Creating a Wellness Routine
Would it be ok if I shared with you one of the strategies that has really worked for me in creating a healthier home?
Of course, there are many ways to do this, but I’ve found that creating a wellness routine is a really simple and sustainable way to do this.
Now I’ve got to start off by saying that everyone’s wellness routine will look different! Today I’m sharing mine in the hopes that it will inspire you to create your very own routine! So point isn’t to cookie-cutter copy this, but rather to explore ways that you might create your own version. Make sure you keep it simple, start small, build from there and change it up as you need to.
It’s not a big “to do” or “should do” list, but rather a way to take small moments throughout the day to make sure you’re taking care of yourself.
Lemon Water: Before bed I place a glass of water with a squeeze of lemon juice and a drop of lemon oil beside my bed. I drink it first thing in the morning as a support to my kidneys and liver, and to start my day of with hydration.
Balance Essential Oil : This is a wonderfully grounding blend of essential oils. Because I have a tendency to feel scattered during the day, balance helps me to stay calm and keeps overwhelm at bay. I have mine a roller bottle (diluted 1/3 balance, 2/3 fractionated coconut oil) and I roll it on the soles of my feet, spine and the back of my neck.
Gratitude & Inspiration: I keep a gratitude journal beside my bed. Every morning, I take a couple minutes to reflect on the blessings on the past day and note them. I choose a gratitude card for my deck to help me focus on the good stuff for the coming day. Then I spend a couple minutes reading from something that I feel is spiritually uplifting and inspiring. I finish off this quiet time to 2-3 minutes of meditation/prayer.
Supplements: I used to be a bit anti-supplements, because I just thought that if I ate well that was enough. However, as I dug deeper into health, I realized that even if we eat the best diet possible we are likely still missing some key nutrients. I love the Life Long Vitality pack as well-rounded whole-food based nutritional supplement. It’s a great anti-inflammatory and it contains all my omegas too. Since I started using it, I’ve noticed better immune system function, more energy and my body’s joints and muscles feel more at ease as well. You can learn more about it here. The other supplement I really love is called Mito2Max, it’s designed to support the adrenals, includes Ashwaganda and it works like a natural energy boosting drink.
Focus: My days go better when I use a few essential oils to support mental clarity and focus. I love Frankincense and the In Tune focus blend for this. I keep both diluted in roller bottles and these go behind my ears and right at the base of my hairline. If I really need an extra boost I diffuse 1 drop of peppermint, wild orange, patchouli and frankincense in my diffuser as well.
Immune Support: This part of my wellness routine comes and goes depending on the time of year and the amount of viruses that are in my environment. I think of this as my germ shield. It’s a blend of essential oils that I roll on the bottoms of my feet. In a 10ml roller bottle, I put 20 drops OnGuard protective blend, 10 drops Oregano oil, 20 drops Lemon oil, and top with fractionated coconut oil.
My Daily Top 6: Everyday I start off by figuring out what are the most essential tasks that need to happen that day. I always seem to have a to-do list that is longer than my arm. If I forget this step and don’t prioritize than I end up finishing the day having been busy all day, but without feeling like I accomplished anything. When I take the time in the morning to prioritize, my intentions are more clear, and I get the most important things looked after. This impacts my overall wellbeing because then I feel successful and productive.
Herbal Tea: I’m the type of person who could quite easily just keep working without stopping. However I’ve noticed that although I might increasing my work hours that way, I don’t actually increase my productivity. I do better with a little nurturing brain break in the afternoons. A cup of herbal tea settles me, hydrates me and gives me a little bit of downtime. Currently I’m in love with variations of rooibos tea.
No Screen Time 30 minutes before Bed: I’ve found that if I avoid the TV screen and computer screen for about 30 minutes before bedtime, then I fall asleep a lot more easily. This has to do with the melatonin levels in your body. Melatonin is a hormone that your body naturally produces in low light and it helps you sleep.
Serenity: There are lots of essential oil options that are helpful for promoting a deep and restful sleep. I’ve found that the serenity calming blend works really well for me. I have this in a diluted in a roller bottle as well. (can you tell that I love roller bottles!) This blend goes on the inside of my wrists and the soles of my feet.
Visualization: This is particularly helpful if my mind is quite busy when I’m trying to fall asleep. The human mind loves patterns, so I visualize or imagine the same sequence each evening, and over time this has taught my mind to anticipate sleep and it really helps settle my mind. Here’s my sequence. First I relax each area of my body physically: head/neck, shoulders/arms, chest/upper back, lower back/belly, pelvis/hips, tights/knees, lower legs/feet. Then I imagine each of the colours of the rainbow from red to violet. Next I imagine a special set of stairs to take to me my inner refuge. Then I arrive at my inner refuge and do a couple of things there. Finally I imagine a story that I like that has nothing to do with my own life (often inspired by a book or show I’m watching). At this point because I’ve been doing this for a few years, I often fall asleep at the beginning on the sequence.
You’re welcome to take these suggestions and try them out. And if you’d like me to help you create your own wellness routine using essential oils in your own household, contact me so we can chat.
Finally I would love to hear about your wellness routine. Share your ideas in the comments.