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Today is world mental heath day, and I wanted to teke the chance to dress a mental health problem that affects not only those who are mentally ill, but is very widespread during the fall and winter - fall/winter depression. A light type of winter depression, the most common form of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), hits many, especially women, at this time of the year.

I myself have struggeled with general depression with SAD for years, and I'm always hit by this heavy, involuntaty laziness in the fall.
Luckily, dealing with depression has also ment that I have been in therapy with a great psychologist, who helped me to identify and utilize the things I can do to regain some strength and control. Feeling down for no apparent reason can be confusing and chaotic, and recognising what you can do to overcome it (to some extent) isn’t always easy. So, as SAD is very common also amongst those who don't struggle with any form of depression otherwise, I wanted to share some of the things I find helpful.

FIND A SIMPLE, DAILY TASK
This should be something which makes your life feel a little lighter when done, and something that is easily accomplished on a daily basis. Find something that feels not like a mandatory, draining chore, but like a productive task.
For me, currently, I have a goal to read 20 pages of my syllabus every day. This is necessary and productive, and gives me a feeling of having moved myself in the right direction, so that when I go to bed the day doesn't seem wasted. It does not require too much time or energy, and requires only a little planning.
Other tasks can be tidying your room (when done daily this requires very little work), walking the dog, preparing breakfast for the next day or using Duolingo. Be specific and avoid stuff like "learn something new" or "eat healthy".

SPEND TIME WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE HEALTHY TO YOU
This does not mean to cut a lot of people out of your life, but identify who you are with when you feel the best and make sure you see them enough. This will make being social less draining, like it can feel when you are generally less energised. People who make you relax, smile and laugh are golden tickets to a happier, healthier mind.
This post ended up being pretty long, but I hope it can be helpful to some. Feeling a little lazy now that the days are shorter is totally normal, but if you start to feel that you are falling behind and are loosing control a little bit, it's important find simple ways like these to take action before it begins to take a toll on your general mental health.

DOWNLOAD TODOIST (NOT SPONSORED LOL)
This app has saved my life! Knowing that you have stuff that you need to do can be so draining, but putting your task list down black on white will make it seem more manageable. Todoist is free, simple and ready to use without much setup, and you can access your account from all your devices. When you have done something and cross it off it disappears for good, which is the most satisfying thing ever.

REDUCE YOUR GOALS AND ACCEPT THE NEW ONES
If you have less will and energy you can't expect yourself to keep up with an exercise regime or post schedule or cleaning plan or diet or anything like that. Look at your goals, reevaluate if they are within reach for you at the moment, and if not - set new, lower ones. It s way better that you accomplish 50 % of your former objective, than constantly feeling guilty about not reaching 100 % and in the end accomplishing nothing.

GET SOME EXCERCISE
Physical activity is key. It helps you feel energised, makes you sleep better and keeps your body going. And it doesn't have to involve an extensive gym plan, or even a gym membership at all. Go for a walk, take the bike somewhere or do some yoga. This is also an opportunity to be social in a setting with less social pressure.

EAT REMOTELY HEALTHY
A strict diet can be too much work, but give your body the fuel it needs and reduce your intake of high sugar and high fat foods that in the end steals more energy than it gives you.

CUT DOWN ON THE SCREEN TIME
Yes, you obviously need your phone and computer, it's 2017. But try not to waste hours every day watching Buzzfeed videos or playing Candy Crush. Reading a book is a million times better for your brain, and if that's not your thing there are so many things you can do to relax.

EVALUATE YOUR PERSONAL SPACE
If you've sent too much time in your room wasting your life away (see point 7), that space which is supposed to be your relaxing spot can start to drag you down and make you feel more tired. Keep your room or other chill out space clean, and make sure it invites you to pursue healthier activities. This summer I rearranged my room, and one of the things I put in was a chair where I can sit and read or play guitar or write or whatever, and as a result I am doing these things a lot more.
If you find that your room is inviting you to keep bad habits, change it up or find another place where you can sit when you want to work.

CONCIDER AT HOME PHOTOTHERAPY
If the darkness is really getting to you, a daylight lamp might be a good investment. I have one that I use for at least 20 minutes a day, and it helps me a lot. Light therapy is the most used form of treatment also for moderate SAD depression, so there is a lot of science (and simple logic, really) to back this up.

This post suddenly got very long, but I hope it can be helpful for some.
If you feel more than lightly down or depressed, even if it's only during the winter, you should consider the option of finding a therapist (they really do work). <3

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EVERYTHING

Just when I was finally loving my hair the way it was, I had to fall in to a quarter life-crisis (is that even a thing?) and impulsively change it completely. First I just decided to dye it the darkest, coolest shade of blond I could find, but the fringy bangs trend has been getting to me lately, and I ended up going at it with a pair of scissors. The result is the look you can witness above. Luckily, I didn't suck at cutting it, and I can wear the bangs both to the side and straight down, allowing for a few different looks.
I'm not sure if I dig it yet and really miss my old hair, which I have recently been wearing back in a low knot most of the time, making styling super effortless and comfortable. But, I will try to embrace this as a chance to bring out my inner rock'n roller a bit more, and in the end just accept that I did this to myself. (At least it was free.)

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Honestly, I don't know what I'd do without my tote bags. I never leave the house without one, because where else would I put my book, water bottle and touch up makeup? I also love how they can fit LPs, so they always make record shopping seem like it was planned (R.I.P. to my wallet). And they obvs look really good, too. I don't know how I'd live my life without these bags, and don't intend to find out any time soon.

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FASHION

Fashion week is back, and with it, fashion journalist Sofie. But, instead of me rambling about how much I l-o-v-e one certain collection, today, I'll show you some of my favourite runway looks from the past few days. There are many to chose from, but (at least to my eyes) this selection is the crème de la crème. If you like these looks I would highly recommend checking out the full collections they are derived from by following the links below the pictures. Enjoy!

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FASHION, OUTFITS

Despite the low resolution, lack of variation and just generally horrible quality; mirror pics are my love and my life. I document almost every outfit I wear, wether it's proper going out-glam or a wet rain poncho at a festival. If there is a mirror you will find me in front of it, posing (with my right side facing the mirror, legs a shoulder with apart and shoulders pushed back.) Is this a hobby I can list on my CV?

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EVERYTHING

I thought running a blog was going to be so easy, and captivate me like it has many times in the past. I used to always think about taking photos, write posts in my head and just live my life always with the blog in the back of my head, despite never having an established following. But this time around, I keep forgetting that I even run a blog. I don't notice the Nouw app on my phone, I never come ut with ideas, I never feel like a blogger.

I dont think this means that I lost my creativity as a content creator, though. I can still come up with cool ideas for posts, videos, editorials and other things, but I no longer stray from my IRL life to create content for the internet. I am more confident being my real world self, and I enjoy life more that I did before, and as a consequence I am less present when I'm online.

To be present in both realities at once, i think you need a group of friends who are all about the same thing, posting to Instagram or blogging or vlogging or whatever. You have to hang out with the same friends on the web too. My friends aren't like that, and so neither am I.

I still love Instagram, though. A lot of my spare time is spent taking pics of outfits for Instagram. But I always take them myself, in the mirror, at home. By myself. I don't disrupt the balance or flow of a social setting to have someone spend five minutes trying to take my picture the right way. I enjoy the company, the food, the entertainment, an rather forget about social media life for a time.

I definitely think this for me new approach to the internet is more adult, and way healthier for me. I can enjoy the moment and spend time with my friends (or with myself and a book) and not have to think about how to translate the experience to an online space. So, if I someday cut my Candy Crush addiction (haha neverrr), I might be able to call myself an Internet healthy individual. Who would've thought.

Sickest hand me down sunnies, courtesy of daddy cool

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FASHION

Ok, to get the obvious out of the way: this girl gets it all for free. She has a perfectedly sclupted body and face that can make any outfit look good, something proven by the fact that she makes the best dressed lists by simply stepping out in jeans and a t-shirt. But, apart from being the re-inventor of the casual chic look, she also has an amazing sense of style.

To steal Kendall's effortlessly high fashion look , there is actually one very simple rule to follow. Kendall masters to perfection the art of splitting every look into parts (top, bottoms, jacket, shoes), and experimenting with the combinations of elements. There is always at least one comfortable and casual element to keep the look grounded, but also at least one to make it look super high fashion. And there you have it.
To be as Kendall as possible, try combining jeans, heals, and a cropped tee, and be on the lookout for flared pants.

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Me and my bestie went on a little road trip yesterday, and drove from here to Hamar, which is an hour away. The only agend was to buy a bra, and to visit my boyfriend at work (which is always great because he works at an indian street food place, so I get free food). As always when the two of us get together to go somewhere or do whatever, it resulted in a lot of singing, junk food and traffic chaos, and all in all it was a perfect day. I mean, a day of car fun and karaoke topped with free Indian food and kisses from the hot guy at Tika Tika? Top that.

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