Daily Inspiration for the Mind
You were meant to read this today. Here's how to feel confident right now.
Close your eyes and feel your inner love and kindness. Feel your energy radiating from your heart. Feel how others enjoy your company because of your love.
Wherever you go, no matter what task is at hand, your confidence comes from your intention to be loving, kind and positive. You are ready! You are smiling and ready to charge up some people with your exuberant vibes. That is your true value beyond anything else.
Did you know there is a link between our physical health and our mental health? Our physical health outwardly reflects our mental health and vice versa. Physical activity can boost your mood and increase your self-confidence.
To reap the benefits, exercise 20-30 minutes every day. It can be as simple as a walk on your lunch break or biking to and from work. You will feel better after your sweat session and be ready to tackle any problem that comes your way!
Do you want to have more energy? Here's a quickie meditation to get some!
Close your eyes and see the things requiring your energy around you. Look at each one and see if you actually need to be giving it energy. Let go of the things draining your energy. Are you worrying about the future? Going over something in the past? Trying to control something?
Now you're relaxed and you can see the huge endless expansive universe full of grids of ligtht that connect to your body. See light moving towards you steadily from all directions reviving your soul and energizing your spirit. Now you're ready and full of energy! Come back to this meditation anytime to recharge.
Over 5% of the world’s population suffers from depressive episodes. You are not alone. Try to connect with friends or family. Talk to someone. Take a mental health day when you need it.
There is no shame in knowing when you are struggling. Mental illness is not a sign of weakness. It takes a lot of strength to seek out the help you need. You are courageous. You are strong. And you will persevere.
Setting and achieving regular short-term and long-term goals can have a positive impact on your mental health, but do you know how? Personal goals provide motivation and a sense of purpose. Achieving your goals gives you a sense of accomplishment and self-worth, leading to good mental health.
Set SMART goals. Write down goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-oriented. With the use of the SMART method, you have a higher chance of accomplishing your goals. You are in control of your life!
An interesting new finding tied to anxiety, stress and sleep deprivation is called 'FOMO,' or, the Fear of Missing Out. This type of anxiety is seen in people who feel so uncomfortable without their smartphones and electronic devices, they start to stress out about missing what's going on. While we all like to keep in touch, this is seen more in those who are tied 24/7/365 to their communication devices, desperate to be in the know and included as much as possible.
While keeping that blue light going right before bed can contribute to trouble falling asleep, it has obvious other risks attributed to it. If you identify with this and feel genuinely concerned about your addiction to your devices, have a chat with your doctor. If you've just been a little more obsessed than usual, and are noticing your attachment taking you away from normal activities you enjoy, practice shutting down for a few hours a day, and especially before bed!
Daily Inspiration for the Body
Avocado is a rather special fruit, (It's also classified as a berry!) since it is the only one to contain fat (16%) and contains protein as well. This fat gives it its sweet and singular flavor, while bringing us a dose rich in 'good' fats (Unsaturated fatty acids).
Other notables for this fabulous fruit - it beats bananas in the potassium department - almost doubling in that area in fact, and delivers a good amount of vitamin C and E. You can toss avocado into salad, blend it into smoothies or even use it in your hair or homemade facial mask to reap even more benefits.
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!
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!
Scientists have discovered no less than 600 preventive and therapeutic applications of turmeric. This is due to its active ingredients, the main one being curcumin, a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory benefits. It's even linked to lowering the risk of brin diseases and improving the brain's function.
Researchers even consider that turmeric is as effective on its own as a dozen drugs and the good news is, you don’t get the side effects and it costs less. Turmeric is the most popular anti-inflammatory spice and is effective against osteoarthritis and aids in cancer prevention. On top of all this magic, turmeric is a delicious addition to many recipes, including smoothies!
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.
Next time you fall into bed after a night of drinking and are amazed at how easy it is to head off to dreamland, consider these interesting notes on how alcohol affects your sleep. On the plus side, alcohol has a sedative affect on us, which is why in the old days, you'd hear people talking about a 'nightcap,' or a small dose of booze to mellow you out before you head off to bed. This effect can help you fall asleep faster, but it actually disrupts the tail end of your sleep pattern, where we get the most benefit from snoozing.
REM (Rapid Eye Movement) is considered to be the most restorative kind of sleep and turns out - alcohol blocks REM. With less of that restorative sleep, we tend to wake up unfocused and a bit out of it. When it comes to your nightcap - less is more in the way of zzzs.
Daily Inspiration for the Soul
Here's an affirmation to help balance your root chakra. Say it as often as you'd like to bring stability into your finances, help ground you, find a nice home and good job.
I have everything I need and I am stable, supported and comfortable in my life.
You can also write this affirmation in places you'll see it. Have it pop up on your phone throughout the day so it becomes a regular thought in your brain to repattern your thinking!
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.
Do you have trouble speaking your mind? Balancing your Throat chakra can help you be more vocal and stick up for yourself. Lots of people go their whole lives without actually saying how they feel even though it's incredibly good for our health and relationships.
Eating blueberries and blackberries can help you stimulate the Throat chakra so you can communicate better. Wearing blue lapis lazuli stones as well as turquoise or blue-coloured clothing can help us balance an overactive or underactive Throat chakra. If it's overactive, you may be speaking without thinking, which can drain us of our vital energy.
Stretching the neck in yoga poses (such as plow pose) can also help balance your Throat chakra so you can find your voice!
Today's Mantra: "When I want to change my life, I see the reality I am creating in my mind and take action to make magic happen."
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 excited about today. I can feel the energy shifting. Yes my life is absolutely amazing and every moment is remarkably surprising and fun."