Daily Inspiration for the Mind
Here's a way to increase your happiness right now! We are going to focus on loving where you are right now. You have so much to be grateful for.
What is in your life right now? A home, food, a job, a friend? Say to yourself, "I love my car, I love my hair, I love my home, I love my clothes." Whatever is in your life that you can be grateful for will help you see how blessed you really are!
Now say, "I love my life, I love my life!" If you don't completely believe yourself, keep saying it and write it down 30 times a day until you've rewritten this belief into your subconscious.
Having a pet can provide helpful and healing health benefits. While it seems like a no-brainer that coming home after a hard day to a loving creature who thinks the sun rises and sets based on your command is incredibly heart warming, there are a surprising amount of studies that show the scientific reason for this. The unconditional love Whiskers and Fido provide us can help those of us with self-esteem issues, and logging tummy-rubs and cuddle time can lower our blood pressure and reduce stress.
When we spend time with our pets, our body releases the calming hormone oxytocin, which can counteract stress hormone cortisol. It's no wonder we feel calmer when we see those furry faces! We knew they were good for our hearts, who knew they were so good for our health?
Want to create more joy in your life? It's time to stop looking outside of yourself and get into the time tested practice of meditation.
Many of us seek joy through thrills that create adrenaline whether they are a beautiful sunset shared with a special person, a wave caught just at the right moment, or a celebration of a long-term goal that we reach. However, the adrenaline that these highs and lows provide us are few and far between and can often lead us waiting for joyful moments and chasing joy as if it were something in the future.
Meditation allows us to reshape our perspective of the source of joy to something more constant and easy to attain. In meditation, we become aware of our eternal spirit, beyond the mind. We see that the love we bring to each day, each person, each moment in interaction with ourself or another human or animal has the potential to lift us up just by being kind and loving.
The joy that comes from meditation is that we will be able to hear the inner voice of the soul that can redirect us to the truth that joy can be experienced no matter where we are in our lives, no matter what we have and no matter who we are with, even if it's just ourselves.
Setting and achieving regular short-term and long-term goals can have a positive impact on your mental health, but do you know how? Personal goals provide motivation and a sense of purpose. Achieving your goals gives you a sense of accomplishment and self-worth, leading to good mental health.
Set SMART goals. Write down goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-oriented. With the use of the SMART method, you have a higher chance of accomplishing your goals. You are in control of your life!
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!
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
Turning off the screens (TV, computer, tablet and phone) at least an hour before we expect to go to bed gives our brains time to properly wind down, as having any lights on makes our bodies think it's still daytime and we should try and stay awake and alert. It may not seem like a big deal to be playing games on your little screen right before you slip off to dreamland, but even small amounts of light can keep our brains in go mode, forcing us to stay awake longer than we should.
If you absolutely have to finish up your Candy Crush game, at least switch to the dimmest setting and don't hold it right up against your face.
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.
Lowering the brightness in your home as the evening goes on sends a message to your brain to start getting tired, simply because there's less light.
Keeping a single light on for evening kitchen visits instead of slamming on the full overheads, using night lights in hallways and for your bedroom, replacing your bright, blue-white bulb to a softer, orange-y option can all contribute to a relaxing place for sleep.
Need some motivation to get more sleep? Research has found a connection between sleep deprivation and weight gain! Getting enough sleep increases our energy, and when we don't get enough, our brain is going to tell us to look elsewhere, namely - to food. Two lesser known hormones that sound like characters from a Star Trek movie, ghrelin and leptin play a role too. Ghrelin, the 'hunger hormone' stimulates our appetite and causes us to store more fat while leptin, the 'satiety hormone' controls our appetite, telling us when we are full.
When we log less sleep, our bodies can increase the production of both, leading us to crave fatty and sugary foods and lessening our ability to just say no to junk food, causing us to pack on the pounds. All the more reason to get to bed early tonight!
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.
The first meal of the day is essential to start out in the right way. When you're hitting all your healthy food groups, breakfast can bring you energy for the morning and also contribute to the overall hydration of your body.
It's an important meal because it largely determines your dietary balance of the day. When done right, eating a healthy breakfast can improve your concentration and performance at school and work and give you more strength and endurance when heading out for some physical activity.
Daily Inspiration for the Soul
Known for: Aura Cleansing, Soothes and Calms, Support
Primary Chakra: Heart Chakra
Affirmation: I welcome different phases and change into my life
Chrysocolla can help with emotional issues such as Acceptance, Anger, Fear, Guilt, Honesty. It can also help with physical issues such as Arthritis, Breathing Problems, Metabolism, Nervous System
Known for: Support, Patience, Calm
Primary Chakra: Throat Chakra
Affirmation: My life is filled with tranquillity and harmony
Dumortierite can help with emotional issues such as Confidence, Depression, Insomnia, Mental Clarity, Self Confidence. It can also help with physical issues such as Cramping, Headaches, Nausea, Hypersensitivity
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.
Known for: Expression, Inspiration, Balance
Primary Chakra: Heart Chakra
Affirmation: I am intune with my senses and surroundings
Amazonite can help with emotional issues such as Aggravation, Anger, Balance, Communication, Compasion. It can also help with physical issues such as Liver, Heart, Nervous System, Gout
Known for: Grounding, Stabilizing, Harmonizing
Primary Chakra: Heart Chakra
Affirmation: The connection with my higher self keeps me calm and grounded
Rainbow Fluorite can help with emotional issues such as Denial, Emotional Balance, Honesty, Negativity. It can also help with physical issues such as Arthritis, Concentration, Pain, Memory, Viruses
Known for: Loyalty, Love, Commitment
Primary Chakra: Root Chakra
Affirmation: I am loyal to everyone
Garnet can help with emotional issues such as Compassion, Honesty, Love, Loyalty, Self Esteem. It can also help with physical issues such as Arthritis, Blood Circulation, Fatigue, Low Blood Pressure, Thyroid