and fall asleep shortly after sunset.

I was going to sleep shortly after 21:30 and was waking up around 5:30 from the natural sun light. What was impressive is that I didn’t feel tired at all and even went on the beach to do some yoga and meditation for a good start of the day.

  1. Improve the quality of your sleep

Another important point is that natural sounds improve you sleep. Listening to the sea or the sounds of the forest: birds singing, crickets chirping is relaxing and helps you sleep deeper. Therefore, I prefer to choose distant areas for camping in the wild where there are not a lot of other people or distracting noise.

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  1. Be happier

There are so many health benefits of spending time outdoors. There is a strong correlation between your mood and the time you spend in nature.

Vitamin D

Most of the people have deficit of vitamin D due to the fact that we spend the whole day in the office and less under the sun. Vitamin D is crucial for your bone health and recent studies show that low level of vitamin D is linked to depression.

Endorphins

Exercising outdoors has a mood-boosting effect. Even when doing a short yoga practise or jogging on the sand your body releases endorphins and as we know – endorphins are the hormones that make us happy.

  1. Enjoy your food

Often you have to bring all the food with you and you have to be creative how to preserve and cook it. Simple dishes can be so much more delicious after you’ve been active the whole day. If you don’t know how to cook over a camping stove this is a great chance to learn something new and to enjoy new recipes that you probably won’t try at home.

  1. See the milky way

Light pollution in cities makes it hard to see the beauty of the night sky. Spending the night outside in the wilderness without any distracting lights makes it possible to have a true star gazing experience.

  1. Find yourself

Spending time in nature from morning till evening, listening to nature sounds and meditating could help you to rethink a lot of your concerns, find inner peace or a solution to a complex problem.

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  1. Be yourself

You can completely be yourself. The way you are dressed is of no importance to no one else but you. You can leave all self-consciousness behind and even dance in the middle of the beach like no one is watching (quite likely no one will be watching anyway).

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  1. Live in the present moment and have fun

You know what I mean 🙂