Daily Inspiration for the Mind
Stress can be brought on by a lot of things, and holding in feelings over long periods of time can wreak havoc on our bodies and minds. Friends and family are supposed to be the ones who can help us out of stress, but some of us are pushed farther into it by those very people. Keeping your mouth shut to avoid confrontation doesn't help, especially if you have to see them all the time.
If you're stressed from withholding the way you feel, but aren't ready to face them yet, consider writing them a brutally honest letter - that you'll never give them. Pour it all out, say exactly what you want, don't worry about spelling - just let it happen naturally until you feel satisfied that you've gotten it all out! You can then burn it, rip it up, dispose of it. The important part is that you try to release what you've been holding in, draining some of that stress.
Here's a quick meditation tip to reduce anxiety that really works. Take a deep slow breath visualizing soothing light blue light with specks of gold coming into your body with your breath.
Slowly breathe out and visualize greys and dark colors that represent your negative energy leaving your body as you exhale. Watch the soothing energy go into each part of your body to relax it and you continue to breathe slowly and deeply.
Now visualize white light around your body with golden fractals of light. This is your soul that always has your back and connects you to the universal field of energy that you can call on for emotional support at anytime. See the white light shining from your body and connecting to the entire universe. In your mind see great things coming to you and people smiling at you.
Take one more inhale, smile and open your eyes. You have just changed your emotional state, activated the law of attraction in your favor and all in just a few moments of meditation. Meditation is your super power.
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.
If you've been stretched to your breaking point and feel like you're coming apart at the seams, it might be time to try some form of meditation to bring your stress down a few levels.
According to Harvard Business School, practicing a meditation technique can counter stress by bringing on a response that causes us to relax, lowering everything from our breathing rate, blood pressure, cortisol levels, and heart rate. Look into a yoga or tai chi class, or even look up some deep breathing for beginners articles. Meditation can be done alone or as part of a guided class with a seasoned instructor.
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!
Long-term stress can have harmful effects on the body and the mind. How?
The body is made to deal with stress in the short-term. Chronic stress takes a toll on your body and is exhausting. If not dealt with appropriately, it can lead to mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, and even harmful physical issues, such as heart problems.
Find stress-coping mechanisms that work for you. Write in a journal. Sweat it out. Talk to a friend. Meditate. Paint or draw. Know your triggers and come up with preventative strategies to avoid stress before it happens. Find peace, calm, and balance in your life, and improve your mental health and well-being.
Daily Inspiration for the Body
Did you know you can self-impose a sleeping disorder? Psychophysiologic insomnia is one of the most common and difficult types of sleep disorder to treat. When you worry about not getting enough sleep, lying there thinking about it can start a cycle of sleeplessness and anxiety that can cause weight gain, stress and insomnia.
The next time you've had no rest, try not to stress about it when you get back under the covers the following night. Reading a book, having a warm bath and listening to music can help you stop thinking about sleeping, and actually give you some shuteye before you work yourself up into a larger issue!
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.
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.
While the best thing to do when having recurring sleep troubles is to talk to your doctor, there are some natural sleep aids that you could look into, such as melatonin. If you have allergies or have had reactions in the past, definitely check in with your MD before self-prescribing, just in case. Melatonin is a natural hormone that signals relaxation and lowers our body temperature to help us get a restful sleep.
When we are in a normal, healthy state, melatonin is released in a regular cycle, more so at night when there's less light. It's then carried through our bloodstream, telling our bodies it's time to get some rest.
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.
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
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.
Your Sacral chakra is the energy center located at your navel, the chakra of your creativity and manifesting ability. Balancing and activating this energy center can help you manifest things in your life much easier.
The Sacral chakra is a bundle of nerves linked to your intimacy and feelings of desires as well as your gall bladder, spleen, urinary tract, kidneys, ovaries, and testes.
Improving the health of the organs linked to this chakra can help balance it, as well as doing things to increase creativity such as art, music, and dancing.
Do you know where your solar plexus chakra is located? It's at the soft point at the top of your stomach where the ribs meet. It's linked to the color yellow as well as our will power and confidence.
Sings of an block in this energy center could include the emotional qualities of feeling low self esteem or lack of self motivation as well as the health conditions of ulcers, blood sugar issues, nervousness, diabetes, stimulant addictions, digestive issues or liver problems.
You can balance this chakra by eating a healthy diet, lowering stress and caffeine intake as well as working on healing your self esteem and self determination with will power and regular exercise that will strengthen the muscles in that area allowing the energy to flow easier.
Do you feel broken-hearted? Here's how to heal your Heart chakra.
The nerves respond to emotional trauma just as our body responds to physical trauma and needs to be healed. Getting healthy, high-vibe energy to flow through your heart can be done by using heart-opening mantras or doing yoga poses that stimulate the muscles in the surrounding area, like upward-facing dog, wheel pose, and forward bends.
Focus on self-love affirmations like, "I release the pain from past relationships and forgive the people in my past. I am open to healthy relationships."
Bring more of the color green into your life through decorations, clothes, and accessories to solidify your intention and increase the strength of the Heart chakra's energy.
Do you know when your throat feels tight that it is a sign of a blocked throat chakra? Not only that but breakouts and stiff muscles in that area could indicate you need to voice your truth.
If you stand close to someone who needs to speak their mind about something in their life, your throat will often get tight because your energy will pick up on their block. You can gently nudge them to see that it's good to say what their heart feels and it's safe to be transparent.
If you have persistent throat issues, mouth or jaw issues, sit quietly in meditation and ask your heart what you aren't expressing. You may be surprised what comes to your mind and it may be something you have pushed down for so long, you just got used to it.
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."