Daily Inspiration for the Mind
Are you (or is 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 an 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 expedite the healing process. This helps you overcome the feeling of lack that comes from inverted thinking, where our thoughts are turned inward at ourselves. Think about how you can lift others, not how others can lift you, and you're going to heal much quicker.
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!
A 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 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!
Feeling mediocre? Take a quick moment to sit with your soul and remind yourself that you have the choice to be super excited about life right now.
Think about what a miracle it is that you're here. Let your soul come into your heart and lift your spirits with its soothing frequency.
Feel love all around you and your connection to everything. Feel supported by the energy that connects us all. You are beaming, sharing smiles, and ready to meet blessings around every corner. The sides of your mouth turn up because you know the secret!
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!
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!
Daily Inspiration for the Body
Did you know you can self-impose a sleeping disorder? Psychophysiologic insomnia is one of the most common and difficult types of sleep disorder to treat. When you worry about not getting enough sleep, lying there thinking about it can start a cycle of sleeplessness and anxiety that can cause weight gain, stress and insomnia.
The next time you've had no rest, try not to stress about it when you get back under the covers the following night. Reading a book, having a warm bath and listening to music can help you stop thinking about sleeping, and actually give you some shuteye before you work yourself up into a larger issue!
It seems we'd give anything for a decent night's rest these days, but we might not be aware of how we sabotage ourselves when it comes to getting enough zzz's!
Do you wait to head to bed until you can't keep your eyes open anymore? Do you slap the snooze button more and more before pulling yourself out of your cozy nest? If this sounds familiar, you might be throwing off your internal body clock. While there is a childlike delight in staying up late, by not keeping a positive P.M. routine, you could be creating a cycle that can make you more tired in the long run.
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!
Turning off the screens (TV, computer, tablet and phone) at least an hour before we expect to go to bed gives our brains time to properly wind down, as having any lights on makes our bodies think it's still daytime and we should try and stay awake and alert. It may not seem like a big deal to be playing games on your little screen right before you slip off to dreamland, but even small amounts of light can keep our brains in go mode, forcing us to stay awake longer than we should.
If you absolutely have to finish up your Candy Crush game, at least switch to the dimmest setting and don't hold it right up against your face.
Lowering the brightness in your home as the evening goes on sends a message to your brain to start getting tired, simply because there's less light.
Keeping a single light on for evening kitchen visits instead of slamming on the full overheads, using night lights in hallways and for your bedroom, replacing your bright, blue-white bulb to a softer, orange-y option can all contribute to a relaxing place for sleep.
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 am strong, I help people see the strength in themselves. I am a humble and find my self worth in my values and virtues and not external appearances."
Today's Mantra: "When I focus on something, I know I can learn anything. I am able to change my life because I am fearless. The path of my soul is fulfilled through the power of my heart."
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.
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."
Do you know which chakra activates will power? In the center of your body is your solar plexus chakra that is linked to our determination and courage. Linked to the vibration of the color yellow, it can make us feel energetic and bold like the sun when it's in balance.
Simple ways to balance this chakra are situps, plank pose, breath of fire and bringing more yellow clothing or decorations into your life.
The muscles in your solar plexus are exercised when you laugh so getting a good dose of humor regularly can increase your optimism and brighten your outlook.
Today's Mantra: "I use positive words and know my words become things. I guard my words and use them to heal and uplift. Words create new opportunities and I use my voice powerfully to help others."