Stress. It’s a bummer.
Everything we do…
Everything we eat…
Everything we think…
They all deeply influence our bodies and affect our hormone production more than we realize.
WE WEREN’T DESIGNED FOR STRESS
Pure and simple – we weren’t designed to shoulder long-term stress. It was meant to be a defense mechanism to get us out of dangerous situations and keep us safe. Momentarily. In the short-term.
We in the Western world, however, have transformed stress into an all-encompassing sign of success. We praise men who are constantly on-the-go and demanding. We see them as go-getters, leaders, and dominant personalities capable of making things happen.
But a stressed woman? Nope. She doesn’t receive the same praise. Our stressed demands are chocked up to hormones or “that time of the month” or simply “she’s a B.”
Ladies – you know what we did next, right? We concealed it. We internalized it. We band-aided our inner struggles with a happy smile and an attitude to rival our male counterparts so that we could be perceived as competent.
And we pushed on, not realizing that we were putting our health at risk, throwing our hormones out of whack, and really taxing our internal mechanisms.
Our hormonal balance is more delicate than the other sex for one simple reason – we can have babies. That takes a whole lot more miracle-working than it does to simply provide the sperm. We have to have perfectly timed cycles, produce eggs, provide those eggs with a perfect uterine home, provide nutrients, keep our bodies healthy, and CARRY ON FOR OVER NINE MONTHS if the baby magic happens.
And guess what stress causes our hormones to do? Shut down those systems in favor of survival.
We weren’t built for stress.
And we women especially weren’t meant to endure this onslaught of chaos.
BACK TO BASICS
Sometimes we have to take it back to basics to realize the true ways our bodies were designed to function and use that knowledge to make lifestyle changes that may save our lives in the long run.
And if you are dealing with some strange changes in your body – unexplained weight gain, brain fog, moodiness, fatigue, sleep issues, and more – chances are that your body is starting to change with age, signaling to you that you had better get yourself in check before the symptoms compound and you become miserable when the hormones really drop off for good!
Starting with stress can be key to your survival!
FINDING MYSELF AMIDST THE STRESS
Admitting you have a problem is the first step in many issues that we deal with.
But I am here to tell you that you can regain control of your body, your stress, YOUR LIFE by resetting your body.
It’s not going to be easy, but with some simple lifestyle changes supported by the healing power of essential oils, you can get yourself back on track and find the “you” that maybe you didn’t even know existed!
Humans are not meant to be unhappy or overwhelmed, or habitually bogged down by chronic issues.
We simply aren’t equipped for chronic stress, the solitary factor that seems to be fueling the majority of our Western society today.
Let’s talk about getting your stress under control. Here are some techniques to employ to reduce the stress by signaling your body that crises have been averted:
– slow, deep breathing
– practicing pauses in your day
– yoga or pilates
– exercise and resistance training
– gratitude journaling
– spending time with loved ones
– self-care with DIY products
– eating with a purpose
– emotional recognition
– empowering mantras
– prayer and/or meditation
ESSENTIAL OILS TO BRIDGE THE GAP
Essential oils can also be an amazing support system for the body during times of stress with immediate results. Two of my favorites for calming the mind, body, and soul are Lavender and Rosemary. Simply inhaling the scent of Rosemary or Lavender has been proven again and again to immediately improve your mood and outlook.
Lavender’s calming esters contribute to its amazing ability to soothe the mind and body. Its light floral scent is more powdery and soft than pungently floral, so don’t be caught in the “I hate lavender” camp because you don’t like the smell of synthetic lavenders found in many skincare products. It not only promotes emotional balance but returns feelings of peace and calm to your body while supporting a healthy glow in your complexion. You will look AND feel better by employing the power of lavender!
Try some of these simple recipes to make your own all-natural products for de-stressing!
RESTFUL SLEEP SPRAY
1 ½ oz. distilled water or witch hazel
10 drops Lavender essential oil
5 drops Vetiver essential oil
In a 2 oz. glass spray bottle, add water or witch hazel, followed by essential oils. Shake and spritz on pillows, comforters, and in the air before bed for a restful night’s sleep. For added relaxation, diffuse Lavender as well throughout the night.
Stress Relief Rollerball Blend
12 drops Lavender essential oil
9 drops Frankincense essential oil
9 drops Wild Orange essential oil
Carrier oil of choice
Add essential oils to a 10 mL glass rollerball bottle and top off with a carrier oil of your choice. Apply blend to bottoms of feet, back of neck, or spine to reduce stress.
Soothing Muscle Bath
8 drops Lavender essential oil
6 drops Roman Chamomile essential oil
4 drops Marjoram essential oil
¼ c. Epsom salt
Combine essential oils in a glass bowl to make a blend. Run a warm bath and blend in the Epsom salts into the essential oils before adding to the water. Stir with hand and soak in the bath for 20 minutes. Be sure to drink lots of water afterward!
Rosemary is not just for cooking! Research has also shown that inhaling its scent instantaneously stimulates the mind and memory, opens the conscious mind, and enables you to maintain concentration. It can also reduce nervous tension and thwart anxiousness and fatigue. Simply inhaling its scent will put you on the road to redefining your sense of self and keeping your calm during the stress of daily life.
Try these amazing recipes to help find your calm and focus:
Calm & Focus Diffuser Blend
3 drops Rosemary essential oil
2 drops Lavender essential oil
2 drops Wild Orange essential oil
1 drop Peppermint or Spearmint essential oil
Relaxing Hair Rinse
4 cups distilled water
3 Tbsp. pure organic Apple Cider Vinegar (w/ the mother)
5 drops Rosemary essential oil
5 drops Lavender essential oil
On the stovetop, bring the water to a boil and then remove from heat and cool for appx. 5 mins. Add the ACV and essential oils and stir. Pour into a glass jar and seal with a lid before shaking to combine. Let sit overnight (at the bare minimum, 2 hours) before straining through a cheesecloth into another glass jar. Store tightly-capped until ready to use. Simply pour a bit over your hair and massage into your scalp, enjoying the aroma as you do so. Rinse with cool water to finish
BONUS – POWERFUL dōTERRA BLENDS
Two doTERRA Blends are my secret weapons against the stress that creeps in my life. If you’re looking for a synergistic blend of carefully selected oils to achieve immediate results, these are the blends you need!
dōTERRA’s Serenity® Restful Blend not only provides intense calm for your sleep routine, it also helps to soothe tension and ease anxiousness throughout the day. Many women that I know wear it as perfume or have it in a diffuser necklace to keep them on their game. It is a go-to blend to put yourself in the eye of the storm, where you can function amidst the chaos with poise and perfection!
dōTERRA’s Balance® Grounding Blend harmonizes the mind and body while simultaneously balancing emotions and bringing an overall tranquility to your being. This amazing blend has the ability to whisk your whole body into a sense of comfort while bringing balance back into your life. Try using it while gratitude journaling or practicing deep breathing techniques.
SUPER SECRET SOLUTION
Did you know that you can LAYER blends to really rock your body and mind? Try layering Serenity and Balance and see the effect that it has on you. What works for each person is different and application locations also vary from person to person but don’t be scared to try out different points until you find your ideal spot. For me, it’s my “ear pits” – the deep pockets right behind my earlobes where many women wear perfume. For others, it is their wrists or décolletage. And some women apply only to their ankles!
THE BOTTOM LINE
We, women, are in trouble if we don’t take control of our lives – minds, bodies, emotions, spirits, and everything in between.
We were not created to suffer our way through our later years – or any years! – and the symptoms that come from chronic stress are not just a part of life. They are huge red warning flags that you need to stop and regain control of your life before you are spiraling so out of control that you can’t find yourself at all.
There is no easy solution here. No pills, no tricks, no 30-day gimmicks. This is a LIFESTYLE change that needs to happen immediately. Stay with me on this tour through our hormones and we will begin to pinpoint where your needs lie.
And I’m here for you! Please contact me through the website for a personal consultation or to get started immediately by supporting these changes with high-quality essential oils. You won’t be disappointed!