Tips & tricks

On Christmas food and new resolutions!

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By Heidi Arstad, from the Facebook blog “Min fete historie” (My fat history)

If you were to look at your life from the perspective of one year in the future, would you be happy with where you are today? If you can confidently answer yes, you are one of the few who has everything mostly under control and is living happily and problem-free with yourself and your loved ones. [···]

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How can you cope with a life crisis and move on?

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By Janne Ekeberg Amundsen,
psychologist and co-owner of the Mindfit app

For most of us, life consists of more than just good times, and sooner or later we can expect to be struck by a crisis. What can you do when you lose your footing – when you lose perspective and your life spins out of control?

A life crisis can take many forms, from the breakup of a relationship, to one of your loved ones being afflicted by a serious illness or death, to losing a job, being betrayed, or major life changes, such as the transition to retirement. [···]

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Improving your self-esteem

Better self-esteem(Read this in Norwegian – les denne på Norsk)
Written by Ida Cathrine Jakobsen, psychologist

We all have thoughts and feelings about who we are as people. A number of different terms – self-confidence, self-image, self-esteem and self-respect – are linked to the perception we have of ourselves, as well as how we judge ourselves.

Among the most commonly used terms in this context are self-esteem and self-confidence. The latter refers to your confidence in your ability to master a situation, and is linked to specific achievements. For example, a single person may be very confident on the football field, but can be completely lacking in confidence that he will make it unscathed through a speech at his best friend’s wedding.

Self-esteem is considered to be a more comprehensive concept, and often refers to your sense of worth as a person independent of your achievements:

  • It is about knowing and respecting yourself, including both your strengths and weaknesses.
  • It is possible to have great self-confidence in several areas, while at the same time have difficulty seeing yourself as a good and valuable person.

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Questions for reflection

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by Hilde Amundsen, founder Mindfi app

Have you ever had a question that has meant a lot to you, and that has caused you to change your focus? Or are there things that have been said to you that you remember for the rest of your life – that have shaped you as a person?

I have. My doctor once asked me a simple and meaningful question many years ago. I often think about it, because it is an important reminder that I need to choose what I want to prioritize – what I want to do more or less of.

For me there was one important question that helped change my life:

What gives you energy in your daily life, Hilde? Where do you get new energy from? Do you get more energy when you are at home, or are you drained of energy?

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Mental training

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You can “train” your brain and thought patterns, just like the rest of your body. It requires some effort, just like it does when we train to become more physically fit, or when we go to school to learn something new.

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle

We have to keep working steadily over time to reach training goals. We know it’s not enough to work out just once, as it were, to be fully trained and in good shape. [···]

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Highly sensitive – Finding strength in your sensitivity

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written by Lian Kirksæther

At the outset, being sensitive is a strength, but it can easily be turned into something negative in our society.

Today’s society is characterized by deadlines and time constraints, and places ever increasing demands on the individual, which combined are not a good fit for sensitive individuals. This causes more and more people to be stressed and sick, and increases burnt-out, because the nervous system in sensitive individuals has a lower threshold for activation, and these individuals take in more information from the environment than average. [···]

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