Daily Inspiration for the Mind
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Another way to describe the difference between anxiety and stress is when it comes to stress, we can usually put a finger on what is causing it - we have too much on our plates, we have money problems, etc. We can also usually choose to control the situation which is making us stressed as well.
With anxiety, it can be harder to pinpoint where it comes from, and people who suffer from it have to deal with a physical reaction they often can't control and which makes it harder to pinpoint where it's coming from in the first place.
Daily Inspiration for the Body
Spirulina is a superfood that contains a large number of nutrients, from a small volume. It is especially famous for providing excellent quality proteins, iron, vitamins and minerals. This is why we call it "The richest food on the planet."
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.
It’s important to prioritize a healthy and regular schedule of your meals and snacks.
Many people skip their breakfast or lunch and then eat a huge meal at dinner time, or even worse, they snack all day. This type of meal schedule can only bring you health problems.
The ideal is to eat every 3-4 hours, this way blood sugar is stabilized and the production of insulin is regulated.
Here is an example of a food schedule based on eating every 3-4 hours:
1. Breakfast at 9-10am
2. Snack (optional) at 11am
3. Lunch at 12-1pm
4. Snack (optional) at 2-3pm
3. Dinner at 4-5pm
4. Snack (optional) at 7-8pm
Drinking 1.5-2 liters of water a day is necessary for hydration of our tissues, cells of the body, and to ensure good glandular secretions. A lot of discomfort and unpleasant symptoms can be avoided with a sufficient daily consumption of water.
To help you drink more water you can use Fun App that calculates our water requirement according to our weight and even sends you friendly reminder.
Drink more water applications to try:
Drink water reminder
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!
Having trouble drinking enough water? Here are some combinations of ingredients for those who do not like the taste of still water:
- Fresh mint leaves with sliced cucumbers
- Sliced fresh strawberries with sliced basil leaves
- Oranges, grapefruit, limes or lemons
-Sliced pear and green apple slices
- Blueberries, raspberries, fresh rosemary, and ginger
So many possible combinations that will add some natural sweetness and add some vitamins to your water.
Daily Inspiration for the Soul
Today's Mantra: "I am strong, I help people see the strength in themselves. I am a humble and find my self worth in my values and virtues and not external appearances."
Today's Mantra: "My relationships are enriching, deep, and meaningful. I choose to be around people who help me connect to my soul. I support my friends with love and inspiration."
Did you have a low or overactive sex drive? It could be because of an imbalanced sacral chakra. In order to bring it into balance you can work on balancing all of your chakras through sun salations, chakra clearing meditations, eating a plant based diet with lots of colors and drinking lots of water.
Set your intention to let go of intimacy wounds once and for all, find a healthy creative outlet and strengthen and stretch your whole body to bring this area into balance.
This energy center needs a healthy outlet for our creativity so painting, singing, writing or inventing things that will help the world can help balance your sacral chakra.
Today's Mantra: "When I focus on something, I know I can learn anything. I am able to change my life because I am fearless. The path of my soul is fulfilled through the power of my heart."
Today's Mantra: "My purpose is to share positive thoughts wherever I go. Gratitude is a force that brings me to a higher dimension."
Do you know which chakra activates will power? In the center of your body is your solar plexus chakra that is linked to our determination and courage. Linked to the vibration of the color yellow, it can make us feel energetic and bold like the sun when it's in balance.
Simple ways to balance this chakra are situps, plank pose, breath of fire and bringing more yellow clothing or decorations into your life.
The muscles in your solar plexus are exercised when you laugh so getting a good dose of humor regularly can increase your optimism and brighten your outlook.