10 tips on avoiding winter depression

(Ad - written in collaboration with Supernature)Hi lovely people.Who else is feeling the dark days draining out what's left of your energy? Personally, I haven't had a full winter in Norway for almost six years, so it's been a huge adjustment this year. Maybe that's why I've been so obsessed with trying everything I can to not let it get to me. Anyways, I've gathered my top 10 tips on avoiding going down for the winter. Some of them are recommendations from you guys and friends, and some are things I've always done to feel better.

1. Put the phone away 1 hour before and after a nights sleep

This really improves your sleep quality. For me to be able to follow through, I charge my phone outside my bedroom.

2. Invest in a natural light + radio alarm clock

Mine from Philips is really old now, and I bet there are new ones on the market. The one I have is a version of this one, and it has truly saved my mornings! It wakes you up with something similar to natural sunlight, and you can choose between radio, singing birds, forest sounds, or just a regular alarm sound. LOVE.

3. Take Depridix from Supernature

Every morning when I wake up, I drink one liter of lukewarm water with lemon and take my Depridix.Depridix is a unique Norwegian herbal supplement that combines traditional Nordic herbs with vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, and the mineral zink. B-vitamins aid your body in normal energy conversion, while the B2, B3, B6, and B12 helps prevent tiredness and exhaustion. Depridix also contains Q10 and flower essences and herbal extracts.I really feel like this gives me the boost I needed this winter!

4. Use a "natural light" lamp indoors

Personally, I put on the ring light we use for photos. I think it does the magic of tricking my brain into producing more happiness. But there are other alternatives out there that can do the magic, like this one.

5. Get as much real sunlight as possible with your schedule

Try to get a quick 10/20 minute walk if you see the sun popping out.

6. Go for a light workout

I like working out in the evenings during the winter, even though it's a bit harder to get myself to go when the evening comes and I just wanna lay on the couch. When I get myself to go there it gives me the extra energy to cook a good meal for myself instead of just eating something that's not really nourishing. It helps to plan my workout schedule for a week ahead, so I know what's coming.

7. Make it cozy indoors!

In Norway, we spend lots of time indoors, which may be why we invest in making our nest really welcoming. Get a good blanket and some eco-friendly candles.

8. Plan something nice for yourself every week

I get motivated to work hard when I have good things to look forward to such as a concert, cinema, going to the theater or hosting dinner for my friends.

9. Set aside time for creative projects during the weekend

For me and probably many others, it's easy to drown myself in work just to make time pass when I'm not feeling really good. I've figured that it helps a lot to set aside time that's designated for creative projects like creating film and photography, making a vision board, painting or scribbling some words while listening to good music.

the trip that made me take plastic seriously

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I november reiste jeg til Sri Lanka, som lenge har vært mitt drømmereisemål. Det endte opp med å bli en helt spesiell tur, både i form av møter med flotte folk og med hvordan vi mennesker har tullet til havene og naturen vår. Sri Lanka (tidligere Ceylon) er en vakker øy syd for India. På Sri Lanka finner du vakre strender, grønne frodige skoger, ville dyr, jungel, yoga, ayurveda, plantebasert mat og perfekte bølger for surfere. 

// In november I travelled to Sri Lanka, which has been on my bucket list for a long time. It became such a special trip for me, with regards to the people I met, and realising how we have done so much harm to the oceans and our nature. Sri Lanka (previously Ceylon) is a beautiful island south of India. You will find amazing beaches, lush green forests, wild animals, jungel life, yoga, Ayurveda, plant based food and perfect waves.

Dream life, plastic and saving the world

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Min plan var å reise ned og surfe, gjøre yoga og bli kjent med det vakre landet. Hver morgen i femtiden våknet vi til munker som sang, etterfulgt av yoga, frokost og surfing. Min drømmehverdag, for å si det sånn! Den første uken av turen opplevde vi en syklon (kraftig storm), og dagen etter dro vi og surfet på tross av advarsler fra de lokale. Det var som å se drømmeomgivelsene bli forvandlet til et mareritt. Det fløt plast overalt i vannet i form av sugerør, plastposer, potetgullposer og til og med en barberhøvel (!). Uheldigvis for meg klarte jeg å svelge litt av vannet. Det er ikke det smarteste jeg har gjort, det blir man dårlig av! En av grunnene til at det er så ekstremt mye søppel på Sri Lanka er at de mangler et fungerende søppel- og resirkuleringssystem. Søppelet kommer også fra båter, andre land, turister og overfylte søppeldynger. Det er ikke uvanlig å se at folk brenner plast i gatene fordi de ikke vet hvor de skal gjøre av det. Dette blir man direkte uvel av.

// My plan was to surf, do yoga and get to know the beautiful country. Every morning at 5 am we woke up to munks chanting, followed by yoga, breakfast and surging. My absolute dream of an everyday life. The first week there was a huge storm, and the day after we went surfing despite warnings from the local population. It was devastating seeing the dream surroundings transformed into a nightmare. The ocean and beaches were covered with plastic straws, bags of chips, plastic bags and even a razor! Unfortunately I managed to swallow some water, which is far from the smartest thing I’ve done… One of the reasons that there are extreme amounts of trash in Sri Lanka is that they are lacking a proper garbage collection system. The trash comes from boats, other countries, tourists and overfilled landfills. It’s common to see people burning plastic in the streets because they don’t know how else to get rid of it.

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What can we do?

Det som er så kult er at man kan gjøre en forskjell som turist. Her er mine 5 beste råd for å bidra positivt til miljøet mens du er på reise:

  1. Vær bevisst over problemet. Vis det frem på sosiale medier og ikke ignorere det.

  2. Få med deg venner og lokale på en strandrydding. Legg ut bilder på insta for å inspirere andre. Sjekk ut verdens kuleste Marthe sin instagramprofil for inspirasjon. Husk #tavaha og #plukkanopp!

  3. Bruk forbrukermakten din. Velg å spise på restauranter og å bo på hotel som tar dette problemet på alvor. Der hvor jeg bodde hadde de forbud mot plastflasker, hadde masse økologisk og lokal mat og vi fikk kokosnøtter servert med metallsugerør.

  4. Ta alltid med den en flaske og reisebestikk når du er på tur.

  5. Spis lokalt, sesongbasert og plantebasert <3

// The wonderful thing is that we as tourists can make a difference. Here are my top 5 tips to make a positive contribution while travelling:

  1. Be aware of the problem. Show it on social media and don’t ignore it and showcase just the beauty.

  2. Make friends and gather for a beach cleanup. Post images on social media to inspire others. Check out my friend Marthe’s instagram for inspiration. #tavaha

  3. Use your consumer power. Choose local restaurants and stay with local people who take these things seriously. Where I lived there was a ban against plastic bottles, they served organic and local food and we got coconut water with metal straws.

  4. Always bring a bottle and travel cutlery.

  5. Eat local, seasonal and plant based <3

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Hvis du vil lese mer om hvor du bør bo, hva du kan spise og hvilke aktiviteter du kan gjøre på Sri Lanka kan du sjekke ut dette innlegget her.

// Read more about where to stay and eat in Sri Lanka here.

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