Today I want to chat self care. We KNOW how it important it is, we are constantly told we should be doing it but let's be real, sometimes it's tough to make happen. Days don't go as planned, we have a family to take care of, we are exhausted... It's easy to let our own well-being fall to the end of the list. But here's the thing, when we make our self care a priority, it allows us to be a better wife, mom and friend. It makes our patience a last a little bit longer. It makes us kinder to ourselves. It allows us to feel better. It's time we say enough is enough and make self care a regular part of our schedules. It's time we stop making "busy" sound so glamorous.
So what usually goes wrong?
If you've been trying to add in self care but it just isn't working check in with these things.
I hope some of these tips help!
Hey there friends,
Today I wanted to chat about essential oils. These may seem like the new thing but really, the use of essential oils have been around for hundreds of years. For me, I got started with essential oils because I wanted a better way. For those that know me know that I am a health conscious person so it's probably no surprise we have used them in our home to support our health for the past few years. But what really made me passionate about them is when I used them for the emotional benefits. After my son was born my anxiety was through the roof and starting to effect the quality of my life and my families. My husband and I began researching and trying different things to see what could help me. The use of these oils have helped us tremendously which to me, means has helped me be a better mom, wife and person. I have researched for hours the benefits of using these oils on an emotional level. They work. They gave me a way to manage and overcome my anxiety. They were a tool to empower me. They helped me be a more present mom. They helped me be a happier wife. They helped me go from anxiety that left me dibilitated to a thriving, whole person. I am so passionate about this topic because they helped me gain my life back.
So, with that being said let's dive into what essentials are and how they can help.
What are Essential Oils?
Essential Oils are the natural compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers and other parts of plants. They not only give plants their distinctive smells but they are also a protective layer for the plants themselves to keep them safe, healthy and alive.
What can I use them for?
In our home we use them for everything. We diffuse them daily to kill germs, cleanse the air and support us mentally. We apply them directly on us for everything from supporting my son's immune system to fighting a headache. I create cleaning products, laundry detergent and germ fighting sprays. We use them to support our oral health, manage anxiety and support the body in overall wellness. The uses for these oils have changed my family's life in the last 3 years. Having the tools to support my family in a natural, safe way has empowered me as a wife, mom and woman. Recently I began learning how these oils can help us on an emotional level as well. More on this later.
Just like with our food, services we pay for and anything else that we value, quality matters. I use my oils on my family, my baby and people I love, so I need to trust what I'm using. After doing my research the only brand that I use is doTERRA. Here's why.
Oils for emotions:
I'll try to keep this somewhat brief.
I hope that this post is somewhat helpful to you in understanding why essential oils can be a beneficial tools. If you have questions or would like help gewtting started you can click here
Hanna Kuyper is a wellness enthusiast, self care advocate and believes in being kind to ourselves, our bodies and other people. She is a wife, a mom and a lover of all things outdoors. She has owned a women only wellness studio, sat on the board of a non profit dedicated to eating disorder and body image awareness and has volunteered as a mentor for girls in school. She is a current Marriage and Family Therapy Masters student and will graduate in April 2018.