Daily Inspiration for the Mind
Having a pet can provide helpful and healing health benefits. While it seems like a no-brainer that coming home after a hard day to a loving creature who thinks the sun rises and sets based on your command is incredibly heart warming, there are a surprising amount of studies that show the scientific reason for this. The unconditional love Whiskers and Fido provide us can help those of us with self-esteem issues, and logging tummy-rubs and cuddle time can lower our blood pressure and reduce stress.
When we spend time with our pets, our body releases the calming hormone oxytocin, which can counteract stress hormone cortisol. It's no wonder we feel calmer when we see those furry faces! We knew they were good for our hearts, who knew they were so good for our health?
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.
An interesting new finding tied to anxiety, stress and sleep deprivation is called 'FOMO,' or, the Fear of Missing Out. This type of anxiety is seen in people who feel so uncomfortable without their smartphones and electronic devices, they start to stress out about missing what's going on. While we all like to keep in touch, this is seen more in those who are tied 24/7/365 to their communication devices, desperate to be in the know and included as much as possible.
While keeping that blue light going right before bed can contribute to trouble falling asleep, it has obvious other risks attributed to it. If you identify with this and feel genuinely concerned about your addiction to your devices, have a chat with your doctor. If you've just been a little more obsessed than usual, and are noticing your attachment taking you away from normal activities you enjoy, practice shutting down for a few hours a day, and especially before bed!
Setting and achieving regular short-term and long-term goals can have a positive impact on your mental health, but do you know how? Personal goals provide motivation and a sense of purpose. Achieving your goals gives you a sense of accomplishment and self-worth, leading to good mental health.
Set SMART goals. Write down goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-oriented. With the use of the SMART method, you have a higher chance of accomplishing your goals. You are in control of your life!
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.'
Maintaining a healthy body goes a long way towards maintaining a healthy mind. Regular exercise increases endorphins and decreases the stress hormone, cortisol. Eating a healthy and balanced diet provides your body with the proper nutrients so you function at your best. Getting enough sleep every night gives us the energy and clarity we need to tackle the day ahead.
Exercise, adopt a healthy diet, and get enough sleep to improve your mental health. Your body, mind, and soul will thank you for it.
Daily Inspiration for the Body
We bet you have a routine for your workouts, your job, and your morning habits on the way there (coffee anyone?), but do you have a solid practice when it comes to preparing yourself to drift off to dreamland?
Most of us are so busy, we're lucky if we remember to brush our teeth and lotion up before we collapse into our beds. But establishing healthy habits to get us ready for snoozing can have a dramatic effect on our overall quality of sleep.
Simple tricks like taking a bath, reading a book, even meditating or deep breathing all create the calming effect your body needs to send signals to your brain that we are ready to get some shut-eye.
Downing extra highballs before bed can certainly make you sleepy, but the effects of alcohol on your sleeping patterns is not so beneficial. Drinking too much of anything before you sign out for the night is going to make it more likely you'll have to wake up to relieve yourself before your alarm goes off, but alcohol is the biggest offender.
Alcohol supresses the release of ADH (Antidiuretic Hormone), whose job is to tell our kidneys to keep more fluid in than out - keeping us properly hydrated and taking more regular bathroom breaks. When we consume alcohol, it prevents the ADH from storing the extra fluid and - here's where 'break the seal' comes into play - we start a cycle of drinking and peeing for the rest of the night. Until that alcohol is out of your system and you are sufficiently rehydrated, expect to get up a few more times throughout the night!
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.
If you have an allergy to, or zero tolerance for dairy products, opt for a plant-based milk or yogurt made with quinoa, soy, oats or nuts. Be careful if you eat crackers, biscuits or pastries, as they almost always contain milk or one of its derivatives, like butter. Of course, you can replace butter with margarine, so check the composition on the label.
As for bread, choosing whole grain over white will be healthier anyway, as you are increasing your protein and fiber intake. Any processed bread can contain traces of dairy though, as the process may involve whey, casein or nonfat milk, so make sure to check your labels!
B vitamins are one of the best sources of sustainable energy we can get and help promote a healthy metabolism and can even reduce our risk of stroke. Involved in the energy production of the body, vitamin B is anti-fatigue, anti-blues and anti-mental exhaustion, while vitamin B12 plays a huge role in nerve function and how our red blood cells form.
Vegans, vegetarians, the elderly and people with GI disorders should note they are at risk for vitamin B12 deficiencies, so be sure to fill up on all the vitamins of group B, we need to eat more wheat, oatmeal, orange, yeast, spinach, banana, potatoes, sardines, salmon, seafood and egg yolk.
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: "I am in the present moment and raise the vibes to shift my entire reality."
Today's Mantra: "I feel better when I help people. I stop feeling bad for myself when I take the focus off of myself and show kindness and care to others."
Do you know your crown chakra connects you to your spirit guides? If you ask people, they usually have at least one family member that has stories of a spirit guide helping them. Your crown chakra is at the top of your head and you can feel it tingle when it's really active.
Your spirit guides are high vibration consciousness that exist in realms unpercievable to the naked eye but are still very real. Many healers work with their guides to get practical information to help others and themselves.
You can use certain crystals to tune into their frequency with requires a loving and calm emotional state to reach. The more you set your intention to contact them and develop a relationship, the strong the bond gets. Everyone has guides in higher vibrational realms waiting to be helpful and share their wisdom.
Today's Mantra: "When I want to change my life, I see the reality I am creating in my mind and take action to make magic happen."
Did you know these health issues could be caused by a blocked root chakra? Some health conditions linked to the root chakra include chronic fatigue, sciatica, constipation, luekemia, obesity, bladder infections, colds and anemia.
Our emotions are linked to our health through our chakra system and healing our emotions can help our health just as improving our health can affect our emotions. It's a two way street.
You can help heal your root chakra by focussing on stability, security, survival, grounding and getting the support you need.
Today's Mantra: "I am resilient and can be calm even when things are unclear and unexpected. I always find the positive in all situations."