Daily Inspiration for the Mind
On a scale of one to ten, how resilient would you say you are? Beating stress isn't about finding the miracle cure or avoiding your triggers at all other costs, it's really about learning how to react to it when it pops into your life. We are faced with stressful from all angles, but if we can change how we view what's overwhelming in the first place, we'll be mentally and physically healthier.
Resilience is about dealing with stress in a positive way, so the trick to remember is that anything can be faced and conquered. Stress will never go away, but the way you react to it can be flipped on its head.
Did you know meditation can help you create a clear vision for your future? You can use meditation to fuel your vision by creating as much specificity in your mind as possible.
It's been proven that our thoughts do affect reality and although we can't rely soley on meditation, it makes a radical difference in how we use our time and our ability to make major progress in our life.
Sit for even a few minutes in the morning and at night to visualize what you want to bring into your life and how you want to live from your heart. You may be surprised how quickly the resources you need either show up or pop into your mind.
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.
Feeling all over the place? Here's a quick meditation to clear your mind. Keeping our mind uncluttered improves our health and happiness.
Sit with your eyes closed and take a deep breath. As you exhale watch all your thoughts leaving your body. Do this two more times. Now sit in a blank space where there are no thoughts. When you see a thought start to come into your blank space tell it gently, not now.
You can now choose one thought and let's make it a positive one. How about this, 'today is the best day of my life.' This will put you in a high frequency and help train your mind to keep it simple and keep it positive. True independence and happiness comes from training our mind.
The power of positive thinking can help us overcome stress. It sounds easy, and it can definitely take time to get into that mindset if you've been down in the dumps or feeling like you've been pushing a stone up an endless hill. If we can switch our brains from focusing only on what we are worried about or take a pause from letting the spinning thoughts take over, we can fill that space with more cheerful thoughts.
The next time you're feeling particularly overwhelmed, give yourself five minutes to think about a few things you are proud of or grateful for having. Sometimes a simple reminder of all that we have achieved can be enough to put the worries about what we haven't into perspective and calm us down or help us deal with what's in front of us.
Daily Inspiration for the Body
Daily StretchGroin Stretch
Type of Pose: Pre-Workout, Post-Workout
Hold for 1 minute
Stretch Benefits: Releases tension and improves digestion. Helps hip mobility and improves flexibility. Stretches lower back. Improves reproduction organ health and helps reduce sciatica.
Begin sitting on the ground with your legs in a V position. Walk your hands forward until you feel a stretch on the inner thigh. Do not push to the point of intense pain just a good stretch.
It's not the sexiest answer to improving your sleep health, but it's certainly effective. One of the best ways to maintain healthy sleeping habits is to be consistent in your sleep/wake cycle, which basically means - stick to the same routine.
Hey, we all like to sleep in on days off or stay up extra late when we have friends over. Maybe we're stretching the night out due to that really binge-worthy Netflix show. Waking up late may feel like you're catching up on sleep, but it throws off your cycle, which may just end up making you feel more tired when you have to get back to the grind.
If you're having trouble sleeping, consider experimenting with smells in your bedtime routine. Introducing scents like bergamot, lavendar, jasmine, sandalwood chamomile and rose at some point in your evening as you wind down could be tremendously helpful in getting a good night's rest.
It can be as easy as lighting a scented candle in your room an hour before bed or in your bathroom (Don't leave them unattended though!) to infuse your space with soothing aromas. Scented oils in your bath or cream can make an imprint, or you could simply rub some oil on your wrists and take some deep, slow breaths to start relaxing.
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.
Are you wondering how Himalayan Salt Lamps work? Through something called hygroscopy, a phenomenon that attracts and holds water molecules from the surrounding area. The air in your home contains dust, mildew, smells and maybe even smoke, and the lamp acts as a purifier, pulling water molecules from the air, absorbing the water and adsorbing the rest, which basically means the dust, smoke, smell adheres to the salt itself, taking it out of your environment.
The heat from the bulb inside the lamp will warm the salt, releasing the water back into the air and leaving the dirty stuff trapped inside. This can help with asthma, allergies, anxiety and even with getting a better night's sleep.
Daily Inspiration for the Soul
Today's Mantra: "I take care of my body and I encourage people to practice self love."
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.
Today's Mantra: "The entire universe is within me. The feelings I experience are a reflection of the universal mind. I tune into my intuition by listening to my body. I care for the world by treating my body like a temple."
Today's Mantra: "I respect other perspectives and take inventory of set viewpoints I hold that do not serve me. I am a student and everything is my teacher."
Today's Mantra: "I'm ready for change and I'm excited to step into the life I always wanted to live."