Daily Inspiration for the Mind
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.
Did you know that spending time outside offers a variety of benefits for good mental health? Spending time outside can help you decrease stress, improve your memory and mood, increase your energy and enhance your concentration. It can also boost creativity!
Spend more time outside. Go for a hike or a walk. Bike. Read in the park, or better yet, plan a picnic! Get outside and reap the mental benefits Mother Nature has to offer.
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!
Did you know visualization practices can help improve your mood and in turn, your mental health? Visualization is the mental focus on an image or goal. It can aid in combating negative thoughts and feelings, setting you up for a successful day. Psychologists have even used visualization as a strategy to treat depression.
Every morning, take a few moments for yourself. Visualize what you want to accomplish that day. Think about your goals. Imagine achieving them. Believe it. Feel it. How does it make you feel? Excited? Happy? Determined? Remain positive. Let it motivate you. Let it drive you. Overcome the challenges and obstacles in your life. If you start visualization practices on a regular basis, you will become more productive and feel happier. Take care of your mental health. Only you can!
Did you know meditation also helps your health? Check this out.
Meditation can reduce high blood pressure and the acidic stress hormones that cause painful inflammation.
It also allows your immune system to stay strong because it won't have to fight off the free radicals caused by the toxic stress hormones of adrenaline and cortisol. That means you get less colds and flus because your body's defenses are stronger. Not to mention it reduces hypertension in the nervous system which can cause constipation, insomnia and food cravings due to emotions created in the fight or flight response state.
Daily Inspiration for the Body
Drinking 1.5-2 liters of water a day is necessary for hydration of our tissues, cells of the body, and to ensure good glandular secretions. A lot of discomfort and unpleasant symptoms can be avoided with a sufficient daily consumption of water.
To help you drink more water you can use Fun App that calculates our water requirement according to our weight and even sends you friendly reminder.
Drink more water applications to try:
Drink water reminder
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 StretchUpper Spine Stretch
Type of Pose: Morning, Post-Workout, Evening
Hold for 1 minute total
Stretch Benefits: Improves digestion and increases energy. Reduces stiffness in the spine that can cause pain. Stimulates the abdominal organs.
Start in a plank position as if you are going to do a pushup. Keep your right leg straight and swing it under and across to the left. Lower your torso keeping your chest facing the ground. Walk your hands to the right to twist the middle back and lower your chest to rest on your folded arms. Breathe here for thirty seconds and slowly walk your hands back to the mid-line of your body and lift your body to switch and do the same thing on the other side.
Daily StretchDeltoid Stretch
Type of Pose: Post-Workout
Hold for 2 minutes total.
Stretch Benefits: Reduces pain in the neck and shoulders that come from tight muscles. Improves shoulder flexibility.
Begin laying on your stomach and bring your right arm out to a 'T' directly in line with your shoulder with your palm facing down. Gently lift your left hip to roll towards your right hand. It's important to keep the right side of your head resting on the ground so your neck muscles can relax. You can bend your left leg and place your left foot on the ground for stability. Relax and breathe in this position for one minute and then do 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 Inspiration for the Soul
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.
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 feel better when I help people. I stop feeling bad for myself when I take the focus off of myself and show kindness and care to others."
Did you know an unbalanced root chakra can create instability in your finances? Not to worry though because there are easy ways you can balance your root chakra with some simple exercises and foods.
Squats stimulate your root chakra and foods like beets, cherries and tomatoes and potatoes do as well. Wearing certain crystals such as black tourmaline and bloodstone can also help you balance your root chakra which is an energy center.
Finally, focusing on improving digestion and ellimination so the organs of this area are healthy can help clear energetic blocks in this area.
Did you know you can have more creativity by stimulating your navel chakra? That's right, everyone can be more creative! This chakra holds our fire power and we can stimulate it with spicey foods like ginger, jalapenos and cayenne.
Strengthening your lower abdomen muscles and twisting your torso can help stimulate this chakra as well. Water and orange foods like mangos, cantaloupes, pumpkins and oranges can help increase your inspiration and help you find creative solutions to problems in our lives.
Similarly orange crystals such as citrine, orange calcite and amber will help stimulate your creativity too!