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[This is my current temporary working from home setup 🌈] A few weeks back, I thought everything would be alright, that our world was prepared to deal with such a situation in an efficient and timely manner. ⠀
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I wasn’t worried at all.⠀
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With the exponential spread of the virus and all subsequent lockdowns, quarantine and self-isolations measures in place now, I understand the gravity of the situation, accepted that I was wrong, and take COVID-19 very seriously. And I understand that it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.⠀
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At first I felt like the Coronavirus or SARS-CoV-2 to be exact wasn’t something affecting me personally. I fought off all worries and anxious moments until I couldn’t do it anymore.⠀
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I’m worried and scared. I’m worried about my family, especially my mum, I’m worried about my friends and their families. I’m worried because we’re trapped in our own apartment, feeling like outlaws when leaving once a week for grocery shopping. I’m worried about the global economy and how this shitty situation affects the poorest people the most.⠀
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I understand that I can’t exclude myself, that I’m not a passive bystander to some tragic accident. I’m as much a part of this stressful time as anyone else around the globe and am doing the bare minimum of my bit by #stayingathome like (hopefully) billions of other people.⠀
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The reason I’m writing this post is that I feel helpless and anxious but these feelings won’t help anyone. Researching and writing are two things I’m good at. So the least I can do I figured to hopefully help a few people (and myself) is to put my strengths to work and to provide a list of resources on how to improve the limiting and isolating situation of being quarantined. Link to post in bio 🌈🙌🏽💕⠀
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#agorgeoussoul #coronavirus #covid19 #quarantine #quarantinelife #quarantineandchill #whattododuringquarantine #healthylifestyle #healthyhabits #mindfulhabits #mindfulness #kindness #bekind #bekindalways #kindnessiskey #kindnessmatters #kindnessismagic #kindnessalways #bekindtooneanother #mindfullifestyle #mindful #socialdistancing #selfisolation #wfh #workfromhome #workingfromhome #productivity #focusonthegood
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First, we need to Raise Awareness

In April 2018, Tim Bergling died. Don't know who that is? He was better known as Avicii, the Electronic Dance Music Superstar. To be honest with you, I didn't know a thing about him until he was found dead during his holiday in Oman.

But all the news and public grieving about his death made me wonder: "Who was this guy?" I watched the documentary about his rise to fame and his subsequently stressful lifestyle.

It was a portrait of a really shy, introverted and innocent young Swedish guy, who didn't fit into the music industry. Unfortunately, it was pulled from Netflix since. Here's the trailer (at least).

Health Issues, Depression, Anxiety & Burnout

His long-time friend and videographer Levan Tsikurishvili documented his life for 4 years. The outcome left me utterly speechless and profoundly sad.

The documentary shows Tims' deep struggles, battling seriously troubling health issues and trying to overcome his panic attacks and anxiety, that he'd get while performing live on stage. Nonetheless, his management pushed him mercilessly, although it was clearly visible, that Tim couldn't go on like that anymore.

He performed 813 shows within eight years (that's on average one gig every 3.5 days!!!), until he finally decided to part ways with his management and retire at age 26 to focus solely on producing music. This was in 2016.

It seems that his decision came too late. His family published a statement shortly after his death, which implies that Tim took his own life:

"Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions. When he stopped touring, he wanted to find a balance in life to be happy and be able to do what he loved most - music. He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace...Tim, you will forever be loved and sadly missed."

May his soul rest in peace.

Other tragedies happened only a few months later: In June 2018, Kate Spade committed suicide, and only a few days later, Anthony Bourdain, the famous travel documentarian and celebrity chef took his own life as well.

It is said, that both were struggling with mental health issues.

Why our Personal Wellbeing needs to be a Priority

I'm aware that those seem like extreme examples. And that the majority of people struggling with their own demons day in and day out are not famous but our neighbors, strangers on the streets, colleagues, friends, and loved ones.

Those examples simply show in the most heartbreaking way, that we really need to choose ourselves first to be truly happy (success, money, fame won't do the job).

If we don't make that choice, other people will decide our lives for us. If we don't focus on our personal wellbeing and make that a priority, if we don't take care of ourselves, but sacrifice our lives for other people's wellbeing/ success/ happiness, we won't be able to go on like that without facing serious issues.

At one point, we will burn out. At one point, our mental health will suffer so much, that our inner demons will take the reins.

What can YOU do?

It's important to raise awareness about and to understand mental health problems better in today's society. This post by the ADAA (Anxiety & Depression Association of America) is a good start for educating oneself. Someone close to you, or maybe even you, might be struggling and might need help.

Don't hesitate to ask for any kind of support - and if something doesn't feel right, don't hesitate to ask your friend/ sister/ father/ or even the devastated stranger crying her eyes out, if you can help them in any way.

If you are concerned, that someone close to you is at risk of committing suicide, please read this article about prevention methods by the ADAA and take action.

Often, talking about problems with someone helps a ton and lifts the burden of ones shoulders - at least momentarily. In the end, it is hard work to get out of the funk and the darkness.

But nobody has to do it on her/ his own; we're not alone in this. There's no shame in reaching out and to ask for help. There's no shame in admitting that life is overwhelming or too much sometimes.

We're doing our society a disservice by neglecting our needs, because we cannot function properly in a state where we suffer, no matter if physically or emotionally.

Only if we take care of our body, health, mind and feelings first, only then we're able to help others in the long-term.

It might sound selfish, but it's far away from that. So here's to choosing yourself first! Wondering where to start? One way to do that, is to set healthy boundaries.

Weekly Nuggets of Wisdom

This week's list full of thought provoking inspiration to read, listen to, watch and create is about "choosing yourself first".

I recommend...

...reading:

 Choose Yourself First by Jamelle Sanders. Really great and honest post of the Thrive Global Community by Arianna Huffington about making yourself a priority. The author also features 4 practical steps you can take right away to implement self-care into your daily life.

...listening:

 In honor of this modern day music genius, here are two tracks I LOVE, that Tim Bergling aka Avicii produced for Coldplay (which I didn't know until I watched the documentary): 'Hymn For The Weekend' with some stunning vocals from Queen Bey & 'Sky Full Of Stars'.

...watching:

Choose Yourself! by James Altucher. This one is a hilarious yet wise TEDx Talk. James speaks about his personal life and how not choosing himself drove him into some depressing moments. He also shares with the viewer five mind shifts, that helped him to get back on track (about 12 minutes long).

...creating:

Creamy Butternut Squash Carrot Coconut Soup. It's been a while since I've shared one of my plant-based recipes with you. This soup is amazing! I especially love it, because it helps me not getting a cold every time I fear that I'm about to get one. I really hope you enjoy the recipe, this soup is quite simple to make. All together it takes about an hour until it is ready to eat.

Are you choosing yourself first regularly or is that an area in life that could use some improvement? What's your opinion on that?

If you’re looking for practical ways on how to be more mindful in your daily life, I’ve put together what I call ‘The ultimate beginner’s guide to a mindful lifestyle’ incl. a 30 day planner to keep track on your habits. And the best part? You can download it for free now!

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What an amazing gift idea 😻 got these super soft reusable makeup pads from my friend @rohinibajekal and love them so much 😭❤️⠀
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I use round cotton pads a lot to for my skincare routine and always felt guilty for the amount of trash I produced daily due to that 😒⠀
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Watched a few DIY tutorials on how to sew your own makeup pads and always pushed it aside as a project for "a day I'd have time to do that" (aka for sure not anytime soon).⠀
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Therefore, I'm so grateful, that Rohini brought me these from London 😍 such a cute surprise!⠀
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And I can either wash them by hand or throw them into the washing machine in a little laundry bag to wash with similar stuff 💯⠀
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Definitely a gift idea I will "steal" for the holidays 😻🎄🎁🎅🏽⠀
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#sustainable #sustainableliving #sustainablelifestyle #sustainablechristmas #sustainablegifts #giftideas #environmentallyfriendly #environmentallyconscious #holidayseason #consciousliving #consciousconsumer #ecofriendly #ecofriendlyliving #ecofriendlyproduct #ecofriendlygifts #skincareroutine #skincareproduct
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First, we need to Raise Awareness

In April 2018, Tim Bergling died. Don't know who that is? He was better known as Avicii, the Electronic Dance Music Superstar. To be honest with you, I didn't know a thing about him until he was found dead during his holiday in Oman.

But all the news and public grieving about his death made me wonder: "Who was this guy?" I watched the documentary about his rise to fame and his subsequently stressful lifestyle.

It was a portrait of a really shy, introverted and innocent young Swedish guy, who didn't fit into the music industry. Unfortunately, it was pulled from Netflix since. Here's the trailer (at least).

Health Issues, Depression, Anxiety & Burnout

His long-time friend and videographer Levan Tsikurishvili documented his life for 4 years. The outcome left me utterly speechless and profoundly sad.

The documentary shows Tims' deep struggles, battling seriously troubling health issues and trying to overcome his panic attacks and anxiety, that he'd get while performing live on stage. Nonetheless, his management pushed him mercilessly, although it was clearly visible, that Tim couldn't go on like that anymore.

He performed 813 shows within eight years (that's on average one gig every 3.5 days!!!), until he finally decided to part ways with his management and retire at age 26 to focus solely on producing music. This was in 2016.

It seems that his decision came too late. His family published a statement shortly after his death, which implies that Tim took his own life:

"Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions. When he stopped touring, he wanted to find a balance in life to be happy and be able to do what he loved most - music. He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace...Tim, you will forever be loved and sadly missed."

May his soul rest in peace.

Other tragedies happened only a few months later: In June 2018, Kate Spade committed suicide, and only a few days later, Anthony Bourdain, the famous travel documentarian and celebrity chef took his own life as well.

It is said, that both were struggling with mental health issues.

Why our Personal Wellbeing needs to be a Priority

I'm aware that those seem like extreme examples. And that the majority of people struggling with their own demons day in and day out are not famous but our neighbors, strangers on the streets, colleagues, friends, and loved ones.

Those examples simply show in the most heartbreaking way, that we really need to choose ourselves first to be truly happy (success, money, fame won't do the job).

If we don't make that choice, other people will decide our lives for us. If we don't focus on our personal wellbeing and make that a priority, if we don't take care of ourselves, but sacrifice our lives for other people's wellbeing/ success/ happiness, we won't be able to go on like that without facing serious issues.

At one point, we will burn out. At one point, our mental health will suffer so much, that our inner demons will take the reins.

What can YOU do?

It's important to raise awareness about and to understand mental health problems better in today's society. This post by the ADAA (Anxiety & Depression Association of America) is a good start for educating oneself. Someone close to you, or maybe even you, might be struggling and might need help.

Don't hesitate to ask for any kind of support - and if something doesn't feel right, don't hesitate to ask your friend/ sister/ father/ or even the devastated stranger crying her eyes out, if you can help them in any way.

If you are concerned, that someone close to you is at risk of committing suicide, please read this article about prevention methods by the ADAA and take action.

Often, talking about problems with someone helps a ton and lifts the burden of ones shoulders - at least momentarily. In the end, it is hard work to get out of the funk and the darkness.

But nobody has to do it on her/ his own; we're not alone in this. There's no shame in reaching out and to ask for help. There's no shame in admitting that life is overwhelming or too much sometimes.

We're doing our society a disservice by neglecting our needs, because we cannot function properly in a state where we suffer, no matter if physically or emotionally.

Only if we take care of our body, health, mind and feelings first, only then we're able to help others in the long-term.

It might sound selfish, but it's far away from that. So here's to choosing yourself first! Wondering where to start? One way to do that, is to set healthy boundaries.

Weekly Nuggets of Wisdom

This week's list full of thought provoking inspiration to read, listen to, watch and create is about "choosing yourself first".

I recommend...

...reading:

 Choose Yourself First by Jamelle Sanders. Really great and honest post of the Thrive Global Community by Arianna Huffington about making yourself a priority. The author also features 4 practical steps you can take right away to implement self-care into your daily life.

...listening:

 In honor of this modern day music genius, here are two tracks I LOVE, that Tim Bergling aka Avicii produced for Coldplay (which I didn't know until I watched the documentary): 'Hymn For The Weekend' with some stunning vocals from Queen Bey & 'Sky Full Of Stars'.

...watching:

Choose Yourself! by James Altucher. This one is a hilarious yet wise TEDx Talk. James speaks about his personal life and how not choosing himself drove him into some depressing moments. He also shares with the viewer five mind shifts, that helped him to get back on track (about 12 minutes long).

...creating:

Creamy Butternut Squash Carrot Coconut Soup. It's been a while since I've shared one of my plant-based recipes with you. This soup is amazing! I especially love it, because it helps me not getting a cold every time I fear that I'm about to get one. I really hope you enjoy the recipe, this soup is quite simple to make. All together it takes about an hour until it is ready to eat.

Are you choosing yourself first regularly or is that an area in life that could use some improvement? What's your opinion on that?

If you’re looking for practical ways on how to be more mindful in your daily life, I’ve put together what I call ‘The ultimate beginner’s guide to a mindful lifestyle’ incl. a 30 day planner to keep track on your habits. And the best part? You can download it for free now!

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Started to finally read this gem of a book, will share my thoughts on it once I'm done 📖😍💭⠀
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Have you read it? How did you like it?⠀
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Or: what are you currently reading? 🤔📚⠀
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#mindfulness #kindness #bekind #mindfullifestyle #mindful #mindfulhabits #agorgeoussoul #healthylifestyle #healthyhabits #reading #readingtime #readersofinstagram #bookstagram #booklover #booklife #bookworm #manssearchformeaning #viktorfrankl #selfhelp #selfhelpbooks #selfcare #selfcarefirst #personalwellbeing #purposedrivenlife
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First, we need to Raise Awareness

In April 2018, Tim Bergling died. Don't know who that is? He was better known as Avicii, the Electronic Dance Music Superstar. To be honest with you, I didn't know a thing about him until he was found dead during his holiday in Oman.

But all the news and public grieving about his death made me wonder: "Who was this guy?" I watched the documentary about his rise to fame and his subsequently stressful lifestyle.

It was a portrait of a really shy, introverted and innocent young Swedish guy, who didn't fit into the music industry. Unfortunately, it was pulled from Netflix since. Here's the trailer (at least).

Health Issues, Depression, Anxiety & Burnout

His long-time friend and videographer Levan Tsikurishvili documented his life for 4 years. The outcome left me utterly speechless and profoundly sad.

The documentary shows Tims' deep struggles, battling seriously troubling health issues and trying to overcome his panic attacks and anxiety, that he'd get while performing live on stage. Nonetheless, his management pushed him mercilessly, although it was clearly visible, that Tim couldn't go on like that anymore.

He performed 813 shows within eight years (that's on average one gig every 3.5 days!!!), until he finally decided to part ways with his management and retire at age 26 to focus solely on producing music. This was in 2016.

It seems that his decision came too late. His family published a statement shortly after his death, which implies that Tim took his own life:

"Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions. When he stopped touring, he wanted to find a balance in life to be happy and be able to do what he loved most - music. He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace...Tim, you will forever be loved and sadly missed."

May his soul rest in peace.

Other tragedies happened only a few months later: In June 2018, Kate Spade committed suicide, and only a few days later, Anthony Bourdain, the famous travel documentarian and celebrity chef took his own life as well.

It is said, that both were struggling with mental health issues.

Why our Personal Wellbeing needs to be a Priority

I'm aware that those seem like extreme examples. And that the majority of people struggling with their own demons day in and day out are not famous but our neighbors, strangers on the streets, colleagues, friends, and loved ones.

Those examples simply show in the most heartbreaking way, that we really need to choose ourselves first to be truly happy (success, money, fame won't do the job).

If we don't make that choice, other people will decide our lives for us. If we don't focus on our personal wellbeing and make that a priority, if we don't take care of ourselves, but sacrifice our lives for other people's wellbeing/ success/ happiness, we won't be able to go on like that without facing serious issues.

At one point, we will burn out. At one point, our mental health will suffer so much, that our inner demons will take the reins.

What can YOU do?

It's important to raise awareness about and to understand mental health problems better in today's society. This post by the ADAA (Anxiety & Depression Association of America) is a good start for educating oneself. Someone close to you, or maybe even you, might be struggling and might need help.

Don't hesitate to ask for any kind of support - and if something doesn't feel right, don't hesitate to ask your friend/ sister/ father/ or even the devastated stranger crying her eyes out, if you can help them in any way.

If you are concerned, that someone close to you is at risk of committing suicide, please read this article about prevention methods by the ADAA and take action.

Often, talking about problems with someone helps a ton and lifts the burden of ones shoulders - at least momentarily. In the end, it is hard work to get out of the funk and the darkness.

But nobody has to do it on her/ his own; we're not alone in this. There's no shame in reaching out and to ask for help. There's no shame in admitting that life is overwhelming or too much sometimes.

We're doing our society a disservice by neglecting our needs, because we cannot function properly in a state where we suffer, no matter if physically or emotionally.

Only if we take care of our body, health, mind and feelings first, only then we're able to help others in the long-term.

It might sound selfish, but it's far away from that. So here's to choosing yourself first! Wondering where to start? One way to do that, is to set healthy boundaries.

Weekly Nuggets of Wisdom

This week's list full of thought provoking inspiration to read, listen to, watch and create is about "choosing yourself first".

I recommend...

...reading:

 Choose Yourself First by Jamelle Sanders. Really great and honest post of the Thrive Global Community by Arianna Huffington about making yourself a priority. The author also features 4 practical steps you can take right away to implement self-care into your daily life.

...listening:

 In honor of this modern day music genius, here are two tracks I LOVE, that Tim Bergling aka Avicii produced for Coldplay (which I didn't know until I watched the documentary): 'Hymn For The Weekend' with some stunning vocals from Queen Bey & 'Sky Full Of Stars'.

...watching:

Choose Yourself! by James Altucher. This one is a hilarious yet wise TEDx Talk. James speaks about his personal life and how not choosing himself drove him into some depressing moments. He also shares with the viewer five mind shifts, that helped him to get back on track (about 12 minutes long).

...creating:

Creamy Butternut Squash Carrot Coconut Soup. It's been a while since I've shared one of my plant-based recipes with you. This soup is amazing! I especially love it, because it helps me not getting a cold every time I fear that I'm about to get one. I really hope you enjoy the recipe, this soup is quite simple to make. All together it takes about an hour until it is ready to eat.

Are you choosing yourself first regularly or is that an area in life that could use some improvement? What's your opinion on that?

If you’re looking for practical ways on how to be more mindful in your daily life, I’ve put together what I call ‘The ultimate beginner’s guide to a mindful lifestyle’ incl. a 30 day planner to keep track on your habits. And the best part? You can download it for free now!

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Me 10 or 15 years ago: I hope they like me 🙏🏽 how can I make them like me? Am I funny enough? Should I be funnier? Pleaaaase like me and approve of me 😩🥺⠀
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Me today: Is this "event" and people there worth my time and energy? Will it be fun and a positive experience? Are there people I wanna see and surround myself with? 🙌🏽💥⠀
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What do you think of this statement, do you agree? 🤔⠀
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📸 Not sure where he got it from, but I took a screenshot of @drock's story mood board because it resonates so much with me 💕⠀
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#mindfulness #mindfullifestyle #lifestyleblog #lifestyleblogger #mindful #mindfulhabits #agorgeoussoul #healthylifestyle #healthyhabits #selfcare #selfcarefirst #selfcarematters #selfcareblogger #selflove #selflovefirst #personalwellbeing #selfawareness #selfawarenessjourney #bekindtoyourself #kindnessiskey #positivity #positiveenergy #positivemindset
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First, we need to Raise Awareness

In April 2018, Tim Bergling died. Don't know who that is? He was better known as Avicii, the Electronic Dance Music Superstar. To be honest with you, I didn't know a thing about him until he was found dead during his holiday in Oman.

But all the news and public grieving about his death made me wonder: "Who was this guy?" I watched the documentary about his rise to fame and his subsequently stressful lifestyle.

It was a portrait of a really shy, introverted and innocent young Swedish guy, who didn't fit into the music industry. Unfortunately, it was pulled from Netflix since. Here's the trailer (at least).

Health Issues, Depression, Anxiety & Burnout

His long-time friend and videographer Levan Tsikurishvili documented his life for 4 years. The outcome left me utterly speechless and profoundly sad.

The documentary shows Tims' deep struggles, battling seriously troubling health issues and trying to overcome his panic attacks and anxiety, that he'd get while performing live on stage. Nonetheless, his management pushed him mercilessly, although it was clearly visible, that Tim couldn't go on like that anymore.

He performed 813 shows within eight years (that's on average one gig every 3.5 days!!!), until he finally decided to part ways with his management and retire at age 26 to focus solely on producing music. This was in 2016.

It seems that his decision came too late. His family published a statement shortly after his death, which implies that Tim took his own life:

"Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions. When he stopped touring, he wanted to find a balance in life to be happy and be able to do what he loved most - music. He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace...Tim, you will forever be loved and sadly missed."

May his soul rest in peace.

Other tragedies happened only a few months later: In June 2018, Kate Spade committed suicide, and only a few days later, Anthony Bourdain, the famous travel documentarian and celebrity chef took his own life as well.

It is said, that both were struggling with mental health issues.

Why our Personal Wellbeing needs to be a Priority

I'm aware that those seem like extreme examples. And that the majority of people struggling with their own demons day in and day out are not famous but our neighbors, strangers on the streets, colleagues, friends, and loved ones.

Those examples simply show in the most heartbreaking way, that we really need to choose ourselves first to be truly happy (success, money, fame won't do the job).

If we don't make that choice, other people will decide our lives for us. If we don't focus on our personal wellbeing and make that a priority, if we don't take care of ourselves, but sacrifice our lives for other people's wellbeing/ success/ happiness, we won't be able to go on like that without facing serious issues.

At one point, we will burn out. At one point, our mental health will suffer so much, that our inner demons will take the reins.

What can YOU do?

It's important to raise awareness about and to understand mental health problems better in today's society. This post by the ADAA (Anxiety & Depression Association of America) is a good start for educating oneself. Someone close to you, or maybe even you, might be struggling and might need help.

Don't hesitate to ask for any kind of support - and if something doesn't feel right, don't hesitate to ask your friend/ sister/ father/ or even the devastated stranger crying her eyes out, if you can help them in any way.

If you are concerned, that someone close to you is at risk of committing suicide, please read this article about prevention methods by the ADAA and take action.

Often, talking about problems with someone helps a ton and lifts the burden of ones shoulders - at least momentarily. In the end, it is hard work to get out of the funk and the darkness.

But nobody has to do it on her/ his own; we're not alone in this. There's no shame in reaching out and to ask for help. There's no shame in admitting that life is overwhelming or too much sometimes.

We're doing our society a disservice by neglecting our needs, because we cannot function properly in a state where we suffer, no matter if physically or emotionally.

Only if we take care of our body, health, mind and feelings first, only then we're able to help others in the long-term.

It might sound selfish, but it's far away from that. So here's to choosing yourself first! Wondering where to start? One way to do that, is to set healthy boundaries.

Weekly Nuggets of Wisdom

This week's list full of thought provoking inspiration to read, listen to, watch and create is about "choosing yourself first".

I recommend...

...reading:

 Choose Yourself First by Jamelle Sanders. Really great and honest post of the Thrive Global Community by Arianna Huffington about making yourself a priority. The author also features 4 practical steps you can take right away to implement self-care into your daily life.

...listening:

 In honor of this modern day music genius, here are two tracks I LOVE, that Tim Bergling aka Avicii produced for Coldplay (which I didn't know until I watched the documentary): 'Hymn For The Weekend' with some stunning vocals from Queen Bey & 'Sky Full Of Stars'.

...watching:

Choose Yourself! by James Altucher. This one is a hilarious yet wise TEDx Talk. James speaks about his personal life and how not choosing himself drove him into some depressing moments. He also shares with the viewer five mind shifts, that helped him to get back on track (about 12 minutes long).

...creating:

Creamy Butternut Squash Carrot Coconut Soup. It's been a while since I've shared one of my plant-based recipes with you. This soup is amazing! I especially love it, because it helps me not getting a cold every time I fear that I'm about to get one. I really hope you enjoy the recipe, this soup is quite simple to make. All together it takes about an hour until it is ready to eat.

Are you choosing yourself first regularly or is that an area in life that could use some improvement? What's your opinion on that?

If you’re looking for practical ways on how to be more mindful in your daily life, I’ve put together what I call ‘The ultimate beginner’s guide to a mindful lifestyle’ incl. a 30 day planner to keep track on your habits. And the best part? You can download it for free now!

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What's one of your life lessons you wish you'd known/ understood/ accepted earlier on? 💕⠀
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One of mine is taking better care of my face, understanding how a proper skincare routine works, and which sorts of things can be responsible for breaking me out 🙄⠀
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Share your life lesson below with me, I'd love to hear about it - maybe I'll learn something new 😍🙌🏽⠀
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First, we need to Raise Awareness

In April 2018, Tim Bergling died. Don't know who that is? He was better known as Avicii, the Electronic Dance Music Superstar. To be honest with you, I didn't know a thing about him until he was found dead during his holiday in Oman.

But all the news and public grieving about his death made me wonder: "Who was this guy?" I watched the documentary about his rise to fame and his subsequently stressful lifestyle.

It was a portrait of a really shy, introverted and innocent young Swedish guy, who didn't fit into the music industry. Unfortunately, it was pulled from Netflix since. Here's the trailer (at least).

Health Issues, Depression, Anxiety & Burnout

His long-time friend and videographer Levan Tsikurishvili documented his life for 4 years. The outcome left me utterly speechless and profoundly sad.

The documentary shows Tims' deep struggles, battling seriously troubling health issues and trying to overcome his panic attacks and anxiety, that he'd get while performing live on stage. Nonetheless, his management pushed him mercilessly, although it was clearly visible, that Tim couldn't go on like that anymore.

He performed 813 shows within eight years (that's on average one gig every 3.5 days!!!), until he finally decided to part ways with his management and retire at age 26 to focus solely on producing music. This was in 2016.

It seems that his decision came too late. His family published a statement shortly after his death, which implies that Tim took his own life:

"Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions. When he stopped touring, he wanted to find a balance in life to be happy and be able to do what he loved most - music. He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace...Tim, you will forever be loved and sadly missed."

May his soul rest in peace.

Other tragedies happened only a few months later: In June 2018, Kate Spade committed suicide, and only a few days later, Anthony Bourdain, the famous travel documentarian and celebrity chef took his own life as well.

It is said, that both were struggling with mental health issues.

Why our Personal Wellbeing needs to be a Priority

I'm aware that those seem like extreme examples. And that the majority of people struggling with their own demons day in and day out are not famous but our neighbors, strangers on the streets, colleagues, friends, and loved ones.

Those examples simply show in the most heartbreaking way, that we really need to choose ourselves first to be truly happy (success, money, fame won't do the job).

If we don't make that choice, other people will decide our lives for us. If we don't focus on our personal wellbeing and make that a priority, if we don't take care of ourselves, but sacrifice our lives for other people's wellbeing/ success/ happiness, we won't be able to go on like that without facing serious issues.

At one point, we will burn out. At one point, our mental health will suffer so much, that our inner demons will take the reins.

What can YOU do?

It's important to raise awareness about and to understand mental health problems better in today's society. This post by the ADAA (Anxiety & Depression Association of America) is a good start for educating oneself. Someone close to you, or maybe even you, might be struggling and might need help.

Don't hesitate to ask for any kind of support - and if something doesn't feel right, don't hesitate to ask your friend/ sister/ father/ or even the devastated stranger crying her eyes out, if you can help them in any way.

If you are concerned, that someone close to you is at risk of committing suicide, please read this article about prevention methods by the ADAA and take action.

Often, talking about problems with someone helps a ton and lifts the burden of ones shoulders - at least momentarily. In the end, it is hard work to get out of the funk and the darkness.

But nobody has to do it on her/ his own; we're not alone in this. There's no shame in reaching out and to ask for help. There's no shame in admitting that life is overwhelming or too much sometimes.

We're doing our society a disservice by neglecting our needs, because we cannot function properly in a state where we suffer, no matter if physically or emotionally.

Only if we take care of our body, health, mind and feelings first, only then we're able to help others in the long-term.

It might sound selfish, but it's far away from that. So here's to choosing yourself first! Wondering where to start? One way to do that, is to set healthy boundaries.

Weekly Nuggets of Wisdom

This week's list full of thought provoking inspiration to read, listen to, watch and create is about "choosing yourself first".

I recommend...

...reading:

 Choose Yourself First by Jamelle Sanders. Really great and honest post of the Thrive Global Community by Arianna Huffington about making yourself a priority. The author also features 4 practical steps you can take right away to implement self-care into your daily life.

...listening:

 In honor of this modern day music genius, here are two tracks I LOVE, that Tim Bergling aka Avicii produced for Coldplay (which I didn't know until I watched the documentary): 'Hymn For The Weekend' with some stunning vocals from Queen Bey & 'Sky Full Of Stars'.

...watching:

Choose Yourself! by James Altucher. This one is a hilarious yet wise TEDx Talk. James speaks about his personal life and how not choosing himself drove him into some depressing moments. He also shares with the viewer five mind shifts, that helped him to get back on track (about 12 minutes long).

...creating:

Creamy Butternut Squash Carrot Coconut Soup. It's been a while since I've shared one of my plant-based recipes with you. This soup is amazing! I especially love it, because it helps me not getting a cold every time I fear that I'm about to get one. I really hope you enjoy the recipe, this soup is quite simple to make. All together it takes about an hour until it is ready to eat.

Are you choosing yourself first regularly or is that an area in life that could use some improvement? What's your opinion on that?

If you’re looking for practical ways on how to be more mindful in your daily life, I’ve put together what I call ‘The ultimate beginner’s guide to a mindful lifestyle’ incl. a 30 day planner to keep track on your habits. And the best part? You can download it for free now!

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First, we need to Raise Awareness

In April 2018, Tim Bergling died. Don't know who that is? He was better known as Avicii, the Electronic Dance Music Superstar. To be honest with you, I didn't know a thing about him until he was found dead during his holiday in Oman.

But all the news and public grieving about his death made me wonder: "Who was this guy?" I watched the documentary about his rise to fame and his subsequently stressful lifestyle.

It was a portrait of a really shy, introverted and innocent young Swedish guy, who didn't fit into the music industry. Unfortunately, it was pulled from Netflix since. Here's the trailer (at least).

Health Issues, Depression, Anxiety & Burnout

His long-time friend and videographer Levan Tsikurishvili documented his life for 4 years. The outcome left me utterly speechless and profoundly sad.

The documentary shows Tims' deep struggles, battling seriously troubling health issues and trying to overcome his panic attacks and anxiety, that he'd get while performing live on stage. Nonetheless, his management pushed him mercilessly, although it was clearly visible, that Tim couldn't go on like that anymore.

He performed 813 shows within eight years (that's on average one gig every 3.5 days!!!), until he finally decided to part ways with his management and retire at age 26 to focus solely on producing music. This was in 2016.

It seems that his decision came too late. His family published a statement shortly after his death, which implies that Tim took his own life:

"Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions. When he stopped touring, he wanted to find a balance in life to be happy and be able to do what he loved most - music. He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace...Tim, you will forever be loved and sadly missed."

May his soul rest in peace.

Other tragedies happened only a few months later: In June 2018, Kate Spade committed suicide, and only a few days later, Anthony Bourdain, the famous travel documentarian and celebrity chef took his own life as well.

It is said, that both were struggling with mental health issues.

Why our Personal Wellbeing needs to be a Priority

I'm aware that those seem like extreme examples. And that the majority of people struggling with their own demons day in and day out are not famous but our neighbors, strangers on the streets, colleagues, friends, and loved ones.

Those examples simply show in the most heartbreaking way, that we really need to choose ourselves first to be truly happy (success, money, fame won't do the job).

If we don't make that choice, other people will decide our lives for us. If we don't focus on our personal wellbeing and make that a priority, if we don't take care of ourselves, but sacrifice our lives for other people's wellbeing/ success/ happiness, we won't be able to go on like that without facing serious issues.

At one point, we will burn out. At one point, our mental health will suffer so much, that our inner demons will take the reins.

What can YOU do?

It's important to raise awareness about and to understand mental health problems better in today's society. This post by the ADAA (Anxiety & Depression Association of America) is a good start for educating oneself. Someone close to you, or maybe even you, might be struggling and might need help.

Don't hesitate to ask for any kind of support - and if something doesn't feel right, don't hesitate to ask your friend/ sister/ father/ or even the devastated stranger crying her eyes out, if you can help them in any way.

If you are concerned, that someone close to you is at risk of committing suicide, please read this article about prevention methods by the ADAA and take action.

Often, talking about problems with someone helps a ton and lifts the burden of ones shoulders - at least momentarily. In the end, it is hard work to get out of the funk and the darkness.

But nobody has to do it on her/ his own; we're not alone in this. There's no shame in reaching out and to ask for help. There's no shame in admitting that life is overwhelming or too much sometimes.

We're doing our society a disservice by neglecting our needs, because we cannot function properly in a state where we suffer, no matter if physically or emotionally.

Only if we take care of our body, health, mind and feelings first, only then we're able to help others in the long-term.

It might sound selfish, but it's far away from that. So here's to choosing yourself first! Wondering where to start? One way to do that, is to set healthy boundaries.

Weekly Nuggets of Wisdom

This week's list full of thought provoking inspiration to read, listen to, watch and create is about "choosing yourself first".

I recommend...

...reading:

 Choose Yourself First by Jamelle Sanders. Really great and honest post of the Thrive Global Community by Arianna Huffington about making yourself a priority. The author also features 4 practical steps you can take right away to implement self-care into your daily life.

...listening:

 In honor of this modern day music genius, here are two tracks I LOVE, that Tim Bergling aka Avicii produced for Coldplay (which I didn't know until I watched the documentary): 'Hymn For The Weekend' with some stunning vocals from Queen Bey & 'Sky Full Of Stars'.

...watching:

Choose Yourself! by James Altucher. This one is a hilarious yet wise TEDx Talk. James speaks about his personal life and how not choosing himself drove him into some depressing moments. He also shares with the viewer five mind shifts, that helped him to get back on track (about 12 minutes long).

...creating:

Creamy Butternut Squash Carrot Coconut Soup. It's been a while since I've shared one of my plant-based recipes with you. This soup is amazing! I especially love it, because it helps me not getting a cold every time I fear that I'm about to get one. I really hope you enjoy the recipe, this soup is quite simple to make. All together it takes about an hour until it is ready to eat.

Are you choosing yourself first regularly or is that an area in life that could use some improvement? What's your opinion on that?

If you’re looking for practical ways on how to be more mindful in your daily life, I’ve put together what I call ‘The ultimate beginner’s guide to a mindful lifestyle’ incl. a 30 day planner to keep track on your habits. And the best part? You can download it for free now!

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New year, same food 😂

The last two weeks of 2018 were filled with way too much food (all super yum but not really nutritious) 😅🍲🍟🎂🍪 It's time consuming and expensive (more than in Germany) to get organic veggies in Dubai, and not sustainable with nearly everything being imported - at least that's what I thought 🤔

Imagine my surprise when I did the research and found a good bunch of organic farms in the UAE with some pretty affordable veggie/fruit boxes, which they deliver to my door 😍💚 (I got mine from @greenheartorganicfarms and no this isn't a sponsored post). Bye-bye to wasting time driving around (it's a mess) and hello to finally cooking healthy, clean and much more sustainable again 🙌🏽💚😍 Inspired by @minimalistbaker's recipe for roasted rainbow veggies, here's last night's dinner 💚😍🥑🥕🥒🍠🍜 a plate full of yummy roasted rainbow treasures 💗🌈 How's your 2019 going so far? Are you a resolution person or not so much? 💞
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First, we need to Raise Awareness

In April 2018, Tim Bergling died. Don't know who that is? He was better known as Avicii, the Electronic Dance Music Superstar. To be honest with you, I didn't know a thing about him until he was found dead during his holiday in Oman.

But all the news and public grieving about his death made me wonder: "Who was this guy?" I watched the documentary about his rise to fame and his subsequently stressful lifestyle.

It was a portrait of a really shy, introverted and innocent young Swedish guy, who didn't fit into the music industry. Unfortunately, it was pulled from Netflix since. Here's the trailer (at least).

Health Issues, Depression, Anxiety & Burnout

His long-time friend and videographer Levan Tsikurishvili documented his life for 4 years. The outcome left me utterly speechless and profoundly sad.

The documentary shows Tims' deep struggles, battling seriously troubling health issues and trying to overcome his panic attacks and anxiety, that he'd get while performing live on stage. Nonetheless, his management pushed him mercilessly, although it was clearly visible, that Tim couldn't go on like that anymore.

He performed 813 shows within eight years (that's on average one gig every 3.5 days!!!), until he finally decided to part ways with his management and retire at age 26 to focus solely on producing music. This was in 2016.

It seems that his decision came too late. His family published a statement shortly after his death, which implies that Tim took his own life:

"Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions. When he stopped touring, he wanted to find a balance in life to be happy and be able to do what he loved most - music. He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace...Tim, you will forever be loved and sadly missed."

May his soul rest in peace.

Other tragedies happened only a few months later: In June 2018, Kate Spade committed suicide, and only a few days later, Anthony Bourdain, the famous travel documentarian and celebrity chef took his own life as well.

It is said, that both were struggling with mental health issues.

Why our Personal Wellbeing needs to be a Priority

I'm aware that those seem like extreme examples. And that the majority of people struggling with their own demons day in and day out are not famous but our neighbors, strangers on the streets, colleagues, friends, and loved ones.

Those examples simply show in the most heartbreaking way, that we really need to choose ourselves first to be truly happy (success, money, fame won't do the job).

If we don't make that choice, other people will decide our lives for us. If we don't focus on our personal wellbeing and make that a priority, if we don't take care of ourselves, but sacrifice our lives for other people's wellbeing/ success/ happiness, we won't be able to go on like that without facing serious issues.

At one point, we will burn out. At one point, our mental health will suffer so much, that our inner demons will take the reins.

What can YOU do?

It's important to raise awareness about and to understand mental health problems better in today's society. This post by the ADAA (Anxiety & Depression Association of America) is a good start for educating oneself. Someone close to you, or maybe even you, might be struggling and might need help.

Don't hesitate to ask for any kind of support - and if something doesn't feel right, don't hesitate to ask your friend/ sister/ father/ or even the devastated stranger crying her eyes out, if you can help them in any way.

If you are concerned, that someone close to you is at risk of committing suicide, please read this article about prevention methods by the ADAA and take action.

Often, talking about problems with someone helps a ton and lifts the burden of ones shoulders - at least momentarily. In the end, it is hard work to get out of the funk and the darkness.

But nobody has to do it on her/ his own; we're not alone in this. There's no shame in reaching out and to ask for help. There's no shame in admitting that life is overwhelming or too much sometimes.

We're doing our society a disservice by neglecting our needs, because we cannot function properly in a state where we suffer, no matter if physically or emotionally.

Only if we take care of our body, health, mind and feelings first, only then we're able to help others in the long-term.

It might sound selfish, but it's far away from that. So here's to choosing yourself first! Wondering where to start? One way to do that, is to set healthy boundaries.

Weekly Nuggets of Wisdom

This week's list full of thought provoking inspiration to read, listen to, watch and create is about "choosing yourself first".

I recommend...

...reading:

 Choose Yourself First by Jamelle Sanders. Really great and honest post of the Thrive Global Community by Arianna Huffington about making yourself a priority. The author also features 4 practical steps you can take right away to implement self-care into your daily life.

...listening:

 In honor of this modern day music genius, here are two tracks I LOVE, that Tim Bergling aka Avicii produced for Coldplay (which I didn't know until I watched the documentary): 'Hymn For The Weekend' with some stunning vocals from Queen Bey & 'Sky Full Of Stars'.

...watching:

Choose Yourself! by James Altucher. This one is a hilarious yet wise TEDx Talk. James speaks about his personal life and how not choosing himself drove him into some depressing moments. He also shares with the viewer five mind shifts, that helped him to get back on track (about 12 minutes long).

...creating:

Creamy Butternut Squash Carrot Coconut Soup. It's been a while since I've shared one of my plant-based recipes with you. This soup is amazing! I especially love it, because it helps me not getting a cold every time I fear that I'm about to get one. I really hope you enjoy the recipe, this soup is quite simple to make. All together it takes about an hour until it is ready to eat.

Are you choosing yourself first regularly or is that an area in life that could use some improvement? What's your opinion on that?

If you’re looking for practical ways on how to be more mindful in your daily life, I’ve put together what I call ‘The ultimate beginner’s guide to a mindful lifestyle’ incl. a 30 day planner to keep track on your habits. And the best part? You can download it for free now!

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Merry Christmas you beautiful people 🎄❤️🎁🎅🏼💞☃️ However you decide to spend these days, I hope you feel great 💞 take care and much love 💝
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First, we need to Raise Awareness

In April 2018, Tim Bergling died. Don't know who that is? He was better known as Avicii, the Electronic Dance Music Superstar. To be honest with you, I didn't know a thing about him until he was found dead during his holiday in Oman.

But all the news and public grieving about his death made me wonder: "Who was this guy?" I watched the documentary about his rise to fame and his subsequently stressful lifestyle.

It was a portrait of a really shy, introverted and innocent young Swedish guy, who didn't fit into the music industry. Unfortunately, it was pulled from Netflix since. Here's the trailer (at least).

Health Issues, Depression, Anxiety & Burnout

His long-time friend and videographer Levan Tsikurishvili documented his life for 4 years. The outcome left me utterly speechless and profoundly sad.

The documentary shows Tims' deep struggles, battling seriously troubling health issues and trying to overcome his panic attacks and anxiety, that he'd get while performing live on stage. Nonetheless, his management pushed him mercilessly, although it was clearly visible, that Tim couldn't go on like that anymore.

He performed 813 shows within eight years (that's on average one gig every 3.5 days!!!), until he finally decided to part ways with his management and retire at age 26 to focus solely on producing music. This was in 2016.

It seems that his decision came too late. His family published a statement shortly after his death, which implies that Tim took his own life:

"Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions. When he stopped touring, he wanted to find a balance in life to be happy and be able to do what he loved most - music. He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace...Tim, you will forever be loved and sadly missed."

May his soul rest in peace.

Other tragedies happened only a few months later: In June 2018, Kate Spade committed suicide, and only a few days later, Anthony Bourdain, the famous travel documentarian and celebrity chef took his own life as well.

It is said, that both were struggling with mental health issues.

Why our Personal Wellbeing needs to be a Priority

I'm aware that those seem like extreme examples. And that the majority of people struggling with their own demons day in and day out are not famous but our neighbors, strangers on the streets, colleagues, friends, and loved ones.

Those examples simply show in the most heartbreaking way, that we really need to choose ourselves first to be truly happy (success, money, fame won't do the job).

If we don't make that choice, other people will decide our lives for us. If we don't focus on our personal wellbeing and make that a priority, if we don't take care of ourselves, but sacrifice our lives for other people's wellbeing/ success/ happiness, we won't be able to go on like that without facing serious issues.

At one point, we will burn out. At one point, our mental health will suffer so much, that our inner demons will take the reins.

What can YOU do?

It's important to raise awareness about and to understand mental health problems better in today's society. This post by the ADAA (Anxiety & Depression Association of America) is a good start for educating oneself. Someone close to you, or maybe even you, might be struggling and might need help.

Don't hesitate to ask for any kind of support - and if something doesn't feel right, don't hesitate to ask your friend/ sister/ father/ or even the devastated stranger crying her eyes out, if you can help them in any way.

If you are concerned, that someone close to you is at risk of committing suicide, please read this article about prevention methods by the ADAA and take action.

Often, talking about problems with someone helps a ton and lifts the burden of ones shoulders - at least momentarily. In the end, it is hard work to get out of the funk and the darkness.

But nobody has to do it on her/ his own; we're not alone in this. There's no shame in reaching out and to ask for help. There's no shame in admitting that life is overwhelming or too much sometimes.

We're doing our society a disservice by neglecting our needs, because we cannot function properly in a state where we suffer, no matter if physically or emotionally.

Only if we take care of our body, health, mind and feelings first, only then we're able to help others in the long-term.

It might sound selfish, but it's far away from that. So here's to choosing yourself first! Wondering where to start? One way to do that, is to set healthy boundaries.

Weekly Nuggets of Wisdom

This week's list full of thought provoking inspiration to read, listen to, watch and create is about "choosing yourself first".

I recommend...

...reading:

 Choose Yourself First by Jamelle Sanders. Really great and honest post of the Thrive Global Community by Arianna Huffington about making yourself a priority. The author also features 4 practical steps you can take right away to implement self-care into your daily life.

...listening:

 In honor of this modern day music genius, here are two tracks I LOVE, that Tim Bergling aka Avicii produced for Coldplay (which I didn't know until I watched the documentary): 'Hymn For The Weekend' with some stunning vocals from Queen Bey & 'Sky Full Of Stars'.

...watching:

Choose Yourself! by James Altucher. This one is a hilarious yet wise TEDx Talk. James speaks about his personal life and how not choosing himself drove him into some depressing moments. He also shares with the viewer five mind shifts, that helped him to get back on track (about 12 minutes long).

...creating:

Creamy Butternut Squash Carrot Coconut Soup. It's been a while since I've shared one of my plant-based recipes with you. This soup is amazing! I especially love it, because it helps me not getting a cold every time I fear that I'm about to get one. I really hope you enjoy the recipe, this soup is quite simple to make. All together it takes about an hour until it is ready to eat.

Are you choosing yourself first regularly or is that an area in life that could use some improvement? What's your opinion on that?

If you’re looking for practical ways on how to be more mindful in your daily life, I’ve put together what I call ‘The ultimate beginner’s guide to a mindful lifestyle’ incl. a 30 day planner to keep track on your habits. And the best part? You can download it for free now!

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Pink stuff all day every day 💕😍💞 what's your take on balloons? I'm the happiest person on earth when I get balloons for my birthday (or any other occasion lol no need for other presents 😂 other than books. Books are always welcome 📚😉)
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First, we need to Raise Awareness

In April 2018, Tim Bergling died. Don't know who that is? He was better known as Avicii, the Electronic Dance Music Superstar. To be honest with you, I didn't know a thing about him until he was found dead during his holiday in Oman.

But all the news and public grieving about his death made me wonder: "Who was this guy?" I watched the documentary about his rise to fame and his subsequently stressful lifestyle.

It was a portrait of a really shy, introverted and innocent young Swedish guy, who didn't fit into the music industry. Unfortunately, it was pulled from Netflix since. Here's the trailer (at least).

Health Issues, Depression, Anxiety & Burnout

His long-time friend and videographer Levan Tsikurishvili documented his life for 4 years. The outcome left me utterly speechless and profoundly sad.

The documentary shows Tims' deep struggles, battling seriously troubling health issues and trying to overcome his panic attacks and anxiety, that he'd get while performing live on stage. Nonetheless, his management pushed him mercilessly, although it was clearly visible, that Tim couldn't go on like that anymore.

He performed 813 shows within eight years (that's on average one gig every 3.5 days!!!), until he finally decided to part ways with his management and retire at age 26 to focus solely on producing music. This was in 2016.

It seems that his decision came too late. His family published a statement shortly after his death, which implies that Tim took his own life:

"Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions. When he stopped touring, he wanted to find a balance in life to be happy and be able to do what he loved most - music. He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace...Tim, you will forever be loved and sadly missed."

May his soul rest in peace.

Other tragedies happened only a few months later: In June 2018, Kate Spade committed suicide, and only a few days later, Anthony Bourdain, the famous travel documentarian and celebrity chef took his own life as well.

It is said, that both were struggling with mental health issues.

Why our Personal Wellbeing needs to be a Priority

I'm aware that those seem like extreme examples. And that the majority of people struggling with their own demons day in and day out are not famous but our neighbors, strangers on the streets, colleagues, friends, and loved ones.

Those examples simply show in the most heartbreaking way, that we really need to choose ourselves first to be truly happy (success, money, fame won't do the job).

If we don't make that choice, other people will decide our lives for us. If we don't focus on our personal wellbeing and make that a priority, if we don't take care of ourselves, but sacrifice our lives for other people's wellbeing/ success/ happiness, we won't be able to go on like that without facing serious issues.

At one point, we will burn out. At one point, our mental health will suffer so much, that our inner demons will take the reins.

What can YOU do?

It's important to raise awareness about and to understand mental health problems better in today's society. This post by the ADAA (Anxiety & Depression Association of America) is a good start for educating oneself. Someone close to you, or maybe even you, might be struggling and might need help.

Don't hesitate to ask for any kind of support - and if something doesn't feel right, don't hesitate to ask your friend/ sister/ father/ or even the devastated stranger crying her eyes out, if you can help them in any way.

If you are concerned, that someone close to you is at risk of committing suicide, please read this article about prevention methods by the ADAA and take action.

Often, talking about problems with someone helps a ton and lifts the burden of ones shoulders - at least momentarily. In the end, it is hard work to get out of the funk and the darkness.

But nobody has to do it on her/ his own; we're not alone in this. There's no shame in reaching out and to ask for help. There's no shame in admitting that life is overwhelming or too much sometimes.

We're doing our society a disservice by neglecting our needs, because we cannot function properly in a state where we suffer, no matter if physically or emotionally.

Only if we take care of our body, health, mind and feelings first, only then we're able to help others in the long-term.

It might sound selfish, but it's far away from that. So here's to choosing yourself first! Wondering where to start? One way to do that, is to set healthy boundaries.

Weekly Nuggets of Wisdom

This week's list full of thought provoking inspiration to read, listen to, watch and create is about "choosing yourself first".

I recommend...

...reading:

 Choose Yourself First by Jamelle Sanders. Really great and honest post of the Thrive Global Community by Arianna Huffington about making yourself a priority. The author also features 4 practical steps you can take right away to implement self-care into your daily life.

...listening:

 In honor of this modern day music genius, here are two tracks I LOVE, that Tim Bergling aka Avicii produced for Coldplay (which I didn't know until I watched the documentary): 'Hymn For The Weekend' with some stunning vocals from Queen Bey & 'Sky Full Of Stars'.

...watching:

Choose Yourself! by James Altucher. This one is a hilarious yet wise TEDx Talk. James speaks about his personal life and how not choosing himself drove him into some depressing moments. He also shares with the viewer five mind shifts, that helped him to get back on track (about 12 minutes long).

...creating:

Creamy Butternut Squash Carrot Coconut Soup. It's been a while since I've shared one of my plant-based recipes with you. This soup is amazing! I especially love it, because it helps me not getting a cold every time I fear that I'm about to get one. I really hope you enjoy the recipe, this soup is quite simple to make. All together it takes about an hour until it is ready to eat.

Are you choosing yourself first regularly or is that an area in life that could use some improvement? What's your opinion on that?

If you’re looking for practical ways on how to be more mindful in your daily life, I’ve put together what I call ‘The ultimate beginner’s guide to a mindful lifestyle’ incl. a 30 day planner to keep track on your habits. And the best part? You can download it for free now!

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First, we need to Raise Awareness

In April 2018, Tim Bergling died. Don't know who that is? He was better known as Avicii, the Electronic Dance Music Superstar. To be honest with you, I didn't know a thing about him until he was found dead during his holiday in Oman.

But all the news and public grieving about his death made me wonder: "Who was this guy?" I watched the documentary about his rise to fame and his subsequently stressful lifestyle.

It was a portrait of a really shy, introverted and innocent young Swedish guy, who didn't fit into the music industry. Unfortunately, it was pulled from Netflix since. Here's the trailer (at least).

Health Issues, Depression, Anxiety & Burnout

His long-time friend and videographer Levan Tsikurishvili documented his life for 4 years. The outcome left me utterly speechless and profoundly sad.

The documentary shows Tims' deep struggles, battling seriously troubling health issues and trying to overcome his panic attacks and anxiety, that he'd get while performing live on stage. Nonetheless, his management pushed him mercilessly, although it was clearly visible, that Tim couldn't go on like that anymore.

He performed 813 shows within eight years (that's on average one gig every 3.5 days!!!), until he finally decided to part ways with his management and retire at age 26 to focus solely on producing music. This was in 2016.

It seems that his decision came too late. His family published a statement shortly after his death, which implies that Tim took his own life:

"Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions. When he stopped touring, he wanted to find a balance in life to be happy and be able to do what he loved most - music. He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace...Tim, you will forever be loved and sadly missed."

May his soul rest in peace.

Other tragedies happened only a few months later: In June 2018, Kate Spade committed suicide, and only a few days later, Anthony Bourdain, the famous travel documentarian and celebrity chef took his own life as well.

It is said, that both were struggling with mental health issues.

Why our Personal Wellbeing needs to be a Priority

I'm aware that those seem like extreme examples. And that the majority of people struggling with their own demons day in and day out are not famous but our neighbors, strangers on the streets, colleagues, friends, and loved ones.

Those examples simply show in the most heartbreaking way, that we really need to choose ourselves first to be truly happy (success, money, fame won't do the job).

If we don't make that choice, other people will decide our lives for us. If we don't focus on our personal wellbeing and make that a priority, if we don't take care of ourselves, but sacrifice our lives for other people's wellbeing/ success/ happiness, we won't be able to go on like that without facing serious issues.

At one point, we will burn out. At one point, our mental health will suffer so much, that our inner demons will take the reins.

What can YOU do?

It's important to raise awareness about and to understand mental health problems better in today's society. This post by the ADAA (Anxiety & Depression Association of America) is a good start for educating oneself. Someone close to you, or maybe even you, might be struggling and might need help.

Don't hesitate to ask for any kind of support - and if something doesn't feel right, don't hesitate to ask your friend/ sister/ father/ or even the devastated stranger crying her eyes out, if you can help them in any way.

If you are concerned, that someone close to you is at risk of committing suicide, please read this article about prevention methods by the ADAA and take action.

Often, talking about problems with someone helps a ton and lifts the burden of ones shoulders - at least momentarily. In the end, it is hard work to get out of the funk and the darkness.

But nobody has to do it on her/ his own; we're not alone in this. There's no shame in reaching out and to ask for help. There's no shame in admitting that life is overwhelming or too much sometimes.

We're doing our society a disservice by neglecting our needs, because we cannot function properly in a state where we suffer, no matter if physically or emotionally.

Only if we take care of our body, health, mind and feelings first, only then we're able to help others in the long-term.

It might sound selfish, but it's far away from that. So here's to choosing yourself first! Wondering where to start? One way to do that, is to set healthy boundaries.

Weekly Nuggets of Wisdom

This week's list full of thought provoking inspiration to read, listen to, watch and create is about "choosing yourself first".

I recommend...

...reading:

 Choose Yourself First by Jamelle Sanders. Really great and honest post of the Thrive Global Community by Arianna Huffington about making yourself a priority. The author also features 4 practical steps you can take right away to implement self-care into your daily life.

...listening:

 In honor of this modern day music genius, here are two tracks I LOVE, that Tim Bergling aka Avicii produced for Coldplay (which I didn't know until I watched the documentary): 'Hymn For The Weekend' with some stunning vocals from Queen Bey & 'Sky Full Of Stars'.

...watching:

Choose Yourself! by James Altucher. This one is a hilarious yet wise TEDx Talk. James speaks about his personal life and how not choosing himself drove him into some depressing moments. He also shares with the viewer five mind shifts, that helped him to get back on track (about 12 minutes long).

...creating:

Creamy Butternut Squash Carrot Coconut Soup. It's been a while since I've shared one of my plant-based recipes with you. This soup is amazing! I especially love it, because it helps me not getting a cold every time I fear that I'm about to get one. I really hope you enjoy the recipe, this soup is quite simple to make. All together it takes about an hour until it is ready to eat.

Are you choosing yourself first regularly or is that an area in life that could use some improvement? What's your opinion on that?

If you’re looking for practical ways on how to be more mindful in your daily life, I’ve put together what I call ‘The ultimate beginner’s guide to a mindful lifestyle’ incl. a 30 day planner to keep track on your habits. And the best part? You can download it for free now!

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What an amazing gift idea 😻 got these super soft reusable makeup pads from my friend @rohinibajekal and love them so much 😭❤️⠀
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I use round cotton pads a lot to for my skincare routine and always felt guilty for the amount of trash I produced daily due to that 😒⠀
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Watched a few DIY tutorials on how to sew your own makeup pads and always pushed it aside as a project for "a day I'd have time to do that" (aka for sure not anytime soon).⠀
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Therefore, I'm so grateful, that Rohini brought me these from London 😍 such a cute surprise!⠀
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And I can either wash them by hand or throw them into the washing machine in a little laundry bag to wash with similar stuff 💯⠀
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First, we need to Raise Awareness

In April 2018, Tim Bergling died. Don't know who that is? He was better known as Avicii, the Electronic Dance Music Superstar. To be honest with you, I didn't know a thing about him until he was found dead during his holiday in Oman.

But all the news and public grieving about his death made me wonder: "Who was this guy?" I watched the documentary about his rise to fame and his subsequently stressful lifestyle.

It was a portrait of a really shy, introverted and innocent young Swedish guy, who didn't fit into the music industry. Unfortunately, it was pulled from Netflix since. Here's the trailer (at least).

Health Issues, Depression, Anxiety & Burnout

His long-time friend and videographer Levan Tsikurishvili documented his life for 4 years. The outcome left me utterly speechless and profoundly sad.

The documentary shows Tims' deep struggles, battling seriously troubling health issues and trying to overcome his panic attacks and anxiety, that he'd get while performing live on stage. Nonetheless, his management pushed him mercilessly, although it was clearly visible, that Tim couldn't go on like that anymore.

He performed 813 shows within eight years (that's on average one gig every 3.5 days!!!), until he finally decided to part ways with his management and retire at age 26 to focus solely on producing music. This was in 2016.

It seems that his decision came too late. His family published a statement shortly after his death, which implies that Tim took his own life:

"Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions. When he stopped touring, he wanted to find a balance in life to be happy and be able to do what he loved most - music. He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace...Tim, you will forever be loved and sadly missed."

May his soul rest in peace.

Other tragedies happened only a few months later: In June 2018, Kate Spade committed suicide, and only a few days later, Anthony Bourdain, the famous travel documentarian and celebrity chef took his own life as well.

It is said, that both were struggling with mental health issues.

Why our Personal Wellbeing needs to be a Priority

I'm aware that those seem like extreme examples. And that the majority of people struggling with their own demons day in and day out are not famous but our neighbors, strangers on the streets, colleagues, friends, and loved ones.

Those examples simply show in the most heartbreaking way, that we really need to choose ourselves first to be truly happy (success, money, fame won't do the job).

If we don't make that choice, other people will decide our lives for us. If we don't focus on our personal wellbeing and make that a priority, if we don't take care of ourselves, but sacrifice our lives for other people's wellbeing/ success/ happiness, we won't be able to go on like that without facing serious issues.

At one point, we will burn out. At one point, our mental health will suffer so much, that our inner demons will take the reins.

What can YOU do?

It's important to raise awareness about and to understand mental health problems better in today's society. This post by the ADAA (Anxiety & Depression Association of America) is a good start for educating oneself. Someone close to you, or maybe even you, might be struggling and might need help.

Don't hesitate to ask for any kind of support - and if something doesn't feel right, don't hesitate to ask your friend/ sister/ father/ or even the devastated stranger crying her eyes out, if you can help them in any way.

If you are concerned, that someone close to you is at risk of committing suicide, please read this article about prevention methods by the ADAA and take action.

Often, talking about problems with someone helps a ton and lifts the burden of ones shoulders - at least momentarily. In the end, it is hard work to get out of the funk and the darkness.

But nobody has to do it on her/ his own; we're not alone in this. There's no shame in reaching out and to ask for help. There's no shame in admitting that life is overwhelming or too much sometimes.

We're doing our society a disservice by neglecting our needs, because we cannot function properly in a state where we suffer, no matter if physically or emotionally.

Only if we take care of our body, health, mind and feelings first, only then we're able to help others in the long-term.

It might sound selfish, but it's far away from that. So here's to choosing yourself first! Wondering where to start? One way to do that, is to set healthy boundaries.

Weekly Nuggets of Wisdom

This week's list full of thought provoking inspiration to read, listen to, watch and create is about "choosing yourself first".

I recommend...

...reading:

 Choose Yourself First by Jamelle Sanders. Really great and honest post of the Thrive Global Community by Arianna Huffington about making yourself a priority. The author also features 4 practical steps you can take right away to implement self-care into your daily life.

...listening:

 In honor of this modern day music genius, here are two tracks I LOVE, that Tim Bergling aka Avicii produced for Coldplay (which I didn't know until I watched the documentary): 'Hymn For The Weekend' with some stunning vocals from Queen Bey & 'Sky Full Of Stars'.

...watching:

Choose Yourself! by James Altucher. This one is a hilarious yet wise TEDx Talk. James speaks about his personal life and how not choosing himself drove him into some depressing moments. He also shares with the viewer five mind shifts, that helped him to get back on track (about 12 minutes long).

...creating:

Creamy Butternut Squash Carrot Coconut Soup. It's been a while since I've shared one of my plant-based recipes with you. This soup is amazing! I especially love it, because it helps me not getting a cold every time I fear that I'm about to get one. I really hope you enjoy the recipe, this soup is quite simple to make. All together it takes about an hour until it is ready to eat.

Are you choosing yourself first regularly or is that an area in life that could use some improvement? What's your opinion on that?

If you’re looking for practical ways on how to be more mindful in your daily life, I’ve put together what I call ‘The ultimate beginner’s guide to a mindful lifestyle’ incl. a 30 day planner to keep track on your habits. And the best part? You can download it for free now!

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Started to finally read this gem of a book, will share my thoughts on it once I'm done 📖😍💭⠀
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Or: what are you currently reading? 🤔📚⠀
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First, we need to Raise Awareness

In April 2018, Tim Bergling died. Don't know who that is? He was better known as Avicii, the Electronic Dance Music Superstar. To be honest with you, I didn't know a thing about him until he was found dead during his holiday in Oman.

But all the news and public grieving about his death made me wonder: "Who was this guy?" I watched the documentary about his rise to fame and his subsequently stressful lifestyle.

It was a portrait of a really shy, introverted and innocent young Swedish guy, who didn't fit into the music industry. Unfortunately, it was pulled from Netflix since. Here's the trailer (at least).

Health Issues, Depression, Anxiety & Burnout

His long-time friend and videographer Levan Tsikurishvili documented his life for 4 years. The outcome left me utterly speechless and profoundly sad.

The documentary shows Tims' deep struggles, battling seriously troubling health issues and trying to overcome his panic attacks and anxiety, that he'd get while performing live on stage. Nonetheless, his management pushed him mercilessly, although it was clearly visible, that Tim couldn't go on like that anymore.

He performed 813 shows within eight years (that's on average one gig every 3.5 days!!!), until he finally decided to part ways with his management and retire at age 26 to focus solely on producing music. This was in 2016.

It seems that his decision came too late. His family published a statement shortly after his death, which implies that Tim took his own life:

"Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions. When he stopped touring, he wanted to find a balance in life to be happy and be able to do what he loved most - music. He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace...Tim, you will forever be loved and sadly missed."

May his soul rest in peace.

Other tragedies happened only a few months later: In June 2018, Kate Spade committed suicide, and only a few days later, Anthony Bourdain, the famous travel documentarian and celebrity chef took his own life as well.

It is said, that both were struggling with mental health issues.

Why our Personal Wellbeing needs to be a Priority

I'm aware that those seem like extreme examples. And that the majority of people struggling with their own demons day in and day out are not famous but our neighbors, strangers on the streets, colleagues, friends, and loved ones.

Those examples simply show in the most heartbreaking way, that we really need to choose ourselves first to be truly happy (success, money, fame won't do the job).

If we don't make that choice, other people will decide our lives for us. If we don't focus on our personal wellbeing and make that a priority, if we don't take care of ourselves, but sacrifice our lives for other people's wellbeing/ success/ happiness, we won't be able to go on like that without facing serious issues.

At one point, we will burn out. At one point, our mental health will suffer so much, that our inner demons will take the reins.

What can YOU do?

It's important to raise awareness about and to understand mental health problems better in today's society. This post by the ADAA (Anxiety & Depression Association of America) is a good start for educating oneself. Someone close to you, or maybe even you, might be struggling and might need help.

Don't hesitate to ask for any kind of support - and if something doesn't feel right, don't hesitate to ask your friend/ sister/ father/ or even the devastated stranger crying her eyes out, if you can help them in any way.

If you are concerned, that someone close to you is at risk of committing suicide, please read this article about prevention methods by the ADAA and take action.

Often, talking about problems with someone helps a ton and lifts the burden of ones shoulders - at least momentarily. In the end, it is hard work to get out of the funk and the darkness.

But nobody has to do it on her/ his own; we're not alone in this. There's no shame in reaching out and to ask for help. There's no shame in admitting that life is overwhelming or too much sometimes.

We're doing our society a disservice by neglecting our needs, because we cannot function properly in a state where we suffer, no matter if physically or emotionally.

Only if we take care of our body, health, mind and feelings first, only then we're able to help others in the long-term.

It might sound selfish, but it's far away from that. So here's to choosing yourself first! Wondering where to start? One way to do that, is to set healthy boundaries.

Weekly Nuggets of Wisdom

This week's list full of thought provoking inspiration to read, listen to, watch and create is about "choosing yourself first".

I recommend...

...reading:

 Choose Yourself First by Jamelle Sanders. Really great and honest post of the Thrive Global Community by Arianna Huffington about making yourself a priority. The author also features 4 practical steps you can take right away to implement self-care into your daily life.

...listening:

 In honor of this modern day music genius, here are two tracks I LOVE, that Tim Bergling aka Avicii produced for Coldplay (which I didn't know until I watched the documentary): 'Hymn For The Weekend' with some stunning vocals from Queen Bey & 'Sky Full Of Stars'.

...watching:

Choose Yourself! by James Altucher. This one is a hilarious yet wise TEDx Talk. James speaks about his personal life and how not choosing himself drove him into some depressing moments. He also shares with the viewer five mind shifts, that helped him to get back on track (about 12 minutes long).

...creating:

Creamy Butternut Squash Carrot Coconut Soup. It's been a while since I've shared one of my plant-based recipes with you. This soup is amazing! I especially love it, because it helps me not getting a cold every time I fear that I'm about to get one. I really hope you enjoy the recipe, this soup is quite simple to make. All together it takes about an hour until it is ready to eat.

Are you choosing yourself first regularly or is that an area in life that could use some improvement? What's your opinion on that?

If you’re looking for practical ways on how to be more mindful in your daily life, I’ve put together what I call ‘The ultimate beginner’s guide to a mindful lifestyle’ incl. a 30 day planner to keep track on your habits. And the best part? You can download it for free now!

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Me 10 or 15 years ago: I hope they like me 🙏🏽 how can I make them like me? Am I funny enough? Should I be funnier? Pleaaaase like me and approve of me 😩🥺⠀
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Me today: Is this "event" and people there worth my time and energy? Will it be fun and a positive experience? Are there people I wanna see and surround myself with? 🙌🏽💥⠀
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What do you think of this statement, do you agree? 🤔⠀
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📸 Not sure where he got it from, but I took a screenshot of @drock's story mood board because it resonates so much with me 💕⠀
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First, we need to Raise Awareness

In April 2018, Tim Bergling died. Don't know who that is? He was better known as Avicii, the Electronic Dance Music Superstar. To be honest with you, I didn't know a thing about him until he was found dead during his holiday in Oman.

But all the news and public grieving about his death made me wonder: "Who was this guy?" I watched the documentary about his rise to fame and his subsequently stressful lifestyle.

It was a portrait of a really shy, introverted and innocent young Swedish guy, who didn't fit into the music industry. Unfortunately, it was pulled from Netflix since. Here's the trailer (at least).

Health Issues, Depression, Anxiety & Burnout

His long-time friend and videographer Levan Tsikurishvili documented his life for 4 years. The outcome left me utterly speechless and profoundly sad.

The documentary shows Tims' deep struggles, battling seriously troubling health issues and trying to overcome his panic attacks and anxiety, that he'd get while performing live on stage. Nonetheless, his management pushed him mercilessly, although it was clearly visible, that Tim couldn't go on like that anymore.

He performed 813 shows within eight years (that's on average one gig every 3.5 days!!!), until he finally decided to part ways with his management and retire at age 26 to focus solely on producing music. This was in 2016.

It seems that his decision came too late. His family published a statement shortly after his death, which implies that Tim took his own life:

"Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions. When he stopped touring, he wanted to find a balance in life to be happy and be able to do what he loved most - music. He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace...Tim, you will forever be loved and sadly missed."

May his soul rest in peace.

Other tragedies happened only a few months later: In June 2018, Kate Spade committed suicide, and only a few days later, Anthony Bourdain, the famous travel documentarian and celebrity chef took his own life as well.

It is said, that both were struggling with mental health issues.

Why our Personal Wellbeing needs to be a Priority

I'm aware that those seem like extreme examples. And that the majority of people struggling with their own demons day in and day out are not famous but our neighbors, strangers on the streets, colleagues, friends, and loved ones.

Those examples simply show in the most heartbreaking way, that we really need to choose ourselves first to be truly happy (success, money, fame won't do the job).

If we don't make that choice, other people will decide our lives for us. If we don't focus on our personal wellbeing and make that a priority, if we don't take care of ourselves, but sacrifice our lives for other people's wellbeing/ success/ happiness, we won't be able to go on like that without facing serious issues.

At one point, we will burn out. At one point, our mental health will suffer so much, that our inner demons will take the reins.

What can YOU do?

It's important to raise awareness about and to understand mental health problems better in today's society. This post by the ADAA (Anxiety & Depression Association of America) is a good start for educating oneself. Someone close to you, or maybe even you, might be struggling and might need help.

Don't hesitate to ask for any kind of support - and if something doesn't feel right, don't hesitate to ask your friend/ sister/ father/ or even the devastated stranger crying her eyes out, if you can help them in any way.

If you are concerned, that someone close to you is at risk of committing suicide, please read this article about prevention methods by the ADAA and take action.

Often, talking about problems with someone helps a ton and lifts the burden of ones shoulders - at least momentarily. In the end, it is hard work to get out of the funk and the darkness.

But nobody has to do it on her/ his own; we're not alone in this. There's no shame in reaching out and to ask for help. There's no shame in admitting that life is overwhelming or too much sometimes.

We're doing our society a disservice by neglecting our needs, because we cannot function properly in a state where we suffer, no matter if physically or emotionally.

Only if we take care of our body, health, mind and feelings first, only then we're able to help others in the long-term.

It might sound selfish, but it's far away from that. So here's to choosing yourself first! Wondering where to start? One way to do that, is to set healthy boundaries.

Weekly Nuggets of Wisdom

This week's list full of thought provoking inspiration to read, listen to, watch and create is about "choosing yourself first".

I recommend...

...reading:

 Choose Yourself First by Jamelle Sanders. Really great and honest post of the Thrive Global Community by Arianna Huffington about making yourself a priority. The author also features 4 practical steps you can take right away to implement self-care into your daily life.

...listening:

 In honor of this modern day music genius, here are two tracks I LOVE, that Tim Bergling aka Avicii produced for Coldplay (which I didn't know until I watched the documentary): 'Hymn For The Weekend' with some stunning vocals from Queen Bey & 'Sky Full Of Stars'.

...watching:

Choose Yourself! by James Altucher. This one is a hilarious yet wise TEDx Talk. James speaks about his personal life and how not choosing himself drove him into some depressing moments. He also shares with the viewer five mind shifts, that helped him to get back on track (about 12 minutes long).

...creating:

Creamy Butternut Squash Carrot Coconut Soup. It's been a while since I've shared one of my plant-based recipes with you. This soup is amazing! I especially love it, because it helps me not getting a cold every time I fear that I'm about to get one. I really hope you enjoy the recipe, this soup is quite simple to make. All together it takes about an hour until it is ready to eat.

Are you choosing yourself first regularly or is that an area in life that could use some improvement? What's your opinion on that?

If you’re looking for practical ways on how to be more mindful in your daily life, I’ve put together what I call ‘The ultimate beginner’s guide to a mindful lifestyle’ incl. a 30 day planner to keep track on your habits. And the best part? You can download it for free now!

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First, we need to Raise Awareness

In April 2018, Tim Bergling died. Don't know who that is? He was better known as Avicii, the Electronic Dance Music Superstar. To be honest with you, I didn't know a thing about him until he was found dead during his holiday in Oman.

But all the news and public grieving about his death made me wonder: "Who was this guy?" I watched the documentary about his rise to fame and his subsequently stressful lifestyle.

It was a portrait of a really shy, introverted and innocent young Swedish guy, who didn't fit into the music industry. Unfortunately, it was pulled from Netflix since. Here's the trailer (at least).

Health Issues, Depression, Anxiety & Burnout

His long-time friend and videographer Levan Tsikurishvili documented his life for 4 years. The outcome left me utterly speechless and profoundly sad.

The documentary shows Tims' deep struggles, battling seriously troubling health issues and trying to overcome his panic attacks and anxiety, that he'd get while performing live on stage. Nonetheless, his management pushed him mercilessly, although it was clearly visible, that Tim couldn't go on like that anymore.

He performed 813 shows within eight years (that's on average one gig every 3.5 days!!!), until he finally decided to part ways with his management and retire at age 26 to focus solely on producing music. This was in 2016.

It seems that his decision came too late. His family published a statement shortly after his death, which implies that Tim took his own life:

"Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions. When he stopped touring, he wanted to find a balance in life to be happy and be able to do what he loved most - music. He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace...Tim, you will forever be loved and sadly missed."

May his soul rest in peace.

Other tragedies happened only a few months later: In June 2018, Kate Spade committed suicide, and only a few days later, Anthony Bourdain, the famous travel documentarian and celebrity chef took his own life as well.

It is said, that both were struggling with mental health issues.

Why our Personal Wellbeing needs to be a Priority

I'm aware that those seem like extreme examples. And that the majority of people struggling with their own demons day in and day out are not famous but our neighbors, strangers on the streets, colleagues, friends, and loved ones.

Those examples simply show in the most heartbreaking way, that we really need to choose ourselves first to be truly happy (success, money, fame won't do the job).

If we don't make that choice, other people will decide our lives for us. If we don't focus on our personal wellbeing and make that a priority, if we don't take care of ourselves, but sacrifice our lives for other people's wellbeing/ success/ happiness, we won't be able to go on like that without facing serious issues.

At one point, we will burn out. At one point, our mental health will suffer so much, that our inner demons will take the reins.

What can YOU do?

It's important to raise awareness about and to understand mental health problems better in today's society. This post by the ADAA (Anxiety & Depression Association of America) is a good start for educating oneself. Someone close to you, or maybe even you, might be struggling and might need help.

Don't hesitate to ask for any kind of support - and if something doesn't feel right, don't hesitate to ask your friend/ sister/ father/ or even the devastated stranger crying her eyes out, if you can help them in any way.

If you are concerned, that someone close to you is at risk of committing suicide, please read this article about prevention methods by the ADAA and take action.

Often, talking about problems with someone helps a ton and lifts the burden of ones shoulders - at least momentarily. In the end, it is hard work to get out of the funk and the darkness.

But nobody has to do it on her/ his own; we're not alone in this. There's no shame in reaching out and to ask for help. There's no shame in admitting that life is overwhelming or too much sometimes.

We're doing our society a disservice by neglecting our needs, because we cannot function properly in a state where we suffer, no matter if physically or emotionally.

Only if we take care of our body, health, mind and feelings first, only then we're able to help others in the long-term.

It might sound selfish, but it's far away from that. So here's to choosing yourself first! Wondering where to start? One way to do that, is to set healthy boundaries.

Weekly Nuggets of Wisdom

This week's list full of thought provoking inspiration to read, listen to, watch and create is about "choosing yourself first".

I recommend...

...reading:

 Choose Yourself First by Jamelle Sanders. Really great and honest post of the Thrive Global Community by Arianna Huffington about making yourself a priority. The author also features 4 practical steps you can take right away to implement self-care into your daily life.

...listening:

 In honor of this modern day music genius, here are two tracks I LOVE, that Tim Bergling aka Avicii produced for Coldplay (which I didn't know until I watched the documentary): 'Hymn For The Weekend' with some stunning vocals from Queen Bey & 'Sky Full Of Stars'.

...watching:

Choose Yourself! by James Altucher. This one is a hilarious yet wise TEDx Talk. James speaks about his personal life and how not choosing himself drove him into some depressing moments. He also shares with the viewer five mind shifts, that helped him to get back on track (about 12 minutes long).

...creating:

Creamy Butternut Squash Carrot Coconut Soup. It's been a while since I've shared one of my plant-based recipes with you. This soup is amazing! I especially love it, because it helps me not getting a cold every time I fear that I'm about to get one. I really hope you enjoy the recipe, this soup is quite simple to make. All together it takes about an hour until it is ready to eat.

Are you choosing yourself first regularly or is that an area in life that could use some improvement? What's your opinion on that?

If you’re looking for practical ways on how to be more mindful in your daily life, I’ve put together what I call ‘The ultimate beginner’s guide to a mindful lifestyle’ incl. a 30 day planner to keep track on your habits. And the best part? You can download it for free now!

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First, we need to Raise Awareness

In April 2018, Tim Bergling died. Don't know who that is? He was better known as Avicii, the Electronic Dance Music Superstar. To be honest with you, I didn't know a thing about him until he was found dead during his holiday in Oman.

But all the news and public grieving about his death made me wonder: "Who was this guy?" I watched the documentary about his rise to fame and his subsequently stressful lifestyle.

It was a portrait of a really shy, introverted and innocent young Swedish guy, who didn't fit into the music industry. Unfortunately, it was pulled from Netflix since. Here's the trailer (at least).

Health Issues, Depression, Anxiety & Burnout

His long-time friend and videographer Levan Tsikurishvili documented his life for 4 years. The outcome left me utterly speechless and profoundly sad.

The documentary shows Tims' deep struggles, battling seriously troubling health issues and trying to overcome his panic attacks and anxiety, that he'd get while performing live on stage. Nonetheless, his management pushed him mercilessly, although it was clearly visible, that Tim couldn't go on like that anymore.

He performed 813 shows within eight years (that's on average one gig every 3.5 days!!!), until he finally decided to part ways with his management and retire at age 26 to focus solely on producing music. This was in 2016.

It seems that his decision came too late. His family published a statement shortly after his death, which implies that Tim took his own life:

"Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions. When he stopped touring, he wanted to find a balance in life to be happy and be able to do what he loved most - music. He really struggled with thoughts about Meaning, Life, Happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace...Tim, you will forever be loved and sadly missed."

May his soul rest in peace.

Other tragedies happened only a few months later: In June 2018, Kate Spade committed suicide, and only a few days later, Anthony Bourdain, the famous travel documentarian and celebrity chef took his own life as well.

It is said, that both were struggling with mental health issues.

Why our Personal Wellbeing needs to be a Priority

I'm aware that those seem like extreme examples. And that the majority of people struggling with their own demons day in and day out are not famous but our neighbors, strangers on the streets, colleagues, friends, and loved ones.

Those examples simply show in the most heartbreaking way, that we really need to choose ourselves first to be truly happy (success, money, fame won't do the job).

If we don't make that choice, other people will decide our lives for us. If we don't focus on our personal wellbeing and make that a priority, if we don't take care of ourselves, but sacrifice our lives for other people's wellbeing/ success/ happiness, we won't be able to go on like that without facing serious issues.

At one point, we will burn out. At one point, our mental health will suffer so much, that our inner demons will take the reins.

What can YOU do?

It's important to raise awareness about and to understand mental health problems better in today's society. This post by the ADAA (Anxiety & Depression Association of America) is a good start for educating oneself. Someone close to you, or maybe even you, might be struggling and might need help.

Don't hesitate to ask for any kind of support - and if something doesn't feel right, don't hesitate to ask your friend/ sister/ father/ or even the devastated stranger crying her eyes out, if you can help them in any way.

If you are concerned, that someone close to you is at risk of committing suicide, please read this article about prevention methods by the ADAA and take action.

Often, talking about problems with someone helps a ton and lifts the burden of ones shoulders - at least momentarily. In the end, it is hard work to get out of the funk and the darkness.

But nobody has to do it on her/ his own; we're not alone in this. There's no shame in reaching out and to ask for help. There's no shame in admitting that life is overwhelming or too much sometimes.

We're doing our society a disservice by neglecting our needs, because we cannot function properly in a state where we suffer, no matter if physically or emotionally.

Only if we take care of our body, health, mind and feelings first, only then we're able to help others in the long-term.

It might sound selfish, but it's far away from that. So here's to choosing yourself first! Wondering where to start? One way to do that, is to set healthy boundaries.

Weekly Nuggets of Wisdom

This week's list full of thought provoking inspiration to read, listen to, watch and create is about "choosing yourself first".

I recommend...

...reading:

 Choose Yourself First by Jamelle Sanders. Really great and honest post of the Thrive Global Community by Arianna Huffington about making yourself a priority. The author also features 4 practical steps you can take right away to implement self-care into your daily life.

...listening:

 In honor of this modern day music genius, here are two tracks I LOVE, that Tim Bergling aka Avicii produced for Coldplay (which I didn't know until I watched the documentary): 'Hymn For The Weekend' with some stunning vocals from Queen Bey & 'Sky Full Of Stars'.

...watching:

Choose Yourself! by James Altucher. This one is a hilarious yet wise TEDx Talk. James speaks about his personal life and how not choosing himself drove him into some depressing moments. He also shares with the viewer five mind shifts, that helped him to get back on track (about 12 minutes long).

...creating:

Creamy Butternut Squash Carrot Coconut Soup. It's been a while since I've shared one of my plant-based recipes with you. This soup is amazing! I especially love it, because it helps me not getting a cold every time I fear that I'm about to get one. I really hope you enjoy the recipe, this soup is quite simple to make. All together it takes about an hour until it is ready to eat.

Are you choosing yourself first regularly or is that an area in life that could use some improvement? What's your opinion on that?

If you’re looking for practical ways on how to be more mindful in your daily life, I’ve put together what I call ‘The ultimate beginner’s guide to a mindful lifestyle’ incl. a 30 day planner to keep track on your habits. And the best part? You can download it for free now!

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