Daily Inspiration for the Mind
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!
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.
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.
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.
Are you (or is someone you know) healing from a breakup? Meditation can ease the pain we feel after concluding a relationship.
The term "conscious uncoupling" is a great reframing of an event we often think of as negative. When we sit and find gratitude for what we learned and send the other person genuine love, we expedite the healing process. This helps you overcome the feeling of lack that comes from inverted thinking, where our thoughts are turned inward at ourselves. Think about how you can lift others, not how others can lift you, and you're going to heal much quicker.
Lacking motivation? Feeling kind of ‘blah’? The Law of Attraction states that what you put into the universe is what you get back. If you are putting negative vibes out into the air, then you are likely only going to receive the same energy back.
Manifest your unlimited potential. Be what you want to be. Make a choice and decide to make a change. Wake up today and decide to put positivity out into the world around you. Smile. Be kind to others. It may take time, but you will notice a change. Maybe things will bother you less. Maybe people will be kinder to you. The power of positive thinking goes a long way. Your mental health will improve, and you’ll feel happier, more motivated, and ready to tackle anything that comes your way.
Daily Inspiration for the Body
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.
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.
Vitamins, just like minerals, are indeed major elements for vision; eating a lot of these components helps to keep our vision system in good condition, and to prevent macular degeneration, or any kind of disorder of the eye. This is why it’s necessary to prioritize a diet that contain vitamin A, vitamin E or C, or else foods that contain minerals such as zinc and lutein, all of which have been tied to healthy vision.
We find a high level of vitamin A in carrots, sweet potatoes and spinach; vitamin E in nuts, avocado and sunflower seeds and vitamin C in fruits and vegetables such as papaya, strawberries and guava.
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.
Daily StretchWrist Stretch
Type of Pose: Stretch Break
Hold for 2 minutes total.
Stretch Benefits: Helps reduce carpel tunnel and brings mobility and circulation to your wrists to reduce stiffness.
Begin either sitting or standing. Reach your arms out in front of you so they are parallel with the ground. Stretch your fingertips up and back towards your face and then down and back towards your face. Alternate between these two positions for 30 seconds. Then make outward circles with your hands for 30 seconds and follow that by making inward circles with your hands for 30 seconds.
Lentils, chickpeas and kidney beans are an excellent type of food to add to your salads, soups and spreads. There are even recipes that find creative ways to incorporate lentils into muffins and desserts! These foods are rich in vegetable protein and minerals, and are very high in fiber.
Their complex carbohydrates will keep you feeling full for several hours. High fiber foods have been shown to help reduce the risk of heart disease and can increase our energy.
Daily Inspiration for the Soul
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!
Known for: Awareness, Transition, Balance
Primary Chakra: Heart Chakra
Affirmation: I am Emotionally balanced and filled with peace
Lepidolite can help with emotional issues such as Anxiety, Depression, Emotional Balance, Reducing Stress. It can also help with physical issues such as Addictions, ADHD, Insomnia, Menopause, Panic Attacks, Sleep
Do you know what color your throat chakra is? It's blue just like the flowing color of water. You can accentuate this chakra by wearing blue, eating blue and visualizing a calm vibrant blue spiraling around your throat.
This will help you speak your truth, communicate openly and even enhance your communication with your soul and spirit. If you've found you're always drawn to blue it's an indicator that you're intuitively wanting to speak from your heart more.
Today's Mantra: "I love those who challenge me and I am grateful to learn how to stretch my love to surround new perspectives."
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.
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!