Daily Inspiration for the Mind
What's the difference between stress and anxiety? While the two definitely overlap when it comes to the physical repsonses they generate, the short answer is, yes, they are different.
They can be separated by the way they make us feel and where those feelings come from. Day to day stress can make us feel frustrated or even nervous, while with anxiety, we may feel more fear, uneasiness and worry.
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.
Do you find yourself dragging from one part of your day to the next not really enjoying any of it? Let's take a quick moment to shfit that so you can enjoy all of your activities, big or small!
Close your eyes. This will only take a moment, go ahead, close them. Think of the tasks you drag yourself through. Now watch yourself dancing and smiling as you do them, grooving like you just recieved the most awesome news ever! Now you see yourself laughing as you go from one thing to the next in your mind and playing fun music, wearing bright colors, giving hugs and engaging with people excitedly. This is your new theme, it's fun and it's exciting! You are now going to bring enthusiasm which the Greeks called, 'the power of the Gods,' to every moment of your day even if it's just getting in and out of your car.
There is a popular statement that says, but first, be happy. Meaning that we often wait for happiness to find us but we have it backwards. We need to be happy for things we want to come into our lives! Be happy for now reason besides that it will make others happy!
Are you letting your old wounds hold you back from living an extraordinary life? Here's a quick meditation tip to help you heal wounds from your past.
It's time to face the wounds that are affecting you and let them go. Close your eyes and see a picture in front of you. This represents the wound that is affecting you the most. Look at the photo and decide it's time to move on and not give that experience any more energy.
Thank the experience for the lesson it taught you, and place the photo in a basket. Gently push the basket into the ocean of your mind's eye and watch it float out to the horizon.
Try letting go of your wounds one at a time, day by day. Make this a daily practice so you can be free of your past and live more joyfully, fearlessly and open-hearted! We do not need to be defined by our past or held back by any of our experiences!
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.
Don't let anger ruin your day! Here's a quick meditation tip to switch that energy into something useful. When we have anger it's energy that needs to be directed and we can actually use it to make our life better believe it or not. The first step is recognizing that we have energy looking for an outlet.
Our anger is an invitation to invite more love into that specific situation in our life. Every time we are angered it can let us find a way to be more loving, it is the greatest pursuit to let our heart find a way to love the seemingly unlovable situations. Sit and think about what you're angry about and send this Hawaiian prayer to the situation. Just say, 'I'm sorry, please forgive me, thank you, I love you.'
You don't have to let people in your life if they are not kind but you can help yourself open your heart by using this healing statement in your heart and sending them love. Then find an outlet for your passion to help uplift someone. We often feel anger when we are not nurturing the world because we have all this love to give and no outlet. Write down, my creative outlet to help people is......
Daily Inspiration for the Body
Daily StretchSpinal Stretch
Type of Pose: Morning, Pre-Workout
Hold for 2 minutes
Stretch Benefits: Increases energy, improves digestion, and reduces stiffness in the back.
Sit with your legs out in front of you. Bend your right knee and straighten your back as tall as you can. Twist from the base of your spine as you hug your left elbow around your right knee. Sit tall and let your head be the last thing to twist, using your abdomen muscles more than your arms to twist. Breathe deeply and slowly through your nose, going a little deeper with each exhale. After one minute, repeat the same thing on the other side.
Daily StretchGlute Stretch
Type of Pose: Morning, Pre-Workout, Post-Workout, Evening, Midday, Stretch Break
Hold for 1 minute
Stretch Benefits: Improves hip mobility and releases tension stored in the large hip joints.
Sit on the ground and bend your left knee placing your left foot flat on the ground. Bring your right foot to rest on your left knee keeping your right foot flexed to protect your knee. Keep sitting up straight as you try to bring your right shin to touch your chest and breathe deeply and slowly. Hold for thirty seconds and then switch and stretch the left side by placing the left foot on the right knee.
Next time you fall into bed after a night of drinking and are amazed at how easy it is to head off to dreamland, consider these interesting notes on how alcohol affects your sleep. On the plus side, alcohol has a sedative affect on us, which is why in the old days, you'd hear people talking about a 'nightcap,' or a small dose of booze to mellow you out before you head off to bed. This effect can help you fall asleep faster, but it actually disrupts the tail end of your sleep pattern, where we get the most benefit from snoozing.
REM (Rapid Eye Movement) is considered to be the most restorative kind of sleep and turns out - alcohol blocks REM. With less of that restorative sleep, we tend to wake up unfocused and a bit out of it. When it comes to your nightcap - less is more in the way of zzzs.
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.
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 StretchBack Stretch
Type of Pose: Morning, Pre-workout, Stretch Break
Hold for 1.5 minutes
Stretch Benefits: This is an energizing stretch which improves spinal flexibility and helps your posture.
Stand with your feet as wide as your hips. Place your hands on your lower back with your fingers pointing down. Lift your chest up and think of lifting up from your lower back. Lean back and keep that sense of lift. Tilt your head back slightly but not all the way and keep a slight tuck to the chin. Keep your lower abs engaged and pulling in to help protect your lower back. Hold this position and breathe for thirty seconds. Do not go to the point of pain. Slowly come back up. Repeat this stretch two more times.
Daily Inspiration for the Soul
Do you know where your solar plexus chakra is located? It's at the soft point at the top of your stomach where the ribs meet. It's linked to the color yellow as well as our will power and confidence.
Sings of an block in this energy center could include the emotional qualities of feeling low self esteem or lack of self motivation as well as the health conditions of ulcers, blood sugar issues, nervousness, diabetes, stimulant addictions, digestive issues or liver problems.
You can balance this chakra by eating a healthy diet, lowering stress and caffeine intake as well as working on healing your self esteem and self determination with will power and regular exercise that will strengthen the muscles in that area allowing the energy to flow easier.
Do you feel broken-hearted? Here's how to heal your Heart chakra.
The nerves respond to emotional trauma just as our body responds to physical trauma and needs to be healed. Getting healthy, high-vibe energy to flow through your heart can be done by using heart-opening mantras or doing yoga poses that stimulate the muscles in the surrounding area, like upward-facing dog, wheel pose, and forward bends.
Focus on self-love affirmations like, "I release the pain from past relationships and forgive the people in my past. I am open to healthy relationships."
Bring more of the color green into your life through decorations, clothes, and accessories to solidify your intention and increase the strength of the Heart chakra's energy.
Known for: Transformation, Intuition, Strength
Primary Chakra: Third Eye Chakra
Affirmation: I embrace transformation in my life
Labradorite can help with emotional issues such as Inner worth, strength. It can also help with physical issues such as Addiction, Metabolism, Smoking, Eyes
Today's Mantra: "I let go of the stories I tell myself about my life that no longer serve me. I choose to see possibilities in every moment. Amazing things are happening as we speak. The universe conspires to support me."
Known for: Healing, Growth, Abundance
Primary Chakra: Heart Chakra
Affirmation: I am connected with the tree of life
Green Aventurine can help with emotional issues such as Anxiety, Emotional Healing, Emotional Trauma, Oversensitive. It can also help with physical issues such as Stress and Tension, Eyes, Heart, Vision
Today's Mantra: "I respect other perspectives and frequently take inventory of viewpoints I hold that do not serve me. I am a student of life; everyone and everything is my teacher."