The One Month Tune-Up: Singing Away The Blues in 31 Days

 

Singing away the blues
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Have you ever noticed how belting out in the shower or humming to music during your morning commute can set the tone for the entire day?

Singing doesn’t just make you feel good  – research shows that it even has a surprisingly positive impact on your health and happiness.

A recent Swedish study found that singing in a choir can have the same calming effects as yoga. When people sing together, their breathing patterns and heart rates synchronize, producing a sense of harmony.

But even solo singing sessions can significantly improve your breathing capacity, stress levels and mood. Deep belly breathing and being focused on the music instead of your worries are key elements of reducing stress, anxiety and depression. Additionally, when the musical vibrations move through your body, endorphins and oxytocin are released  – two hormones associated with feelings of pleasure and bonding, less stress and a better mood.

To someone like me who loves to sing and could use a health boost, these findings sound impressive. But over the last few years I’ve noticed that as a ‘responsible grown up’ with a never-ending to-do list, I somehow forget to make time to sing on a regular basis, even though it only takes a few minutes to benefit from the practice.

That’s why I jumped at the chance to team up with the lovely Kaila Prins from In My Skinny Genes to get into the singing habit again with the One Month Tune – Up during October! 

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Searching For That One Magic Cure: Why You’ll Never Find It and What You Should Do Instead

 

Oceanside by Annelies Verhelst
Photo by Annelies Verhelst

 

You’ve read hundreds of articles on superfoods, supplements and the benefits of the perfect workout.

Hungry for more information and motivation, you search the Internet for that one magic cure that will fix your health problems.

But the sad truth is: you’ll never find it. 

Your health is the end result of complex, dynamic interactions between your body, mind and surroundings. Practicing yoga or drinking green smoothies can definitely boost your wellbeing, but there isn’t one single thing that will restore that precious balance on its own. Unlike some health guru’s may tell you, healing yourself or ‘leveling up‘ your health requires more than munching on kale chips or trying that special meditation technique. It’s about developing your own routine of timeless health habits, having loving relationships, pursuing meaningful goals and having fun.

Consistently changing your lifestyle, one small habit at a time, will slowly lead to a fitter body, healthier weight and happier mind. It won’t happen overnight. True, lasting change takes time.

But in order to create those lasting changes, you need to step away from the computer and make things happen. 

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Hot off the Grill: 10 Healthy BBQ Recipes

 

Healthy BBQ Recipes | Salmon Skewers
Salmon Skewers from Sprouted Kitchen

 

As temperatures are rising and the sun is (finally!) shining in the Netherlands, everyone is gearing up for a summer full of al fresco dining with family and friends. And as much as I enjoy catching up with my loved ones in the garden, I’m not a huge fan of greasy pork sausages and fatty potato salads that are often served at barbecues. So I drew some inspiration from my favourite food blogs and found some amazing recipes that are perfect for the grill. They are easy to make, fresh and tasty, and above all: 100% guilt free! Enjoy!

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12 Timeless Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle

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In a world that constantly changes, what’s considered a healthy lifestyle seems to differ from time to time and from culture to culture.

Over the past decades, we’ve seen countless of diet and exercise trends, from high-tech fitness and low-fat diets, to bootcamp-style workouts, Zumba and juice cleanses. People are not just keen to try out cool new workouts and meal plans, but these trends also reflect the medical knowledge and technology of any given period.

It makes you wonder: Is there any health advice that passes the test of time?

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Expert Advice: 11 Tips for Boosting Your Daily Happiness

Hartjes by Annelies Verhelst Fotografie
Photo by Annelies Verhelst Fotografie

 

“Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.”

– Margaret Lee Runbeck

 

Do you wake up in the morning feeling positive about life?

Most of the health advice we receive encourages us to eat healthily, be physically active and avoid bad habits like smoking. But it may be time to add “be happy” to the list of standard health recommendations.

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