As a Mom of three I know there have been so many times I have felt anxious. It is such a terrible feeling. I honestly greatly dislike to feel anxious so I knew right away this was one battle I wanted to learn to win.
Essential oils were a huge part of this journey. But before I started using natural products, I needed to journal what my typical week looked like and when anxiety was sneaking up. I needed to assess the triggers. I needed to know time frames and exactly how long and what would help me to prevent having an anxiety attack in the first place, and what I could do to kick it.
I created a framework to use and looked at it daily, then weekly, then biweekly and so forth. I updated it as needed. This helped me to stay focused and keep on track with my self care routine to prevent anxiety attacks. Hey, P.S. - I teach this exact framework to create balance! It can be used over and over again! You can book a call here to get started!
I made sure I was doing all of the basics too, like staying hydrated, started a sleep schedule, started waking up an hour before the little's, amped up my diet, and went for walks and stretched more regularly.
I then started to experiment with which essential oils I could use that were safe to use around the little's. Mandarin (Citrus reticulata), Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis), Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), and Frankincense (Boswellia carteri) became my go to's. I found that if I diffused Lavender and Mandarin when I felt like things were getting a bit chaotic, I was able to create a calm and uplifting environment which preventing anxiety from sneaking up on me.
I found that if I was already becoming anxious, using Lavender, Frankincense, and either citrus above helped my nervous system calm down faster.
I found that I could use these oils prior to certain occasions or events, or even certain times of the day to help keep us all on a calmer and much more pleasant level! Win Win! This wasn't just working for me, it was helping my children stay emotionally balanced as well. I was creating a more peaceful, fun, happy, and relaxing environment for us.
Now I am not saying that you have to use these exact oils, but I am sharing a few of my first favorites to promote calm, relaxation, and ease anxiety. You will have to do the research and check precautions of course! Especially if you are pregnant, nursing, or in regards to your child's age and health profile.
So how did I use these oils... well there are many ways one can use them. Here are some suggestions that might work for you:
SO WHAT IF I DO NOT WANT TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS?
No worries, here are a few quick tips:
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With much love! Jamie
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Have you ever heard about a new product, approach, or therapy and thought "hmmm... that might be for me. I am going to look into that"?
You write it down in your calendar on a certain day that you plan to google all about it.
You finally reach that day and have run out of time, but can still squeeze in a few minutes to just see what the hype is all about.
Your google search tells you this approach to improve health and wellness is amazing!
But then as you continue to search google... You start to see the negative reviews and the terrifying what if's or why this approach or product is actually terrible for you and not amazing for you.
Which now leads you down a rabbit hole of searching for answers that you don't even have enough time to continue searching for.
So you quit.
That's it. Done. Too much. Overwhelming. I am out. Culver's it is!
Haha! I have done this so many times!!!! Let me simplify this for you!
DON'T GET CAUGHT IN A RABBIT HOLE.
There are so many things that are known to be good for us that also get a bad rap. There are also so many people that have different opinions. Everybody is different so there is always going to be some good and some bad noted.
At the end of the day I want you to keep this in mind.
"Just do better tomorrow than you did today."
That is it my sweet friend! Keep it simple. Don't get caught going down rabbit holes and researching different Google links.
If you notice that keeps happening to you, reach out to professionals who can give you clear and simple answers.
Always keep the mindset that you will do better tomorrow than you did today. You don't need to go and bake chicken with seven natural herbs and a side of ten different colored fruits and veggies. If you are currently eating plain chicken for supper, start tomorrow by adding one veggie and one fruit to the meal. Baby steps.
If you are using a humidifier for you child and think you need a fancy diffuser with a huge kit of essentials oils because that is what the neighbor does, you don't. Plain and simple. Your humidifier is great and serves it purpose. If you are interested in diffusing essential oils, start with purchasing one child safe essential oil of your interest and add two drops to a bowl of steaming water. Then you can decide if you like the aroma, how you feel after inhaling the aroma, positive or negative effects it may have, and if buying a diffuser to go with this one essential oil will be for you.
Do you see how simplifying makes things so much... simpler. If you research everything about diffusers and everything about each oil in a kit when you are new to using and diffusing essential oils, you will get overwhelmed and quit. You will have basically wasted all that time because now you won't want to even explore the option again.
You can't start at the starting line knowing the basics expecting to finish with the fastest speed when you haven't learned the technique to get there.
Baby steps is all you need. Keep working on the health and wellness of you and your child. Don't let things get complicated.
I am rooting for you! To be honest, here is a great place to start. Start with this consistent routine -
You got this! Jamie
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Have you ever been a situation that quickly shook your emotional balance?
Did you look back and think "if only I had handled that differently"?
There are so many times I have thought this! We are only human right?
I am thankful for making time for self care every day so I can catch a view of perspective for times like these.
I would think to myself...
"How could I have handled it differently"?
"What triggered me to react the way I did anyways"?
"What did I learn from this"?
"What can I do different next time"?
"What can I do to prepare myself to handle my emotions better next time"?
Yes! EMOTIONAL BALANCE... that is what we are after.
The more balanced we can stay, the more we can teach our kids to be balanced. We can literally hand all sorts of coping tools to our children by modeling for them.
So what can we do to prepare?
Have a go to tool to use at the first sign you notice your emotions becoming unbalanced. This can be things like -
First breath... you breathe in slowly and breathe out slowly. Relax your shoulders.
Second breath... as you breathe in say "I am safe. I am grounded. I will be okay."
Third breath... blow out the negative feeling as far as your lungs will slowly send the air and as you breathe fresh air back in, SMILE and say I GOT THIS!"
Healthy, Well, & Balanced Wishes for you and your sweet kiddos! 💌 Jamie
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Jamie Michaels, Natural Wellness Educator & Founder of Children's Wellness Tree
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