Daily Inspiration for the Mind
What you put in your body is what you get out of it. If you are eating low-nutrient, high-calorie foods, your body is not getting what it needs. Our physical state transfers over into our mental state. You won't feel well, and your mood may plummet.
Eat a healthy and balanced diet. Research what nutrients you require on a daily basis and try your best to reach the recommended amounts. Try mood-boosting foods, such as avocado, mushrooms, and nuts. Eat better and feel better!
What's the difference between stress and anxiety? While the two definitely overlap when it comes to the physical repsonses they generate, the short answer is, yes, they are different.
They can be separated by the way they make us feel and where those feelings come from. Day to day stress can make us feel frustrated or even nervous, while with anxiety, we may feel more fear, uneasiness and worry.
Another way to describe the difference between anxiety and stress is when it comes to stress, we can usually put a finger on what is causing it - we have too much on our plates, we have money problems, etc. We can also usually choose to control the situation which is making us stressed as well.
With anxiety, it can be harder to pinpoint where it comes from, and people who suffer from it have to deal with a physical reaction they often can't control and which makes it harder to pinpoint where it's coming from in the first place.
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.
Practicing daily gratitude can have a significant impact on your mental health. Rather than complaining, count your blessings. Flip your perspective. Gratitude practice can boost self-confidence, increase happiness, improve your relationships with others, and promote better sleep.
Find 5 things each day that you are grateful for in your life. It can be as simple or as small as that one cloud in the sky. Rid yourself of toxic emotions. Fill your life with positivity and happiness!
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.
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
Sleep sometimes ends up playing the neglected little sister when it comes to the health family. Big sisters Diet and Fitness take center stage when it comes to health magazines, topics of conversation, and chats with your doctor, but if their little sister isn't being taken care of, the elder siblings will have a much harder time seeing success.
Not getting enough sleep affects everything else in our bodies, and can affect our weight loss (or weight gain) and our ability to build muscle and heal properly from workouts.
We know we need enough sleep to regulate our system, repair tissue, and download our lived experiences as memories in order to feel mentally healthy. Pay attention to little sister Sleep and the whole family will be balanced!
Having trouble drinking enough water? Here are some combinations of ingredients for those who do not like the taste of still water:
- Fresh mint leaves with sliced cucumbers
- Sliced fresh strawberries with sliced basil leaves
- Oranges, grapefruit, limes or lemons
-Sliced pear and green apple slices
- Blueberries, raspberries, fresh rosemary, and ginger
So many possible combinations that will add some natural sweetness and add some vitamins to your water.
Turning off the screens (TV, computer, tablet and phone) at least an hour before we expect to go to bed gives our brains time to properly wind down, as having any lights on makes our bodies think it's still daytime and we should try and stay awake and alert. It may not seem like a big deal to be playing games on your little screen right before you slip off to dreamland, but even small amounts of light can keep our brains in go mode, forcing us to stay awake longer than we should.
If you absolutely have to finish up your Candy Crush game, at least switch to the dimmest setting and don't hold it right up against your face.
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.
Fruit in the form of your choice – raw or juice - is welcome in the morning, as it helps to hydrate you and to fill up with antioxidant vitamins. Start the day by eating a fruit with highly protective virtues such as apples, grapes or citrus.
Kiwis, melons, mangos and papayas are great options as well. Grab one to go, or blend in a smoothie or juicer and get a head start on your nutritional needs for the day!
Daily Inspiration for the Soul
Today's Mantra: "When I focus on something, I know I can learn anything. I am able to change my life because I am fearless. The path of my soul is fulfilled through the power of my heart."
Today's Mantra: "My purpose is to share positive thoughts wherever I go. Gratitude is a force that brings me to a higher dimension."
Do you know which chakra activates will power? In the center of your body is your solar plexus chakra that is linked to our determination and courage. Linked to the vibration of the color yellow, it can make us feel energetic and bold like the sun when it's in balance.
Simple ways to balance this chakra are situps, plank pose, breath of fire and bringing more yellow clothing or decorations into your life.
The muscles in your solar plexus are exercised when you laugh so getting a good dose of humor regularly can increase your optimism and brighten your outlook.
Do you have trouble speaking your mind? Balancing your Throat chakra can help you be more vocal and stick up for yourself. Lots of people go their whole lives without actually saying how they feel even though it's incredibly good for our health and relationships.
Eating blueberries and blackberries can help you stimulate the Throat chakra so you can communicate better. Wearing blue lapis lazuli stones as well as turquoise or blue-coloured clothing can help us balance an overactive or underactive Throat chakra. If it's overactive, you may be speaking without thinking, which can drain us of our vital energy.
Stretching the neck in yoga poses (such as plow pose) can also help balance your Throat chakra so you can find your voice!
Today's Mantra: "I pay attention to my thoughts and only choose positive thoughts. This is my superpower."
Today's Mantra: "I bring loving kindness everywhere I go and I am grateful for the experiences that allow me to grow. I am a spirit here to learn how to be a better person and uplift people wherever I go. I smile because it's contagious and makes people feel better."