Daily Inspiration for the Mind
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!
Did you know that spending time outside offers a variety of benefits for good mental health? Spending time outside can help you decrease stress, improve your memory and mood, increase your energy and enhance your concentration. It can also boost creativity!
Spend more time outside. Go for a hike or a walk. Bike. Read in the park, or better yet, plan a picnic! Get outside and reap the mental benefits Mother Nature has to offer.
Studies show that crying produces feelings of calm, relieves your emotions, and improves your mood. But how? Tears release stress hormones, detoxifying the body. Crying also causes the body to produce endorphins, making you feel better!
Bonus: Science indicates that crying, also, clears out our eyes and acts as a natural lubrication and cleaning mechanism.
So, go ahead. Cry it out. Don't bottle up your emotions. Don't be afraid to shed a tear or two. Let it all out. You'll improve your mental state and feel less stressed!
Are you fully leaning on your support network when you have reached the end of your rope?
It might sound obvious, but many of us don't share our worries or concerns with the ones we love most. Maybe we don't want to burden them, or perhaps we want to always appear to be in control, which might actually be contributing to more stress.
You don't have to run sobbing to your best friend every week, but opening up about what you've been struggling with, even just to review what's happening in your life, is a necessary release, and sharing can provide you with important new perspectives.
Did you know being too stressed can affect your memories? When you've been anxious, worried or even frantic from having too much on your plate for long periods of time, your body responds by releasing cortisol into your system. Too much of this stress hormone can have a blocking effect on the part of your brain that converts new experiences into memories.
Think about it like this: If your camera was taking blurry family vacation photos, you'd get it fixed or replace it, right? While we can't replace our brains, we can certainly take steps to repair and maintain them. It's easy to get stuck in this cycle of stress, but if you're self-aware enough to see this pattern before it gets out of hand, you can put everything back into balance! The simple act of laughing or losing yourself in music can be a great start to making sure your precious memories are being saved properly!
Daily Inspiration for the Body
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.
Do you know what your sleep needs are? While there's no magic number when it comes to how much shuteye we need, getting between 7-9 solid hours per night seems to be the happy medium. When you hear the words 'sleep need,' it's referring to exactly that, how much you have to have in order to function and reap the rewards of snoozing.
When you wake up groggy and are intermittently yawning through your work day, you're probably not meeting them.
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.
If you're having trouble sleeping, you may need to develop a better nighttime routine.
Start by committing to the same bedtime every night for a week. Notice when you actually feel sleepy rather than forcing yourself to lie there thinking about what you're missing on Law & Order. Make a habit of being in bed at the same time for the week and track how you feel in the a.m.
If you're still struggling, push bedtime back a bit and try again. There could be a winning formula in there, but you'll have to pay more attention to your current nighttime habits first!
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.
Sleep is critical to the way we learn and maintain information and memories. When it comes to these areas, it can be broken into 3 functions or stages - Acquisition, Consolidation and Recall. When we recieve new knowledge from studying, taking courses, reading, etc. that's called Acquisition. Recall is our ability to access that knowledge after our brains have stored it away.
In between Acquisition and Recalling our knowledge is the stage where our brains turn new information into a stable memory - Consolidation. Researchers at Harvard say that the all important Consolidation process happens when we sleep - which is yet another reason to make sure we're catching enough zzzs!
Daily Inspiration for the Soul
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.
Today's Mantra: "I feel better when I help people. I stop feeling bad for myself when I take the focus off of myself and show kindness and care to others."
Do you know how to see into the future with your third eye chakra? Practice focussing on the point between your eyebrows and seeing as far forward, backward and to the sides as you can from this place.
Clear your mind and ask to be shown something coming up. Write down what you see even if it seems simple or silly. You'll often see the exact thing or someone will say it.
This is a fun way to exercise your intuition and strengthen your connection to your inner compass that will guide you in your most important decisions and help you heal your perspectives so you can experience the highest possible amount of joy and happiness as you live your daily life.
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."
Do you have trouble speaking your mind? Balancing your Throat chakra can help you be more vocal and stick up for yourself. Lots of people go their whole lives without actually saying how they feel even though it's incredibly good for our health and relationships.
Eating blueberries and blackberries can help you stimulate the Throat chakra so you can communicate better. Wearing blue lapis lazuli stones as well as turquoise or blue-coloured clothing can help us balance an overactive or underactive Throat chakra. If it's overactive, you may be speaking without thinking, which can drain us of our vital energy.
Stretching the neck in yoga poses (such as plow pose) can also help balance your Throat chakra so you can find your voice!
Did you know these health issues could be caused by a blocked root chakra? Some health conditions linked to the root chakra include chronic fatigue, sciatica, constipation, luekemia, obesity, bladder infections, colds and anemia.
Our emotions are linked to our health through our chakra system and healing our emotions can help our health just as improving our health can affect our emotions. It's a two way street.
You can help heal your root chakra by focussing on stability, security, survival, grounding and getting the support you need.