Daily Inspiration for the Mind
Ever feel like everyone around you is grumpy or negative? This often means we ourselves are not being that kind because the world mirrors our own energy back to us. Meditation can helps us look in that mirror to get down to the real cause of our own energy.
Sit with a journal and set your intention to know how to be more kind. This will help you see where you may be hypercrical and where you can open your heart.
Healing our perspectives can increase our joy and attract much happier, kinder people!
We know the long term effects of stress can wreak havoc on our bodies, but do you know why? When we're stressed over long periods of time, our body releases cortisol, a hormone which can have some pretty crazy influences on our bodies. It can inhibit our immune system, impair our ability to make and keep memories and even lengthen the time it takes to heal!
Don't freak out though, adding a few little rituals in your daily life can reduce your cortisol levels significantly. Having a chuckle, getting a massage and even dancing has shown to lower cortisol, so while you're trying to fit in yoga class, work, driving the kids to class and making dinner, stop for 5 minutes to look at dog shaming pictures or practice your moves while you're showering. More proof that having fun is healthy!
Did you know that 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 practices 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!
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!
Feeling more on edge than usual? Some of us feel a weird combination of lethargy, low mood and reduced ability to handle normal stress in certain months of the year. This is called Seasonal Affective Disorder, thought to be brought on by lower levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that affects our moods and higher levels of melatonin, which also affects our mood and sleeping patterns.
Melatonin is produced when we have increased exposure to darkness, as we do when the days shorten in winter. Seasonal Affective Disorder is thought to be a reaction to a combination of both, leaving us with a lowered capacity to handle stress and increased likelihood of mood swings and low periods. There are many ways to treat this, including Himalayan Salt Lamps, phototherapy, increased exercise and vitamin D supplements as a few examples. Once you are aware that you suffer from it, you can work on preventing it in the first place!
Daily Inspiration for the Body
Daily StretchHip Flexor Stretch On Wall
Type of Pose: Pre-Workout, Post-Workout
Hold for 2 minutes total.
Stretch Benefits: Elongates thigh muscle, stretches and opens the hips and improves circulation to legs.
Find a wall and face away from it. Stand on your knees and step your left foot forward placing it flat on the ground. Put your right knee against the wall with your shin on the wall. Bring your hips towards the wall to stretch your right quad. Breathe here for thirty seconds and then push your hips away from the wall for thirty seconds. Switch sides and repeat the same thing to stretch the left quad and hip flexor.
Daily StretchDeltoid Stretch
Type of Pose: Post-Workout
Hold for 2 minutes total.
Stretch Benefits: Reduces pain in the neck and shoulders that come from tight muscles. Improves shoulder flexibility.
Begin laying on your stomach and bring your right arm out to a 'T' directly in line with your shoulder with your palm facing down. Gently lift your left hip to roll towards your right hand. It's important to keep the right side of your head resting on the ground so your neck muscles can relax. You can bend your left leg and place your left foot on the ground for stability. Relax and breathe in this position for one minute and then do the same thing on the other side.
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!
Are you wondering how Himalayan Salt Lamps work? Through something called hygroscopy, a phenomenon that attracts and holds water molecules from the surrounding area. The air in your home contains dust, mildew, smells and maybe even smoke, and the lamp acts as a purifier, pulling water molecules from the air, absorbing the water and adsorbing the rest, which basically means the dust, smoke, smell adheres to the salt itself, taking it out of your environment.
The heat from the bulb inside the lamp will warm the salt, releasing the water back into the air and leaving the dirty stuff trapped inside. This can help with asthma, allergies, anxiety and even with getting a better night's sleep.
Sleep can be 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 first, 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 ability to build muscle and heal properly from work outs.
While scientists may not be able to put a finger on exactly why it is we need sleep in the first place, we do know we need to have it to regulate our system, repair tissue and download our experiences as memories in order to feel mentally healthy. Pay attention to this little sister and the whole family will be balanced!
Daily Inspiration for the Soul
Known for: Hope, Love, Compassion
Primary Chakra: Heart Chakra
Affirmation: I make decisions based on my heart
Chrysoprase can help with emotional issues such as Anxiety, Happiness, Honesty, Positive Energy, Self Confidence. It can also help with physical issues such as Detox, Digestive System, 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."
Did you know an unbalanced root chakra can create instability in your finances? Not to worry though because there are easy ways you can balance your root chakra with some simple exercises and foods.
Squats stimulate your root chakra and foods like beets, cherries and tomatoes and potatoes do as well. Wearing certain crystals such as black tourmaline and bloodstone can also help you balance your root chakra which is an energy center.
Finally, focusing on improving digestion and ellimination so the organs of this area are healthy can help clear energetic blocks in this area.
Known for: Enhancing, Amplification, Healing
Primary Chakra: All Chakras
Affirmation: I am radient and filled with light
Clear Quartz can help with emotional issues such as Acceptance, Emotional Balance, Harmony, Reducing Stress. It can also help with physical issues such as Healing, Immune System, Memory, Pain, Sleep, Thyroid, Vertigo
Did you know you can have more creativity by stimulating your navel chakra? That's right, everyone can be more creative! This chakra holds our fire power and we can stimulate it with spicey foods like ginger, jalapenos and cayenne.
Strengthening your lower abdomen muscles and twisting your torso can help stimulate this chakra as well. Water and orange foods like mangos, cantaloupes, pumpkins and oranges can help increase your inspiration and help you find creative solutions to problems in our lives.
Similarly orange crystals such as citrine, orange calcite and amber will help stimulate your creativity too!