Daily Inspiration for the mind
If you've been stretched to your breaking point and feel like you're coming apart at the seams, it might be time to try some form of meditation to bring your stress down a few levels.
According to Harvard Business School, practicing a meditation technique can counter stress by bringing on a response that causes us to relax, lowering everything from our breathing rate, blood pressure, cortisol levels, and heart rate. Look into a yoga or tai chi class, or even look up some deep breathing for beginners articles. Meditation can be done alone or as part of a guided class with a seasoned instructor.
Creative hobbies reduce stress, improve coping skills, increase positive thinking, and increase happiness. How? Creativity releases dopamine. Dopamine influences our brain's reward and pleasure centers.
Artistic activities such as painting, drawing, writing, dancing, baking, or gardening mimic a meditative state. These activities allow you to focus on the moment and let go of your daily thoughts and stressors. Find a creative outlet that allows you to unwind and relax. If you are unsure where to start, try adult colouring books or try writing out whatever thoughts come to mind. Dive into your artistic side. Exercise your creativity today!
Did you know that spending time outside offers a variety of benefits for good mental health? Spending time outside can help you decrease stress, improve your memory and mood, increase your energy and enhance your concentration. It can also boost creativity!
Spend more time outside. Go for a hike or a walk. Bike. Read in the park, or better yet, plan a picnic! Get outside and reap the mental benefits Mother Nature has to offer.
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!
Are you fully leaning on your support network when you have reached the end of your rope?
It might sound obvious, but many of us don't share our worries or concerns with the ones we love most. Maybe we don't want to burden them, or perhaps we want to always appear to be in control, which might actually be contributing to more stress.
You don't have to run sobbing to your best friend every week, but opening up about what you've been struggling with, even just to review what's happening in your life, is a necessary release, and sharing can provide you with important new perspectives.
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!
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.
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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.