Daily Inspiration for the Mind
Feeling more on edge than usual? Some of us feel a weird combination of lethargy, low mood and reduced ability to handle normal stress in certain months of the year. This is called Seasonal Affective Disorder, thought to be brought on by lower levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that affects our moods and higher levels of melatonin, which also affects our mood and sleeping patterns.
Melatonin is produced when we have increased exposure to darkness, as we do when the days shorten in winter. Seasonal Affective Disorder is thought to be a reaction to a combination of both, leaving us with a lowered capacity to handle stress and increased likelihood of mood swings and low periods. There are many ways to treat this, including Himalayan Salt Lamps, phototherapy, increased exercise and vitamin D supplements as a few examples. Once you are aware that you suffer from it, you can work on preventing it in the first place!
Did you know that almost 40% of adults do not get enough sleep every night? Sleep deprivation has a huge impact on your mental health. It can affect your ability to problem solve, focus, and recall memories. Driving tired is just as dangerous as driving under the influence.
Get at least 7-9 hours of sleep every night. Go to bed at the same time. Create a dark and quiet place to sleep. Unwind a few hours before bed. Disconnect from your digital devices. Read, meditate, colour in an adult colouring book, or paint. Find an activity that relaxes you. Get better sleep and put your mental health first. You will be more productive and happier in the long run!
Every single person can access their intuition and life purpose through the practice of meditaiton. Meditation opens the mystical third eye which is known as the gateway to the soul and knowledge beyond the five senses.
A daily practice of meditation exercises different parts of the brain that become active when we meditate and strenghten our connection to our own intuition. We can develop a stronger communication line with our soul to hear what it is we came here to do through a regular practice of meditation.
This allows us to find what will truly make us excited to wake up in the morning. Meditation helps us shed the identity created by our environment and the ego that covers up our true loving purpose or it validates that what we always felt is indeed our purpose. Intuition increases our ability to know what is best for us to pursue and what is best for us to let go because the old saying is true 'all that glitter's isn't gold.'
Did you know that smiling alone activates feel-good chemicals in the brain? Smiling and laughing boost serotonin and endorphins in our brains, and surprisingly, also reduces the stress hormone, cortisol.
Share a laugh with a friend. Check out a comedy show. Watch a funny movie. Even, fake it till you make it. Turn that frown upside down! Improve your mental health, appearance, and relationships by smiling a little more. You will feel happier, less stressed, and lead a much more fulfilling life.
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!
How resilient would you say you are? Beating stress isn't about finding the miracle cure or avoiding your triggers at all other costs, it's really about learning how to react to it when it pops into your life. We are faced with stress from all angles, but if we can change how we view what's overwhelming in the first place, we'll be mentally and physically healthier.
Resilience is about dealing with stress in a positive way, so the trick is to remember that anything can be faced and conquered. Stress will never go away, but the way you react to it can be flipped on its head.
Daily Inspiration for the Body
The first meal of the day is essential to start out in the right way. When you're hitting all your healthy food groups, breakfast can bring you energy for the morning and also contribute to the overall hydration of your body.
It's an important meal because it largely determines your dietary balance of the day. When done right, eating a healthy breakfast can improve your concentration and performance at school and work and give you more strength and endurance when heading out for some physical activity.
Daily StretchWrist Stretch
Type of Pose: Stretch Break
Hold for 2 minutes total.
Stretch Benefits: Helps reduce carpel tunnel and brings mobility and circulation to your wrists to reduce stiffness.
Begin either sitting or standing. Reach your arms out in front of you so they are parallel with the ground. Stretch your fingertips up and back towards your face and then down and back towards your face. Alternate between these two positions for 30 seconds. Then make outward circles with your hands for 30 seconds and follow that by making inward circles with your hands for 30 seconds.
Did you know that watermelon contributes to good body hydration and promotes weight loss?
Watermelon is among the most moisturizing fruits because it’s composed of over 92% water. Water plays a vital role in the elimination of toxins, the regulation of the body, the temperature, the nutrient supply and the oxygenation of cells.
Watermelon should be part of your menu, especially if you want to lose weight. With its great wealth of water, fiber and antioxidants, it will help keep your stomach full for a long time and at the same time contribute to the detoxification of your body.
Daily StretchGroin Stretch
Type of Pose: Pre-Workout, Post-Workout
Hold for 1 minute
Stretch Benefits: Releases tension and improves digestion. Helps hip mobility and improves flexibility. Stretches lower back. Improves reproduction organ health and helps reduce sciatica.
Begin sitting on the ground with your legs in a V position. Walk your hands forward until you feel a stretch in your inner thighs. Do not push to the point of intense pain, just a good stretch.
Taking the time to eat is advice that may seem simple, but doing so will make all the difference. This will allow you to be more attentive to your hunger and feelings of satiation which, may take longer to manifest.
When we eat in front of the computer or the television, our attention is diverted from our body's signals, making it difficult to detect them. We often eat faster and it’s easy to consume all the contents of our plate without even appreciating it. Intentionally slowing down and taking the time to notice when you are actually full and don't need to keep eating is a great way to practice intuitive eating.
If you're having trouble sleeping, you may need to develop a better nighttime routine.
Start by committing to the same bedtime every night for a week. Notice when you actually feel sleepy rather than forcing yourself to lie there thinking about what you're missing on Law & Order. Make a habit of being in bed at the same time for the week and track how you feel in the a.m.
If you're still struggling, push bedtime back a bit and try again. There could be a winning formula in there, but you'll have to pay more attention to your current nighttime habits first!
Daily Inspiration for the Soul
Known for: Loyalty, Love, Commitment
Primary Chakra: Root Chakra
Affirmation: I am loyal to everyone
Garnet can help with emotional issues such as Compassion, Honesty, Love, Loyalty, Self Esteem. It can also help with physical issues such as Arthritis, Blood Circulation, Fatigue, Low Blood Pressure, Thyroid
Today's Mantra: "I feel better when I help people. I stop feeling bad for myself when I take the focus off of myself and show kindness and care to others."
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: "My relationships are enriching, deep, and meaningful. I choose to be around people who help me connect to my soul. I support my friends with love and inspiration."
Today's Mantra: "When I focus on something, I know I can learn anything. I am able to change my life because I am fearless. The path of my soul is fulfilled through the power of my heart."
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."