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People always telling me ”Ooh, I’m so tired… I think I’m iron deficient.” Do Not diagnose yourself.
Some people are always too quick to think it is iron deficiency when they feel tired and fatigue. It might be that you are not getting enough vitamin B12, or folate because folate activates B12. And if you start eating iron supplements without knowing that is actually the problem, you might make it worse.
Things that often is associated to iron deficiency is being pregnant (hence, why focusing on getting enough iron when pregnant), that time of the month that we all love, or that there is an issue with absorbing iron. And several things can contribute to this such as medications (one type of stress to the body) or just that you are stressing your way through life.

So, here’s my topic for today;

Sometimes it is great to have a timeout.
For those of you who knows me, knows how I possess the great gift of stressing too much. About nothing. Or no, I stress about the smallest things – but I am an expert of the snowball effect – you know when you think of something small and that wheel in your head keeps spinning and spinning and soon you have five major problems you need to solve before your next breath? Yup, that is me.

This week has been incredibly stressful for me with heaps of assignments, presentations and yuck.
Stress in itself makes you tired and not working properly. I am absolutely drained after this week probably because all of the tension in my body is gone and I’m finally relaxing – and my anxiety levels are definitely not as high.

So waking up this morning I rewarded myself (mum reminded me to do this after I’ve finished one assignment) and relaxed. I would say that it is very important to reward yourself after finishing something that has taken a lot of effort to do. Like after achieving a goal, whether it is uni related or maybe health related.
I started the day with meditation (which I do everyday, but can’t really focus sometimes because there is a snowball in my head). There is this great app that I use called Insight times, and some of my favorite meditation teachers are: Melissa Ambrosini, Sarah Blondin (more of a motivation talk), and Brandon Alter.

Have you ever wanted to try out meditation? I dare you now! I know several of you are interested in starting to meditate daily.
It’s also perfect with this app because they track your meditations day by day and you earn stars. Making at least Me more motivated to do it!
And I know when you see all of these inspirational, calm yogis on Instagram they make it sound so wonderful and easy… and they are So spiritual and they have everything together.
Trust me, it is not that easy for all of us. It takes work. It’s a continuing progress.

Meditation helps me with my breathing, that is why I started to do it, because I feel like breathing helps me with the pain in my body. But it is seriously So Hard to get to that ”Special” point (Is she referring to sex or meditation? That is the question..). And once you are there you’e like ”yeeeeey, I’m there!!!”, and then it’s lost. Of course. Because you’re focusing on the wrong thing.
Meditation is not only about sitting cross-legged on the floor with your thumb and indexfinger touching (I’m too old to be sitting like that for longer than 5 minutes without pain), you can do it in a way that suits you. I sometimes lie on my bed, I sometimes lie on my yoga mat with a bolster tucked under my knees (removes the pressure on your lower back), sometimes I do some light stretching while I meditate. It’s all about focusing on your body and breath, and be mindful.
Do it your way.

Also, I would love some tips from you guys. I’ve started to reading a lot of books, especially spiritual books and how I can apply this to my life. Do you have any good books you can recommend me about body, mind, health?

Almost every morning I draw three cards that symbolizes something that I should think about a little bit extra that day, or I ask a question and let a higher power give me an answer. 

 

My word – BALANCE.

I moved into my new home about a month ago, and something was really off with my room.
I had a freaking window in my room, out-looking the staircase in the apartment. So people that were in the apartment could actually see into my room. And there wasn’t any glass, just a whole. In my wall.
So I got myself a plywood board and pinned it up with duct-tape (I always thought it was called DUCK-tape), and it did not look very good. At least no one can see into my room so I could walk around naked, loving the feeling of being free!

My idea was to put up a curtain to cover it. But then I was talking to my mum; make it into a vision board! Yes, my mum is all for making vision board – she loves it. And she is my inspiration. So of course I said yes.
And this was a day (a week) that I was not feeling very motivated and I just needed something to push me. So yeah, sure, I’ll make a vision board out of it.

My travelling list is on it.
That I need to fall in love with myself.
That it is safe to be vulnerable.
What I need to do to heal my body and soul – creativity, meditation, yoga, breathing.
I tried the creativity part by drawing the sign of Capricorn, – I really need to work on my creativity.

And biggest of all says the word;
BALANCE.
That is something I need right now. To find balance, mentally.