Self-Care

The key to wellness can often lie in our surroundings. Take an internal inventory every so often asking about your relationships, job/career, environment/home or activities that you participate in. Are they helping to meet my goals, fulfilling and rewarding? If not are there ways to adjust, create boundaries, practice saying no or alter your schedule?

Finding and creating a routine around the things that you enjoy, creating vibes that are comforting will allow you to be more present, settled and satisfied.

Time alone or with family and friends can sometimes do this as well as fresh air, exercise, being in nature, creative expression, listening to music, yoga and meditation.

The important thing is to find what works for you.

Below are some ideas to experiment, finding when and what works best, as it can vary with the seasons –

Aromatherapy:

Elicits many benefits one of my favorite balancing practices is rubbing my feet with essential oils before bed, this is especially great after a stressful day or traveling –

Process – Drink some tea while you are doing this, adding a little local honey and lemon or plain, it makes it more fun. I like 4 ounces Tulsi sweet rose tea or mint is good too, but drink what you like, however I would recommend something soothing and herbal (not caffeinated).
The almond or jojoba oil acts as the carrier oil for the essential oils. Place the carrier oil in a bowl and add the drops of essential oils. Dip your hand into the oil rub your hands together to warm up the oil (so you can’t use too much at a time or you will have a mess) and rub onto your feet. With this amount you should be able to use it more than once.
4 oz sweet almond oil or jojoba oil
21 drops lavender essential oil
9 drops peppermint essential oil
4 drops patchouli essential oil
                                                                                                                                                                  

spring peoniesFlowers and Plants: They light up a room, bringing color & freshness. I try to buy locally & seasonally as much as possible, not only is it socially responsible but the flowers and plants seem to be healthier and last longer. Find someone locally you trust and provides high quality products.

Lilacs and peonies are my favorite, not only do I love the way they smell and look but they only come around for a limited time in the spring, which makes them even more special.

Travel: Going places near or far is an important part of gaining inspiration, perspective and understanding. You could create a local list or bucket list of places to visit with a plan and goal as to when it would be possible to accomplish. Go alone, with friends, family or partners and have fun! 2015-12-31 15.22.18-1

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