With today's announcements in BC about new restrictions, I'm feeling stressed! I'm not stressed because we have to stay home, I'm stressed from all of the strong negative opinions flying around social media. I'm stressed because I fear that the more people who push back the longer this will go on.
I'm not the most social person and can be quite the homebody at times but I do want to meet my new nephew, I want Abigail to play with her friends and I want the option to travel again. I believe in and trust science. I also have so much hope in all of us that together we can get through this so we can continue to thrive.
I could rant forever but I've chosen to shift to what I do know about and that is oils!
I know that they help me when I'm feeling worked up, stressed, anxious, sick from stress eating too much chocolate. They help me when we need sleep and when I need an extra boost in the morning and they help me focus when I drift down a Facebook wormhole of comments on a highly controversial post - rather than grabbing the popcorn I grab my magic focus roller and get back to reality - the important things in life like my wonderful family.
Here's my top tips on staying healthy and reaping the benefits of essential oils at home.
Take time for yourself! It can be so easy to forget how important this one is - this is why it is my #1 tip! If you're juggling working from home and homeschooling or doing the daycare to office dash, find a way to switch off and relax!
My go to essentials oils for relaxation are: Lavender, Frankincense and Stress Away
Try diffusing the around the house and office! Make up a roller bottle of your favourite calming oils or huff straight from the bottle!! When the kids are asleep and you have 30 minutes, run a bath with epsom salts & a few drops of oils, turn off the lights and have only the glow of your diffuser on - this can be your time to meditate, check out and breath!
If you're having a really tough time with the current situation try to turn off the TV and really limit your social media time. I've had to do this frequently as I can find the negativity really overwhelming at times. Reach out to loved ones, I use Marco Polo since I can video chat back and forth with friends when I have a moment without the commitment to a live facetime call. Life can be busy but there are ways to find time to check in.
Try to get in at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. I can find this really tough somedays especially with the weather turning (epic wind & rain storms) so I try to get creative if I can't get out of the house. I let my 5 year old pick a game - most of the times it's a form of tag or racing around the house. Sometimes I stack firewood and load the wood bin inside the house. When it's not raining sideways we get our dog out for a really good walk and go as a family, it's a great way to connect and get fresh air and exercise together. Of course you can hit up YouTube and find an exercise class as well!
When you find you really don't have the motivation, grab oils!! Some essential oils have energizing and stimulating properties. I like Peppermint, PanAway, Orange and Grapefruit. I'll either diffuse or put a drop of either of those in my hands and inhale. If you've competed a hard workout, PanAway is a fantastic blend to massage over those tender muscles!
Eat healthy! I admit that I can be terrible in this category. I have a major sweet tooth and I've been known to sneak treats (OK binge eat chocolate & chips) on occasion....However I am trying to make conscious decisions on our main meals & snacks throughout the day.
For the occasional treat binge I reach for a blend called DiGize and peppermint essential oils. I get my stretchy pants on and rub them on my belly. I have a kids blend for Abigail as well - the apple didn't fall far from the tree when it comes to treat time!
I know times are tough you guys! We all have opinions one way or another but lets keep the peace the best ways we know how.
Be grateful and Have Faith!
If you don't have a stash of essential oils at home send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll help you stock up!