Daily Inspiration for the Mind
The power of positive thinking can help us overcome stress. It sounds easy, and it can definitely take time to get into that mindset if you've been down in the dumps or feeling like you've been pushing a stone up an endless hill. If we can switch our brains from focusing only on what we are worried about or take a pause from letting the spinning thoughts take over, we can fill that space with more cheerful thoughts.
The next time you're feeling particularly overwhelmed, give yourself five minutes to think about a few things you are proud of or grateful for having. Sometimes a simple reminder of all that we have achieved can be enough to put the worries about what we haven't into perspective and calm us down or help us deal with what's in front of us.
Does stress make you fat? The answer is: yes, it can. When we are in a state of stress, our bodies release adrenaline, which gives us enough energy for a fight or flight response. High levels of stress also cause the release of cortisol, which, at normal levels, helps our bodies maintain our metabolism. When you have too much, it messes with your appetite, telling your body to eat to replace the energy spen preparing to fight or run away.
You are now more likely to make bad choices, give into temptation and deal with your stress throught the comfort of eating, which does lead to weight gain. High-fat, sweet and salty foods give an instant sense of pleasure, which is why we keep going back to them - we've trained ourselves to!
Introducing something new into your life can re-energize and rejuvenate your mental state. It can lead to self-discovery and new ideas. For those dealing with depression or anxiety issues, diving into a new hobby or new adventure can pave the road toward recovery.
Challenge yourself to try something new. Find adventure. Flip your perspective upside down. Constantly push your limits. That trip you've been thinking about? Book it. That hobby you've wanted to start? Try it. Fill your life with the things you enjoy. Look inward and constantly strive for self-improvement. Find your happy.
Did you know that spending just 15 minutes outside every day can improve your mood and decrease anxiety? Fresh air reduces stress and increases those feel-good hormones!
Your skin creates Vitamin D from healthy sun exposure, a vitamin thought to impact the serotonin levels in our brains.
Serotonin regulates your mood, appetite, and sex drive. Scientists have linked lower levels of serotonin to depression. Don't waste your days inside! Find a fun activity to do in the great outdoors, or simply go for a quick walk around the block. Get outside and give your mental health a boost today!
Feel like you're getting in a lot of arguments or having problems communicating? This happens when we need to slow down and get clear with our intention.
When we rush our communication, we get defensive and reactive. Conscious communication has been called the highest yoga. Sending out loving vibrations and uplifting intentions with our words shifts the dynamics in our conversations.
Next time you're around someone, practice holding the intention of 'I want you to feel loved.' See how practicing this intention heals your communication and charges up your life positively.
Feeling all over the place? Here's a quick meditation to clear your mind. Keeping our mind uncluttered improves our health and happiness.
Sit with your eyes closed and take a deep breath. As you exhale watch all your thoughts leaving your body. Do this two more times. Now sit in a blank space where there are no thoughts. When you see a thought start to come into your blank space tell it gently, not now.
You can now choose one thought and let's make it a positive one. How about this, 'today is the best day of my life.' This will put you in a high frequency and help train your mind to keep it simple and keep it positive. True independence and happiness comes from training our mind.
Daily Inspiration for the Body
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!
Unlike coffee, matcha releases caffeine over a period of hours - that's why it gives us energy for the whole day.
Matcha is a finely ground powder, made from specially grown and processed green tea leaves. Matcha is also packed with nutrients such as vitamin C, magnesium, and selenium, and also contains tons of antioxidants. It's known to boost your metabolism and is rich in fibre and chlorophyll. Sprinkle some into your water, a smoothie, or even your ice cream!
Daily StretchAnkle and Foot Stretch
Type of Pose: Morning, Pre-Workout
Hold for 2 minutes.
Stretch Benefits: Stimulates liver, spleen, gallbladder and kidneys. Reduces risk of injury in ankles and improves circulation to feet.
Begin sitting on your heels and lean back carefully so you feel a gentle stetch in the front of your ankles. Breathe slowly and deeply here for a minute. Next tuck your toes under you which will raise you a little higher. Sit on your heels with your spine straight and breathe slowly and deeply for a minute leaning forward to take pressure off your feet at needed.
Losing sleep can have a haphazard effect on how we process emotional events and how we respond to stressful situations. Harvard Medical School has found a link between sleep deprivation and psychosis, or a loss of contact with reality.
While there are definitely extremes when it comes to the definition of that word, at the core, it indicates that the more sleep deprived we are, the less we are able to trust our perspective, and when faced with something that elicits an emotional response, we are less likely to be able to react rationally to control our reaction, or even to interpret it properly.
While catching a quick nap can be a restful bonus, it can actually make matters worse if you snooze a little too long or too close to bedtime. Unless you're making up a sleep debt, try to keep naps under 30 minutes and closer to lunch than dinner.
If you find yourself having a hard time drifting off, your nap might have been unnecessary, or just too long.
Spirulina is a superfood that contains a large number of nutrients, from a small volume. It is especially famous for providing excellent quality proteins, iron, vitamins and minerals. This is why we call it "The richest food on the planet."
Daily Inspiration for the Soul
Today's Mantra: "I lead by example as a peaceful, nonjudgemental, loving person. I do not get caught up in petty drama and I don't take things personally."
Known for: Clarity, Self Expression, Spiritual Guidance
Primary Chakra: Throat Chakra
Affirmation: "I can express myself with ease and clarity"
Blue Apatite can help with emotional issues such as Peace, Mental Clarity. It can also help with physical issues such as Public Speaking, Stuttering, Vertigo, Weight Loss
Do you know what your Root chakra really is? Inside of your body are subtle pathways of energy that concentrate in nerve bundles throughout your body called chakras.
We have 7 main chakras that are each linked to certain emotions and body parts.
The Root chakra is located at the base of the spine and is linked to our survival needs in the physical world, such as money, our home, and food.
The body parts linked to the Root chakra are the bladder, spine, legs, feet, and large intestine.
Today's Mantra: "I am excited about today. I can feel the energy shifting. Yes my life is absolutely amazing and every moment is remarkably surprising and fun."
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: "The entire universe is within me. The feelings I experience are a reflection of the universal mind. I tune into my intuition by listening to my body. I care for the world by treating my body like a temple."