Daily Inspiration for the Mind
Feel like you're not making the best decisions for yourself or having trouble making decisions? You're not alone. Meditation is sweeping the nation because it connects us to our inner wisdom that knows what's best for you.
Meditation is free and you can do it literally anywhere. Feel yourself as a part of everything, connected to the pulse of the universe and feeling the energy of the planet. The decisions that feel right in your heart align with your own protection and joy as well as those that create a more peaceful existence for everyone.
What makes you feel relaxed and light is the path of the heart and may not be what people in your life are telling you to do. Sit with your soul and listen. Write does the feelings and ideas that come to you without thinking.
A daily meditation practice can relieve stress and reset your mental state.
Those who practice regular meditation had higher brain activity in the areas that deal with stress and concentration. Healthy ways to manage stress can help ease depression and anxiety. Making meditation more accessible has even been suggested as part of Canada's mental health strategy.
Meditate for 5 minutes each morning to calm your mind. Be kind to yourself. Make your mental health a priority!
If you're feeling particularly stressed, are you asking for help from those around you? There's a pretty good chance someone you know has been through what you're facing, especially a sibling or family member.
Admitting when we are overwhelmed can provide release, build a bond between you and who you share your feelings with, and ultimately, help you find new ways to cope.
Creative hobbies reduce stress, improve coping skills, increase positive thinking, and increase happiness. How? Creativity releases dopamine. Dopamine influences our brain's reward and pleasure centers.
Artistic activities such as painting, drawing, writing, dancing, baking, or gardening mimic a meditative state. These activities allow you to focus on the moment and let go of your daily thoughts and stressors. Find a creative outlet that allows you to unwind and relax. If you are unsure where to start, try adult colouring books or try writing out whatever thoughts come to mind. Dive into your artistic side. Exercise your creativity today!
Recent research indicates that regular social engagement helps to maintain your mind and your memory with age. Those that frequently socialize with others reportedly live longer and have decreased feelings of loneliness, stress, and anxiety.
Spend more time with the people you love. Surround yourself with a solid support system. Take part in social activities. Join a sports team or group to meet others with similar interests. Don't isolate yourself when you are feeling down. Talk to a friend or a family member. Become mentally strong and engage with the people around you!
Introducing something new into your life can re-energize and rejuvenate your mental state. It can lead to self-discovery and new ideas. For those dealing with depression or anxiety issues, diving into a new hobby or new adventure can pave the road toward recovery.
Challenge yourself to try something new. Find adventure. Flip your perspective upside down. Constantly push your limits. That trip you've been thinking about? Book it. That hobby you've wanted to start? Try it. Fill your life with the things you enjoy. Look inward and constantly strive for self-improvement. Find your happy.
Daily Inspiration for the Body
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.
Did you know that adding a little fat with your veggies helps the absorption of vitamins and minerals, such as beta-carotene in carrots? Not to mention unsaturated fats - olive oil, nuts, avocados and fish - which have positive effects on cholesterol and cardiovascular health.
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.
The protein in meat (Especially red meat) is rich in iron, collagen and has all the essential amino acids. On the other hand, if we abuse it we will increase our rate of acidity, which is not desirable. Did you know that good sources of protein are found in whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds?
Vegetable proteins are a nice alternative to animal proteins, as they promote a lower level of acidity and this is necessary for the body to optimize its repair, as well as muscle and tissue reconstruction. Proteins are extremely important to rebuild and build our muscles, our tissues and to restructure the cells that form our organs.
Our bodies need sleep to repair tissue and rejuvenate our brains, so when we short change that process, we really mess up the whole system. Just like our bank accounts, we can accumulate a debt of sleep, which can have harsher results than not paying down your Visa card!
The good news is you can catch up, but spreading it out over a week, instead of ducking work to catch 10 hours over one day will net better results.
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
Today's Mantra: "I create healthy boundaries for myself in my work, my relationships, my diet and my thoughts."
Today's Mantra: "The entire universe is within me. The feelings I experience are a reflection of the universal mind. I tune into my intuition by listening to my body. I care for the world by treating my body like a temple."
Today's Mantra: "I pay attention to my thoughts and only choose positive thoughts. This is my superpower."
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.
Today's Mantra: "I am in the present moment and raise the vibes to shift my entire reality."
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.