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Chemistry on my skin

Would you take a bath in a chemical solution? Well, I also wouldn’t! But you are totally fine with pouring chemical parfumes over your body and using other cosmetic products that contain plastisisers? I would recommend taking a second guess about what’s wrong here.

An overall study made by the federal Ministry for Environment and Nature Germany tested over 60.000 beauty products, and over 30% contained hormonal active ingredients, which are not forbidden in Germany and Austria (and so many other countries around the world – check out the law for your country!). The fatal thing about it is that those ingredients trouble our hormonal balance. The chemicals get into our blood-circulation-system via skin contact, because our body can not distinguish between our own hormones and the external hormones and in the end they all mix up.

Why are those ingredients even part of so many beauty products?
It’s the easiest way to create a UV-filter, which can be the cause cancer. So it is quite obvious that e.g. not natural-based sunscreens (especially the 50+ sunscreens) are chemical maces. But what could you use instead? Most natural oils have a sunprotector in them. I personally love to use coconut oil for my day-to-day routine, but it washes off easily, when going for a swim. For “sunbathing” I always go for sesameoil – it keeps away about 30% of all the UV strips.
Our second enemy are  the preservatives, called PARABENES. They also get you out of hormonal balance. Of course it is great to have long-lasting products, but is it really worth harming your health? I don’t think so!

So make time, get informed about the products you use and check the ingredients! The good thing is, that you can either make your own beauty products  (just check out Youtube), use essential oils instead of dangerous fragrances, or get yourself some plant-based products. The companies I can recommend out of personal experience are Ringana and Be my friend.

So don’t look for excuses for staying with the products you are used to  just because it’s comfortable, but do yourself a favor and walk the healthy road.

 

 

food, self-development, Yoga

How to stay sane?

Hunting after adventures is my big passion for sure, but what really matters in life is health and mental well-being. I only realized this, when I lacked those essentials, so I figured out, that prevention is the key for fullfilling my best life and chasing my dreams.

In my adolescence, when I just moved out of my parents house and into my new students life in Vienna., I had a lot of troubles with adapting to all the changes and that resulted in health issues. Not only did I get sick on a monthly basis, but I kind of got a depression and just felt completely lost and worthless. So i started digging deeper, to find the cause of the change in my personality and body.

I really got into traditional chinese Medicine (TCM), which helped me reconnect with myself again. At that time I changed my sleeping routine and my eating habits. I started my day with a warm (cooked) breakfast like soup, got rid of most milk products and cut sugar and alcohol out for some time and I went to bed and got up at the same time every day. I quickly realised, that those 2 factors had such a huge impact on my well-being and so I found a way to integrate them into my day-to-day life.

At About the same time I started doing Yoga, which is now one of my professions and my biggest passion. I first got into it, because I wanted to have an athletic body, but the more I practiced, the more I realised, that yoga is so much more than just downdog and handstands.
I finally felt my Body again, I didn’t even know, that I havent felt it properly for years. All the breath work combined with really turning inwards and just being changed my view on all the things on the outside, and I reconsidered the presence and importance of a lot of things and people in my life. I got rid of everything/one that didn’t serve me anymore and kept me from growing and being my true self.

The latest discovery I made sounds really simple, but has so much power.
TAKE IT EASY. Stop stressing About Things, that are not in your power to change, and focus on the things, that you can actually change. Find trust in the universe (or however you like to call the higher power), and most important trust yourself again, as everything already is to be found within you.

 

Let’s raise #healthawareness for ourselves and for supporting the people that suffer from a lack of health.

Environmental issues

I’m going down on my knees, baby!

…that could come in a sexual context, but I’m afraid I have to disappoint you. There is something going down on the knees though, it’s our planet, that has been suffering for decades and slowly, but surely it goes down and it looks like we will go down with it.

Today is EARTH OVERSHOOT DAY!

But what exactly does that mean? Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what the earth can regenerate in that year. So within half a year, the population needs, what the earth can provide within a year.

This is a devastating story and I will not leave you feeling empty, without any solutions. 😉
There actually is something we, the population, can do to #safetheplanet.

The Global Footprint Network has devided the steps to move the EARTH OVERSHOOT DAY into 4 approaches:

  • Cities -> smart transport systems could make your day-to-day life easier and help the planet to survive at the same time!

 

  • Food -> by reducing food waste (and every person is responsible for that) and increasing the efficieny in production the EOD can be postponed!

 

  • Energy -> completely cutting fossil fuels before 2050 is definitely possible. Not only is it good for our planet, but it would also reduce costs in everyones life. The technologies needed already exist, so the shift just needs to happen!

 

  • Population -> by reducing the birthrate (in 3rd world countries) we can not only safe the earth, but this also means that the biocapacity (living Standards/wealth) per family increases. We can especially work on it by educating girls all over the world. #educationiskey

If you want to know more about the topic or your ecological footprint in general, go have a look at https://www.overshootday.org/

This should bother all of us!

#safetheplanet

 

 

Environmental issues

Mayday: we have a situation here

We are all individuals, that want to express themselves and follow their soul, whatever that means. For me it means, I have to travel (a lot), get to know new cultures and explore all around the globe. That also means I am responsible for a lot of CO2 emissions, which is the absolute opposite of eco-friendly and therefore a down-side of my life that I want to do something about. But what to do about? Stop travelling? Stop exploring? Stop following my heart?

For your Imagination, a quick example. If i fly from Vienna to Singapore, I make 19.454 km, which means I generate about 5.200 kg of CO2 per flight. I would need to grow 25 trees to make-up for it ! Check out https://www.atmosfair.de/de/ to get to know your carbon footprint.

So what is it, that I can do to make up for all my travels? Planting all those trees? maybe not the smartest solution 😉

I started slowly, just one step at a time. I stopped using plastic bottles and went for glassbottles. I became really picky with everything that was wrapped in plastic, and always went for the plastic-free alternative, which felt so good instantly. As it became a routine to strictly ban as much plastic as possible, I expanded my horizon and quit buying meat from big Supermarket chains. Now I only buy from the local farmers market, or from a trustworthy butcher. This had a perfect side effect, as the meat was more expensive, I ate less and less and now I’m totally fine with vegetarian alternatives as well.

I figured out, that there are so many more options if you are serious about making a difference in this world. The first step is always the hardest to make, so give yourself time, read into it, think about it and then go for it. I bet, you won’t regret it. 🙂

#safetheplanet

 

 

self-development

The magic of new beginnings

Each and everyone of us human beings has their weakpoint, be it alcohol, work or even the desperate need of being loved. It took me quite a while to figure out what my addiction was. It was just recently, when I found myself daydreaming about packing all my stuff and imagined myself living a life somewhere next to the sea with my Laptop in one hand and my surfboard in the other hand. I got interrupted by a voice that sounded  oh so far away, but it actually was somewhere in my head, just whispering the words I rejected to hear for so long.

And what that witness in my head said, made me face a truth about myself. It became so obvious, that I’ve made these daydreams come to reality quite often in the past few years and that leaving everything behind, or fleeing from everything, was one kind of a pattern, that I’ve been practicing to perfection for quite a while now. I realized, that I was addicted to the magic of new beginnings, to the unknown future, to reinventing myself, but for what price? First of all it was quite expensive to build a new life once a year, and also exhausting to find places to live, build new relationships and become a part of the social network. As if this was not enough, I realized, that I was so euphoric about everything in the beginning, but burned out so fast and never managed to finish long-term projects like studying or working for a company longer than 2 years.

So I decided to sit with myself and really think and feel about it and I came to the conclusion, that I may not like this part of myself, but I have to accept it and dig deeper, putting away layer after layer and eventually I will figure out, where this pattern comes from and how I can make peace with it.

I didn’t give in to my daydreams just yet, because this time I want to find out, what’s there to learn for me. I bet, what I will realize will be magic. And that is also kind of a new beginning . The beginning of an era, where I will not flee in a blindfolded way, but where I will enjoy the magic of looking closely and exploring myself a little more. 

Travel

The call of the gypsy soul

“If we were meant to live in one place, we would grow roots”. That saying appeared so appropriate to me, like the absolute truth. Still, I couldn’t find the courage it to live my life according to it. At the age of 20 I chose the conservative way of studying law and working for an attorney, but it just never felt as if this life was meant for me.

It took me a few years to reach the Point of complete Desperation, until I realized that I was living someone elses dream and that this was not my purpose. Out of that Impulse I quit everything from one day to the next, sold my furniture, moved out of town and never regretted it ever since.

I still haven’t figured out where or what my final destination is, but I’m curious about the journey, with all it’s ups and downs and about getting to know myself better every single day.