These past two weeks I’ve sat at my desk for probably over 9 hours a day. On Sunday I did 12 hours sitting at my desk. I can’t imagine too many people enjoy sitting at a desk all day but it drove me close to crazy. I felt so overwhelmed, I felt a wave of anxiety come over me and I cried about 6 times in one week. I was on my period at the same time so it was a bit of a disaster, as you could probably imagine. Hormones and then extra added stress was like putting a mentos in a Coke bottle…explosion. Anyways… what did help a lot was this little evening routine.
I always tell Michael, “If you get to do even one thing that you love a day, one thing that makes you happy, you’re lucky”. I still made sure I did at least one thing everyday that made me happy. If you don’t know what makes you happy, then you’ve got a lot of adventures to go on and a lot of things to try until you find what it is. Start now.
- Move your body, stretch your legs in which ever way YOU enjoy…
I took on a challenge at the beginning of May, I wanted to do 30 minutes of cardio for 30 days. Mostly It’s been walking and skipping. On my usual route I met a couple with a beautiful golden retriever. Our complex gardens are not big enough for Golden retrievers really but I didn’t think much of it since they seemed to walk her quite often. The one day, on my walk, I noticed the man coming down stairs with her, which meant they didn’t even live in a garden apartment. I didn’t know which apartment they lived in and I didn’t see them on the walk for quite some time but this sweet, friendly doggy kept playing on my mind. A few days later, during my 30 minutes of cardio a day walk, I walked past the front of their block and looked up and she was on the balcony. I quickly worked out which number that would be and ran home to write a letter. I’m not a very confrontational person. In the letter I explained that I had a garden apartment and that I walk for 30 minutes a day and I would look after their dog if they wanted me to. I ran back to their apartment and slid the letter under their door. I didn’t expect them to reply at all but about an hour later they knocked on my door and explained that the scenario I described would be lovely so now because of the challenge I started at the beginning of May, walking for 30 min everyday, I have a new best friend who lights up my whole day and the 30 minutes of walking once a day has become 20-30 minutes of walking about 3 times a day because of how much energy she has. I started the year with no pets. We have been given so far; two chinchillas, a tortoise, a hedgehog and half a dog (I only look after her during the day). I think if another animal finds its way to us Michael might leave me. Just joking, he loves the animals just as much as I do although he denies it.
2. Fueling your body with the best food…
I thought of analogy a while ago. You were given a car, a good, beautiful car that runs quite well (the car is your body). When you put cheap, nasty fuel into the car it doesn’t run all that smoothly. It functions but not as well as it could if it was given the best fuel there is on the market (the fuel is the food you put into your body). You change your fuel to real good quality fuel and it takes some time because the old fuel is still in the system, it takes time to wash it all out but eventually when there is only superb fuel running through the engine, this car has so much horsepower, so much energy, it runs so smoothly and you realize how much of the cars potential power was lost all because you were putting the wrong fuel into it. A change of fuel is all it takes to unlock the power and potential your whole body has within it.
3. Spend some time with yourself…
I wanted to pair this one with also spending a few moment outside in silence, not thinking or panicking just listening to the sounds, the birds, the leaves. Not talking, not on your phone. I think this is the part of my evening routine that really helps me figure out me. I use bath salts made with essential oils. I put the bath salts in an old stocking and tie it to the tap. You can tie it to the tap of your shower as well. When the hot water runs through the stocking, the essential oils are released. You can also just put a couple droplets of essential oil into the bath tub. Before I hop into the bath, I dry brush for about 2-5 minutes. In the bath I do 10 minutes of guided meditation. I use the “Calm” app which has many mini programs that may help you, there is a self love series, breaking bad habits series, dealing with stress, anger, gratitude and so many more. They also have an option where you can listen to an evening story that helps you fall asleep. It’s very relaxing. Michael often struggles to fall asleep but the app has really helped him too.
Benefits of dry brushing:
- Reduce cellulite
- Stimulate your lymphatic system (system responsible for eliminating cellular waste)
- Exfoliation (removes dead skin cells and helps unclog pores)
- improves digestion and kidney function (by helping the lymph nodes rid toxins from the body)
I’ve been making my own body oils. Now that it is winter I’ve been using body oils more often since my skin gets quite dry in winter. I use the following as carrier oils; olive oil, black cumin oil, flax seed oil, almond oil, rose hip oil and grape seed oil. The carrier oil makes up the bulk of the body oil. I don’t like using coconut oil because it’s solid at room temperature, it’s especially solid in winter so it makes it difficult to put on the body. The best two would be grape seed oil and olive oil, I enjoy those two the most. Then you have your essential oils, you just add a couple droplets to the carrier oil, mix it and then you have an amazing smelling, all natural body oil.
Uses: besides smelling absolutely blissful, essential oils have over 100 uses. Here are a few;
Balancing hormones: Some essential oils can help balance your hormone levels. They can help maintain healthy cortisol, progesterone, estrogen, thyroid and testosterone levels. Clary sage, Geranium and thyme help balance progesterone and estrogen. They may help with maintaining a healthy menstrual cycle and aid in menopause. They help with infertility, PCOS and other female reproductive hormone imbalances.
Boosts Immunity: This may be especially important during the winter months. Many essential oils have antiviral, antibacterial and anti inflammatory properties. Oregano, Ginger, eucalyptus, ginger, peppermint and cinnamon.
Supports Digestion: Some essential oils have been shown to relieve stomach pain, diarrhea and IBS. They also aid digestion by activation your digestion enzymes. Fennel, Lemon grass, peppermint (especially helpful with IBS), black pepper and juniper berry.
Reduce emotional stress and anxiety: Some essential oils reduce levels of stress, anxiety and depression. Lavender, chamomile, orange, rose and ylang ylang.
Boost skin and hair health: Essential oils can calm irritated and inflamed skin, they can also be added to your hair and skin products to reduce swelling, redness, improve acne and inflammation. They also have anti aging benefits and can help with eczema, psoriasis and lupus. They may also promote hair growth and reduce hair loss. Tea tree, geranium, lavender, chamomile, frankincense, rosemary and clary sage.
Helps with sleep: some essential oils have sedative properties and promote restful sleep and relaxation. Lavender oil.
Another way to experience the benefits of essential oils is by using a simple diffuser or ceramic burner like the one shown here
With a ceramic burner, you add a little bit of water and a drop or two of the essential oil. You light the candle underneath and it causes the water to evaporate and the essential oil is released into the air as the water is turned into steam.
I will do a full blog post on home made health and skin care products using essential oils and other organic and natural products soon.
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*make sure you buy good quality pure essential oils*
4. Spend some time with someone who makes your heart feel a little fuller. Phone up your mom, you grandma, your best friend or just anyone who makes you happier.
5. Take a few moments before you go to bed to list 5 things that you’re grateful for. I think its important to fall in love with your life and with yourself again and again each day. So often we forget just how lucky we are to have what we have. Try to never go to sleep upset, or to go to sleep angry at anyone (including yourself), end every day on a good note so you can wake up on a good note.
I hope this was helpful, I am excited to write the blog post on natural beauty and skin care remedies, if you have any special suggestions or requests please let me know and ill try incorporate as many of them as I can.
Thanks for reading