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On our “to-read list”: Books to read this summer

Books to read this summer

There are so many books on our “to-read” list that we simply don’t know where to start!

With the 4th of July approaching, we plan on using the long weekend to catch up on some reading.

Dedicate this summer to yourself. Nourishing all your senses, mind, body and soul. And while you can take care of your body and mind with the help of your Leaf, reading can do some good for your soul too! We picked out some titles we enjoyed reading and some we plan to pick up this summer.

You’ll notice that all of the titles are wellness related, and that’s no coincidence. We really do plan to make this summer about ourselves – and not feel guilty about it! So find a comfortable place or a beach spot (even better) where you can relax and enjoy some “me time” while reading. You’ll learn more about wellness and ways of taking care of yourself, educate yourself, relax and unwind for a bit.

Here’s what’s on our to-read list:

1. Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life

This book is on our "to-read" list this summer

We can’t wait to get our hands (and eyes) on this book! We fell in love with ‘The Little Book of Hygge’ and after learning about the Danish secret to happy living, we can’t wait to hear about the Japanese one. Ikigai stands for “that one thing that gets you out of bed every morning,” and Japanese people believe every person has it, you just have to find what your Ikigai is.

2.The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Secret to Happy Living

The little book of hygge

This book took everyone by storm this year. Not only did we learn how to pronounce hygge, we learned what keeps Danish people so happy. We won’t reveal too much, but it’s all about enjoying the little things and finding the joy in the ordinary, something we all need to be reminded of from time to time.

3.The Wellness Project: How I Learned to Do Right by My Body, Without Giving Up My Life

Books to read this summer

We haven’t had the chance to read the Wellness Project yet, but we’re quite familiar with Phoebe’s blog so we can’t wait to see what the book brings. Be prepared to learn more about healthy recipes, how to fight an autoimmune disease, and healthy ways to find your wellness.

4.Deliciously Ella: Smoothies & Juices

What to read this summer

We have to admit – we’re huge fans! We have read all the books, we follow and Instagram regularly, and we plan to visit her deli next time we’re in London. The reason why we chose to include this little book on our list is because with summer days, there’s no better way to refresh yourself than with a healthy smoothie. Find different recipes for smoothies and juices to cool yourself from the heat.

5.Pretty Happy: Healthy ways to love your body

We just love this book, and we plan to read it again this summer! Pretty Happy is a guide on how to lead a healthy and happy lifestyle in which Kate Hudson shares her insights and experiences she went through on her way to find the state in which she feels – pretty happy.

 

What’s on your “to-read” list this summer? Is there a book you would recommend us to read? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

June 21, 2017
MINDFULNESS

8 Things Yoga Will Teach You

It’s no secret: Yoga has become a part of our daily routine. We practice it in the morning to start our day right and then again in the afternoon to relieve all that tension after work. We do it mainly because it makes us feel good and it’s our time to relax and unwind, a moment within the day all to our own.

When thinking about yoga benefits, most people think about the physical ones. It makes us more flexible, stronger, improves our posture…all true.

But there are so many other benefits of yoga. So if you’re not already a yoga fan, these are just a couple of them that may convince you to start practicing.

1.  Yoga teaches us self-compass

We are all too hard on ourselves sometimes. Learning to accept yourself as you are instead of focusing on your flaws will boost your confidence and allow you to be happier. Self-compassion isn’t just about accepting yourself as you are, it’s about taking care of yourself as well. Realizing that you deserve it, that you deserve the best.

2.  It helps you connect with your body and mind at the same time

Practicing yoga will help you learn more about your body and everything it is capable of doing. With every practice, you will become more flexible and learn to own your breath. While practicing, you’re working on both your body and mind.

3. Yoga helps fight depression and relieve stress

Just half an hour a day can help you cultivate a mindful habit that will result in feeling calmer and finding your inner peace. Learn to let go of all the stress by being present and enjoying the moments of calm.

4.  It teaches you to trust your body

Learning how to trust your body can transform your life. Being aware that everything you need is within you is one of the greatest yoga lessons. You will get to know your body and trust that it can do amazing things and make you feel better inside and out.

5.  Helps you focus

Clear thoughts and a clear mind help you approach your daily challenges with a clear head. Yoga practice will sharpen your mind and prepare you for anything the new day brings. Discover how being more focused improves your productivity and helps tackle all the challenges.

6.  Yoga improves your emotional balance

Learning to live in the moment is harder said than done. Having control of your thoughts, learning to relax in the given moment is a practice that requires time but just like any activity, it becomes better with practice.

7.  Gives you a peace of mind

Feeling your best and calm inside gives you the most valuable gift of all – having a peace of mind.

8.  Helps you think positive thoughts

Setting a positive mantra before a yoga session is a great way to start thinking positive thoughts and keep them all day long. Cultivate self-love and positive thoughts.

 

What has yoga taught you? Can you name some of the benefits you started noticing after practicing yoga for a longer time? Share your thoughts with us; we would love to hear from you.

May 24, 2017
MINDFULNESS

6 Ways to Relax After Work

We all know, today more than ever, a healthy lifestyle is about having a well-rounded approach and it goes beyond the number of steps we take. That’s why it is equally important to give your body, and your mind, the rest and relaxation it deserves. They’re all important pieces of the complex puzzle that we call health.

But sometimes, as bizarre as it sounds, relaxing just doesn’t come easy. With mobile gadgets, hectic workloads, and the sensory overload that comes with living in today’s times, switching off has become an increasing problem. So today we are outlining 6 simple ways you can relax at home after a long day at work. Hey, it doesn’t even have to be a long day – you still deserve some R and R.

1. Leave work at work

We had to put this one at the top because nothing will put the breaks on relaxing faster than taking work home with you. We understand it’s not always possible. But if you can get into the habit of leaving work at work, even if you have to stay a little overtime to get it done there, then home will become your sanctuary.

2. Walk home

Or to the subway, bus stop, or just a few extra minutes. Walking is a wonderful way to clear your mind and gives you time to run through what happened at work that day. By the time you get to your final destination, you’ll find you would have mulled everything over and you can enter your home with a clear and sound mind. It works, trust us. And the additional plus? Those extra steps won’t go unnoticed by your Leaf.

3. Organize the space in your place

A clear space really does lead to a clear mind. Pick one room in the house, or break it down further still and attack the desk draws and get your de-clutter on. At first, it might seem like there is nothing less attractive than doing some housework straight after the office, but you’ll soon find the progress motivating. And before you know it – voila. You’ll be giving yourself a good pat on the back and kicking your feet up in no time.

4. Mellow out with music

Music is a great way to relax and nothing sets the mood better than your own personal soundtrack. Chose a few of your favorite tunes and get them running in the background. Work will be the last thing on your mind. Johns Mayer and Legend always work for us. Who’s your go-to?

5. Take a warm bath

This one is a fail-safe. Just writing ‘warm bath’ has us oohing and aahing. Choose some nice, relaxing essential oils like Lavander, Ylang Ylang or Frankincense to take it up a notch and experience the purest form of indulgence. You deserve it.

6. Meditate

Try and find a quiet, comfortable place where you can enjoy 10 uninterrupted minutes to yourself. You can choose to lie down or sit with your legs crossed, arms gently placed on your knees. Choose one of the meditations from the Leaf app. We recommend the meditation De-stress for a Busy Woman led by Brett Larkin. Works every time.

What’s your go-to method for relaxing? Share in the comments below.

May 24, 2017
MINDFULNESS

Truly. Madly. Deeply. Love enhancing meditations.

Leaf Love meditations

The biggest lessons and challenges we confront in our lives come from our closest relationships. They teach us lessons and redefine how we see the world and interact with other people. To consciously choose the best way to deal with them, we have to take time to clear our mind and to reflect.

Meditation fills you with love and friendliness towards everybody around.

Love enhancing meditations in your Leaf app

Turn everyday life into a path toward mindful living.  If you’re new to meditation, ask a friend or your partner to help you tap into the world of mindfulness. Regardless of whether you have known the person you’re meditating with for a long time or only for a little while, try new love-enhancing meditations in your Leaf app. You will be amazed at the deep and lasting bond you and your friend or partner will create with one another.

Leaf Love meditationsMake Valentine’s Day more sensual with Leaf’s love meditations:

Sensual Love

In a goal-oriented world we are challenged through the rush of time, often forgetting to fully sense the feelings of love and profoundness. This sensual couple’s meditation taps into a deeper connection with your partner challenging you both to release all stress from your body.

Blissful Love

This guided couple’s meditation brings to surface the blissful feelings of love toward one another. Learn to accept yourself as you are right now and accept your partner as he or she is.

Radiating Love

This guided meditation you can practice on your own by holding an image of a person you care about – whether it’s a friend, a parent or your partner. Experience the true power of love as its energy radiates through you onto others.

Invite your friends to try out Leaf’s love meditations on the Dashboard!

Leaf Love and Friendship

Be present in the moment and try to truly enjoy both the sun and the rain. There’s always a rainbow making the sky beautiful. But remember, you’re the painter deciding on the colors. Mindful living will create the most beautiful paintings you’ve ever dreamed of.

Love, stylishly

Get ready to chase your Valentine (and count your steps too)! A special edition Leaf just in time for Valentine’s Day is here to spark a fire. Radiate love with the new Leaf Urban Gray Rose.

Love, like there’s no tomorrow.
Your Bellabeat Team

 

 

 

 

February 3, 2017
MINDFULNESS

Amazing Mind Technique to Crush your Food Cravings

Food cravings

Holiday treats and parties are slowly coming to an end, but your mind is still in ‘sugar mode’ craving some sweets. It can be a little bit frustrating not fitting into your favorite pants because of that one extra piece of pie. But hey, here’s the good news! Even though it might seem we are living in the movie Groundhog Day, we’ve actually found an easy and healthier plan of attack. Our mind is a powerful tool that can break this vicious circle of overeating and craving – the healthy way!

Food cravings

It’s scientifically proven that specific mental imagery can successfully suppress food cravings if done repeatedly. Food craving reduction techniques like performing a visual task, engaging a series of non-food scenes or engaging in a favorite activity can successfully reduce your desire for food. We recommend you to try this simple food craving reduction technique by famous British hypnotherapist Paul McKenna – the number one hypnotherapist in the world renowned for helping people treat the most difficult problems.

Whenever your mind is telling you that sugar is the only way out, listen to some of the Leaf’s guided meditation exercises or try this simple routine:

Stay right where you are at this moment. Think of any situation that makes you feel emotional and makes you wanna eat. Now tap with your two fingers under the eye 10 times. Then, tap with your two fingers on a collarbone 10x.  And again under the eye 10x.  Tap on the side of your hand 10x.  And then roll your eyes in 360’ circle, keeping your head still. Then roll your eyes in the opposite direction. This is not a distraction. This is changing the way your brain processes its thoughts and feelings. Now, drink a glass of water and smile!

This simple yet effective Tapping method shows you how to handle your food cravings using your body’s own acupuncture points. Tapping is simple and painless. It can be learned by anyone. You can apply it to yourself, whenever you want, wherever you are. It’s less expensive and less time consuming than acupuncture. Most importantly, it gives you the power to put control over your destiny into your own hands. Give it a try and share with us your experience!

And a little reminder !!!

Win a Yoga retreat in San Francisco for you and your bestie!

We decided to make this January the best start of the year you’ve ever had. We’re talking about a one-day yoga retreat for you and your bestie with Bellabeat’s ambassador Brett Larkin, which includes pampering yourself, following personal advice on how to start or master yoga, a half day yoga session with Brett and a healthy and delicious lunch!

Entering this challenge is super easy and all you need to do to enter is share a photo with your Leaf or a screenshot from the Leaf app on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with your New Year’s Resolution and the hashtag #LeafGetsMeThere.

You can also take a look at your Bellabeat Dashboard and find the 10 most tracked activities in 2016! Choose an activity you would like to focus on in 2017 and share your New Year’s resolution. You’ll enter the draw and have a chance to win an amazing yoga retreat with Brett Larkin!

2017, bring it on!

 

January 5, 2017