Daily Inspiration for the Mind
Feeling more on edge than usual? Some of us feel a weird combination of lethargy, low mood and reduced ability to handle normal stress in certain months of the year. This is called Seasonal Affective Disorder, thought to be brought on by lower levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that affects our moods and higher levels of melatonin, which also affects our mood and sleeping patterns.
Melatonin is produced when we have increased exposure to darkness, as we do when the days shorten in winter. Seasonal Affective Disorder is thought to be a reaction to a combination of both, leaving us with a lowered capacity to handle stress and increased likelihood of mood swings and low periods. There are many ways to treat this, including Himalayan Salt Lamps, phototherapy, increased exercise and vitamin D supplements as a few examples. Once you are aware that you suffer from it, you can work on preventing it in the first place!
Every single person can access their intuition and life purpose through the practice of meditaiton. Meditation opens the mystical third eye which is known as the gateway to the soul and knowledge beyond the five senses.
A daily practice of meditation exercises different parts of the brain that become active when we meditate and strenghten our connection to our own intuition. We can develop a stronger communication line with our soul to hear what it is we came here to do through a regular practice of meditation.
This allows us to find what will truly make us excited to wake up in the morning. Meditation helps us shed the identity created by our environment and the ego that covers up our true loving purpose or it validates that what we always felt is indeed our purpose. Intuition increases our ability to know what is best for us to pursue and what is best for us to let go because the old saying is true 'all that glitter's isn't gold.'
Meditation can help you create a clear vision for your future. You can use meditation to fuel your vision by creating as much specificity in your mind as possible.
It's been proven that our thoughts do affect our reality, and although we can't rely solely on meditation to solve our problems, it makes a radical difference in how we use our time and our ability to make progress in our life.
Sit for even a few minutes in the morning or at night to visualize what you want to bring into your life and how you want to live from your heart. You may be surprised how quickly the resources you need either show up or pop into your mind.
Did you know there is a link between our physical health and our mental health? Our physical health outwardly reflects our mental health and vice versa. Physical activity can boost your mood and increase your self-confidence.
To reap the benefits, exercise 20-30 minutes every day. It can be as simple as a walk on your lunch break or biking to and from work. You will feel better after your sweat session and be ready to tackle any problem that comes your way!
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!
Are you using meditation to let go of negative perceptions about your life? Your perception dictates not only your experience, but also attracts certain things and people into our lives.
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!
Daily Inspiration for the Body
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.
Our bodies need sleep to repair tissue and rejuvenate our brains, so when we short change that process, we really mess up the whole system. Just like our bank accounts, we can accumulate a debt of sleep, which can have harsher results than not paying down your Visa card!
The good news is you can catch up, but spreading it out over a week, instead of ducking work to catch 10 hours over one day will net better results.
Studies have shown that eating nuts is related to lowering the risk of heart disease. In addition, these studies have also shown that people who eat nuts regularly and reasonably lose more weight than those who don’t eat them. This is partly due to a good content of healthy fats as well as vegetable protein.
For those living within sight of the city's perpetual street and traffic lights, investing in blackout curtains or a sleep mask could be the difference between a solid 8 hours and a fitful 3 or 4.
Think about when you prepare for movie night at home - you set the stage for all your needs - popcorn, pillows and blankets, a comfy chair - you don't want to be interrupted in the middle of your Avengers marathon, so why not apply the same intention to the place you spend the most time?
Did you know that almonds contain 15 essential nutrients including calcium, magnesium and vitamin E? About 30 grams of almonds bring us almost 65% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin E, an antioxidant that protects our cells against stress.
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!
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."
Your Sacral chakra is the energy center located at your navel, the chakra of your creativity and manifesting ability. Balancing and activating this energy center can help you manifest things in your life much easier.
The Sacral 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.
Today's Mantra: "I co-create my reality with the universe. I can change my life because the universe supports me in aligning with my soul purpose. I trust that I am supported and capable."
Do you know where your solar plexus chakra is located? It's at the soft point at the top of your stomach where the ribs meet. It's linked to the color yellow as well as our will power and confidence.
Sings of an block in this energy center could include the emotional qualities of feeling low self esteem or lack of self motivation as well as the health conditions of ulcers, blood sugar issues, nervousness, diabetes, stimulant addictions, digestive issues or liver problems.
You can balance this chakra by eating a healthy diet, lowering stress and caffeine intake as well as working on healing your self esteem and self determination with will power and regular exercise that will strengthen the muscles in that area allowing the energy to flow easier.
Do you know when your throat feels tight that it is a sign of a blocked throat chakra? Not only that but breakouts and stiff muscles in that area could indicate you need to voice your truth.
If you stand close to someone who needs to speak their mind about something in their life, your throat will often get tight because your energy will pick up on their block. You can gently nudge them to see that it's good to say what their heart feels and it's safe to be transparent.
If you have persistent throat issues, mouth or jaw issues, sit quietly in meditation and ask your heart what you aren't expressing. You may be surprised what comes to your mind and it may be something you have pushed down for so long, you just got used to it.
Today's Mantra: "I let go of the stories I tell myself about my life that no longer serve me. I choose to see possibilities in every moment. Amazing things are happening as we speak. The universe conspires to support me."