WHAT IS YOUR MORNING ROUTINE?
I love slow mornings enjoying a quiet moment before the family wakes up - and I feel extra comfortable when I make sure to start my day with half a liter of water with freshly squeezed lemon. It's a regular part of my routine and I prepare the bottle the night before, so it doesn't take time and I drink it while I'm getting ready. Otherwise, the day starts with getting the family off to a good start, packing lunches, walking the dog and then work calls.
Why I start the day with lemon water; Half a deciliter of lemon is enough to cover our daily need for vitamin C, which strengthens the body's immune system. The lemon is wild. It is rich in potassium, which is good for the nervous system. It helps digestion and cleanses the body. The acid and pectin in the lemon help to stabilize your blood sugar. The lemon also helps to regulate the acid/base balance in the body and then sets the stage for combustion.
HOW DO YOU PREFER TO SPEND AN HOUR IN YOUR OWN COMPANY?
The best hour in my own company must be out in nature, where I either power walk to get my heart rate up, or just enjoy walking slowly bringing a cup of coffee or my lunch. Nature gives me a de-stressed energy, which is good for me.
WHAT IS YOUR BEST ADVICE FOR SHOWING SELF-LOVE AND PRIORITIZING YOURSELF IN A BUSY DAY?
I've been a master at making goals for myself, and then not prioritizing it and myself because something else got in the way. And I eventually found that the confidence in myself disappeared and it generally gave a bad feeling. It's a bit like letting your best friend down time and time again. So today I'm better at making realistic goals for my own me-time and then making it a priority - and I think it feels very self-loving and motivating to take that walk when I've set my mind to it
HAVE YOU MADE A DECISION IN YOUR LIFE THAT HAS BEEN PARTICULARLY GOOD FOR YOU?
Definitely stopping my inner critic. I have always been a perfectionist and set slightly too high demands on myself. So, I was burning my candle at both ends. I have become much more aware of that. So, my best advice is to give yourself unconditional love – take care of yourself, be loving, forgiving, sweet, gentle, and kind.
So, my best advice is to give yourself unconditional love – take care of yourself, be loving, forgiving, sweet, gentle, and kind.
WHAT ADVICE, ON CREATING A LIFE IN BALANCE, WOULD YOU GIVE YOUR YOUNGER SELF?
It must be not to make excessive demands on yourself and stop the inner critic. It doesn't all have to be so perfect - everything is going to be just fine. And then also to feel for and follow your gut feeling.
YOUR BEST TIP FOR A STRONG AND HEALTHY BODY AS WELL AS A MIND IN BALANCE?
I prioritize my sleep very much, and it means a lot to me to eat clean unprocessed products and lots of vegetables. It's important to get your pulse up once in a while - but also to de-stress.
Do you have any good advice for living more environmentally friendly?
Briefly: eat more vegetables, save on disposable services, buy less and consider your purchases and eat seasonally.
DO YOU HAVE AN EASY BEAUTY TIP THAT WE MAY SHARE?
Drink plenty of water!
If I get too little water, it can be seen on my skin immediately. And don't forget to use sunscreen all year round.
IF YOU COULD CHOOSE AN ACTIVITY OF YOUR OWN CHOICE THAT WOULD FILL YOU WITH LOTS OF ENERGY - WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I absolutely love winter bathing and it gives me so much energy. And seriously, if I can do it, anyone can– I've always hated cold water! But now I get an energy boost without equal.
But otherwise, I would say playing Paddle tennis with my girlfriends. A perfect combination of togetherness, exercise, and play. And it also always brings out the perfectly good energy and a lot of smiles.
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