Daily Inspiration for the Mind
While it's normal for us to feel like we're going to pull our hair out from time to time, if you're noticing it's getting harder and harder to 'snap out of it,' you may want to talk to your doctor. There are many ways to learn how to manage stress, but if you've tried everything from meditation to yoga, from healthier eating habits to getting enough water and sleep and you still can't seem to get ahead of it, have a chat with your MD.
Some people have trouble admitting they need help, but being brave enough to do so can help you avoid bigger health risks like high blood pressure, substance abuse as a coping mechanism and taking your frustration out on those you care for most.
What's going on in our bodies when we get stressed?
When we sense danger in some form, 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 a perceived threat.
The fight/flight/freeze response was helpful when we were dealing with sabre-toothed tigers and beating off competitors for food and mates; nowadays, though, our physical safety is threatened much less often, but this evolutionary response remains nonetheless. When we feel scared or threatened somehow but no physical danger is actually present, our bodies still prepare for fight/flight/freeze. Our heart rate increases, we might tense up, hyperventilate, sweat, cry, or begin to panic, despite the fact that we're really in no danger at all.
Stress balls, daily meditation, yoga and exercise are just a few things that can help us release some of this built-up tension.
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!
Looking for ways to give your mental health a much-needed boost? Start with you.
Make time for yourself. Engage in hobbies and activities you enjoy once and a while. You matter too!
Carve time out for yourself every week. You will be more productive, feel more creative, have more mental clarity, and feel a boost in your confidence level. Avoid self-criticism. Love yourself first. Your relationships will improve, and you’ll notice you will be able to give that much more to the ones you love. Be your best self so you can give your best.
Did you know meditation can help heal your relationship? We often lose sight of our intention and become defensive if we don't take time to slow down and direct our mind to be loving, compassionate and have the intention to care for the person we are in a relationship with.
Meditation helps us overcome the insecurities that can ruin our relationships because we try to impress the other person or become unloving because our ego is trying to prove we are worthy of love.
Instead of thinking about ourselves and what we can get from another person, meditation allows us to see the soul of the other person by opening our intuitive knowing. This allows us to move above the insecure identity we project onto our partner so we can love both ourself and them unconditionally as well as put our mind in a place of kindness and being caring instead of greediness.
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.
Daily Inspiration for the Body
Part 2: What is the best position to sleep in? It really depends on what you are looking for - things to consider include neck and spine alignment, those with arthritis, those who'd like to avoid wrinkles and those who snore or have sleep apnea. Sleeping on your side: a more popular option to sleeping on your back, about 28% of people snooze in this position, with their legs and torso somewhat straight.
With the spine elongated, depending on your head angle, this can be a really comfortable option with less strain on your neck and back, plus it's a great option to cut back on the snoring and the best choice for those with sleep apnea, as it keeps your airway open. The downside to this position though, is it makes us more likely to get wrinkles, as our faces can get smushed on our pillowcase all night (See our info on pillows to find out how to avoid this!).
If you've been having some trouble drifting off to sleep, there are a few little things that can help you prepare for bed - and they don't come in a bottle! Sometimes, the best solution is the simplest! Limiting the amount of food you eat close to bed time, finishing your exercise regime a few hours before you wind down and turning your alarm clock away from you so you can't nervously check it throughout the night are all little tricks that can actually help you catch a few more zzz's.
Sleep is often something we just assume will happen and we take for granted that we'll snooze as soon as our head hits the pillow. If you are having trouble drifitng off though, start eliminating the distractions that are keeping you from getting rest, and you might see some surprising results!
Daily StretchNeck Stretch
Type of Pose: Morning, Stretch Break, Evening
Hold for 1 minute total
Stretch Benefits: Reduces tension and stiffness in neck and shoulders and improves mobility in the cervical spine.
Bring your right ear to your right shoulder and then roll your head back and around so your left ear comes to your left shoulder and then your chin drops forward. Continue breathing as you make head circles gently for thirty seconds. Bring your head back to center and make circles in the other direction for thirty seconds.
Daily StretchBack Stretch
Type of Pose: Morning, Pre-workout, Stretch Break
Hold for 1.5 minutes
Stretch Benefits: This is an energizing stretch which improves spinal flexibility and helps your posture.
Stand with your feet as wide as your hips. Place your hands on your lower back with your fingers pointing down. Lift your chest up and think of lifting up from your lower back. Lean back and keep that sense of lift. Tilt your head back slightly but not all the way and keep a slight tuck to the chin. Keep your lower abs engaged and pulling in to help protect your lower back. Hold this position and breathe for thirty seconds. Do not go to the point of pain. Slowly come back up. Repeat this stretch two more times.
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.
What is the best position to sleep in?
It really depends on what you are looking for - things to consider include neck and spine alignment, arthritis, avoiding wrinkles, and snoring or sleep apnea.
41% of people surveyed in a UK Sleep Assessment survey said they snooze on their side with their knees pulled up, also known as the "fetal position."
This can be a less painful position for those with arthritis in their joints or their back and it can be more comfortable for pregnancy and easing snoring. Slipping a pillow between your knees and not pulling in too tightly can also reduce any strain. You can restrict your breathing if you curl up too much, leaving you feeling sore the next day.
Daily Inspiration for the Soul
Today's Mantra: "I am healthy, confident and have healthy boundaries. I speak directly and with kind intentions at all times."
Today's Mantra: "I lead by example as a peaceful, nonjudgemental, loving person. I do not get caught up in petty drama and I don't take things personally."
Today's Mantra: "I create healthy boundaries for myself in my work, my relationships, my diet and my thoughts."
Today's Mantra: "I pay attention to my thoughts and only choose positive thoughts. This is my superpower."
Today's Mantra: "I am in the present moment and raise the vibes to shift my entire reality."
Do you know where your third eye chakra is? Just as a bird has an internal radar that guides them to migrate, we too have glands in our brain that guide us to safety and the things that will nourish our spirit.
The pineal gland is in front part of your brain close to the forehead and eyebrows. It is sometimes surrounded by nanocrystals which means it's calcified and innactive. When we decalcify it, we can access a movie screen that allows us to see in another dimension beyond time and space.
And you thought you were just a simple human! The third eye is depicted between the eyebrows and you will even be able to feel energy in this center when you meditate and do yoga as it opens. Some people see flashing lights and colors when it opens.
Simple ways to decalify it are with flouride free toothpaste and flouride free water or chanting ONG for 11 minutes a day. Just focussing on this area will start to activate it as well.