“You can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself first.”
I want to start this blog post off by stating that I am in no way an expert when it come to the products I’m going to mention today. My blog is strictly my opinions and experiences that I want to share with you. Make sure you do your own research and ensure these things are right for you as well!
I’ve always tried hard to take care of my body and listen to what its trying to tell me. Such as what foods affect my stomach, what smells or things cause migraines/headaches, and just what makes me feel well in general. Over the years I have found products and a routines that work well for me, and what essentially makes my body happy.
You have to take care of yourself, because at the end of the day you only have one body! Eat well, rest, and be intentional with your time.
I first want to talk about essential oils. There is so much huff and puff over these products and frankly, I could care less what others have to say about them. I think you should do thorough research and make sure you’re using natural products, as well as using them correctly. That’s what I did.
The first essential oil I want to talk about is Lavender. This was my first adventure into the ‘world’ of essential oils. I have found so many different uses for this product. The first obvious use is to diffuse it in your diffuser. At bedtime, or even when its time to wound down, I find it a wonderful smell to aid in relaxation. I also diffuse lavender when I’m doing yoga or stretching!
Another way to use this product is when you take a bath. I love to add 3-4 drops and I find it so relaxing. They say if you take 2-3 drops in your cupped palms and use the inhalation method to draw the smell all the way into your amygdala gland (the emotional warehouse) in your brain, it helps calm the mind. It has so many benefits, some I have yet to discover.
Next I want to talk about Lemon and Orange. I go through lemon like water, because I love it so much. Orange as well! I use both with my floor cleaner, counter top cleaner, I use lemon in my dishwasher as a disinfectant, and in the water when I wash my dishes by hand. I also like to use lemon for my sponges and dishcloth, as it stops them from getting a moldy smell. Of course, just diffusing both lemon and orange gives such a fresh clean smell, I love it specifically in my kitchen area. Lemon inhibits the growth of bacteria, so its a great oil to use in your bathroom area as well.
I honestly hated the smell of frankincense at first. But once I warmed up to it, it wasn’t an issue. I personally use this oil for skin care. I like to add a few drops (1-2) to my daily moisturizer. It’s supposed to help heal skin and prevent signs of aging; you’re never to young to begin worrying about wrinkles. It gives your skin such a refreshing feel.
Digize, oh god. Let me first start off by saying that this essential oil does not smell good, it smells terrible actually. But the benefits of it are worth the smell, I promise. When you’re bloated or having stomach issues, take 2-3 drops on your finger tops and rub on your stomach area. It seriously makes a world of difference. I have health issues in regards to my stomach, and digestion and I really do find this helpful. I personally hate diffusing it, unless I use another oil with it, but otherwise it’s very beneficial.
PanAway is definitely my top favourite essential oil. I suffer from arthritis, and go to the gym often so my mom suggested using this. I usually add a few drops to my fingertips and rub it to the part of my body that is causing me discomfort. I like to run a bath with a few drops in it, and it works like a charm! I really enjoy the smell of it as well, comparable to a mint smell but not quite peppermint, a fresh scent for sure.
Peppermint is a staple essential oil. If you suffer from migraines or headaches, you really should purchase this oil. Rub a few drops to your temples or the base of your neck and it works great. It’s really nice in the diffuser as well. Some people like to use a carrier oil like witch hazel when applying essential oils to their skin. It’s completely up to you, and your preference.
Last, but certainly not least I wanted to mention Thieves. I am personally not aware of the benefits this oil has, I’m sure there are MANY. I just really enjoy diffusing this especially during the fall season, because it reminds me so much of that time of year.
There are a few other things that I like to do daily, that I find helpful as well. Not only eating healthy, or being mindful of what foods you put in to your body. But also, how you treat your body physically.
I go to the gym often and I really enjoy it. As someone who suffers from arthritis I find it extremely beneficial, and it’s honestly just a hobby of mine. That being said; body aches, stiff muscles, etc, are a part of the package. I find yoga extremely helpful and even if you are not somebody who’s interested in yoga; getting up each morning and doing a quick stretch is good for your physical and mental health. I feel 10x better after I stretch in the morning, especially if I’ve gone to the gym the night before. I also find meditation very helpful. I suffer from anxiety, and although I have it under control now, it’s thanks to these few things that I do daily that it stays that way. You do not have to “meditate” per say. But sitting down after you stretch, and being mindful of your surroundings and the emotions you’re feeling can help you have a better day, every day. Healthy living has to start within you, and be continued in most aspects of your life. Treat your body well, and it will thank you later!
Lastly, I want to mention using a journal and purchasing a planner. My counsellor actually suggested this to me over a year ago, and I still do it to this day. Using your journal as an emotional outlet is life changing. SERIOUSLY. If you suffer from anxiety, or depression, or even if you are just trying to be more mindful of your thoughts/emotions; purchase a journal. I honestly never go back and read the previous pages that I’ve written. I write down every thought I’m thinking; the good, bad and the ugly and then I turn the page. I always feel so calm after I’ve written everything down on paper, because all those scary – worried thoughts that you were once thinking have been thought through, processed, and you can now move on. And the same goes for planning. I really like to be organized because where there is organization there is LESS chaos. Sign me up for that please. I try to keep all my appointments and everything in one place, so I never have to rush around and panic when I can’t remember what time an appointment was at, or when my shift is supposed to start. It’s all in one place, causing you so much less stress.
Stress is hard on your body. Physically and mentally. Reducing your stressors is just another way to make your life easier. Less stress = more time to be happy.
I plan to create another blog post at some point discussing this topic further. But for today, just remember to take a deep breath. Everyday may not be good, but there’s something good in everyday. Remember that.
“You have within you, right now, everything you need to deal with whatever the world can throw at you.”
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