11 tips on how to make the most out of your mornings

Health,personal,18 February 2018

Never ever go to bed without washing your face! It has a greater effect on your skin than you think and your evening routine helps you calm down, care for yourself and clean off the day.

Air out your bedroom and create a cozy environment to sleep in. Cool and fresh air makes it easier to calm down and fall asleep and clean sheets is true luxury.

Don’t overdo on the salt at night. Popcorn is one of my favorite snacks, but as I’m sensitive to salt I blow up easily. I feel much better in the morning when I eat something healthy before I go to bed. I try to stick to eating quite neutral tastes because I find that strong spices disturb my sleep.

Skip alcohol. If you feel better without alcohol in your life don’t be afraid to quit drinking completely.  At least cutting down a little probably doesn’t hurt anyone?

Less screen time at night. Yeah, yeah, it’s easier said than done, but I notice a big difference in the quality of my sleep if I expose myself to screen time before going to bed. Podcasts or audio books are much better options for me.

Go to bed on time and wake up earlier than you have too and forbid yourself to hit the snooze button! Waking up without feeling stressed is the best feeling in the world and the greatest start to a new day. Light a candle, listen to the radio and do your morning routine without being in a rush. Remind yourself that it won’t take you more than five minutes to feel awake. Even 10 minutes extra gives me a more harmonic start to my day and mood.

Shower in the morning. This is of course very individual, but my day gets a much better start if I take time to shower in the morning. I feel fresh and clean and ready to take on the day. It’s weird how much energy only that gives me.

Wake up to a clean and organized environment. The thought of dirty dishes and toys everywhere gives me anxiety; therefore, I try to clean up at night so I can wake up to a new day with peace of mind.

If you’re feeling stressed out at night write down your thoughts and to-do’s. Collecting your thoughts on paper makes it easier to let go and calm down.

Make the bed! When I was a child my mum was anal about making the beds every morning. If the bed isn’t made when I get home at the end of the day it makes me feel sloppy and lazy. I feel much more productive when I make the bed before leaving the house in the morning.

Start with the most critical thing that has to get done that day.” Eat a live frog first thing in the morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” -Mark Twain

Bra and shirt from KappAhl

Pictures by Juuli Rönkä

PJ’s and hair loss

hair,personal,22 January 2018

Spent most of this weekend in my PJ’s. I haven’t felt like myself ever since I had the stomach flu and also, I realized I’ve lost a ton of hair lately. Might have something to do with changing hormone levels after breast feeding or the fact that I haven’t taken my vitamins in a while? I’ve lost hair like this once before when I worked myself to the point of exhaustion in Japan ten years ago. It never recovered, but now I’ve lost even more. It’s not as obvious as right after pregnancy when the shower clogs up and you literally see the hair coming off. It’s more like I don’t get any new ones and it just mystically disappears. It’s a superficial issue that has roots in something I quite can’t figure out right now. For the first time in a while I can’t even blame stress. Unless, it’s reacting on delay. Anyone with knowledge or similar experiences about this?

However, I can’t do anything about it right now and stressing about it certainly won’t help, but I’m not joking when I say my ponytail is the size of one finger. Something has happened. Do you know if any hair strengthening supplement is helpful?

Anyways, school started today and I’m excited to roll up my sleeves again. Feels really good actually. It gives me balance and structure and I enjoy working in my own little bubble and overcome barriers I’ve built for myself. I think I’m always going to study in one way or another. Hoping to take more creative courses in the future as well. Painting would be wonderful and super therapeutic. Definitely goals for the future!

Pictures by Juuli Rönkä