Daily Inspiration for the Mind
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!
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!
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.'
Here's a quick tip to help you expand your thinking so you don't limit yourself. Words create thought patterns and quite literally program our life. When we recognize this power, we can use it to take the lid off of our mind.
Sit quietly and close your eyes. Ask to see where you are limiting yourself in your mind. Wait for the answer to show up. Write down what comes. Now ask yourself, where did this limiting viewpoint come from? Write down what comes.
The answers that come to us can be simple yet profound. Our mind is very powerful and when we use it to our benefit we can overcome many obstacles that we allow in our lives that make us work harder than we need to.
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!
How resilient would you say you are? Beating stress isn't about finding the miracle cure or avoiding your triggers at all other costs, it's really about learning how to react to it when it pops into your life. We are faced with stress from all angles, but if we can change how we view what's overwhelming in the first place, we'll be mentally and physically healthier.
Resilience is about dealing with stress in a positive way, so the trick is to remember that anything can be faced and conquered. Stress will never go away, but the way you react to it can be flipped on its head.
Daily Inspiration for the Body
Need some motivation to get more sleep? Research has found a connection between sleep deprivation and weight gain! Getting enough sleep increases our energy, and when we don't get enough, our brain is going to tell us to look elsewhere, namely - to food. Two lesser known hormones that sound like characters from a Star Trek movie, ghrelin and leptin play a role too. Ghrelin, the 'hunger hormone' stimulates our appetite and causes us to store more fat while leptin, the 'satiety hormone' controls our appetite, telling us when we are full.
When we log less sleep, our bodies can increase the production of both, leading us to crave fatty and sugary foods and lessening our ability to just say no to junk food, causing us to pack on the pounds. All the more reason to get to bed early tonight!
If you're having trouble sleeping, consider experimenting with smells in your bedtime routine. Introducing scents like bergamot, lavendar, jasmine, sandalwood chamomile and rose at some point in your evening as you wind down could be tremendously helpful in getting a good night's rest.
It can be as easy as lighting a scented candle in your room an hour before bed or in your bathroom (Don't leave them unattended though!) to infuse your space with soothing aromas. Scented oils in your bath or cream can make an imprint, or you could simply rub some oil on your wrists and take some deep, slow breaths to start relaxing.
Are you wondering how Himalayan Salt Lamps work? Through something called hygroscopy, a phenomenon that attracts and holds water molecules from the surrounding area. The air in your home contains dust, mildew, smells and maybe even smoke, and the lamp acts as a purifier, pulling water molecules from the air, absorbing the water and adsorbing the rest, which basically means the dust, smoke, smell adheres to the salt itself, taking it out of your environment.
The heat from the bulb inside the lamp will warm the salt, releasing the water back into the air and leaving the dirty stuff trapped inside. This can help with asthma, allergies, anxiety and even with getting a better night's sleep.
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.
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.
The chia seed is native to the Central Valley of Mexico and has been known and consumed for over 5000 years. It was used as a survival food by the Aztecs: it was said that a tablespoon of chia could keep a warrior fit for 24 hours. It also served as an offering to the gods.
Daily Inspiration for the Soul
Known for: Expression, Inspiration, Balance
Primary Chakra: Heart Chakra
Affirmation: I am intune with my senses and surroundings
Amazonite can help with emotional issues such as Aggravation, Anger, Balance, Communication, Compasion. It can also help with physical issues such as Liver, Heart, Nervous System, Gout
Do you know how to open your heart to love? There are many people that have found love by opening their heart chakra which is the largest energy center out of all of our chakras. Sometimes we have an energy blockage that can be cleared through a daily movement practice such as yoga, jogging and swimming or we can look at improving and cleaning up our diet to aid in the health of the lungs, heart, chest and glands in that area.
Repeating an affirmation like, "I am open to love and very loving," can help energy flow to this area and heal it. Doing things that are self loving like getting a massage, taking a bubble bath and choosing to relax instead of overwork can help you heal your heart so people can vibrate with your own self loving juju.
Known for: Aura Cleansing, Soothes and Calms, Support
Primary Chakra: Heart Chakra
Affirmation: I welcome different phases and change into my life
Chrysocolla can help with emotional issues such as Acceptance, Anger, Fear, Guilt, Honesty. It can also help with physical issues such as Arthritis, Breathing Problems, Metabolism, Nervous System
Known for: Support, Patience, Calm
Primary Chakra: Throat Chakra
Affirmation: My life is filled with tranquillity and harmony
Dumortierite can help with emotional issues such as Confidence, Depression, Insomnia, Mental Clarity, Self Confidence. It can also help with physical issues such as Cramping, Headaches, Nausea, Hypersensitivity
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.
Known for: Grounding, Stabilizing, Harmonizing
Primary Chakra: Heart Chakra
Affirmation: The connection with my higher self keeps me calm and grounded
Rainbow Fluorite can help with emotional issues such as Denial, Emotional Balance, Honesty, Negativity. It can also help with physical issues such as Arthritis, Concentration, Pain, Memory, Viruses