Nature is waking up after winter, everything is blooming 🌸, spring is here and with that – spring fever…
Spring fever is any of a number of mood, physical, or behavioral changes, which may be experienced coinciding with the arrival of spring, particularly restlessness, laziness, and even amorousness 🙄.
🔸️feeling week, powerless 😮💨
🔸️mood swings 😵💫
🔸️trouble with sleeping 😵
Have you experienced it? I gotta say that I am feeling sleepy/powerless and can’t get a good sleep lately 🤷♀️.
How can we fix/avoid that? 🤔
➡️ Stay physically active! 💪 Go for walks 🚶♀️, bike rides 🚴♂️, jogging – try spending as much time outside as possible. This way you expand capacity of your lungs and get your breath deeper 🤗. You also boost release of endorphins – happy hormones and lower release of stress hormones – cortisol 🤩.
➡️ Make sure you sleep well 🛌 – sleep 7-8h, try making a routine and go to sleep same time every night. If you have time – take 15-20min naps during the day too, they are proved to be very healthy! ☺️ Remember to relax in the evening, avoid blue light (no phone in bed!), make yourself a tea ☕️, have a bath 🛀 and/or light a scented candle
➡️ Remember about vitamins! 🔆 Supply your organism with as many vitamins as possible and do it in a natural way (no pills 💊) – drink smoothies and/or fresh squeezed juices – mix fresh fruit 🍒 and vegetables 🥕 but also mix various vitamins (e.g. vitamin C that you’ll get from parsley, kiwi 🥝 or lemon 🍋; vitamin E present in nuts 🥜 or olive oil; vitamin A from kale, spinach 🍃 or carrot; magnesium from banana 🍌, dates or avocado 🥑)
➡️ Last but not least: drink water! 💧 Make sure to drink 2-2,5 l of water (fresh water, juices, tea etc. don’t count 😉). Drink regularly throughout the day (e.g. 1 glass every hour)
Easy right? 😉
I love reading inspirational stories/bios of successful people 🤩. I love getting to know how they got to the place where they are. And I often read that some of those who succeeded and are millionaires today💰 had to sacrifice it all to get there 😔. That they had to put their work first, that they worked 16-18h a day/ 7 days a week. That they put family and friends aside to work work work 😌.
I am ALL about following dreams, working hard etc 🤗. I think you know me that well already and you know that I work a lot 😉. I’ve always had some ‘extra projects’ (having some extra jobs, being a coordinator in a students volunteer society 👩🎓, having a music agency and booking gigs for 5 bands 🎶, writing and publishing a book 📖, now this blog…) since I turned 16. I never was this kind of person who comes back from school/work and just chills 🤷♀️.
I could never pay such price as putting my family aside or putting health over work/my projects 🤷♀️.
Maybe that’s why I’m not as successful as others 😬 but I prefer to have a long and healthy life full of laughs and love ❤ instead of just working till I hit a burnout 🙄.
That’s why I stepped aside a bit in January. As you may know I didn’t feel good most of the time and didn’t want to do something ‘because I HAVE TO’. I just waited for my energy to come back to me.
The choice whether you choose work over all or you choose a bit slower life is yours but make sure that it is good for you 😘
Want to boost happiness but don’t know how? 🤔 You’ve tried many methods, new things but still don’t know exactly what to do to be happier? 🤷🏼♀️ You’d like less abstract tips and more scientific facts and useful tips on happiness? Look no further! 😀
As you may know there are 4 basic hormones that impact our mood and feeling of happiness:
Now how to make them work and make you happy? Easy! Just try out the activities that boost those hormones! ☺
For dopamine, the reward chemical, try:
➡️ eating yummy food (this is why I can’t get through any diet, eating gives me too much joy! 😅)
➡️ achieving a goal
➡️ completing a task (with last two remember to set small goals and small tasks – this way you’ll get a dose of dopamine)
➡️ self-care activities (check out self-care challenge we did in February – you’ll find it in my Stories Highlights)
For endorphin, the pain killer you’ll need:
➡️ exercising 💪
➡️ listening to music 🎶
➡️ watching a movie 🎬 (I think you know by know where and when to look for Positive Movies Recommendations! If you don’t – I post them here every Sunday)
➡️ laughter 😂
To boost oxytocin, known as the love hormone, those activities will work:
➡️ physical touch
➡️ petting animals 🐶🐈
➡️ helping others
And last but not least – serotonin, the mood stabilizers:
➡️ Sun exposure 🌞
➡️ mindfullness (see Chill Sessions in my Stories Highlights) 🙏
➡️ be with nature (spring is here, enjoy it!)
➡️ meditation 🧘🏼♀️
As you can see, with Smiley Society I try to boost all those hormones for you! 🤗 We have self-care Thursdays 🧖♀️ and plenty healthy recipes 🥑 for dopamine, positive movie recommendations 🎬 on Sundays to boost endorphins, Smiley talks 💬 and e.g. Fun challenge we did in May for oxytocin (there will be definitely a challenge about helping others soon) and I post videos for mindfullness 🙏 and meditation 🧘🏼♀️ from time to time too for serotonin!
Let me know what else can I do and how can I help to make you happy! 🤗
There’s black tea, green tea…but did you know there’s blue tea too? 😀
Blue Tea is made by seeping dried butterfly-pea flowers in water and can be enjoyed both hot and cold. It is also said to have weight loss benefits 😉
Blue tea, or butterfly pea flower tea, is a caffeine-free herbal concoction, made by seeping dried or fresh leaves of the Clitoria ternatea plant.
Blue tea contains catechins, which are said to be instrumental in burning belly fat and aiding weight loss 😀. Drinking butterfly-pea flowers seeped in warm water is said to be an effective way to rev up the metabolism, which in turn, makes the body burn more calories.
Here are some other benefits of blue tea that you may want to know, before trying it out:
➡️1. The tea is rich in antioxidants, which makes it a great beverage to include in your detox diet.
➡️2. The earthy flavour of butterfly-pea flower tea is said to be a mood enhancer. The tea is said to have stress busting effects that may also help reduce symptoms of anxiety 😀. It is also known to refresh the brain and helps keep you energised and happy throughout the day 🤩
➡️3. Blue tea is said to help in losing water weight as it is a natural diuretic drink.
➡️4. Blue tea is also said to have a role in regulating blood sugar levels.
Blue Tea For Hair, Skin & Beauty
➡️1. This tea is well-known for its anti-ageing benefits, due to its high antioxidant content 🧖♀️. This makes the skin look younger and healthier from within.
➡️2. The flavonoids present in blue tea may also stimulate collagen production.
➡️3. Stress-relieving properties of blue tea are also helpful in overall maintainenace of skin and beauty.
➡️4. Blue pea flower is excellent for the hair too, as it contains anthocyanin – a compound known to increase blood circulation in the head and therefore maintain a healthy scalp. It also helps in strengthening the hair follicles from within.
Are you a fan of green smoothies? 🤔 They used to repel me, I didn’t even want to try spinach in a smoothie. And I was so wrong… 🙄 green smoothies are my favourite now! 😍
What we eat can truly transform our bodies and our lives in powerful ways. Blending spinach into a fruit smoothie is a great way to boost your immune system, as well as naturally energize you 🤗
Most smoothies are made with just fruit and liquid, which is high in sugar and can cause inflammation. A green smoothie, on the other hand, is made with fruit, plant-based liquid and leafy greens 😁
This recipe is full of iron, potassium and vitamins galore— and tastes like a tropical treat from all the island fruit. And it will boost your energy!
➡️Blend 1 cup of spinach (or another leafy greens of your choice) in a blender. Adding leafy greens to your smoothie boosts the phytonutrients and fiber, which then slows down the absorption of sugars into your body.
➡️Next, add 1 cup of liquid and blend well (until all leafy chunks are gone).Toss in fruit, such as frozen mango, pineapple and bananas in the blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Serve smoothie immediately for maximum nourishment.
Another green smoothie I loooove is from @kingaparuzel recipe : 1 apple 🍏, 2 handfuls of spinach 🍃, 2 stalks of celery, 1cm of fresh ginger, 1/2 of lemon (without the zest), 1 tsp of maple syrup. Mmmm so good 😋
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💥Immune Booster Shot Recipe
This immune booster shot recipe has everything you need to raise that immune system 🤩! It’s jam packed with immune boosting ingredients 😉
🔸️ 1 tablespoon honey 🍯
🔸️ juice of 1 lemon 🍋
🔸️ juice of 1 orange 🍊
🔸️1-2 cloves garlic minced
🔸️1 teaspoon fresh ginger grated
🔸️1 dash of cayenne pepper
🔸️1 dash of real sea salt
🔸️1 dash cinnamon
🔸️¼ teaspoon turmeric
🔸️Grind of black pepper
🔸️1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar
🔸️1 tablespoon hot water
➡️Mince the garlic (ideally put through a garlic press) and set aside for 10 minutes ⏰. This gives the enzymes a chance to form and ensures maximum benefits 😍.
➡️Whisk together the honey, turmeric, and hot water, until the honey is incorporated and smooth.Then you just stir in everything else and drink! 🤗
💥 Glow Boosting Apple Carrot Juice 😋
Carrots, apples, and oranges are a winning combination for helping your body protect itself and fight off infections 😁
The apples and oranges give you your vitamin C 🤩
Vitamin A, which is also critical to a healthy immune system, is present in carrots in the form of the antioxidant beta carotene 😍.
🔸️2 large carrots 🥕
🔸️2-3 apples 🍎
🔸️2 oranges 🍊
Optional: You can also add a thumb of ginger and/or lemon (great if you’re feeling under the weather)
➡️ Cut carrots and apples into pieces.
➡️Start juicing! Begin by adding the carrots into the juicer.
Source: https://www.healthline.com and https://40aprons.com/
You know what’s best kind of self-love/self-care? 🤔 Taking care of your own health! 🤗
➡️ First of all, treat yourself well! 🙏 Have a closer look on what you’re eating 👅. Do you plan your meals and grocery shopping 🗒 or do you just go to a store, buy whatever you see and put it all on a pan just to „throw” something into your belly 🤷🏼♀️? Do you bring enough vitamins, proteins, fiber? 🧐 Are your meals nutritious? 🥦🍌🍜
Now, how’s your physical activity? 🤔 Do you workout 💪, practice some sport 🏀, go for walks , do yoga or pilates🧘🏼♀️? Physical activity has as much impact on your physical health as healthy eating 😉
And now, how’s your mental health? 🧠 Do you sleep well? 😴 Do you feel confident? Are you anxiety free? 😇
Physical health (so healthy eating and regular physical activities) have great impact on mental health too! You know what they say – healthy body, healthy mind 😉
➡️ Secondly, do you examine yourself? 📈📊 Do you do regular blood tests 💉, regular ultrasounds or x-rays of your stomach, lungs or heart? Do you go see a doctor regularly or only when you feel bad already? 😶
I examine myself once a year. I do blood tests, check my heart, my lungs, my stomach and lady parts. You should too! 🤗
➡️ And lastly, remember to seek help whenever you need it 🙏⚠️No matter if it’s something about your physical health or, especially, mental health! If you feel bad don’t hide it away! Go and get some help! 🙏