Daily Inspiration for the Mind
If you're feeling particularly stressed, are you asking for help from those around you? There's a pretty good chance someone you know has been through what you're facing, especially a sibling or family member.
Admitting when we are overwhelmed can provide release, build a bond between you and who you share your feelings with, and ultimately, help you find new ways to cope.
Creative hobbies reduce stress, improve coping skills, increase positive thinking, and increase happiness. How? Creativity releases dopamine. Dopamine influences our brain's reward and pleasure centers.
Artistic activities such as painting, drawing, writing, dancing, baking, or gardening mimic a meditative state. These activities allow you to focus on the moment and let go of your daily thoughts and stressors. Find a creative outlet that allows you to unwind and relax. If you are unsure where to start, try adult colouring books or try writing out whatever thoughts come to mind. Dive into your artistic side. Exercise your creativity today!
Recent research indicates that regular social engagement helps to maintain your mind and your memory with age. Those that frequently socialize with others reportedly live longer and have decreased feelings of loneliness, stress, and anxiety.
Spend more time with the people you love. Surround yourself with a solid support system. Take part in social activities. Join a sports team or group to meet others with similar interests. Don't isolate yourself when you are feeling down. Talk to a friend or a family member. Become mentally strong and engage with the people around you!
Introducing something new into your life can re-energize and rejuvenate your mental state. It can lead to self-discovery and new ideas. For those dealing with depression or anxiety issues, diving into a new hobby or new adventure can pave the road toward recovery.
Challenge yourself to try something new. Find adventure. Flip your perspective upside down. Constantly push your limits. That trip you've been thinking about? Book it. That hobby you've wanted to start? Try it. Fill your life with the things you enjoy. Look inward and constantly strive for self-improvement. Find your happy.
What you put in your body is what you get out of it. If you are eating low-nutrient, high-calorie foods, your body is not getting what it needs. Our physical state transfers over into our mental state. You won't feel well, and your mood may plummet.
Eat a healthy and balanced diet. Research what nutrients you require on a daily basis and try your best to reach the recommended amounts. Try mood-boosting foods, such as avocado, mushrooms, and nuts. Eat better and feel better!
Studies show that crying produces feelings of calm, relieves your emotions, and improves your mood. But how? Tears release stress hormones, detoxifying the body. Crying also causes the body to produce endorphins, making you feel better!
Bonus: Science indicates that crying, also, clears out our eyes and acts as a natural lubrication and cleaning mechanism.
So, go ahead. Cry it out. Don't bottle up your emotions. Don't be afraid to shed a tear or two. Let it all out. You'll improve your mental state and feel less stressed!
Daily Inspiration for the Body
While catching a quick nap can be a restful bonus, it can actually make matters worse if you snooze a little too long or too close to bedtime. Unless you're making up a sleep debt, try to keep naps under 30 minutes and closer to lunch than dinner.
If you find yourself having a hard time drifting off, your nap might have been unnecessary, or just too long.
The protein in meat (Especially red meat) is rich in iron, collagen and has all the essential amino acids. On the other hand, if we abuse it we will increase our rate of acidity, which is not desirable. Did you know that good sources of protein are found in whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds?
Vegetable proteins are a nice alternative to animal proteins, as they promote a lower level of acidity and this is necessary for the body to optimize its repair, as well as muscle and tissue reconstruction. Proteins are extremely important to rebuild and build our muscles, our tissues and to restructure the cells that form our organs.
Our bodies need sleep to repair tissue and rejuvenate our brains, so when we short change that process, we really mess up the whole system. Just like our bank accounts, we can accumulate a debt of sleep, which can have harsher results than not paying down your Visa card!
The good news is you can catch up, but spreading it out over a week, instead of ducking work to catch 10 hours over one day will net better results.
When it comes to sleep debt, naps can be a great way to catch up on any lost shuteye, especially on the weekend.
Keep a loose tally of sleep time you lost over the week and try to stick to only what you need to catch up; going overboard can mess up your body clock and set you up for a bad night right before you head back into the work week.
Studies have shown that eating nuts is related to lowering the risk of heart disease. In addition, these studies have also shown that people who eat nuts regularly and reasonably lose more weight than those who don’t eat them. This is partly due to a good content of healthy fats as well as vegetable protein.
It’s important to prioritize a healthy and regular schedule of your meals and snacks.
Many people skip their breakfast or lunch and then eat a huge meal at dinner time, or even worse, they snack all day. This type of meal schedule can only bring you health problems.
The ideal is to eat every 3-4 hours, this way blood sugar is stabilized and the production of insulin is regulated.
Here is an example of a food schedule based on eating every 3-4 hours:
1. Breakfast at 9-10am
2. Snack (optional) at 11am
3. Lunch at 12-1pm
4. Snack (optional) at 2-3pm
3. Dinner at 4-5pm
4. Snack (optional) at 7-8pm
Daily Inspiration for the Soul
Today's Mantra: "I pay attention to my thoughts and only choose positive thoughts. This is my superpower."
Do you feel disconnected from the world or depressed? You may have a blocked crown chakra but luckily there are some easy ways to open it and feel a sense of purpose and support from the spiritual realms.
You can eat foods that stimulate your crown chakra such as maca root, coconut, garlic and mushrooms or even wear white crystals like skolecite, quartz crystal and phenacite.
Finally, placing your head on the ground in a headstand or doing breathing exercises like deep breathing or breath of fire can help raise your energy up to the crown chakra located at the top of your head. Even wearing white and gold clothing can get you into the higher frequency of this chakra or listening to music in a higher octave can as well.
Today's Mantra: "I am in the present moment and raise the vibes to shift my entire reality."
Do you know what your Root chakra really is? Inside of your body are subtle pathways of energy that concentrate in nerve bundles throughout your body called chakras.
We have 7 main chakras that are each linked to certain emotions and body parts.
The Root chakra is located at the base of the spine and is linked to our survival needs in the physical world, such as money, our home, and food.
The body parts linked to the Root chakra are the bladder, spine, legs, feet, and large intestine.
Today's Mantra: "I co-create my reality with the universe. I can change my life because the universe supports me in aligning with my soul purpose. I trust that I am supported and capable."
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."