Daily Inspiration for the Mind
Did you know that spending just 15 minutes outside every day can improve your mood and decrease anxiety? Fresh air reduces stress and increases those feel-good hormones!
Your skin creates Vitamin D from healthy sun exposure, a vitamin thought to impact the serotonin levels in our brains.
Serotonin regulates your mood, appetite, and sex drive. Scientists have linked lower levels of serotonin to depression. Don't waste your days inside! Find a fun activity to do in the great outdoors, or simply go for a quick walk around the block. Get outside and give your mental health a boost today!
If you feel you're not able to make your dreams a reality, meditation will help you and here's why. When we direct our thoughts, they create a vacuum that the universe then fills. Science has proven that thoughts have an effect on physical reality.
Meditation allows us to send a regular signal into the energetic grid that lays the blueprint for what we want to manifest. When our focus becomes regular and laserlike, things manifest much easier because of the law of the universe that energy flows where attention goes.
Try visualizing what your dream is as specifically as possible morning and night with every detail you can describe in your mind such as textures, colors, sounds and smells. You will find your mind will even find resources you didn't realize were right there all along. We are co-creating with our mind and our words so use them as a tool as well to go after what you want and bring it into your life without trying to control anyone else but trusting that when your goal comes from your heart, the universe finds a way!
A daily meditation practice can relieve stress and reset your mental state.
Those who practice regular meditation had higher brain activity in the areas that deal with stress and concentration. Healthy ways to manage stress can help ease depression and anxiety. Making meditation more accessible has even been suggested as part of Canada's mental health strategy.
Meditate for 5 minutes each morning to calm your mind. Be kind to yourself. Make your mental health a priority!
Did you know meditation also helps your health? Check this out.
Meditation can reduce high blood pressure and the acidic stress hormones that cause painful inflammation.
It also allows your immune system to stay strong because it won't have to fight off the free radicals caused by the toxic stress hormones of adrenaline and cortisol. That means you get less colds and flus because your body's defenses are stronger. Not to mention it reduces hypertension in the nervous system which can cause constipation, insomnia and food cravings due to emotions created in the fight or flight response state.
What's the difference between stress and anxiety? While the two definitely overlap when it comes to the physical repsonses they generate, the short answer is, yes, they are different.
They can be separated by the way they make us feel and where those feelings come from. Day to day stress can make us feel frustrated or even nervous, while with anxiety, we may feel more fear, uneasiness and worry.
Are you using meditation to let go of negative perceptions about your life? Your perception dictates not only your experience, but also attracts certain things and people into our lives.
You're the screenwriter of the movie of your life. Sit and meditate and look at your negative perceptions where you may be overcritical or not seeing the positive side. Release those thoughts to the universe and replace them with gratitude.
Now, look at the stories that have been playing in your mind about your life. Are they positive? If not, let them go and play one with a happy present, past and future!
Daily Inspiration for the Body
Did you know you can self-impose a sleeping disorder? Psychophysiologic insomnia is one of the most common and difficult types of sleep disorder to treat. When you worry about not getting enough sleep, lying there thinking about it can start a cycle of sleeplessness and anxiety that can cause weight gain, stress and insomnia.
The next time you've had no rest, try not to stress about it when you get back under the covers the following night. Reading a book, having a warm bath and listening to music can help you stop thinking about sleeping, and actually give you some shuteye before you work yourself up into a larger issue!
Did you know that it's not just people in a hurry who can benefit from smoothies? These smooth beverages, made from fresh, natural ingredients, can help meet our needs in all circumstances. Preparing a delicious smoothie is easy, fast, and nourishing while bringing a new twist to your daily menus.
Losing sleep can have a haphazard effect on how we process emotional events and how we respond to stressful situations. Harvard Medical School has found a link between sleep deprivation and psychosis, or a loss of contact with reality.
While there are definitely extremes when it comes to the definition of that word, at the core, it indicates that the more sleep deprived we are, the less we are able to trust our perspective, and when faced with something that elicits an emotional response, we are less likely to be able to react rationally to control our reaction, or even to interpret it properly.
Sleep sometimes ends up playing the neglected little sister when it comes to the health family. Big sisters Diet and Fitness take center stage when it comes to health magazines, topics of conversation, and chats with your doctor, but if their little sister isn't being taken care of, the elder siblings will have a much harder time seeing success.
Not getting enough sleep affects everything else in our bodies, and can affect our weight loss (or weight gain) and our ability to build muscle and heal properly from workouts.
We know we need enough sleep to regulate our system, repair tissue, and download our lived experiences as memories in order to feel mentally healthy. Pay attention to little sister Sleep and the whole family will be balanced!
Having trouble drinking enough water? Here are some combinations of ingredients for those who do not like the taste of still water:
- Fresh mint leaves with sliced cucumbers
- Sliced fresh strawberries with sliced basil leaves
- Oranges, grapefruit, limes or lemons
-Sliced pear and green apple slices
- Blueberries, raspberries, fresh rosemary, and ginger
So many possible combinations that will add some natural sweetness and add some vitamins to your water.
Sleep is critical to the way we learn and maintain information and memories. When it comes to these areas, it can be broken into 3 functions or stages - Acquisition, Consolidation and Recall. When we recieve new knowledge from studying, taking courses, reading, etc. that's called Acquisition. Recall is our ability to access that knowledge after our brains have stored it away.
In between Acquisition and Recalling our knowledge is the stage where our brains turn new information into a stable memory - Consolidation. Researchers at Harvard say that the all important Consolidation process happens when we sleep - which is yet another reason to make sure we're catching enough zzzs!
Daily Inspiration for the Soul
Do you know your crown chakra connects you to your spirit guides? If you ask people, they usually have at least one family member that has stories of a spirit guide helping them. Your crown chakra is at the top of your head and you can feel it tingle when it's really active.
Your spirit guides are high vibration consciousness that exist in realms unpercievable to the naked eye but are still very real. Many healers work with their guides to get practical information to help others and themselves.
You can use certain crystals to tune into their frequency with requires a loving and calm emotional state to reach. The more you set your intention to contact them and develop a relationship, the strong the bond gets. Everyone has guides in higher vibrational realms waiting to be helpful and share their wisdom.
Did you know these health issues could be caused by a blocked root chakra? Some health conditions linked to the root chakra include chronic fatigue, sciatica, constipation, luekemia, obesity, bladder infections, colds and anemia.
Our emotions are linked to our health through our chakra system and healing our emotions can help our health just as improving our health can affect our emotions. It's a two way street.
You can help heal your root chakra by focussing on stability, security, survival, grounding and getting the support you need.
Today's Mantra: "I am strong, I help people see the strength in themselves. I am a humble and find my self worth in my values and virtues and not external appearances."
Today's Mantra: "I am resilient and can be calm even when things are unclear and unexpected. I always find the positive in all situations."
Today's Mantra: "I am in love with my soul and make all my decisions from the voice of my soul. I meditate daily to keep that connection strong. I help guide others to their own truth."
Today's Mantra: "I clear my mind, and in the calm stillness of simplicity, I know everything is just as it should be."