Daily Inspiration for the Mind
Here's some inspiration to get you stoked about life right now. Say to yourself, my life is not about me. I'm here to bring happiness and love to the world and that's what my intention is.
Even when people around me live trying to validate themselves, I love them and show pure intentions to help them find joy and kindness without being above anyone. I learn from others who always have something to teach me. I don't need their validation to feel good about myself, I only need to focus on loving everyone more openly and enthusiastically from the bottom of my heart.
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!
Does having proper posture affect your stress? Yes. When we crunch ourselves up all day, the muscles around our rib cage and upper back become constricted, which can limit our ability to take deep breaths. It can also lead to pain, which definitely doesn''t help when we're feeling tension physically and emotionally.
If your slouchiness is due to sitting in a chair at a desk all day, you can counteract by focusing more on how you sit. Yoga balls are one way to go, as they can promote small muscle contraction in our hips, core and legs while we try to stay balanced. We still have to be aware of not slouching though, so make sure your thighs are parallel to the floor and your head is stretched up to the ceiling to improve your posture. Deep, relaxing breathing, here you come! Remember that sitting in any one psotion is not great for you though, so alternate between sitting in your chair and on your ball, as well as standing if you can swing it.
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.
What's going on in our bodies when we get stressed? When we sense we have to fight for something, our bodies release a whole whack of hormones, namely adrenaline, cortisol and noradrenaline, all of which are dumped into our systems to help us battle.
This was helpful when we were dealing with saber-toothed tigers and beating off competitiors for food and mates, nowadays, it's a reaction we get when we are pushed to our limits or yelled at by a demon of a boss. When we don't actually engage in a fight as our bodies prepared for, we don't get a proper release of that stress and we can clench up, holding it in. Stress balls, meditation, yoga and exercise are just a few things that can help us release some of this built up tension.
Daily Inspiration for the Body
Downing extra highballs before bed can certainly make you sleepy, but the effects of alcohol on your sleeping patterns is not so beneficial. Drinking too much of anything before you sign out for the night is going to make it more likely you'll have to wake up to relieve yourself before your alarm goes off, but alcohol is the biggest offender.
Alcohol supresses the release of ADH (Antidiuretic Hormone), whose job is to tell our kidneys to keep more fluid in than out - keeping us properly hydrated and taking more regular bathroom breaks. When we consume alcohol, it prevents the ADH from storing the extra fluid and - here's where 'break the seal' comes into play - we start a cycle of drinking and peeing for the rest of the night. Until that alcohol is out of your system and you are sufficiently rehydrated, expect to get up a few more times throughout the night!
Daily StretchLower Back Stretch
Type of Pose: Midday, Stretch Break
Hold for 1.5 minutes total
Stretch Benefits: Improves mental clarity by bringing fresh blood to your head. Reduces lower back compression and lengthens entire spine. Stretches hamstrings to reduce injuries when playing sports.
Start standing with your feet as wide as your shoulders. Lean forward so your hands touch the ground bending your knees if necessary. Relax your neck and let your head hang heavily. Breathe deeply and slowly through your nose for 30 seconds and think about lengthening your spine. Slowly come back up to standing. Repeat this three times.
Big surprise! Turns out not getting enough sleep leads to...sleepiness and fatigue! We all know what it's like to lurch out of bed after a night of tossing and turning, or just after staying up into the wee hours to finish that page turner. Once in awhile, it's not likely to do much damage if you turn off the lights an hour earlier the next night, you're feeling back to normal by mid week, right?
Keep an eye on this habit if you start to notice more long term effects like headaches or general fatigue. We're talking fatigue like you can't even bear to walk up the stairs when the elevator's out because your energy's so low. You might be advancing into real sleep deprivation and that's much harder to bounce back from.
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 StretchNeck Tension Stretch
Type of Pose: Morning, Stretch Break, Evening
Hold for 1 minute
Stretch Benefits: Reduces tension in your neck and shoulders and can help reduce sharp chest pain.
Sit in a cross legged position with your hands on your knees. Inhale through your nose and squeeze your shoulders up towards your ears. Exhale through your nose and let them drop. Continue this action for one minute breathing with as much intensity as you can.
Daily Inspiration for the Soul
Known for: Creativity, Grounding, Physical Vitality
Primary Chakra: Sacral Chakra
Affirmation: I have inner joy and peace
Carnelian can help with emotional issues such as Acceptance, Anger, Delusions, Happiness, Rage. It can also help with physical issues such as Appetite, Allergies, Colds, Detoxifying, Infection, Pain
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.
Do you know where your third eye chakra is? Just as a bird has an internal radar that guides them to migrate, we too have glands in our brain that guide us to safety and the things that will nourish our spirit.
The pineal gland is in front part of your brain close to the forehead and eyebrows. It is sometimes surrounded by nanocrystals which means it's calcified and innactive. When we decalcify it, we can access a movie screen that allows us to see in another dimension beyond time and space.
And you thought you were just a simple human! The third eye is depicted between the eyebrows and you will even be able to feel energy in this center when you meditate and do yoga as it opens. Some people see flashing lights and colors when it opens.
Simple ways to decalify it are with flouride free toothpaste and flouride free water or chanting ONG for 11 minutes a day. Just focussing on this area will start to activate it as well.
Today's Mantra: "I am resilient and can be calm even when things are unclear and unexpected. I always find the positive in all situations."
Today's Mantra: "My relationships are enriching, deep and meaningful. I choose to be around people who help me connect to my soul. I support my friends with love and inspiration."