Daily Inspiration for the Mind
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!
Do stress balls work? While these squishy little numbers aren't going to simply absorb all your worries in one go, there are quick benefits that could at least help you in the moment, or in small doses. The hormones released when we feel threatened course through our bodies in a hurry, triggering our fight or flight reaction.
When it turns out we aren't actually busting our butts to escape woolly mammoths, all that energy has nowhere to go and gets stored as tension. That's taking long way around to say that yes, stress balls allow us to release a bit of that stress, but they can't solve all of it!
What's going on in our bodies when we get stressed? When we sense we have to fight for something, our bodies release a whole whack of hormones, namely adrenaline, cortisol and noradrenaline, all of which are dumped into our systems to help us battle.
This was helpful when we were dealing with saber-toothed tigers and beating off competitiors for food and mates, nowadays, it's a reaction we get when we are pushed to our limits or yelled at by a demon of a boss. When we don't actually engage in a fight as our bodies prepared for, we don't get a proper release of that stress and we can clench up, holding it in. Stress balls, meditation, yoga and exercise are just a few things that can help us release some of this built up tension.
Did you know that 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 practices 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!
Here's a quick meditation tip to reduce anxiety that really works. Take a deep slow breath visualizing soothing light blue light with specks of gold coming into your body with your breath.
Slowly breathe out and visualize greys and dark colors that represent your negative energy leaving your body as you exhale. Watch the soothing energy go into each part of your body to relax it and you continue to breathe slowly and deeply.
Now visualize white light around your body with golden fractals of light. This is your soul that always has your back and connects you to the universal field of energy that you can call on for emotional support at anytime. See the white light shining from your body and connecting to the entire universe. In your mind see great things coming to you and people smiling at you.
Take one more inhale, smile and open your eyes. You have just changed your emotional state, activated the law of attraction in your favor and all in just a few moments of meditation. Meditation is your super power.
Daily Inspiration for the Body
Daily StretchSide Stretch
Type of Pose: Morning, Pre-workout, Stretch Break
Hold for 1 minute total
Stretch Benefits: Helps elongate obliques and opens up the chest so you can take full breaths of air. Stretches the hips to improve mobility.
Begin standing with your feet slightly wider than your hips and your toes pointing forward. Reach your right arm up with your palm facing to the left. Slide your left hand down your left leg as you reach up and over towards the left with your right hand stretching the right side of your body. Stay in the stretch for 30 seconds breathing deeply and slowly through your nose. Be sure to not to lean forward or backwards. Repeat the same thing on the other side.
Big surprise! Turns out not getting enough sleep leads to...sleepiness and fatigue! We all know what it's like to lurch out of bed after a night of tossing and turning, or just after staying up into the wee hours to finish that page turner. Once in awhile, it's not likely to do much damage if you turn off the lights an hour earlier the next night, you're feeling back to normal by mid week, right?
Keep an eye on this habit if you start to notice more long term effects like headaches or general fatigue. We're talking fatigue like you can't even bear to walk up the stairs when the elevator's out because your energy's so low. You might be advancing into real sleep deprivation and that's much harder to bounce back from.
Daily StretchLeg Stretch
Type of Pose: Pre-workout, post-workout
Hold for 2 minutes total
Stretch Benefits: Improves hip flexibility and releases anger. Great for runners and people who sit a lot.
Start in a pushup position also known as plank pose. Step your right foot forward and move your right hand inside your right leg. Drop your back knee allow your head to hang with relaxed neck muscles. Breathe deeply and slowly through your nose and if you can, lower to your elbows. Stretch here for one minute and then repeat the same thing on the other side.
Daily StretchPsoas Stretch
Type of Pose: Pre-workout, post-workout
Hold for 1 minute
Stretch Benefits: Improves hip joint health, circulation to reproductive organs and balances the pelvis. Can release tension in the back caused by a tight psoas. Releases pent up emotions and improves range of motion in hips.
Lay on your stomach and lift yourself up to your elbows. With your toes tucked under so they are on the floor and create a 'V' shape with your legs. Bend your right knee bringing it towards your right elbow and create a 90 degree bend in the leg with the inside of the knee on the gound and the foot flexed with the inside of the foot on the ground. Relax your hips and breath in this position for thirty seconds before switching sides. Keep the foot on your bent leg flexed to protect your knee joint.
Daily StretchNeck Tension Stretch
Type of Pose: Morning, Stretch Break, Evening
Hold for 1 minute
Stretch Benefits: Reduces tension in your neck and shoulders and can help reduce sharp chest pain.
Sit in a cross legged position with your hands on your knees. Inhale through your nose and squeeze your shoulders up towards your ears. Exhale through your nose and let them drop. Continue this action for one minute breathing with as much intensity as you can.
The chia seed is native to the Central Valley of Mexico and has been known and consumed for over 5000 years. It was used as a survival food by the Aztecs: it was said that a tablespoon of chia could keep a warrior fit for 24 hours. It also served as an offering to the gods.
Daily Inspiration for the Soul
Today's Mantra: "I let go of the stories I tell myself about my life that no longer serve me. I choose to see possibilities in every moment. Amazing things are happening as we speak. The universe conspires to support me."
Known for: Grounding, Stabilizing, Harmonizing
Primary Chakra: Heart Chakra
Affirmation: The connection with my higher self keeps me calm and grounded
Rainbow Fluorite can help with emotional issues such as Denial, Emotional Balance, Honesty, Negativity. It can also help with physical issues such as Arthritis, Concentration, Pain, Memory, Viruses
Known for: Divine Expression, Clarity
Primary Chakra: Throat Chakra
Affirmation: Eternal light fills my soul
Celestite can help with emotional issues such as Chaos, Depression, Honesty, Kindness, Stress Reducing. It can also help with physical issues such as Chronic Pain, Headaches, Sleep, Thyroid
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
Known for: Uplifting, Drive, Protection
Primary Chakra: Root Chakra
Affirmation: I sparkle and shine in the universe
Red Goldstone can help with emotional issues such as Ambition, Calming, Confidence, Drive, Positive Attitude. It can also help with physical issues such as Arthritis, Bones, Circulation, Inflammation, Skin Irritation
Do you know how to see into the future with your third eye chakra? Practice focussing on the point between your eyebrows and seeing as far forward, backward and to the sides as you can from this place.
Clear your mind and ask to be shown something coming up. Write down what you see even if it seems simple or silly. You'll often see the exact thing or someone will say it.
This is a fun way to exercise your intuition and strengthen your connection to your inner compass that will guide you in your most important decisions and help you heal your perspectives so you can experience the highest possible amount of joy and happiness as you live your daily life.