Daily Inspiration for the mind
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!
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!
Every single person can access their intuition and life purpose through the practice of meditaiton. Meditation opens the mystical third eye which is known as the gateway to the soul and knowledge beyond the five senses.
A daily practice of meditation exercises different parts of the brain that become active when we meditate and strenghten our connection to our own intuition. We can develop a stronger communication line with our soul to hear what it is we came here to do through a regular practice of meditation.
This allows us to find what will truly make us excited to wake up in the morning. Meditation helps us shed the identity created by our environment and the ego that covers up our true loving purpose or it validates that what we always felt is indeed our purpose. Intuition increases our ability to know what is best for us to pursue and what is best for us to let go because the old saying is true 'all that glitter's isn't gold.'
Did you know that smiling alone activates feel-good chemicals in the brain? Smiling and laughing boost serotonin and endorphins in our brains, and surprisingly, also reduces the stress hormone, cortisol.
Share a laugh with a friend. Check out a comedy show. Watch a funny movie. Even, fake it till you make it. Turn that frown upside down! Improve your mental health, appearance, and relationships by smiling a little more. You will feel happier, less stressed, and lead a much more fulfilling life.
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 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.