Malandragem is a Portuguese term for a lifestyle of idleness, fast living, street smarts, cunning, and resourcefulness – traditionally celebrated in samba lyrics, and deeply rooted in Brazilian culture and history. It reflects a way of navigating life with a certain cleverness and adaptability, often in the face of adversity.
Stress is good for your health if you believe it’s good for you.
One of my top lessons of 2022, along with “Apples vs Potatoes“, is this quote – “We Are Not iPhones”. Sometimes less than four simple words can change your perspective on your life and actions.
Sometimes we hear phrases such as “Put yourself in my shoes” or “Walk in someone’s shoes”. But have you actually checked your shoes?
I’m a fan of cold showers.
Many research shows (links below), that lowering the water temperature below 15°C (60°F) and having a shower has many benefits for your health:
- Improve mental health and boost immunity
- Increase metabolism
- Improve circulation and helps post-workout recovery
- Reduce inflammation and prevent muscle soreness
- Relieve localized pain
- Combat symptoms of depression
If quitting smoking for me was almost unintentionally, overcoming alcohol addiction was a voluntary and conscious choice. I tried twice and both times were successful (a joke intended).
I consider my self lucky because I tried a lot of things early in life. Good stuff and bad stuff. I started living abroad without my parents from age 10, and somehow I believe it was one of the best parental decisions. That “independence”1 taught me a lot. There were lot of fails, wild teen’s spirit, but some good moments too.
When it comes to personal development, there are four plates you have to keep spinning all the time: physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Sometimes they are spinning slower, sometimes faster, but you have to keep them spinning.
Every day during my Morning Ritual, I try to work on every “plate”. I start with meditation, then a breathwork routine, and journaling. This mostly relates to my spiritual, emotional, and mental aspects of life. But then it’s time to get physical.