Welcome to this week’s Self-Care Guidance for 21st – 27th October 2019!
How do you sabotage your success?
It’s may not be a question you like to think about. However, it is amazing how you, and I, can get in our own way.
I read in a book yesterday that sometimes miracles happen when we reframing how we think about something. This reframing of a situation brings big changes.
May Chang is the Aromatic Kinesiology essential oil for this week. Its light, fresh, lemony scent helps you move from despair to success.
Emotional fitness is just as important as physical fitness.
You can be focused on achieving your goals. You think you’re doing everything you can to achieve them. But nothing. You feel stuck. Then you sink into despair.
This is where emotional fitness comes in. When you are emotionally fit, you’re able to sit with the despair. You’re able to look it in the eye and ask, “What do you want to teach me?”
Sitting with despair can mean going for walks, journaling, getting a treatment, meditating, yoga or maybe counselling. Anything that helps you connect with the inner stillness and peace that helps you sit with despair.
When you sit with despair, it will eventually give up its secret. You find out what’s being holding you back. Sometimes it’s a sense of inadequacy, low self-worth, lack of confidence, feeling overwhelmed, feeling isolated. When you find out what’s been holding you back, hey presto! You make the small changes needed to move forward, achieve your goals and there is your success.
I love the Blossoming Heart Affirmation for May Chang:
“I am the light of my own success.”
You may like to write it down and put it somewhere you can see it often. In my experience, when I write it down and put it somewhere I can see it often, then it sinks in to a deeper level, to the heart level.
This week’s stress management technique is try a slow-moving class such as Tai-Chi or some types of yoga. These gently help relax the body, release tension and help build resilience to future stress
Looking to practice self-care this week? Visit www.relaxfromstress.ie for some wonderful ideas.
Welcome to this week’s self-care guidance for 14-20th October 2019!
Have you ever felt restless?
I just Googled the definition of restless because I wasn’t entirely sure what it meant. I know I feel restless sometimes, but what does it actually mean?
Restlessness is the inability to rest or relax as a result of anxiety or boredom.
When you feel restless, it often means that you are in need change. It doesn’t necessarily mean a big dramatic changed. It just means that you need to shake things up a little.
Change begins from the inside out. You need to work on your mindset before you start seeing results externally.
Do you know what you’re moving towards when you want to stop feeling restless?
In Aromatic Kinesiology, Elemi is the essential oil that helps us move away from restless to tranquil. Elemi guides us towards our inner world, so we can look deeply inside us and understand ourselves.
Within us is a gentle and deep stillness that is tranquil. It’s already within us. We don’t need to search for it. When we feel restless, we need to find a way to remember and connect with that stillness.
As restlessness takes a hold, take a time out. Go for a walk in nature, read an uplifting book, listen to some wonderful music, meditate, practice yoga, whatever it is that helps you to connect with the stillness within.
When you connect with that inner stillness, you’ll connect with your intuition as well the light and love of your heart. From here you’ll find the peacefulness to overcome restlessness and feel tranquil.
Curious how you can practice self-care this week? Visit www.relaxfromstress.ie for some wonderful ideas.
Hello! Welcome to this week’s self-care guidance for 7th – 13th October 2019.
As I write this blog post, Storm Lorenzo is making its way towards Castlebar. It is so cold out, and it feels particularly apt that this week’s self-care essential oil is Black Pepper. Black Pepper is a wonderful warming oil physically, and it a lovely oil for the circulation and warming up the body.
Mentally and emotionally, Black Pepper encourages fearlessness, strength, stamina, endurance, motivation, flexibility and comfort. Storms provide great analogies on how to cope with life. Take these quotes as examples:
“When you are in the middle of a storm cloud it's hard to think outside of it, but the only way out of the storm is to ride through it and things will be a lot clearer on the other side.” - Jodi Ann Bickley
“When the storm has passed, put your energy into rebuilding your life, don't waste time looking back.” - Leon Brown
“You can look at my palm and see the storm coming. Read the book of my life and see I've overcome it.” - Mary J. Blige
Storms come along and afterwards, we repair and rebuild. Whether it’s after a physical storm like Storm Lorenzo, or after a personal storm, we carry on and learn to overcome and rebuild and thrive.
Self-care provides the fuel for overcoming storms, rebuilding and thriving. While going through a storm, or just after it, we can feel detached or cynical. Yet, with self-care, we rebuild our inner world first, then we rebuild our outer world.
Black Pepper helps us move from denial to acceptance. When we deny when things are bad or that we’re hurting, we build a wall that keeps out peace and success.
By taking a deep breath and calling on our inner resources, you can look your situation in the eye and trust that you’ll find a way through. Often when we look at something we’ve been avoiding; we see it’s not as bad as we thought. If it is as bad as we thought, then we found out we’re more resourceful and resilient in recovery than we originally believed.
Sometimes we need support to help us to take a deep breath and call on our inner resources. This week’s stress management technique is to make time for a treatment you like with a therapist or practitioner you like. Whether it’s massage, reflexology, reiki, osteopathy, shiatsu, acupuncture, find a treatment that helps you relax. There are so many different therapies and therapists out there that it’s important to find a therapy you like with a practitioner you like. I often find that every reiki or massage therapist I go to is a completely different experience from the others
I invite you to devote some time to your self-care this week and book a session with me. This could be Aromatic Kinesiology, Indian head massage, reiki, foot reflex massage or a Kundalini yoga class. I have guided meditations available at on Bandcamp. You’ll find information on all my services at www.relaxfromstress.ie
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