Love is in the Air ~ Diffuser Blend

There is nothing better to set the mood for an evening of romance than to fill the air with an enticing scent that can enhance your mood and increase sexual arousal.  These essential oils work by reducing stress and the physical, psychological or emotional ailments that may interfere with sexual desire or arousal.

Remember that less is more when it comes to some essential oils, and Ylang Ylang falls into that category.  While the aroma is pleasing to most, it can become overpowering if you accidently use too much.

Love is in the Air Diffuser Blend

If you do not have a diffuser you can also create a linen spray by adding the above oils in a spray bottle with water. Spritz onto you bedsheets and enjoy.

 

 

Wellness Customer or Wellness Advocate ~ What’s the difference?

There have been some pretty big changes when it comes to joining doTERRA.  You now have an option to enroll as a Wellness Customer or a Wellness Advocate.

How should you join doTERRA? As a Wellness Customer or a Wellness Advocate?

 

Depending on your interest in doTERRA the difference may mean nothing, but it might mean a lot.

What is the difference between a Wellness Customer and a Wellness Advocate?

If you have decided to join doTERRA to use the products in your home, to improve the quality of your life, and have no interest in sharing with others, you will likely want to enroll as a Wellness Customer.

When you enroll as a Wellness Customer the person who you enroll with will know you are only wanting to use the products.  You will still be able to be a part of the Loyalty Reward Program and will be able to qualify for the Free Product of the Month. The only difference is that you cannot sign people up underneath you.

Remember you are only a user of the products. If you can see yourself sharing these products with others, you’ll want to consider signing up as a Wellness Advocate.

Think about this….

Your enrollment kit comes in the mail, you start using your oils and begin to see a lot of great benefits.   You are excited about your oils, and use them every chance you get.  Your best friend comes over for a visit and she mentions she has an upset stomach.

 

What do you think you would do?

Chances are you would probably offer her one of your essential oils. Maybe Peppermint, or ZenGest, depending on what you have.

Can you see where I’m going with this?

When the oils start working for you, it is only natural to start offering them to the people you care about.  And when you do that, they are going to want them too.

Signing up as a Wellness Advocate gives you the option to help your friends get their own wholesale membership.  You will also have the ability to earn money by sharing doTERRA with others.  This does not mean you have to, but you have the ability.

Of course, there is the opportunity to share doTERRA with the masses and earn a significant income while doing so.  If you would like to learn more about building a business with doTERRA please check out THIS PAGE.

So there you have it, the lowdown on the difference between a Wellness Customer and a Wellness Advocate.

Discover the reason why the Canadian Wholesale Membership is the way to go!

Let’s Talk About Mental Health & Essential Oils

Mental illness can be a very hard topic to talk about, and I am so thankful that Bell is taking the initiative to bring this often silent illness to the forefront of conversation. Having gone through tough times myself, I know how hard it is to talk about what is going on inside your head. How hard it can be to go get help when you need it.

On the wings of Bell’s #BellLetsTalk campaign which aims to bring awareness to mental health issues, I thought it would be fitting share a bit of my history and to spotlight doTERRA’s Emotional Aromatherapy System.

This kit contains 6 different essential oil blends that can be used aromatically or topically to help balance and brighten changing moods, improving your mental health.

I’d like to preface the following by saying if you are in need of professional help, please go and talk to a doctor. I am not a health care professional, I’m not a doctor, have no initials after my name.  I am only a person who lives on this planet, who has gone through some pretty trying shit and has learned some tips and tricks along the way.

A few years ago, life was really rough. I was going a lot and I found myself unable to cope with my emotions. There were days when I didn’t want to get out of bed, followed by times of uncontrollable crying.  I knew I needed help.

I found myself in the doctor’s office explaining the situation I was going through.

I left that appointment with a prescription for anti-depressants.

Did the meds help? Yes, they did.

I was able to function again. Life resumed. But I noticed that after taking them for a while not only did they take the negative emotions away, they also took the positive emotions away too. I felt flat-lined, no highs or no lows. For anyone that knows me personally, knows that I can get quite excited sometimes. I like to believe that is what makes me, me. When I was on my meds that changed.  Everything was okay. Not good, not great, just ok.  Nothing excited me anymore. It started to feel like I wasn’t living life but I was just along for the ride.

I know that medication can be very effective, and very necessary and I do not, and would not judge anyone for being on medication that helped them improve their lives.  I sincerely believe that deep down we know what is best for us. If medication is what feels right, that’s ok. I knew I needed help, so I got it, but then I knew the help wasn’t helping me anymore, but rather holding me back.

After about a year of being on the anti-depressants, I decided that I was at a place in my life where I could handle these issues without meds.  I slowly took myself off of them, without the consult of my doctor. Not a smart choice, but he didn’t want to take me off of them, so I did it carefully, from what I read online.  I don’t recommend doing this, but I’m just being honest.

It was a few years later when I found out about essential oils, and the many different ways they can be used to improve not only our physical health as well.

Now when my mood gets low, or I’m on the brink of freaking out, I reach for my oils. Since I have started using them my mood has improved greatly. Overall I’m optimistic, happy, and in love with life. Such a change from a few dark years ago.

These oils are very easy to use.

 The kit comes with an emotional aromatherapy wheel to help you identify the emotion you might be feeling.  You would find your emotion on the wheel and then select the corresponding essential oil blend that is right for you. (You may find that two or more blends are appropriate to balance your varied emotions at any given moment.) The last step is to use the corresponding oils, either aromatically or topically, on your skin.

Our sense of smell exerts a great deal of influence over thoughts, memories, moods, emotions, and behaviors. Aromatherapy allows you to employ the olfactory power of plants, using their essential oils to enhance your emotional health. This line of blends makes emotional aromatherapy easy and accessible for anyone dealing with common negative emotions, or just wanting a boost of happiness, contentment, optimism and confidence.

If you would like to learn more about the science of how essential oils work in our brain this is a great article.

If you would like a 3rd party, scientific approach, I suggest you hop over to PubMed and search around. I searched for “essential oils anxiety” and found this article on the Effect of Lemongrass Aroma on Experimental Anxiety in Humans.

One of the reasons I am so passionate about sharing doTERRA with others is because when I needed help I didn’t know about essential oils, but knowing what I know now, I wish I did.  I am not passionate about selling oils, it is my goal to inform as many people as I can about these safe and natural options.

If you need help but know essential oils aren’t right for you right now, please contact your healthcare professional. You can also visit the Canadian Mental Health Association website.

If you would like to talk more about how you can use essential oils to improve your emotional well-being please contact me at sdstruss@gmail.com. Don’t be shy. I know it’s hard to ask for help sometimes, but you are worth it. You’ve only got this one life to live, you might as well make it the best that you can.

Peace & Love My Friends,

~ Sarah

Where do you keep your oils? Hopefully not in the box!

Don't keep your essential oils in the box!!

We are creatures of habit, and if you’re just starting out using essential oils, you may have noticed that you are not using your oils as often as you thought you would. Maybe you purchased your kit a long time ago, and it ended up collecting dust.

I want to fill you in on a secret…..

In order for the oils to work, you have to actually use them.

Sorry but it’s true.

Your intentions were good when you ordered your kit, you were going to start using these oils, and the quality of your life was going to improve. Once your kit arrived, you opened the box and took out the one oil you knew how to use…Lemon, you put a drop in your water and put it back in the box.  Over time you stopped going back to the box, and now you haven’t touched your oils in days, or maybe even months.  This is not what you or the person who introduced you to doTERRA wanted.

One of the reasons that you may not be using them is because they are new, and not a part of your daily routine, or a part of your daily habits.

In order to make using the oils a habit, we must keep them where we use them. Keeping your oils in the box they came in is almost a guarantee that you’re not going to use them as often as you thought you would.

Think about this…if you are already in the shower, and then remember that you wanted to put a couple drops of Wild Orange or Eucalyptus in there with you to make it a spa experience, how likely are you to run out of the shower naked to grab that bottle?  Probably not going to happen right?

So right now, go and put an oil in your shower. My favourite is Wild Orange, but you could try Eucalyptus or maybe even Grapefruit. You go, I’ll wait here for you.

When you ordered your kit, were you thinking of using the Lemon oil in your water to help detox your body? If your bottle of lemon oil is in the box in a cupboard, chances are you aren’t going to go and get it each time you get a drink of water, so why not keep it near the sink.  You could also keep your cooking oils, like Cumin, Oregano, Basil, Thyme, Grapefruit, Cinnamon Bark in your kitchen as well.

Now let’s think about your bedroom.

Well, chances are you have a diffuser for your bedroom. If you don’t, I highly suggest you get one. Diffusing oils at night is the perfect way to get a more restful sleep. If you don’t have a diffuser that’s ok, you can put a drop of oil on your pillow for the same effect.

So what oils can you keep in your bedroom?  Maybe you enjoy Lavender or Serenity? Cedarwood is also a relaxing oil, Vetiver too.  You can use all of those oils in your diffuser, on your pillow, or on the bottoms of your feet. That’s up to you.

You may want to keep a bottle of Peppermint oil on your nightstand to use in the morning. A sniff of that will have you up and at em’ in no time.

Have you ever been out and about and wished you had your oils with you? They’ll do you no good if there at home.

Did you know doTERRA has an 8-vial keychain available? You can find it in your back office.  This keychain makes it so easy to keep your most used oils with you at all times.  ZenGest, Lavender, Frankincense, Lemon, Lemongrass, Wild Orange, Peppermint and Whisper all have a place in my keychain.

If you don’t have this keychain, you can certainly keep your favourite oils in a baggie in your purse or in your car.  That way you’ll have them when you need them.  If you keep your oils with you throughout the day, you may find yourself sharing with others without even trying. If your friend has an upset stomach and you’ve got your ZenGest in your purse, you may just find yourself a new team member.

If you have purchased a kit with doTERRA and your oils are sitting in the box barely used, I want you to think about why you ordered your kit in the first place.  What benefits were you trying to obtain? Have you really allowed yourself to truly experience the products and all that they have to offer? Did you just forget about them?  Well, I want you to break them free of the box and place them around your house where you’ll see them, and use them. Only then will you experience the true benefit of these products.

Or maybe you’re not using them because you’re not so sure how to.  That is very common, essential oils are a whole new world to be learned. If this is the case I have a challenge for you.  Look through your collection and find an oil that you don’t know how to use, and google it. You can check out THIS post to find tips and tricks on how to use Lemon, Lavender & Peppermint.  Pinterest is also a goldmine when it comes to learning different ways to use your oils. Check out my Essential Oil Pinterest Board here.  Find a way that you can use this oil in your daily life, and put it where you’ll need it.  Comment below and let us know what you learned.

If you love your oils like I do, and use them many times throughout the day, comment below and let us know where you keep your oils and how you use them. Let’s share the love and the knowledge!!

Happy Oiling!!

 

“F” Off Winter ~ A Diffuser Blend

 

Do you ever want to punch Mother Nature in the face?

 

Now don’t get me wrong, I am a true fan of nature, and being outdoors, and all that jazz, but it starts to get to me when it’s super cold for a million days in a row.  I mean really, a person can only take so much of these sub-arctic temperatures.

I woke up this morning to the sound of the wind howling. It sounded like it was going to tear the roof right off of my house. I’ve never heard it sound like that before. Knowing that it was supposed to be below -40 with the wind, I was tempted to turn off the alarm clock, bury myself deep in my covers and call it a day, however life doesn’t work like that now, does it?

To give you an idea of what I had to deal with, here is the local forecast for today.

Winnipeg forecast for Thursday, January 12, 2017

  • Temperature falling to –27 C by the afternoon (extreme wind chill –43).
  • Blowing snow with visibility frequently less than one kilometre.
  • Wind northwest 60-80 km/h this morning then diminishing to 30-50 km/h this afternoon.
  • Clear tonight.
  • Wind up to 15 km/h.
  • Low –32 C (extreme wind chill –42).

And here’s what all that looks like.

Uggh.  Throat Punch to Mother Nature.

All right I’ll stop now. But I hope you know, I’m not happy about all of this blowing snow nonsense.  Thankfully all of this wind is blowing in much warmer weather, they are calling for -9 on Saturday.  I’ll take that, hell, I’ll probably even get outside for a run.

It’s days like today I am especially thankful I can add a few essential oils in my diffuser, and lift the mood in our home.  Today I concocted the following blend for my diffuser.

“F” Off Winter Diffuser Blend

F Off Winter Diffuser Blend

I specifically chose oils that lift the spirits, reduce stress, and create a sense of happiness and joy.

Bergamot – components of Bergamot essential oil are both antidepressant and stimulating.  They create a feeling of joy, freshness, and energy by improving the circulation of your blood.

Elevation – as the name suggests, Elevation is an invigorating combination of essential oils that blends euphoric scents to elevate your mood, promote feelings of confidence, and increase your energy.

Marjoram – Marjoram is the ‘herb of happiness’.  It promotes peace and sleep and is relaxing and calming for our muscles.  It helps relieve stress, reduce tension, and soothes the body and mind.

Geranium – Geranium oil has the power to improve mental functioning and lift your spirits.  It’s known to help people who are suffering from grief.

"F" Off Winter Diffuser Blend

For those of you who are not keen on the smell of Geranium, be careful to only use one drop.  It’s a mighty powerful oil, and can be very overpowering to those who don’t like it.  You can also substitute it for a citrus oil like Wild Orange, or Citrus Bliss.

I’ve been diffusing it as I type this and I can tell that it’s improving my mood.  I’ll be honest, this blend is not one of my favourites for smell.  It’s alright, not terrible, but not the best, that’s for sure.

If you’d like to check out some other diffuser blends, head on over to THIS page.

I’d like to hear from you.  Comment below and tell me what do you do when you’ve been trapped indoors because Mother Nature has reared her ugly face?

 

Let’s talk about ~ Essential Oil Dilution

I can remember when I first started using essential oils, I thought that if I were to dilute the oil it would make it less effective. Ha, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Diluting essential oils actually allows them to remain on our skin for longer, so we can gain more of the benefits of our precious oils. As some essential oils can be very strong, diluting them can also protect our bodies from their powerful strength. There are many other benefits to dilution which we will cover down below.

Now I understand that learning about essential oils can be a long process, and everyone must start at the beginning. So here are a few questions and answers that you may have when you first start learning about essential oils and how to use them.

So….

let's talk about dilution

What do you mean, dilution?

To dilute an essential oil means to mix it with a carrier oil before applying it topically to the skin.  We call it a carrier oil because it does just that. It carries our essential oils into our bodies.  A carrier oil is a vegetable oil such as coconut oil, olive oil, or grapeseed oil.  Personally, I use doTERRA’s Fractionated Coconut Oil, but you can use whatever you have on hand.

 How do I dilute my oils?

The recommended dilution ratio is generally 1 drop of essential oil to three drops of carrier oil.  If you find yourself constantly making a small mix, you could try making a larger batch in a glass rollerball.  I’ve ordered these off Amazon and find they work well.

I whipped you up a handy dandy dilution chart that you may print out for reference. Or pin it to your Essential Oil board on Pinterest. You can check out my EO Pinterest Board here.

Essential Oil Dilution Guidelines

 

Who should dilute essential oils?

Children and those with sensitive skin may show a sensitivity response if they’ve used essential oils that have not been diluted.  Diluting the oils will reduce the chance of developing a sensitivity.   There are some oils that should always be diluted as they can be hot to our skin.  Some of these are cassia, cinnamon, clove, oregano, and thyme.

How do I know which oils need to be diluted?

If you are looking in your catalogue you will see a chart like this one which shows us 6 different symbols. A, T, I, N, S, & D.  When you are looking in the catalogue at each product or oil, they will have the corresponding symbol which tells how each oil can be used, and whether or not we should dilute it.

There are 3 different classifications of oils.

  • Neat. Essential oils categorized as “neat” can be applied topically without dilution on most people. These oils are considered mild and generally do not induce skin sensitivity. Examples of “neat” essential oils are frankincense, lavender, melaleuca, melissa, and sandalwood.
  • Dilute. If categorized as “dilute,” essential oils should be diluted with a carrier oil before topical application in every case. Oils that fall into this category are those are considered “hot” oils and have a much great chance of causing sensitivity with most people. Examples of essential oils that require dilution are cassia, cinnamon, clove, oregano, and thyme.
  • Sensitive. “Sensitive” oils are those that should be diluted before use on young or sensitive skin. Examples of “sensitive” oils are peppermint, ginger, eucalyptus, wintergreen, and black pepper.

What are the benefits of diluting essential oils?

  • Diluting essential oils allows them to remain on your skin for longer as they will not evaporate as fast, leaving you with a longer lasting effect.
  • Scientific studies have shown that diluting actually allows the essential oils to permeate our skin faster than without.
  • And lastly, your oils are going to last longer, because you won’t need to use as much.  Diluting the oils will make them go much further.

When in doubt, dilute!!

doTERRA has recently come out with a TOUCH line, which all come prediluted. This means they are ready for you and your kids whenever you need them, no fussing around.  They are absolutely wonderful, a great addition to your collection if you don’t already have them.

Where to Buy High-Quality Essential Oils at a Discount ~

It is highly recommended that when using essential oils, you use the highest quality you can get your hands on.  CLICK HERE to find out how to purchase my favourite brand of oils at a discount.

I hope this blog post has given you some tips on how and when to dilute your oils.

Happy Oiling!!

Goal Setting for 2017 ~ Setting the Focus

set-a-goal-so-bigAs 2016 ends most of us will find ourselves looking toward the new year with hope and promise. The new year is a fresh slate, right? Resolutions in hand we will charge forward with our dreams held high.

We will exercise more, we will eat healthier, we will save more money, and we will spend more quality time with the people we love. Our intentions are good, and we really do want to reach these goals, but with no real plan in place, and no way to track them, chances are our good intentions will fall by the wayside and somewhere between January 13th and the middle of February we will find ourselves right back to where we are today. Just floating through life, taking what comes our way, and dealing with it the best we can.

The reason our goals get left behind is because, more often than not, we do not have a plan set in place to reach them, and we are not tracking our progress.

Say you want to exercise more. Well, how much is more exactly? One time a week, two? That may be more but will that ultimately bring you to your goal of losing those extra 20 pounds?

In order to reach our goals, we need to set SMART goals. I won’t go into details on that, but you can check out this article on setting SMART goals.

“A goal properly set is halfway reached.” ~ Zig Ziglar

You also need to write down your goals. This is so important. It’s one thing to have your goal in your head, but when you write it down on paper you take it to the next level. It’s like saying to the universe “This is what I want, now let’s get out there and do it”.

Did you know that only 3 out of every 100 adults actually write their goals down on paper, yet statistics show that people who write down their goals have over an 80% chance of achieving them? Seems like a good idea to write them down, doesn’t it?

Write down your goals
Now it’s time to become accountable to your goals. You’ll want to tell someone what you are planning on achieving.  Having someone hold you accountable to your goals will keep you going on those days when you feel like giving up.

You, my friend, are going to be my accountability partner. I hope you’re ok with that. One of my goals for this year is to be more active on here, so I figure that tracking my goals and following them on the blog will help me do that.

The goals I have written below are not smart goals yet, but over the next few days, I will have set a plan on how I am going to reach them. I also plan on tracking them in my bullet journal, which I will cover in an upcoming post.

My personal goals for 2017

  • Daily Personal Development
  • Meditate at least 4x per week
  • Run the 2017 Manitoba 1/2 Marathon – Goal 1hr 45 min
  • Family Road Trip!!
  • Daily Exercise
  • Run 2017 kms
  • Date night with hubby once a month
  • Date night with each child once a month

My business goals for 2017

  • Educate and empower 75 new friends on how essential oils can improve and enrich their lives
  • Inspire 5 new builders to find their purpose with doTERRA
  • Go to Convention in September with at least 3 team members
  • Reach the rank of Silver by December 31, 2016
  • Teach at least 3 classes/month
  • Post more valuable content on blog weekly
  • Grow the Changing Lives ~ Drop by Drop Facebook group to 500 members

Now that seems like a lot, but at the same time, it feels attainable. I may have to adjust or add a few new goals throughout the year, but that’s ok, I have something to start with.

My question to you is this ~ What do you want out of life? Do you have dreams and goals that you’ve been thinking about for a long time? What has kept you from pursuing them?

Are you ready to take action and live the life of your dreams?  Will 2017 be your year?

I’ll leave you with a quote from one of my mentors.

Design your life

Peace & Love My Friends!

Welcome December! I can feel the joy!

joy for december

Ahh Christmas!! Joy, Peace & Love! It’s the most magical time of the year!  To some, but to others Christmas is a time of stress, anxiety, and low feelings.

I can honestly say that I can barely remember the last time I was actually in the Christmas spirit. The hustle and bustle of the season, the many gatherings, the decorating and baking, and even Christmas music. They used to stress me out. I wanted Christmas to pass as quickly as possible. I dreaded heading into the stores to do my Christmas shopping. The crowds were too much for me, and my dwindling bank account caused me much stress as well.

This year is different though. I have joy, peace and love in my heart and it feels so good. My outlook has changed and I am truly excited for what December will bring.  I’m looking forward to the holiday gatherings, the lights and sounds that we only experience this time of year.

I believe these changes have come because I have changed the way I have been taking care of myself. I started taking doTERRA’s Lifelong Vitality Supplements, and have been using my oils to help me work through those unresolved feelings, and the difference in the way I feel is remarkable.  My energy levels have increased, my outlook has improved, and most importantly, my spark has been rekindled.  I have a joy in my heart that has been missing for a long time.

The changes I have noticed in myself, have made me even more driven to share doTERRA with others. I found doTERRA when I needed when I needed it the most, when I was struggling and lost. I know there are others out there who are looking for this change too.

If you feel like you are ready to take the next step, I would be honoured to get you started on the next chapter of your life.

Many blessings to you all during this Christmas season. Peace, Love & Joy!

xoxo ~ Sarah

Battling the Rage ~ Using Nature to Release Anxiety, Anger and Rage

Using nature to release anger, anxiety and rage

Do you ever have one of those days where you wake up feeling off and know it’s going to be a fight to keep your shit together for the next 18 hours? You can feel the emotions brewing inside, a physical sensation that is scratching at the surface wanting to be let out. RAGE. Every little annoyance adds to the feeling, the irritation keeps building and building, forcing you to be stronger and stronger. But a person can only be so strong.

Today was one of those days for me. I’m not exactly sure what causes these feelings in me. It could be PMS or lack of sleep. It could be the moon for all I know, but whatever it was, it was here and making me fight to keep it together.

This day in particular started off like most days, up at 7 rushing around to get the kids up, dressed, fed and out the door by 8.  While nothing bad in particular happened, just the business of the morning was enough to give the rage something to hold on to.

Traffic has been absolutely crazy here this week, yesterday it took us twice as long to get home from work. This usually doesn’t bother me but yesterday it did, and those feelings rolled over into today and had me anticipating another brutal ride home.

The rage was brewing.

 

During morning coffee break my co-worker and I went to the local coffee shop for our Friday coffee and it was super busy. I am not generally an anxious person, but the noise in there made me cringe. I couldn’t take it, the incessant chatter felt like it was eating away at my soul. It made me feel like I was going to snap. Deep breaths Sarah, deep breaths.

At work time seemed to stand still. Time seemed to stand still. The rage settled in leaving me feeling irritable and edgy all day. Soon enough it was time to face the rush hour traffic to make our way home. Thankfully, thankfully, it was a smooth ride and we made it to daycare at our usual time.

Ahh. We made it. The rage subsided a little bit, until I saw the daycare supervisor waiting in the hallway. She motioned to me to come over.

Not today, please, not today.

It turns out there was an incident at daycare today involving my son and another child, and he was thisclose to being written up in an incident report. School has been in session for just over a month and he’s already on strike 2.  I won’t go into details on what happened but it was not good.

  RAGE.  discipline. tears.  RAGE.

 

At this point I was at my limit. I knew I had few options to get this under control. I could go for a nap, which is my usual coping method, but I really didn’t want to do that today. A stiff drink will help me relax, but lately alcohol also likes to wake me up at 4am. I lay there wanting to sleep but unable.

I decided to experiment with something new to help me release those pent up feelings.

My first step was to find out which essential oils I could use to help me deal with these feelings.  I opened up the Daily Drop App and plugged in the emotions I was feeling.

Tense. Angry. Anxious. Rage is not an option.
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The app suggested Passion, Forgive, Peace, Balance and Serenity.

screenshot_20161014-230335I don’t have Forgive or Peace so those weren’t an option, and Serenity is great for bedtime but not my choice for what I was planning to do next, so I chose to use Passion and Balance. Both of these oils are favourites of mine as they’ve often helped me in the past to change my mood.  I rubbed a drop of Passion over my heart and took a few deep breaths from my cupped hands. It’s spicy and sweet.  Next was a drop of Balance rubbed into my shoulders to help me relax and feel grounded.

The next step in battling the rage was to go for a run. Running often helps me release the negative feelings of the day, so off I went with our dog. While out on the path I remembered about something that I had heard of recently. I couldn’t quite remember the particulars but I knew the gist of it.

I was about to partake in my first intentional “Forest Bath”.

Now this may sound a little woo-woo for some, but please hear me out. Shinrin-yoku – the Japanese concept of ‘forest bath’ lets nature wash off stress.  Studies have been done to prove that taking a walk in the woods can help lower stress, reduce high blood pressure, improve mood, increased energy level and more.  Google it, you’ll see.

Wikipedia explains it as –

A forest bathing trip involves visiting a forest for relaxation and recreation while breathing in volatile substances, called phytoncides (wood essential oils), which are antimicrobial volatile organic compounds derived from trees, such as a-pinene and limonene. Incorporating forest bathing trips into a good lifestyle was first proposed in 1982 by the Forest Agency of Japan. It has now become a recognized relaxation and/or stress management activity in Japan.

Now I already know that being in nature is good for my soul. One of my favourite things to do is to go for a walk in the woods and just breathe, and listen to the silence. Tonight I did it on purpose, with the intention of relaxing and releasing the rage.

Living in the city, I don’t have a lot of options when it comes to choosing a forest so I ended my run in a small wooded area that is not too far from my house.

Using nature to release the rage.

 

Slowly I walked the path, taking deep intentional breaths. Breathing in the smell of the leaves and the trees. Calming my mind and my body.  I found a sturdy tree, leaned up against it and settled in ensuring my back was fulling touching the tree.  I tend to carry my emotions in my upper back and I wanted to make sure my back had contact with the tree.   Closing my eyes, I visualized myself releasing my negative energy into the tree.  Breathing into the rage, into the feeling in my body and exhaling it. I visualized the anger and frustration leaving my body with every out breathe, into the tree and into the ground. Leaving my body and being released back into the earth.

I know this may be “out-there” for some but it really helped me tonight. Leaving the forest I felt a lot better.

I made my way home and drew myself a hot bath with Epsom salt and lavender oil. While I felt better after my walk in the forest I still needed to relax. Lavender essential oil is great for helping to relieve anxiety and stress and is one of my favourite oils to add to a bath.

25 minutes later I emerged from the bath feeling much better. Relaxed and grounded, I was able to enjoy my kids while they played with their homemade slime and I can feel the joy returning to my heart.

slime

If you suffer from feelings of overwhelm, anxiety, rage, etc. please know you are not alone. Life is not easy, and each day brings different challenges for us to overcome. Choosing how we deal with these emotions is up to us.

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Peace & Love my friends.   xoxo