So when you first think about sitting down with a bunch of magazines to find things that are relevant to you and your goals, cutting them out, and gluing them to a poster board, it might seem a little silly and maybe even a bit childish. I kindof thought so too but I just kept hearing “put your goals down on paper”, “get them infront of you where you can see them everyday”, “what you focus on is what you will manifest.”, etc. I listen to a ton of podcasts, read books, and watch videos on goal setting, habit forming, and all things motivational and this is one thing that I hear over and over again. We need to be putting our goals and aspirations for our lives where we can see them daily and we need to be writing them out daily as well. Our minds are SO powerful and what we are constantly looking at, writing out, and feeding our brain daily MATTERS and will start to show up in all areas of our life.Read More
I'm starting a series on essential oils and emotions and I'm so excited about it! In this post I'm going to touch on essential oils and emotions when inhaled aromatically.
One of my favorite essential oils for emotions is dōTERRA's Elevation blend. This is their joyful blend and it's full of beautiful citrus oils combined with powerful calming oils. It's uplifting and relaxing at the same time. As crazy as it might sound, when I was going through a terrible patch of anxiety I had completely forgotten about this oil and when I finally found it again, opened the bottle, and smelled the oil, it brought me to tears immediately with the relief it brought my mind. This oil reacted directly with the emotional parts of my brain and brought me an unexplainable amount of uplift, peace, relaxation, and joy in a super stressful time. It was my first emotional experience with oils that hit me so intensely.Read More
Copaiba oil may be something you've heard of and may be something you're just now hearing of! This little oil is newer to us in the U.S. but has actually been around for centuries in South America. This oil comes from Copaiba trees that are indigenous to South America and contains Beta-Caryophyllene which is actually considered a cannabinoid.
I wanted to write this post to simplify what Copaiba is, why we all need to have a bottle (or two) on hand, and what makes it different from CBD oil. I'm going to do my best to keep this super short and simple, here we go!Read More
If you are an oil lover like me, I am sure you have your tried and true, "how did all of these end up in my bag?" essential oil must haves. I have 5 that are almost ALWAYS with me. Here they are!
Peppermint Touch - Peppermint oil is one of those oils that I never want to be without. It's great for focus, energy, deterring insects, motion sickness, nausea, headaches, over-heating, stuffy nose, fever, you name it! I reach for this oil every time I feel crampy, nauseas, or have a headache and it always helps right away. I also love using it on long drives for focus and clarity! I continue to be amazed by peppermint oil every time I use it. I love doTERRA's "touch" oils. Basically these oils come pre-diluted with coconut oil and in a roller already so they are ready to go and perfect for keeping in your bag!
On Guard Touch - On guard is a protective blend. You want to make sure you're wearing this during cold and flu season every time you leave the house, before going to a doctors appointment, or before you're going to be around anyone who is sick. The oils in this blend help your body repel viruses and also help to boost your immune system! I like to have this on hand ALL the time so that I can whip it out to roll onto myself or whoever is with me when needed. I think to roll it on the bottoms of my feet during cold and flu season and on my wrists anytime I'm around people who are sick.
Peace Touch - I'll just go ahead and get all of the touch oils out of the way first. They are so good! Peace is a new favorite that I've found myself grabbing and sticking in my purse before leaving the house since the day I got it in the mail. It has such a light and soothing scent to it and of course was formulated to calm, reassure, and bring peace to the mind and body. Whether I'm in a stressful situation or am just having one of those days, it's become a habit of mine to roll this on my wrists before leaving the house and re-apply throughout the day as needed. It promotes relaxation, contentment, and counteracts any feelings of anxiety or fear. I LOVE this blend.
Balance - The name says it all. This blend is a grounding blend and was formulated to promote relaxation. This is a balancing oil blend that supports the body when we feel a bit out of sorts or maybe our hormones are all over the place. I like to put this oil on the bottoms of my feet before a long and busy day or even when it comes to that time of the month. I have been reaching for this oil everyday lately because honestly I'm one of those people who can always use a little extra balance. Ha!
DigestZen - Last but certainly not least is this amazing digestive blend. This little bottle has soothed many a stomach ache, car sicknesses, and bloated tummies. With oils like ginger and peppermint among many others in this blend, it is the perfect calming blend for the digestive system. Definitely a must have oil!
If you are interested in trying any of these oils please feel free to reach out! I have been a doTERRA wellness advocate for over a year now and would love to help you start your own health boosting oil collection!
Thank you so much for reading!
This is one of my absolute favorite things to write about. Ever since I was a little girl I've loved the idea of one day owning my own spa. It's still a dream of mine to this day! I love everything about spas. The music, the serene atmosphere, the cucumber water, all the plants, the fact that the sole purpose of being there is to relax and leave feeling better than you came in. I often listen to spa music, use my diffuser, and add more and more plants around our house to make it feel more spa-like. I love the idea of creating a living space that relaxes you the moment you step inside. With tons of green plant life, soft lighting, nice music, and relaxing places to sit down and breathe. That is my ideal home and I'm always adding small things here and there to help achieve that. That's one of my versions of "me time". Bringing home a new plant, or a new bubble bath, or a bottle of wine and really taking the time to care for my mind, body, and spirit have become some of my favorite ways to practice self-care. Here are a few ways that I unwind after a long and stressful day (or week).
1. Tackle your stressor
If work is stressing me out, or if the thing that's stressing me out IS in my control, I get it done before the weekend comes around. My stress level decreases almost instantly when I get a load of work finished and off my back that I don't have to carry into the next week. I know this doesn't sound like the best tip for an "unwind" post but I don't think you'll feel the true benefits of the next few tips unless you've taken care of what's stressing you out, again, only IF it's in your control. If not, that's ok! This post will give you the tools you need to breathe and get through it with low stress.
2. Light exercise
I always feel better after a yoga session. I'll link my favorite one here. It's 15 minutes and so nice to get your body stretched out and get some endorphins flowing. Light exercise has a way of bringing me out of a stress slump almost everytime. I like to think that I'm the kind of person that handles stress well, if and only if I've been taking care of my body and exercising.
3. 5-minute spa transformation
Grab your diffuser, find a spa playlist, turn your salt lamp on, grab a non-stressful magazine, some bubble bath, a face mask, and a glass of lemon water (I love having a tall glass of ice cold lemon or cucumber water with me in the bath. So refreshing!) and if you're a wine girl, grab a glass of wine too (but remember the water too!) I love putting a diffuser on the bathroom counter with lavender while I'm running a warm bath and turning off any harsh lighting. Above you will notice I said "non-stressful magazine" because I don't think there is anything relaxing about the gossip and drama that so many magazines are full of. I would recommend a home & garden magazine, the magnolia journal, or if you can get your hands on it, this "organic spa journal" is amazing! So many great articles and the entire magazine is about spas and self-care which is perfect when you're trying to create that environment.
4. If you need more alone time, don't be afraid to take it
Before I was married I lived with my parents but at the end of the day I valued my alone time so much. When I got married, having someone to hang out with and go to bed with every night is such a blessing and seriously SO fun but every once in a while I need my alone time. I have the best husband in the world and we are pretty inseparable but every once and a while he goes and plays tennis or meets up with a friend and I value that time that I get to myself for a couple hours. I put on my favorite tv show, pour a glass of wine and just let myself chill. It's almost like a recharge for my system where I don't have to work, I don't have to do anything or be worried about someone else for a couple hours. I think we ALL need time like that. I know it helps my stress levels a ton when I take that time to recoup from a long day.
5. Get outside
This is my biggest tip. Nature is therapy to me. We have started going on long walks with my parents almost every weekend and it's been so nice. We live near a beautiful state park by the beach and it's always relaxing to go take an hour or so long walk through all the beautiful lush greens and just breathe for a bit. Not to mention walking is great exercise! If it's cold or there are other reasons you can't get outside much, go pick up a few new plants at the home improvement store! I love snake plants, fiddle leaf figs, and succulents. Easy to take care of for the most part and It always relaxes me to have green plant life all around my house. Plants clean the air as well, so just another excuse to go buy a few. You're welcome! ;)
6. Don't forget to vent
Whether I'm talking to God, my husband, my mom, a best friend, etc. I ALWAYS feel better if I've expressed why I'm stressed and got some helpful opinions or encouragement. If you surround yourself with uplifting people that you trust and know want the best for you, there is no harm in venting or talking through a stressful day. I talk through EVERYTHING. I've never been one to bottle things up but I know quite a few people who are bottlers. Bottling things up does absolutely no good. You can't have it all together all the time and you were never supposed to be able to. Give it to God and then talk to your spouse or your mom or your best friend, and let it go. Getting stressful things off your chest will instantly lift a weight and allow more space to breathe.
Be sure to go checkout my Spa Pinterest board if you're like me and sometimes just looking through photos of a spa relaxes you. Ha!
Thanks so much for reading!