Daily Inspiration for the Mind
Over 5% of the world’s population suffers from depressive episodes. You are not alone. Try to connect with friends or family. Talk to someone. Take a mental health day when you need it.
There is no shame in knowing when you are struggling. Mental illness is not a sign of weakness. It takes a lot of strength to seek out the help you need. You are courageous. You are strong. And you will persevere.
Did you know that smiling alone activates feel-good chemicals in the brain? Smiling and laughing boost serotonin and endorphins in our brains, and surprisingly, also reduces the stress hormone, cortisol.
Share a laugh with a friend. Check out a comedy show. Watch a funny movie. Even, fake it till you make it. Turn that frown upside down! Improve your mental health, appearance, and relationships by smiling a little more. You will feel happier, less stressed, and lead a much more fulfilling life.
Looking for ways to give your mental health a much-needed boost? Start with you.
Make time for yourself. Engage in hobbies and activities you enjoy once and a while. You matter too!
Carve time out for yourself every week. You will be more productive, feel more creative, have more mental clarity, and feel a boost in your confidence level. Avoid self-criticism. Love yourself first. Your relationships will improve, and you’ll notice you will be able to give that much more to the ones you love. Be your best self so you can give your best.
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!
Did you know being too stressed can affect your memories? When you've been anxious, worried or even frantic from having too much on your plate for long periods of time, your body responds by releasing cortisol into your system. Too much of this stress hormone can have a blocking effect on the part of your brain that converts new experiences into memories.
Think about it like this: If your camera was taking blurry family vacation photos, you'd get it fixed or replace it, right? While we can't replace our brains, we can certainly take steps to repair and maintain them. It's easy to get stuck in this cycle of stress, but if you're self-aware enough to see this pattern before it gets out of hand, you can put everything back into balance! The simple act of laughing or losing yourself in music can be a great start to making sure your precious memories are being saved properly!
Did you know meditation can help heal your relationship? We often lose sight of our intention and become defensive if we don't take time to slow down and direct our mind to be loving, compassionate and have the intention to care for the person we are in a relationship with.
Meditation helps us overcome the insecurities that can ruin our relationships because we try to impress the other person or become unloving because our ego is trying to prove we are worthy of love.
Instead of thinking about ourselves and what we can get from another person, meditation allows us to see the soul of the other person by opening our intuitive knowing. This allows us to move above the insecure identity we project onto our partner so we can love both ourself and them unconditionally as well as put our mind in a place of kindness and being caring instead of greediness.
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!
Did you know that good nutrition will act on the functioning of your brain? Nutrition can play a significant role in maintaining and even improving these functions. More than 40 nutrients are involved in the functioning of the brain. In this regard, it is also important to ensure adequate intake of macronutrients (Proteins, carbohydrates and fats) and micronutrients (Vitamins and minerals).
Proper nutrition can make our memory and concentration more efficient and help maintain our energy throughout the day.
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.
Did you know that it's not just people in a hurry who can benefit from smoothies? These smooth beverages, made from fresh, natural ingredients, can help meet our needs in all circumstances. Preparing a delicious smoothie is easy, fast, and nourishing while bringing a new twist to your daily menus.
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.
Did you know that asparagus contains beta-carotene and lutein? These are in the family of carotenoids with antioxidant power.
White asparagus gets its colour because it has not developed its chlorophyll since it has grown out of the light. Choose asparagus with straight and smooth stems, without spots, and tight tip scales. Keep them for a maximum of 48 hours in a damp cloth in the drawer of the refrigerator. If you wish to freeze them, blanch for 3-4 minutes in boiling water, drain, and let cool before freezing.
Daily Inspiration for the Soul
Today's Mantra: "My purpose is to share positive thoughts wherever I go. Gratitude is a force that brings me to a higher dimension."
Did you know you can open your spiritual connection by doing inversions? Your Crown chakra (which is at the top of your head) is your satellite to the spiritual world.
Bringing circulation to your head through inversions energizes the Crown chakra. Inversions don't have to be difficult; they can be as simple as a standing forward fold or bridge pose.
Spend more time upside down - it could help you turn your life right side up!
You can activate your Third-Eye chakra to increase your connection to your intuition!
Eating purple foods like purple grapes, plums, eggplants and chia seeds can help you open your Third-Eye. Wearing or meditating with certain crystals will also activate this chakra. Amethyst, labradorite, and lemurian quartz can help you access your intuition as well.
Any exercise where your head is below your heart (an inversion) allows blood to flow to this energy center to help stimulate and activate it.
Red is the color that resonates with your Root chakra, which governs your primal/survival instincts and your willpower.
Wearing red clothes, meditating with red crystals, eating red foods, incorporating red into your home decor, and visualizing red energy at the base of your spine are ways to help activate this chakra.
Even music with a deep bassline can help activate your Root chakra. Higher pitched frequencies activate our upper chakras while lower pitches activate the lower chakras. The sound of drumming can also help us connect to the earth's energies that we need to be a part of in the physical world to navigate and stay grounded.
Today's Mantra: "I respect other perspectives and frequently take inventory of viewpoints I hold that do not serve me. I am a student of life; everyone and everything is my teacher."
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."