Daily Inspiration for the Mind
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.
If you feel you're not able to make your dreams a reality, meditation will help you and here's why. When we direct our thoughts, they create a vacuum that the universe then fills. Science has proven that thoughts have an effect on physical reality.
Meditation allows us to send a regular signal into the energetic grid that lays the blueprint for what we want to manifest. When our focus becomes regular and laserlike, things manifest much easier because of the law of the universe that energy flows where attention goes.
Try visualizing what your dream is as specifically as possible morning and night with every detail you can describe in your mind such as textures, colors, sounds and smells. You will find your mind will even find resources you didn't realize were right there all along. We are co-creating with our mind and our words so use them as a tool as well to go after what you want and bring it into your life without trying to control anyone else but trusting that when your goal comes from your heart, the universe finds a way!
Did you know meditation also helps your health? Check this out.
Meditation can reduce high blood pressure and the acidic stress hormones that cause painful inflammation.
It also allows your immune system to stay strong because it won't have to fight off the free radicals caused by the toxic stress hormones of adrenaline and cortisol. That means you get less colds and flus because your body's defenses are stronger. Not to mention it reduces hypertension in the nervous system which can cause constipation, insomnia and food cravings due to emotions created in the fight or flight response state.
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!
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!
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!
Daily Inspiration for the Body
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.
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!
For those living within sight of the city's perpetual street and traffic lights, investing in blackout curtains or a sleep mask could be the difference between a solid 8 hours and a fitful 3 or 4.
Think about when you prepare for movie night at home - you set the stage for all your needs - popcorn, pillows and blankets, a comfy chair - you don't want to be interrupted in the middle of your Avengers marathon, so why not apply the same intention to the place you spend the most time?
Fruit in the form of your choice – raw or juice - is welcome in the morning, as it helps to hydrate you and to fill up with antioxidant vitamins. Start the day by eating a fruit with highly protective virtues such as apples, grapes or citrus.
Kiwis, melons, mangos and papayas are great options as well. Grab one to go, or blend in a smoothie or juicer and get a head start on your nutritional needs for the day!
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!
Daily Inspiration for the Soul
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.
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."
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: "I am in love with my soul and make all my decisions from the voice of my soul. I meditate daily to keep that connection strong. I help guide others to their own truth."
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 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.