Daily Inspiration for the Mind
Establishing a daily or weekly routine is great for productivity, efficiency, and predictability. However, it’s beneficial to your mental state to break your routines occasionally.
Feeling ‘blah’? Sometimes a flip in perspective is exactly what you need.
Try a new activity. Take up a new hobby. Get outside and meet new people. Go somewhere new! Be open to change and' new possibilities. Expand your knowledge. Feed your soul and your mind. Become mentally strong. Constantly strive for self-improvement and self-growth. You’ll be happier and more fulfilled with your life!
The power of positive thinking can help us overcome stress. It sounds easy, and it can definitely take time to get into that mindset if you've been down in the dumps or feeling like you've been pushing a stone up an endless hill. If we can switch our brains from focusing only on what we are worried about or take a pause from letting the spinning thoughts take over, we can fill that space with more cheerful thoughts.
The next time you're feeling particularly overwhelmed, give yourself five minutes to think about a few things you are proud of or grateful for having. Sometimes a simple reminder of all that we have achieved can be enough to put the worries about what we haven't into perspective and calm us down or help us deal with what's in front of us.
Himalayan Salt Lamps have yet another benefit...improving our concentration and our moods. These lamps emit low levels of negative ions, which have a similar affect on us when we are near water, in nature or when we open a window to get some fresh air.
It is said that running water is nature's biggest source of negative ions, thought to increase blood flow and oxygen supply to your brain and organs and boosting serotonin, which has a huge effect on our moods. While there's no replacement for actually getting outside for a nature walk, these little lamps can provide the effect on a much smaller scale, and hey, anything that can provide even a small boost in mood can help us with stress.
Does stress make you fat? The answer is: yes, it can. When we are in a state of stress, our bodies release adrenaline, which gives us enough energy for a fight or flight response. High levels of stress also cause the release of cortisol, which, at normal levels, helps our bodies maintain our metabolism. When you have too much, it messes with your appetite, telling your body to eat to replace the energy spen preparing to fight or run away.
You are now more likely to make bad choices, give into temptation and deal with your stress throught the comfort of eating, which does lead to weight gain. High-fat, sweet and salty foods give an instant sense of pleasure, which is why we keep going back to them - we've trained ourselves to!
Do you want to have more energy? Here's a quickie meditation to get some!
Close your eyes and see the things requiring your energy around you. Look at each one and see if you actually need to be giving it energy. Let go of the things draining your energy. Are you worrying about the future? Going over something in the past? Trying to control something?
Now you're relaxed and you can see the huge endless expansive universe full of grids of ligtht that connect to your body. See light moving towards you steadily from all directions reviving your soul and energizing your spirit. Now you're ready and full of energy! Come back to this meditation anytime to recharge.
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.
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!
Spirulina is a superfood that contains a large number of nutrients, from a small volume. It is especially famous for providing excellent quality proteins, iron, vitamins and minerals. This is why we call it "The richest food on the planet."
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.
Big surprise! Turns out not getting enough sleep leads to...sleepiness and fatigue! We all know what it's like to lurch out of bed after a night of tossing and turning, or just after staying up into the wee hours to finish that page turner. Once in awhile, it's not likely to do much damage if you turn off the lights an hour earlier the next night, you're feeling back to normal by mid week, right?
Keep an eye on this habit if you start to notice more long term effects like headaches or general fatigue. We're talking fatigue like you can't even bear to walk up the stairs when the elevator's out because your energy's so low. You might be advancing into real sleep deprivation and that's much harder to bounce back from.
While catching a quick nap can be a restful bonus, it can actually make matters worse if you snooze a little too long or too close to bedtime. Unless you're making up a sleep debt, try to keep naps under 30 minutes and closer to lunch than dinner.
If you find yourself having a hard time drifting off, your nap might have been unnecessary, or just too long.
When it comes to sleep debt, naps can be a great way to catch up on any lost shuteye, especially on the weekend.
Keep a loose tally of sleep time you lost over the week and try to stick to only what you need to catch up; going overboard can mess up your body clock and set you up for a bad night right before you head back into the work week.
Daily Inspiration for the Soul
Do you feel disconnected from the world or depressed? You may have a blocked crown chakra but luckily there are some easy ways to open it and feel a sense of purpose and support from the spiritual realms.
You can eat foods that stimulate your crown chakra such as maca root, coconut, garlic and mushrooms or even wear white crystals like skolecite, quartz crystal and phenacite.
Finally, placing your head on the ground in a headstand or doing breathing exercises like deep breathing or breath of fire can help raise your energy up to the crown chakra located at the top of your head. Even wearing white and gold clothing can get you into the higher frequency of this chakra or listening to music in a higher octave can as well.
Do you know what your Root chakra really is? Inside of your body are subtle pathways of energy that concentrate in nerve bundles throughout your body called chakras.
We have 7 main chakras that are each linked to certain emotions and body parts.
The Root chakra is located at the base of the spine and is linked to our survival needs in the physical world, such as money, our home, and food.
The body parts linked to the Root chakra are the bladder, spine, legs, feet, and large intestine.
Today's Mantra: "Opportunities are always showing up and I'm extremely supportive of other people's success."
Today's Mantra: "My mind is calm, my passion is strong and my trust is constant."
Today's Mantra: "My purpose is to share positive thoughts wherever I go. Gratitude is a force that brings me to a higher dimension."
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.