Daily Inspiration for the Mind
Did you know that a healthy body equals a healthy mind? Regular exercise increases endorphins and decreases the stress hormone, cortisol. Eating a healthy and balanced diet provides your body with the proper nutrients so you function at your best. Getting enough sleep every night gives us the energy and clarity we need to tackle the day ahead.
Exercise, adopt a healthy diet and get enough sleep to improve your mental health. Your body and mind will thank you for it.
Did you know your happiness levels reflect those of the top 5 people you spend the most time with? Surround yourself with positive individuals. Choose people who inspire you and bring out your best. Get rid of toxic relationships. They aren’t serving you or the other person. Sometimes it's best to cut ties and move on.
Join a club or take part in activities where you can find people with similar interests and positive attitudes. Find your people and find your happiness.
Are you using meditation to let go of negative perceptions about your life? Our perception dictates not only our experience but also attracts things to us. You're the screenwriter of the movie of your life.
Sit and meditate and look at your negative perceptions where you may be overcritical or not seeing the positive side. Release those thoughts to the universe and replace them with gratitude.
Now look at the stories that have been playing in your mind about your life. Are they positive? If not, let them go and play one with a happy present, past and future!
Long-term stress can have harmful effects on the body and the mind. How? The body is made to deal with stress in the short-term. Chronic stress takes a toll on your body and is exhausting. If not dealt with appropriately, it can lead to mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, and even harmful physical issues, such as heart problems.
Find stress-coping mechanisms that work for you. Write in a journal. Sweat it out. Talk to a friend. Meditate. Paint or draw. Know your triggers and come up with preventative strategies to avoid stress before it happens. Find peace, calm, and balance in your life, and improve your mental health and well-being.
Did you know that the popular Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing, is gaining speed in western society for its mental and physical health benefits? Research suggests that spending an hour or so in nature, particularly forests, every day can positively impact your mental and physical health. Studies have shown that doing so can decrease stress hormones and blood pressure in the body and lower blood glucose levels.
Take a walk amongst nature to reduce your stress. Spend 30 minutes to an hour in the morning or evening walking in a natural setting. Refresh, reset, and rejuvenate. Give your mental health a much-needed boost!
What is happiness? It can be described as a general state of well-being. This emotion can range from feelings of content to great joy, but why is it so hard to find? It’s not. Realize happiness is not necessarily having zero problems or having everything you have ever wanted. It is a state of being satisfied with what you have. You too can find your happiness!
Remain positive and practice gratefulness. Be thankful for all that is good in this life. Take problems and challenges as a learning strategy. Ask: What can I learn from this? What is the universe trying to teach me? When you are learning, you are growing. Strive for personal growth and development. Aim to improve your mental well-being and find your happy!
Daily Inspiration for the Body
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.
Did you know that watermelon contributes to good body hydration and promotes weight loss?
Watermelon is among the most moisturizing fruits because it’s composed of over 92% water. Water plays a vital role in the elimination of toxins, the regulation of the body, the temperature, the nutrient supply and the oxygenation of cells.
Watermelon should be part of your menu, especially if you want to lose weight. With its great wealth of water, fiber and antioxidants, it will help keep your stomach full for a long time and at the same time contribute to the detoxification of your body.
If you're having trouble sleeping, you may need to develop a better night time routine. Start by commiting 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 night habits at first!
Need some motivation to get more sleep? Research has found a connection between sleep deprivation and weight gain! Getting enough sleep increases our energy, and when we don't get enough, our brain is going to tell us to look elsewhere, namely - to food. Two lesser known hormones that sound like characters from a Star Trek movie, ghrelin and leptin play a role too. Ghrelin, the 'hunger hormone' stimulates our appetite and causes us to store more fat while leptin, the 'satiety hormone' controls our appetite, telling us when we are full.
When we log less sleep, our bodies can increase the production of both, leading us to crave fatty and sugary foods and lessening our ability to just say no to junk food, causing us to pack on the pounds. All the more reason to get to bed early tonight!
Daily StretchWrist Stretch
Type of Pose: Stretch Break
Hold for 2 minutes total.
Stretch Benefits: Helps reduce carpel tunnel and brings mobility and circulation to your wrists to reduce stiffness.
Begin either sitting or standing. Reach your arms out in front of you so they are parallel with the ground. Stretch your fingertips up and back towards your face and then down and back towards your face. Alternate between these two positions for 30 seconds. Then make outward circles with your hands for 30 seconds and follow that by making inward circles with your hands for 30 seconds.
Do you know what your sleep needs are? While there's no magic number when it comes to how much shuteye we need, getting between 7-9 solid hours per night seems to be the happy medium. When you hear the words 'sleep need,' it's referring to exactly that, how much you have to have in order to function and reap the rewards of snoozing.
When you wake up groggy and are intermittently yawning through your work day, you're probably not meeting them.
Daily Inspiration for the Soul
Known for: Support, Patience, Calm
Primary Chakra: Throat Chakra
Affirmation: My life is filled with tranquility and harmony
Dumortierite can help with emotional issues such as Confidence, Depression, Insomnia, Mental Clarity, Self Confidence. It can also help with physical issues such as Cramping, Headaches, Nausea, Hypersensitivity
Known for: Expression, Inspiration, Balance
Primary Chakra: Heart Chakra
Affirmation: I am intune with my senses and surroundings
Amazonite can help with emotional issues such as Aggravation, Anger, Balance, Communication, Compasion. It can also help with physical issues such as Liver, Heart, Nervous System, Gout
Today's Mantra: "I am in the present moment and raise the vibes to shift my entire reality."
Do you feel disconnected from the world or depressed? You may have a blocked crown chakra but luckily there are some easy ways to open it and feel a sense of purpose and support from the spiritual realms.
You can eat foods that stimulate your crown chakra such as maca root, coconut, garlic and mushrooms or even wear white crystals like skolecite, quartz crystal and phenacite.
Finally, placing your head on the ground in a headstand or doing breathing exercises like deep breathing or breath of fire can help raise your energy up to the crown chakra located at the top of your head. Even wearing white and gold clothing can get you into the higher frequency of this chakra or listening to music in a higher octave can as well.
Do you know what your root chakra really is? Inside of our body are subtle pathways of energy that concentrate at nerve bundles in our body called chakras. We have seven main chakras that are each linked to certain emotions and body parts.
The root chakra is located at the base of the spine and is linked to our survival needs in the physical world such as money, our home and food.
The body parts linked to the root chakra are our bladder, spine, legs, feet and large intestine.
Do you know what your sacral chakra is? It is an energy center located at your navel and sex organs that is the center of your creativity and manifesting ability. Balancing and activating this energy center can help you create things in your life much easier.
This chakra is a bundle of nerves linked to your intimacy and feelings of desires as well as your gall bladder, spleen, urinary tract, kidneys, ovaries and testes.
Improving the health of the organs linked to this chakra can help balance it as well as doing things to increase creativity such as art, music and dancing.