Daily Inspiration for the Mind
How does stress affect your heart? While there isn't sufficient research to know exactly how stress correlates to things like heart disease, we do know that it can contribute to lifestyle choices that lead to high blood pressure and cholesterol, smoking and overeating.
People may also consume more alcohol to deal with long term stress, a habit that can damage artery walls and increase blood pressure. Overall, learning to deal with stress in a healthy way can help us protect our minds and hearts!
Did you know that meditation can improve your ability to focus? A lot of our stress comes from our mind being scattered in many different places.
Meditation trains our mind to focus fully on our task so that even our communication becomes more clear and your words will become more effective. Having the ability to focus makes us work more efficiently because we are able to compartmentalize tasks.
Social media throws many different subject matters at us and it's overwhelming to our nervous system. Give yourself the gift of reclaiming your ability to focus and you'll find you can retain information better, get clear on your goals easier and get rid of excess mental chatter that may be keeping you from feeling confident and excelling at what you love to do the most.
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!
We know the long term effects of stress can wreak havoc on our bodies, but do you know why? When we're stressed over long periods of time, our body releases cortisol, a hormone which can have some pretty crazy influences on our bodies. It can inhibit our immune system, impair our ability to make and keep memories and even lengthen the time it takes to heal!
Don't freak out though, adding a few little rituals in your daily life can reduce your cortisol levels significantly. Having a chuckle, getting a massage and even dancing has shown to lower cortisol, so while you're trying to fit in yoga class, work, driving the kids to class and making dinner, stop for 5 minutes to look at dog shaming pictures or practice your moves while you're showering. More proof that having fun is healthy!
Recent research indicates that regular social engagement helps to maintain your mind and your memory with age. Those that frequently socialize with others reportedly live longer and have decreased feelings of loneliness, stress, and anxiety.
Spend more time with the people you love. Surround yourself with a solid support system. Take part in social activities. Join a sports team or group to meet others with similar interests. Don't isolate yourself when you are feeling down. Talk to a friend or a family member. Become mentally strong and engage with the people around you!
When it comes to stress, laughter can be the best medicine - both in the moment and as a long term way to deal with stress. While laughing can immediately clear the air and give us a sense of release, when used as a tool to fight against stress, it can be a healthy way to ease your worries.
People who can find the funny in stressful situations have a better ability to not be stressed in the first place! Instead of taking it all so seriously, can you find a different way to look at your problem and see something humorous in it?
Daily Inspiration for the Body
Sugar is found in most foods sold in grocery stores, as are carbohydrates. Both will affect your blood sugar levels and too much of either can increase the glucose in your body. Taking the time to read the labels will help you better control what you eat.
If you see that sugar is one of the first ingredients listed, put it back on the shelf and look for a low-carbohydrate product that will give you a better fiber and vitamin intake, and keep your blood sugar levels at a more reasonable number.
Daily StretchSide Stretch
Type of Pose: Morning, Pre-workout, Stretch Break
Hold for 1 minute total
Stretch Benefits: Helps elongate obliques and opens up the chest so you can take full breaths of air. Stretches the hips to improve mobility.
Begin standing with your feet slightly wider than your hips and your toes pointing forward. Reach your right arm up with your palm facing to the left. Slide your left hand down your left leg as you reach up and over towards the left with your right hand stretching the right side of your body. Stay in the stretch for 30 seconds breathing deeply and slowly through your nose. Be sure to not to lean forward or backwards. Repeat the same thing on the other side.
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!
Daily StretchShoulder Stretch
Type of Pose: Morning, Post-Workout, Evening
Hold for 1.5 minutes
Stretch Benefits: Reduces soreness and tightness in the shoulders and improves shoulder flexibility. Keeps knots and neck tension from building up if done daily. Improves posture.
Find a narrow doorway and make goal posts with your arms so your elbows and forearms are on the doorframe. Gently let your body lean foward and breathe deeply through your nose for thirty seconds and come out of the stretch. Repeat three times to reduce tightness in your shoulders.
If you're having trouble getting a restful night's sleep - think like a bat! We don't mean you should find the nearest cave, but being mindful of creating the perfect sleep set up can be the first step in getting some much needed shuteye. Phones and alarm clocks aside, how much light can you see from your bed when you lie down at night?
Even a smidgen can make a difference to your body clock - our systems are trained to recognize light - especially bright light - as a sign to hop out of bed and preprare for the day ahead.
Daily StretchHip Flexor Stretch On Wall
Type of Pose: Pre-Workout, Post-Workout
Hold for 2 minutes total.
Stretch Benefits: Elongates thigh muscle, stretches and opens the hips and improves circulation to legs.
Find a wall and face away from it. Stand on your knees and step your left foot forward placing it flat on the ground. Put your right knee against the wall with your shin on the wall. Bring your hips towards the wall to stretch your right quad. Breathe here for thirty seconds and then push your hips away from the wall for thirty seconds. Switch sides and repeat the same thing to stretch the left quad and hip flexor.
Daily Inspiration for the Soul
Known for: Creativity, Grounding, Physical Vitality
Primary Chakra: Sacral Chakra
Affirmation: I have inner joy and peace
Carnelian can help with emotional issues such as Acceptance, Anger, Delusions, Happiness, Rage. It can also help with physical issues such as Appetite, Allergies, Colds, Detoxifying, Infection, Pain
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: "My purpose is to share positive thoughts wherever I go. Gratitude is a force that brings me to a higher dimension."
Today's Mantra: "I clear my mind and in the calm still energy, the simplicity, I know everything is just as it should be."
Known for: Aura Cleansing, Soothes and Calms, Support
Primary Chakra: Heart Chakra
Affirmation: I welcome different phases and change into my life
Chrysocolla can help with emotional issues such as Acceptance, Anger, Fear, Guilt, Honesty. It can also help with physical issues such as Arthritis, Breathing Problems, Metabolism, Nervous System
Today's Mantra: "I am healthy, confident and have healthy boundaries. I speak directly and with kind intentions at all times."