Tools for focusing on you

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As the days turn shorter and colder, it’s natural and easy to retreat to the indoors and slow down.

And you should because winter is for family time, thankfulness, and even a little hibernation. But it’s important to keep the internal fire burning and keep your body healthy and moving!

This can be more challenging than the rest of the year precisely because the days are shorter and colder and because you’re spending more time with family, being thankful, and likely enjoying yourself more than normal.

Even if you aren’t, it’s still easy to fall behind on your health and wellness goals simply because you’re just a bit less active.

I’ve been in the health and wellness business now for over 15 years but focused on my personal health and wellness goals for far longer than that. I do my best to practice what I teach–regular yoga, a healthy diet, and time for myself to keep my mental and emotional foundation strong. Those have been my primary tools and have served me well.

Recently though, I had to find new tools to help me stay healthy beyond what I was already doing.

Let’s face it, as I “age” my life–and my body–is changing and I have to change with it. Otherwise, when life throws the inevitable curve ball, I’ll be more likely to get stressed and sick.

I thought I had this figured out through my physical and mental practices but I discovered I didn’t. I still haven’t and it’s clear to me now that it’s a work in progress and always will be. I guess I thought I could get away with just yoga and healthy eating.

But what has become clear to me and has even more importance this time of year, is that I need every tool I can get to help me stay strong and healthy.

My discovery of essential oils and integration of them into my day-to-day health and wellness routines has given me an entirely new toolset in this fight.

It took some time for me to really realize and truly appreciate the value of this new toolset.

I’ll admit it, I was a bit skeptical at first.

But I kept reading about and hearing from others about their successes and as I too started to experience similar successes, my skepticism began to evolve into a realization that I had found .

I expanded my exploration and use of the oils and as I did so my family began to also explore and use them. As we’ve integrated them into all of our daily routines, we’ve taken our overall health and well-being to a new level.

But it’s NOT all about the oils. It’s about the whole process–the complete toolset.

They were a key ingredient missing in my own personal success and, I have come to find, in my families too.

My daughters are sleeping better as a result of using Serenity. My husband–who has always had a bit of a challenge with focus and worry–has found something to help calm his nerves with a combination of InTune, Serenity, and Elevation. His worry has almost gone away and he attributes it to the oils.

And we’ve all benefited this season from the use of On Guard (which my husband swears has kept him from catching several bug’s that have been passed around at his work this year)

But don’t get me wrong, oils are not the be-all and end-all. It’s about using them as one tool that complements a complete toolset that helps us to be strong and feel awesome all the time.

Since it is so easy to fall out of a routine and let the change of seasons or the holiday’s or the extra imbibing or any of those things cause us stress and throw us off track, here are a few tips for you to stay on your game this winter that I’ve used as other tools in my years of focusing on my health and wellness.

  1. If it’s not scheduled, it’s not happening. Make sure you are scheduling time for YOU. Whether that is a walk, workout, yoga class or just a time to do what nourishes you and sustains you. Don’t let the cold and dark keep you from maintaining your health and wellness. It’s so easy in the summer to get out for a walk or simply be more active in general. You almost don’t have to schedule it. This time of year, it’s important to put it on your calendar and set a reminder.
  2. Eat for the season BUT be mindful of eating too heavy. It’s so easy this time of year to eat the heavier foods and foods with higher sugar/carbohydrate content that you are inevitably presented with. You don’t have to keep eating the summer salads or fruit smoothies, although those are great year round. But you do need to keep fruits, nuts, and vegetables in your diet. Soups are a great way to do this. Bananas, apples, and almonds great year round choices as well.
  3. Drink invigorating (and WARM) beverages. One of my favorite recipes is warm water, (3) drops of lemon essential oil and 1-2 dashes of cayenne pepper. INSTANT relief to your stressed out system! (Plus cayenne pepper has been shown to help with weight loss AND curb appetite which is perfect when faced with those tempting holiday foods). Coffee is great too! 😉

So here’s to the BEST holiday season yet! Let’s stay healthy together

Love – Marcia

Be strong. Be awesome. Be YOU.