Daily Inspiration for the mind
What's going on in our bodies when we get stressed?
When we sense danger in some form, 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 a perceived threat.
The fight/flight/freeze response was helpful when we were dealing with sabre-toothed tigers and beating off competitors for food and mates; nowadays, though, our physical safety is threatened much less often, but this evolutionary response remains nonetheless. When we feel scared or threatened somehow but no physical danger is actually present, our bodies still prepare for fight/flight/freeze. Our heart rate increases, we might tense up, hyperventilate, sweat, cry, or begin to panic, despite the fact that we're really in no danger at all.
Stress balls, daily meditation, yoga and exercise are just a few things that can help us release some of this built-up tension.
Did you know that almost 40% of adults do not get enough sleep every night? Sleep deprivation has a huge impact on your mental health. It can affect your ability to problem solve, focus, and recall memories. Driving tired is just as dangerous as driving under the influence.
Get at least 7-9 hours of sleep every night. Go to bed at the same time. Create a dark and quiet place to sleep. Unwind a few hours before bed. Disconnect from your digital devices. Read, meditate, colour in an adult colouring book, or paint. Find an activity that relaxes you. Get better sleep and put your mental health first. You will be more productive and happier in the long run!
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!
Aromatherapy is an easy way to relieve stress, appealing to your sense of smell and easing you into feeling more relaxed. Stress candles, incense, tea, oils or creams are all products that can help to bring soothing scent into your world, and each can be used in different ways.
Ylang ylang, rose, lavendar, vetiver and chamomile are all aromas thought to relieve stress. Using these scents as essential oils in your bath, during a massage therapy session or in a diffuser can have dramatic effect. Inhaling deeply while using these oils can enhance the effect and can even be a benefit when you're drinking chamomile tea, rubbing in cream or indulging in a foot bath, which has relaxing effects of its own!
Did you know meditation can help heal your relationship? We often lose sight of our intention and become defensive if we don't take time to slow down and direct our mind to be loving, compassionate and have the intention to care for the person we are in a relationship with.
Meditation helps us overcome the insecurities that can ruin our relationships because we try to impress the other person or become unloving because our ego is trying to prove we are worthy of love.
Instead of thinking about ourselves and what we can get from another person, meditation allows us to see the soul of the other person by opening our intuitive knowing. This allows us to move above the insecure identity we project onto our partner so we can love both ourself and them unconditionally as well as put our mind in a place of kindness and being caring instead of greediness.
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.
You Are Here: MIND
The Holistic Triangle represents the necessity of maintaining the balance of your Mind, Body, and Soul. Being the most structurally sound shape in the Universe, each arm of the triangle is connected to and supports the others. For the triangle to remain equilateral, the Mind, Body, and Soul all need to be in optimal condition. At Daily Life, we understand the intricacies of this fine balance. We work to provide you with tools, strategies, and resources that you can use to maintain your Mind-Body-Soul balance and achieve your ultimate potential and happiness - daily.
What is the Mind?
The mind is the filter through which we as humans perceive life and ascribe meaning to our experiences. Your mind is what allows you to learn, form opinions, and make decisions. Like the motherboard of a computer, your mind is the generator of your consciousness, and therefore, your reality.
What is the Difference Between the Mind & the Brain?
Think of the brain as hardware and the mind as software. The brain is the physical vehicle that your mind exists within. When the mind habitually thinks something, the brain develops neural pathways that create certain thought patterns and behavioural cycles. This means your mind can rewire your brain as you become conscious of your instinctual and habitual thoughts and behaviours. Becoming conscious of your thoughts and behaviours is the first step towards a healthier mind, body, and soul.
How to Practice Mindfulness - Daily
Mindfulness is the practice of constantly observing, reflecting on, and directing your thoughts. Being mindful means intentionally overriding your automatic thoughts with thoughts of positivity and love. Mindfulness allows you to take responsibility for your experience of life, to be aware of how you affect others, and to use your time and energy to become the best version of yourself.
Being mindful means slowing down to think before you speak. It means taking a moment to ask yourself why you are feeling something and how you should respond. It allows you to be less reactive, anxious, and defensive so that you can live more compassionately. Because our culture trains us to prioritize thinking and talking quickly and efficiently, most people struggle with mindfulness.
Mindfulness allows you to see how your thoughts become the energy that creates your life. When you become aware of your thoughts and typical thought patterns, only then do you hold power over them. Being mindful allows you to develop self-love and self-respect, to move beyond judgement to compassionate, understanding, and empathy. Mindfulness allows you to see windows where others see walls.
Mental Health Articles
The Importance of Mental Health In Your Daily Life
In a time when anxiety and depression are becoming widespread worldwide epidemics, we offer alternative, holistic, simple ways to deal with trauma and stress to get you back on the road to emotional healing so you can beat the odds.
As we educate and practice holistic remedies for mental health, we build a foundation of inner strength that allows us to uplift ourselves as well as others. Instead of masking our problems, we encourage you to face your mental health head-on (see what we did there?) so we as a society can work toward erasing the stigma surrounding mental illness.
When you spend time worrying in isolation, your health deteriorates and your energy drains. At Daily Life, we provide you with simple tools to help guide your mind towards a healthy headspace. Your ultimate source of freedom and latent potential for extraordinary living comes from the relationship you cultivate with your mind and soul.
What is Meditation?
Meditation is the practice of focusing, clearing, and quieting your mind and body for a sustained period of time. Meditating can be done in many ways and looks different for everyone - it is a deeply personal practice that takes time to master.
Meditation is the ultimate tool of self-reflection, personal empowerment, and inner transformation. The goal of meditation is the realization that the self is not just what can be perceived with the eyes, but rather a soul that is energetically connected to the entire planet and the Universe as a whole.
How to Practice Meditation in Your Daily Life
Meditation is the practice of quieting the mind in which you work to clear out all thoughts to achieve peace. Meditation helps alleviate stress, trains us to be more mindful, and cultivates the forward momentum we need to live our best lives, daily.
Meditation can be done any place, any time. It is a practice of perceiving differently and of tuning into the soul’s wisdom. Meditation allows you to study your thought patterns and reorganize all of the information in your brain. Over time, your meditation practice will allow you to see the root cause of your feelings so we can find your inner harmony and balance.