I have a friend with a rule about shopping. If you’ve touched it 3 times, you must buy it! So when I hear at least three people talking about the same thing, I must pay attention, bring attention and offer some suggestions.
And what is on everyone’s lips these days? Stress in one form or another. Adrenal fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, digestive disorders, breakouts and breakdowns are all symptoms of our overworked, over-scheduled, over-informed and overwhelming lives!
Before I bring you down any further, look at this for a minute:
Japanese researchers actually spent time showing photos of cute animals to people and then measuring their performance. Turns out, not only does gazing at photos of cute animals bring stress relief, but it also creates better concentration and focus. Makes Facebook feel like less of a time-waster, now doesn’t it?
According to the Statistic Brain website, stress is a constant in most of our lives, and there’s nothing really surprising on the list of causes (the cost of living, illness, bosses, crap food, loneliness, too much information and too little sleep) except how pervasive and widespread this feeling of overwhelm has become. Seventy-seven percent of us experience physical symptoms of stress, such as fatigue, head pain, digestive issues, muscle tension, changes in sex drive, anxiety and just feeling like you could cry at any moment.
We need to relax, take a chill pill and get a grip and that begins when we take care of ourselves. But I don’t have time! OK, then start with a question: Why do I take such good care of myself? It may sound like a meaningless affirmation to you, but when you give yourself a question, your brain will look for an answer. Try it with anything. Are you always late? Ask yourself why you’re always on time. I help relieve my social phobias by asking why I love going to parties and being with lots and lots of people. It works!
Now that your brain has aligned with your life and given you space for some self-care, here are a few suggestions. Start the day with time for yourself, even if it’s only 10 minutes (although half an hour before the meat of the day begins would be great). You could:
- Think of five things you’re grateful for. Focusing on what’s good in our lives brings more of it.
- Do some breathing exercises.
- Move your body.
- Take a bath.
- Balance your chakras with essential oils.
(Um, what? If you’re interested in that last one, fill in the contact form below and I’ll send instructions for balancing your chakras and how to get the best essential oils for the task.)
OK, I’m not your mother, but I do care, and taking care of yourself will improve your life in so many areas. And my favorite self-care accessories are Certified Pure, Therapeutic Grade essential oils. I use them every day and they have changed my life.
Essential oils are so supportive during times of stress. I love a blend called “Balance”. It contains Frankincense and Spruce, both extremely grounding. I put that on the bottoms of my feet every morning, and in the evening, I add a drop of “Serenity”. This combo is known as “Liquid Xanax”. So calming. “Elevation” is my happy oil, and I put a drop of that on the back of my neck every morning. If you know someone who is grieving, Elevation would make a great gift.
And the name says it all: “Citrus Bliss.” Smells great, so uplifting, supportive of a good mood and catalyst for creativity. Put a drop of that on your third eye and watch what happens!
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