Daily Inspiration for the Mind
Did you know that meditation can improve your ability to focus? A lot of our stress comes from our mind being scattered in many different places.
Meditation trains our mind to focus fully on our task so that even our communication becomes more clear and your words will become more effective. Having the ability to focus makes us work more efficiently because we are able to compartmentalize tasks.
Social media throws many different subject matters at us and it's overwhelming to our nervous system. Give yourself the gift of reclaiming your ability to focus and you'll find you can retain information better, get clear on your goals easier and get rid of excess mental chatter that may be keeping you from feeling confident and excelling at what you love to do the most.
What's the difference between stress and anxiety? While the two definitely overlap when it comes to the physical repsonses they generate, the short answer is, yes, they are different.
They can be separated by the way they make us feel and where those feelings come from. Day to day stress can make us feel frustrated or even nervous, while with anxiety, we may feel more fear, uneasiness and worry.
Do stress balls work? While these squishy little numbers aren't going to simply absorb all your worries in one go, there are quick benefits that could at least help you in the moment, or in small doses. The hormones released when we feel threatened course through our bodies in a hurry, triggering our fight or flight reaction.
When it turns out we aren't actually busting our butts to escape woolly mammoths, all that energy has nowhere to go and gets stored as tension. That's taking long way around to say that yes, stress balls allow us to release a bit of that stress, but they can't solve all of it!
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.
What you put in your body is what you get out of it. If you are eating low-nutrient, high-calorie foods, your body is not getting what it needs. Our physical state transfers over into our mental state. You won't feel well, and your mood may plummet.
Eat a healthy and balanced diet. Research what nutrients you require on a daily basis and try your best to reach the recommended amounts. Try mood-boosting foods, such as avocado, mushrooms, and nuts. Eat better and feel better!
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?
Daily Inspiration for the Body
Breads and cereals bring you essential carbohydrate energy to start the day, but not all grain products are equal. Look for those with a low glycemic index, as their carbohydrates will be used gradually by our body to avoid cravings. Glycemic index is a number associated with the carbohydrates in a particular type of food that indicates their effect on a person's blood glucose, or blood sugar) levels.
Foods with carbohydrates that quickly break down during digestion and release glucose rapidly into the bloodstream tend to have a high GI (White bread, corn syrup.); foods with carbohydrates that break down more slowly, releasing glucose more gradually into the bloodstream, tend to have a low GI (Beans, seeds and most vegetables.) - wikipedia
Did you know that sweet potato is not part of the potato family? With its bell-shaped flowers, this food has a sweet, sweet taste and orange flesh. Highly appreciated by children, sweet potato has an interesting nutritional value as it contains vitamins A, B, C and B6, potassium and folic acid.
With a slightly higher starch content than potato, sweet potato is considered a starch and provides about 130 calories per half cup. It adds variety to our menus and can be used to make pies, cakes, puddings, mashed or au gratin.
A good way to determine the amount of sleep you need is to head to bed at your regular time and don't set your alarm. Allow yourself to wake up naturally, when your body is ready. Was it 7 hours? 6 and a half?
Whatever you hit on, that's going to be in the right arena. Once you know roughly what you need, you'll then know when you're going into sleep debt.
Did you know the majority of people would say they are not getting enough sleep? While more men than women dream about catching extra zzz's, it seems we all could use more sleep in general. Other than considering your late night Netflix habit, how can you tell if you aren't sleeping enough?
Are you finding you're more hungry than usual? Are you making poorly thought out decisions or having a hard time remembering people's names or even what you did last Tuesday? Sleep deprivation brings many negative effects into our lives, but memory loss, impulsiveness and increased appetite are a few of the more obvious ones.
Losing sleep can have a haphazard effect on how we process emotional events and how we respond to stressful situations. Harvard Medical School has found a link between sleep deprivation and psychosis, or a loss of contact with reality.
While there are definitely extremes when it comes to the definition of that word, at the core, it indicates that the more sleep deprived we are, the less we are able to trust our perspective, and when faced with something that elicits an emotional response, we are less likely to be able to react rationally to control our reaction, or even to interpret it properly.
Did you know that good nutrition will act on the functioning of your brain? Nutrition can play a significant role in maintaining and even improving these functions. More than 40 nutrients are involved in the functioning of the brain. In this regard, it is also important to ensure adequate intake of macronutrients (Proteins, carbohydrates and fats) and micronutrients (Vitamins and minerals).
Proper nutrition can make our memory and concentration more efficient and help maintain our energy throughout the day.
Daily Inspiration for the Soul
Today's Mantra: "I respect other perspectives and frequently take inventory of viewpoints I hold that do not serve me. I am a student of life; everyone and everything is my teacher."
Today's Mantra: "I pay attention to my thoughts and only choose positive thoughts. This is my superpower."
Today's Mantra: "I am in the present moment and raise the vibes to shift my entire reality."
Today's Mantra: "I confidently step into my soul's purpose. Every breath I take fills me with courage as I align with my calling."
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."
Do you feel heartbroken? Your nerves respond to emotional trauma the way the body responds to physical trauma and healing the energy in your heart chakra can help you finally release your pain and recover. Eating lots of green foods like cucumber, spinach and green apples will stimulate your Heart chakra back into balance.
Certain crystals also help heal your Heart chakra, such as rose quartz and aventurine.
A combination of green foods, crystals, and heart-opening stretches that make your spine more flexible will help you mend a broken heart. When a relationship is damaged, even if it's your relationship with yourself, it's important to make an effort to repair the energy field so we can remain open and optimistic.