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What to do when. . .Tips for nurturing

I know it’s happened to you. And it happened to me just last week. Let me take you there:

The week has been kinda busy, but not too bad. I am heading out for a yoga training, and truly excited to be going. I gather all my stuff and a good friend arrives to take me to the airport. As we open the door to take my luggage out, my dog Finley, who is typically very well-behaved, decides this is the best possible time to run out the front door! Seriously?!?! She’s off like a shot and we can’t find her anywhere. We walk down the street, we drive around the neighborhood. No dog. And it’s time to go! I can’t spend anymore time looking for her, so I call my husband who’s at work and THANKFULLY someone has already found her and just called him to let him know. Whew. We make it to the airport in time and I get on my flight. I arrive at my connecting airport, have a fantastic dinner and get on flight number two. Once I arrive at my destination, I get my rental car. I can’t locate my phone charger right away, so I opt to use the car GPS instead. This creates the first snafu (that I’m aware of). The darn thing doesn’t work very well and I end up getting lost three times. Ugh. It’s late and I need to get to bed! I (finally) arrive at my hotel. As is my common practice, I get all my materials ready before calling it a night only to realize that I have left MULTIPLE items on one flight or the other! Including my phone charger (brand new, of course) and other items that I could really use this weekend. Sigh. I won’t bore you with the rest of the weekend, but suffice it to say that this first evening on the way to my hotel was only the TIP of the iceberg!

So what did I do? How did I survive the craziness (mostly caused by myself)? It took all my efforts and, honestly, it has taken me a few days to recover. I took out all the stops and went immediately into nurturing mode!

If you have felt this way, and wondered what to do, perhaps some of these ideas will help as you develop a nurturing environment:

  • Snuggle on the couch with a soft blanket.
  • Use a grounding essential oil. I love Balance Blend from doTERRA, but any of the woody or resin-y oils work really well here. White Fir, Frankincense, Sandalwood, etc.
  • Take a bath with Epsom Salts and/or add your essential oil.
  • Eat heavier, soothing, unctuous foods. Think soups, root veggies, etc. Earthy foods!
  • Rest when you can. Even a 10 minute rest can work wonders.
  • Allow more than enough time between appointments. Hurrying will only make things worse!
  • Give yourself the same grace and compassion you would give your child or best friend. Sometimes we are simply too hard on ourselves and our expectations are too high.
  • Stay away from those cravings! Sugar, Caffeine, Alcohol – all those things will exacerbate the issue. Show yourself love with real food and nurturing care. Drink plenty of water.
  • Meditate. Maybe a few times a day! If this is new or you have a hard time with it, I highly recommend getting a Meditation App on your phone. There are so many to choose from. A few of my favorites: Headspace, Mindful, Calm, Meditation Studio.
  • Carry a favorite crystal or wear a favorite piece of jewelry. Sentimental things can really help us feel nurturing through yogacalm, connected and relaxed. Grounding stones include: Bloodstone, Hematite, Smoky Quartz, Black Tourmaline, Black Kyanite, Garnet, Tiger’s Eye.
  • Use a mantra or affirmation. The most important aspect of a mantra of affirmation is that you state what you WANT, not what you don’t want! So, instead of, “I am getting over being so tired all the time,” it would be much more effective to say, “I am giving my body the rest it needs and enjoying the energy I have!”
  • Get a massage or have some energy work done. Is there anything more nurturing than this?
  • Go to yoga class! For releasing stress and regaining focus I recommend a Gentle or Restorative Class. There are plenty of other days to do Power Yoga. This time is for ultimate care!

I know this list isn’t exhaustive, but hopefully you found at least one tool you can use to help you get over “one of those days!” It has taken concentrated effort, but I am definitely on the mend and I am feeling very nurtured by my steps towards this level of loving care.

I’d love to hear from you! What’s your favorite way to care for yourself in the middle of a crazy day, week, or time of life? We have all discovered ways to work through difficult times. Let’s share them together!

Who knew essential oil could do THAT?

About four years ago I had the opportunity to attend a YogaFit Mind Body Fitness Conference in my own backyard – at the gorgeous Hyatt Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale, AZ. That first morning of the conference, I was in such a hurry to get everything together and get there on time. You know how it goes, right? I needed to iron something before I left the house and in my hurry, I set the iron down kind of wobbly and as I adjusted the top I was ironing, the iron fell over onto my hand! It sort of slid down my hand from just below my pinky about halfway to my wrist.

Ouch!

I burned it pretty badly, but as I really didn’t have much time , I just moved on with getting out the door. By the time I arrived at the Conference Resort, my hand was throbbing and I realized how bad the injury was. My roommate was a nurse (thank goodness!) and when I asked her what I should do, she told me to go the Boutique and see the lady at the doTERRA Essential Oils table!

Wait –

What???

Yes. The doTERRA Essential Oils table. Huh. I thought those just made things smell nice. HOW were oils going to help my hand? Oh well, I thought. What do I have to lose? If this is what the nurse says, I’m not gonna argue! Off I went. And a little sheepishly asked the nice woman at the table if she had anything at all to help my burn. She took one look and immediately said, “Lavender! You need lavender!” and proceeded to carefully drop one or two drops on my hand. I asked her what it would do, and she told me that it would promote the healing process. Ok…I guess. I really figured that I would be heading out to the pharmacy at lunch to get some Neosporin or something. But didn’t have any more time right then and went off to my training.

In all the excitement I didn’t realize it right away, but the throbbing must have stopped immediately, because I didn’t even think about that burn again for about two hours or so.

And when I did???

I could hardly believe my eyes!

The big blister of the burn was gone! And what’s more, there was a layer of what looked like ash where the burn was. I kinda flicked it with my fingernail and it just flaked off! And underneath that ashy, dead skin was pink new skin! Wow. Just wow.

As you can imagine, I HAD to know more. I went back to that doTERRA table, bought my own bottle of magic Lavender oil and asked lots of questions. I did that at every conference I attended over the next three years! And then one day, I couldn’t resist any longer, I signed up and bought a kit with several oils in it so I could try a bunch of them and find out what all I had been missing.

When my kit arrived, it was like Christmas! I carefully opened each bottle and smelled every single one. I had NO IDEA what to do with most of them. But, each week I looked up the benefits and uses of one oil and me and my husband and kids would use it for any application that we could. The next week, we chose a new oil, and another one the next week until we had worked our way through the entire kit. After just a few months, we knew how and when to use each one and had started using them instead of our over-the-counter remedies completely. We have never looked back.

Curious what essential oils can actually do for you? Here are some of the benefits of three of the most popular oils:

Lavender

• Widely used for its calming and relaxing qualities
• Soothes occasional skin irritations
• Helps skin recover quickly
• Eases muscle tension

Peppermintpeppermint

• Promotes healthy respiratory function and clear breathing
• Alleviates occasional stomach upset
• Frequently used in toothpaste and chewing gum for oral health

Lemon

• Cleanses and purifies the air and surfaces
• Naturally cleanses the body and aids in digestion
• Supports healthy respiratory function
• Promotes a positive mood and cognitive ability
• Helps ward off free radicals with its antioxidant benefits
• Soothes an irritated throat

 

If this sounds like just what you’re looking for, email me! I can help you get started today!

What’s your favorite essential oil? How do you like to use them?