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Going through rain, thunder and sunshine in life, I have learned this:

Whatever color of the skin on people we all have the same feelings, the same joy, the same fears, the same biology, the same psychology. Yes, on the inside we are all the same. So never judge on the outside.

Also be kind to everybody including yourself. Kindness feeds kindness and we need more of that on the globe.

This definitely includes never, ever hit your children. Talk to them, show them what is right. Hit and abused children often grow up to be hitting and abusing grown-ups. By the way, don’t hit or abuse grown-ups either.

Listen more than you talk. You have got two ears and one mouth for a reason. Listen actively and you will hear fantastic things you never would otherwise.

Don’t care what other people think of you; what matters is what YOU think and want (as long as you are kind to others too).

Be with people that make you feel good. Stop seeing people that make you feel discomfort or that drains your energy. Let them go – they will find other people to be with.

Always stick to the truth. As soon as you start fiddling with the truth, you will get more and more tangled up in your lie and in the end you don’t know what you said – to whom you said it – and it will get you in trouble and be very stressful.

Focus and work your way towards what you want – don’t try to escape away from what you don’t want – that will take care of itself when you move in another direction.

You only live once so it is a good idea to take good care of both your body and your mind during that life. That way you can live fully. Because when your time is up – it is up.

Pay it forward is a genial principle. I believe that if everybody could adopt that thinking we would have a better world.

In the end it is all about mindset – you decide how to relate to things, people, events – yes, everything. Life IS unfair, will always be, and it may be against you – but with your mindset you can avoid becoming a victim. That will just eat your soul out, and you can with your mindset decide to overcome difficulties and live an okay – or even good! – life anyway.

And try to keep smiling – it will release feel-good hormones and life may be a little bit easier.

Love from Dr Annika

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Dr Annika Sorensen is a medical doctor who has practiced in the Swedish Public Health Care System for many years, specializing in family medicine. Feeling the stress and overload creeping closer in her own life she decided to change track a few years ago. She now runs her own business,, and focuses on health promotion instead of on disease, with an emphasis on getting out of stress, work assessment and other business-related issues.

In her work-book Take stress from chaos to calm, she offers an easy way to get control of “stress in life” by looking at your whole situation and by getting back to basics. The book has been top-rated and is available on Amazon. Now you can also get the follow up My De-Stress Diary, a book for inspiration and making changes for a good life.

Today Dr Annika mentors CEO´s, executives and managers helping them take their stress from chaos to calm. She is also a popular international speaker and host workshops on the subjects of finding calm and effectivity in a stressful work environment. She offers her services in her office in Sweden, in your office worldwide, or via Skype/Zoom.

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This Post Has 18 Comments

  1. Awesome set of statements, thank you Annika! When I fail, its never final, I always seem to find the strength to get back up, only to fall again. Like a baby learning to walk. I’ve grown in various areas of my life because I never stopped getting back up again.

  2. Dr. Annika–all of your remarks are so true. We truly get in life what we put out to the universe. I hope to see more posts from you in the future. Becky

  3. Words to Live by Dr. Annika! I definitely believe in the Pay it Forward principle – what a world we could have. Something to aspire to…

    Looking forward to more posts with words of wisdom from you!

  4. Dear Annika,
    So true, so true. Be honest and treat people and yourself well. Than you feel good. I am convinced that it is true. Friends for ever/Lena

  5. I think we should live life with an attitude of awareness taking care of life and confidence that is grounded from inside. I feel that much of your points Annika is right on spot what a good life is about…respect, fun and compassion….and all of it starts with me 🙂

  6. Thanks so very much Dr. Annika…am more than happy, this article is so beautiful and sweet to read… ” Thanks so very much imagin you are very many miles away but you are helping a person in Uganada 🇺🇬 ”
    Thanks so much may God the Almighty Father Bless you with more wisdom.

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