self care

You know that phrase right? Self care.

Can I be honest and just say that I hate that phrase?  I've always thought that it sounds kind of icky and kind of selfish.

That is until I needed it and I needed it badly.

Isn't that how it always is? You don't realize how much you need something and dare I say, you maybe make fun of something until you really need it, like you REALLY REALLY need it.

I've been putting myself to bed early lately.  That's step one in my self-care routine.

I need sleep and plenty of it.

I've also been using all my emotional oils and also using lots of oils for digestive system support and respiratory support.

Did you know that your digestive system and your emotions are directly linked?

It's true.  It's a crazy thing to think about but it's true.  Just think, have you ever felt nervous and nauseous?  Or have you ever been anxious and had diarrhea? Remember the stomach ache on the first day of school.  It's a real thing.

Did you know that grief and breathing problems go hand in hand?  You don't have to believe me, I'll link to some studies at the bottom of this post.

So besides putting myself to bed early, here is the rest of my self-care routine right now.

  • Bergamot and Stress Away. Lots and lots of Stress Away. I'm wearing these on my scarves during the day and also on my wrists as a perfume.  I literally smell them all day long.
  • Frankincense on the crown of my head.
  • DiGize on my belly.  DiGize is great for my belly to help it function properly.  
  • Thieves down my spine.  I don't have time for germs and stress can really compromise your immune system.
  • Rutavala on the bottoms of my feet.  It's the most amazing calming blend ever.
  • Rose Ointment on my hands.  This time of year my skin is so dry and this Rose Ointment is just a little extra pampering right before bedtime.

Do you have a self-care routine?  Is there anything you do that really calms you down? Do you have any habits or routines to purposely spoil or pamper yourself?  I'd love to hear about them.

And here are those links to scientific studies I promised:

The Gut-Brain Connection
Greek Medicine: Emotions and Organs

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