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If it feels indulgent to even be reading a blog post about self-care, you’re not alone. Many people (women in particular) report a sense of guilt when they take the time, effort, and energy to build a self-care routine.
Yet, the adage “put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others” definitely holds some weight in the realm of self-care. In times of stress we’re breathing heavier, heart rate increased, we NEED to stop and care for our physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being before we become entirely depleted. That’s the essence of self-care.
It doesn’t have to be sexy or Insta-worthy. It just needs to happen. See, nobody’s taking selfies in the plane putting their oxygen masks on. Why? Because it just has to happen.
Studies have shown that women who exercise regularly, eat right, get sufficient sleep, and find satisfaction in their work and personal lives have less depression, anxiety, and illnesses, such as heart disease. The American Psychological Association has a great PDF aptly titled “Self-Care for Women: Now, Not Later“.
My personal self-care routine involves many of the things outlined by the APA paper, and adds in a few other tools, such as essential oils, that have helped my emotional balance in tremendous ways.
The big takeaways?
- Consistency is awesome, but even infrequent or inconsistent self-care is better than none.
- Laughing is more therapeutic than we give it credit for. Don’t neglect this simple release of stress!
- Negativity is more harmful than we give it credit for. Criticism and negative self-talk is the enemy of a peaceful heart.
- Saying “no” to the non-essentials is a powerful and effective means of self-care.
My husband is (thankfully) just as much of an oil-lover as I am.
Him: Whatcha making? What’s that?
Me: Something for my face.
Him: Can I smell? What are you putting in there?
Me: You’re going to steal it, aren’t you?
Him: No (… pause …) Maybe.
Later, he comes in the room and asks to sniff my face 🤷🏻♀️😂 If you think this stuff is only for girls, think again, y’all. I got a #YLman on my hands.
Face the Winter
20 drops Patchouli
15 drops Geranium
10 drops Frankincense
10 drops Myrrh
5 drops Helichrysum
5 drops Manuka
2 drops Rose
Add oils to empty 15mL bottle with glass dropper top. Fill remainder with your choice of face-friendly carrier oil. I used jojoba oil.
Apply to skin before moisturizing.
When is the last time you asked your child for forgiveness?
Parenting is not for sissies, y’all. No matter your particular philosophy, there is no “easy button” for raising children. There are definitely times I act or react in a way where I find myself needing to apologize.
For many of us, it’s SO hard to admit we’re wrong. And, when little eyes are watching our responses, it’s even more pivotal that we set a positive example. Humility, Surrender, and White Angelica can absolutely help you prepare yourself emotionally, especially if you or your child struggle with self-control. Apply Humility and Surrender topically on pulse points and use White Angelica in the diffuser or apply on your shoulders. Once you’re armed and oiled, be intentional to make things right with your child.
How-To Make Things Right:
- 1) Get on their level and look them in the eye.
- 2) Speak with sincerity and don’t excuse your behavior. Be short, sweet, and to the point. Because, trying to rationalize your poor choices to a child is… well, childish.
- 3) Be specific and incorporate, “I’m sorry I ___________. Will you please forgive me?”
Sometimes the answer will be a defiant NO. Give them time and engage their heart. Consider utilizing Forgiveness aromatically and Present Time topically on their earlobes (and yours) to soften your child’s emotional state if they are stuck.
You are loved, friend. We forgive because we have been forgiven much. Allow your child to experience the joy of extending mercy to you; allow yourself to experience the freedom of humbling yourself before your children.