Daily Inspiration for the Mind
Are you fully leaning on your support network when you have reached the end of your tether? It might sound obvious, but many of us don't share our worries or concerns with the ones we love most. Maybe we don't want to burden them, or perhaps we want to always appear to be in control, which might actually be contributing to more stress.
You don't have to run sobbing to your best friend every week, but opening up about what you've been struggling with, even just to review what's happening can not only feel good as a release, but sharing can also provide a new perspective.
Are you or someone you know healing from a breakup? Meditation can ease the pain we feel after concluding a relationship.
The term conscious uncoupling is a great reframing of the event we often think of as negative. When we sit and find gratitude for what we learned and send the other person genuine love we begin the healing process.
Then in our mind we can see if we were seeking happiness in the relationship and shift our intention to being a beacon of happiness for others which is a source of undending happiness. This helps us overcome the feeling of lack that comes from inverted thinking where our thoughts are turned at ourselves. Think about how you can lift others not how others can lift you and you're going to heal much quicker.
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.
Feeling unmotivated? Sit and meditate for a moment and get motivated by telling yourself today is going to be easy and fun.
Often we are unmotivated because we are telling ourselves that the future is dull and hard but why should we do that? We can shift that thought pattern and decide that today is awesome!
Instead of using negative language about something, shift it in your mind and think of words to tell yourself it's unbelievably awesome and magical! When we use the power of words in our mind and then outloud, it motivates us so much!
Do you find yourself dragging from one part of your day to the next not really enjoying any of it? Let's take a quick moment to shfit that so you can enjoy all of your activities, big or small!
Close your eyes. This will only take a moment, go ahead, close them. Think of the tasks you drag yourself through. Now watch yourself dancing and smiling as you do them, grooving like you just recieved the most awesome news ever! Now you see yourself laughing as you go from one thing to the next in your mind and playing fun music, wearing bright colors, giving hugs and engaging with people excitedly. This is your new theme, it's fun and it's exciting! You are now going to bring enthusiasm which the Greeks called, 'the power of the Gods,' to every moment of your day even if it's just getting in and out of your car.
There is a popular statement that says, but first, be happy. Meaning that we often wait for happiness to find us but we have it backwards. We need to be happy for things we want to come into our lives! Be happy for now reason besides that it will make others happy!
Daily Inspiration for the Body
Did you know that adding a little fat with your veggies helps the absorption of vitamins and minerals, such as beta-carotene in carrots? Not to mention unsaturated fats - olive oil, nuts, avocados and fish - which have positive effects on cholesterol and cardiovascular health.
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, but also to your feeling of satiation which may take longer to manifest.
When we eat in front of the computer or in front of the television, our attention is diverted from these signals and it can be difficult to detect them. We often eat faster and it’s easy to consume all the contents of our plate without even appreciating it, taking the time to stop or to notice when we are actually full and don't need to keep going.
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.
Did you know that almonds contain 15 essential nutrients including calcium, magnesium and vitamin E? About 30 grams of almonds bring us about 65% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin E, an antioxidant that protects our cells against stress.
Daily StretchIT Band Stretch
Type of Pose: Post-Workout
Hold for 1 minute total.
Stretch Benefits: Reduces knee pain, stretches hamstrings and reduces compression in the lower back. Improves circulation to the brain for healthy brain function and reduces high blood pressure and cholesterol because your heart is above your head.
Begin standing and cross your right foot over you left foot so your feet line up. Bend forward and relax your neck so you head can hang. Breathe deeply as you torso comes closer to your legs. Hold the position for thirty seconds and come up slowly. Cross your left foot over your right and again bend forward as far as possible without holding your head up. Breathe deeply here for 30 seconds and slowly come up.
Daily Inspiration for the Soul
Do you know where your solar plexus chakra is located? It's at the soft point at the top of your stomach where the ribs meet. It's linked to the color yellow as well as our will power and confidence.
Sings of an block in this energy center could include the emotional qualities of feeling low self esteem or lack of self motivation as well as the health conditions of ulcers, blood sugar issues, nervousness, diabetes, stimulant addictions, digestive issues or liver problems.
You can balance this chakra by eating a healthy diet, lowering stress and caffeine intake as well as working on healing your self esteem and self determination with will power and regular exercise that will strengthen the muscles in that area allowing the energy to flow easier.
Known for: Healing, Intuition, Awareness
Primary Chakra: Root Chakra
Affirmation: I benefit from my ancestors and the earth's energy
Mookaite Jasper can help with emotional issues such as Calming, Soothing, Loneliness, Grief. It can also help with physical issues such as Dehydration, Glands, Immune System, Pregnancy
Known for: Protection, Shielding, Grounding
Primary Chakra: Root Chakra
Affirmation: I am dependable
Obsidian can help with emotional issues such as Calming, Emotional Blockages, Grounding, Soothing, Tension. It can also help with physical issues such as Arthritis, Bruising, Circulation, Detox, Digestive System, Joints, Pain
Known for: Protective, Calming, Communication
Primary Chakra: Heart Chakra
Affirmation: My heart and head are in harmony
Aquamarine can help with emotional issues such as Aggressive Behaviour, Anger Calming, Centering, Coping with Change. It can also help with physical issues such as Allergies, Brain, Eczema, Nausea
Known for: Encouragement, Strength, Protection
Primary Chakra: Root Chakra
Affirmation: I draw strength from my experiences
Onyx can help with emotional issues such as Calming, Grounding, Reduce Anxiety, Soothing. It can also help with physical issues such as Addictions, Allergies, Obesity, Birthing