The Meaning of Spring + 3 Essential Oils to Harness It.

The Meaning of Spring + 3 Essential Oils to Harness It.

Spring brings with it not only warmer days but also a sense of hope and positivity. It’s a season that celebrates new beginnings. It invites us to see the beauty of new life around us. It inspires us to try new things with new energy and connect to ourselves with joy.
After the inner stillness, reflection and restoration of Winter you can reconnect, open up and integrate your ideas. Out of the calm and clarity that has occurred throughout Winter you can begin to bring your vision and new ideas to life. You are preparing to bloom.
Spring is the the season of new life in nature and this can be reflected within yourself. You can tune into your feelings, your cravings for change and growth and see the beauty in your emerging ideas. As nature blooms, so can you.
As you welcome fresh new energy into your life, give yourself time to tune into your intuition. This is a time to embrace the new and allow yourself to try new things. It’s a time to step outside your comfort zone and celebrate your true spirit. It’s a time to set intentions that align with the change and growth you desire.
If you’re still feeling the inner quiet of Winter, you can step into the season at a slower pace, integrating the awakening elements of Spring in your own time.
As you begin to expand and acknowledge the beauty in and around you, you will be able to connect to your inner light and beauty.
Energy, inspiration and a willingness to embrace new things comes with the season of Spring and your spirit feels the joy and connection to nature.
You are ready to bloom from the inside out.

To support you thoughout Spring I have three essential oils to share with you…

LEMON
(Citrus limonum)
When I think of LEMON essential oil I think sunshine in a bottle! It is refreshing, uplifting, and nurturing. It is great for Spring because it helps bring your energy into the now. An oil for happiness and fun, it is uplifting and energising for mind, body and soul. Lemon is great for clearing a fuzzy mind, increasing motivation, ambition and positive decision making. It is strengthening for the spirit. It helps eliminate negative thoughts, depression, anxiety, apathy and stress, replacing it with optimism, laughter, stability, motivation and joy! A very nurturing oil for promoting self-care and love.
NEROLI
(Citrus aurantium ssp Amara)
Neroli is balancing, soothing and nurturing. It reconnects your mind body and soul to a place of joy – perfect for spring. It enhances relaxation and is stabilising, regenerating and strengthening. It enhances self-confidence and fulfilment. It centres your entire being and is very soothing for the nervous system bringing about a sense of calm and at the same time uplifting to the spirit. It is a great anxiety fighter and helps nervous exhaustion and shock. It is very helpful to support anyone who has been depressed long term or short term. It also helps in times of sorrow especially when accompanied by a feeling of emptiness. Neroli is beautiful as we emerge from Winter and step into Spring.
CEDARWOOD
(Cedrus atlantica)
Cedarwood is harmonising and calming. It grounds your whole being bringing self-empowerment and love. As it grounds and harmonises, it allows you to set intentions and goals that align with you and bring you joy. It helps to improve confidence. It is strengthening, warming, soothing and helps in enhancing self-love. It allows focus and openness which enhances caring, endurance, balance and positivity. It’s sedative action helps to reduce stress, depression and exhaustion, allowing the mind to relax and emotional tension to be released. It is energising without being overly stimulating – the effect is smooth, deep and long lasting, making very supportive to the adrenals and nervous system.
The three oils above combine to create my Spring Bliss blend and will support you in the season of Spring to connect to your inner light and bloom.
There are so many oils you could use in the season of Spring. Let me know in the comments what your favourite is for Spring. And always remember, it’s important to choose what you are attracted to.

In health and happiness, Dee xxx

Let’s Do Less

Let’s Do Less

The idea for this post came from a very good friend of mine.
In my last blog post I talked about the fact that we’re all busy. It’s true.  It’s a fact of life that we all have a lot going on and when your doctor tells you that you need a break it’s probably time to actually take one. I’m not just talking about a day off here and there, although that’s great! I think it’s about regular time out and not loading too much upon ourselves. We all do it and we need to stop. Now!
You need a long term plan that allows you to thrive. A plan that is tailored to you so it works for you and your lifestyle.
But where do you start? How the hell do you do this when you’re a business owner, entrepreneur, carer, mother, daughter and the list goes on…
  • You get intentional.
  • You prioritise.
  • You practise self love and self care to the max.
  • You say ‘yes’ when it aligns and feels 100% right and you say ‘no’ when it doesn’t.
  • You take your time making a decision – you don’t have to give anyone an answer right away. I have a gotten into the habit, when someone asks me to do something, of saying ‘can I get back to you, I just need to check a few things’.
  • You schedule regular time out in your calendar and you stick to it.
  • You practise tuning into how you feel and what you need and you find ways to give yourself those things.
As I said, it’s a long term plan. One that you continually check in with and tweak as you need to.
It takes planning and practice, but it’s worth it!
Why not start by taking one non essential off your To Do list this week or month and then do the same next week or month.
Remember, small shifts add up to big changes over time.
How will you start doing less? What will you take off your To Do list? Let me know in the comments below.

In health and happiness, Dee xxx

3 Ways To Overcome Overwhelm + 3 Essential Oils

3 Ways To Overcome Overwhelm + 3 Essential Oils

Life can sometimes seem overwhelming. There’s so much happening in our lives.
We can experience breathtaking, amazing, exciting and mind-blowing situations.
Our reality can feel devastating, paralyzing, sad and astounding to us.
We search for happiness and joy in what we do.
Through it all it can seem like there is so much to do, and quite often that is actually the case! In todays world most of us do have a lot to do! And the feeling of overwhelm is bound to happen from time to time.

So here’s 3 ways to help you overcome overwhelm and come back to a place of calm.

These are things we can all do and while they may not seem new or inventive, they can have a  huge impact on how you feel.

1. Talk about it. Don’t push it aside because it will come back and usually feel ten times worse than what it did originally. And don’t let it fester inside you. The thoughts rolling round and round in your head will just end up increasing your feeling of overwhelm. Sometimes just saying out loud how you’re feeling helps dissipate the enormity of it. And once you do start to talk about it you can focus on solutions and what to do next. You can clear the clutter in your mind and come up with a plan.

2. Write about it. Journalling can really help you get clear on how you’re feeling and why. Get it all out on paper. If you don’t know where to start ask yourself a few questions – How am I feeling? Why am I feeling this way? What do I believe about this situation? Is this belief true? You may be surprised what comes up, sometimes we don’t even realise what is beneath the surface. Read over what you’ve written and ask yourself – How can I reframe this? What is the next thing (one small step) I can do to feel better?

3. Meditation. I wholeheartedly believe in the power of meditation. There are many apps out there to help you. To start I always recommend Relax & Rest – it has 3 simple meditations to get you started. But even just a minute of deep breathing can ground and calm you. Give it a try next time you start to feel overwhelmed.

Along with these 3 tips you can inhale any essential oil you are drawn to that calms and soothes you. Place a drop on a tissue to carry with you throughout the day. Or use in your oil diffuser as directed by the manufacturer to create a calm environment.

3 essential oils I love for this are…

ROMAN CHAMOMILE (Chamaemelum anthemis nobile) is deeply calming making it a great support in times of stress, worry and over-thinking. It also helps when you are feeling dissatisfied and greatly improves mood. It’s sedating properties help calm and settle the mind.

CEDARWOOD (Cedrus atlantica) is warming, calming, soothing and harmonising. It’s sedative action helps to reduce stress, depression and exhaustion, allowing the mind to relax and emotional tension to be released. It has a gentle energising effect allowing a smooth, deep and long lasting feeling of balance and calm.

CYPRESS (Cupressus sempervirens) is cleansing, tonifying and strengthening. It nourishes an over-burdened nervous system, helping to reduce stress and nervous tension and feelings of being overwhelmed. It restores calm and is soothing to the spirit on a deep level.

What do you to overcome feelings of overwhelm? Let me know in the comments below.

In health and happiness, Dee xxx

4 Ways To A Happy Winter

4 Ways To A Happy Winter

Winter is here! For some us that that doesn’t instantly make us feel good and for others they begin to thrive in the cold weather.  I’m the former but since moving to Canberra I’ve embraced the seasons and found ways to cultivate a nice relationship with Winter.

It’s important to find what works for you. What makes you feel good?

Find the things that are enjoyable for you and find time for them. Embrace them.

These are the 4 main things I focus on to keep me happy in Winter…

1. Movement. I must keep my body moving during the cold months. The less I move the more I feel the cold. The more I move the better I feel emotionally – I don’t tend to get the Winer blues if I’m doing some regular exercise. I go for an {almost} daily walk. Even when it’s freezing outside I layer up with my parker, beanie, gloves and scarf and get outside. I also go snow-shoeing (hiking in the snow) whenever I can. I’m lucky enough to live only a few hours drive to the mountains so I can get out and enjoy the beauty of Winter while getting a great workout. Connecting to nature really helps me at all times of the year to reset and deeply calm my mind, body and soul.

2. Nourishing Food. Warming, nourishing foods help keep me energised during Winter. I love soups and smaller hearty meals that aren’t too heavy. I also love spices like ginger and cinnamon to warm me up and boost my immune system. When I eat well I’m more motivated to move and less likely to hibernate on the couch.

3. Connection. It’s easy to stay at home in the warmth during winter but it’s so important to get out and stay connected with our family and friends. It can seem like a huge effort, but believe me when you get dressed, get out and spend time with those you love you’ll feel a whole lot better.

4. Aromatherapy is a lovely way to support your mind, body and soul through any season. Essential oils can help to harmonise and warm your mind, body and soul during Winter.  I’ve created a beautiful Winter Harmony blend of orange, geranium, patchouli and ginger to use in my Winter Signature Treatment. Here’s a little bit about each of these delightful oils…

Winter Harmony essential oil blend

A delightful blend designed to to infuse joy and creativity, bring blance and strength, warmth and confidence and to integrate the energies of mind body and soul.

ORANGE is for joy and giving vitality and radiance to mind and body. It enhances positive energy, enthusiasm, inspiration and creativity. It allows you to unwind & de-stress, releasing anxiety, frustration and depression and allowing relaxation to wash over you. It also helps the perfectionist to take a more easy going approach! It is very useful if you are feeling sadness, apathy or loss of hope by strengthening the soul and bringing  a light-heartedness to your life. It helps create joy, love, communication and pleasure in your day, bringing with it self-assurance, courage and happiness

GERANIUM is for balance and strength. It assists the nervous system, helping to relieve stress & depression. It is also excellent for feelings of anxiety, overwhelm, indecisiveness and self doubt.  It is fortifying, comforting and calming, enhancing contentment, confidence and the ability to change. It balances hormones and soothes emotional stress while strengthening and balancing the mind.

PATCHOULI grounds and integrates the energy between mind, body and soul. It is very grounding and deeply calming, creating a true sense of inner peace. It is great for soothing anxiety and depression. It enhances your ability to tune into your purpose and feel fulfilment. A very gentle oil great for tuning into your intuition, inner wisdom, allowing laughter and love into your life.

GINGER is for warmth and confidence. It is grounding, soothing and calming. A physical & spiritual cleanse, it is emotionally lifting.  It promotes self-confidence, courage and clarity. It is warming to the body, mind and spirit making it great for vitality and endurance on all levels. 

Use this blend in your aromatherapy diffuser or as an inhalation. For your aromatherapy diffuser use as directed, usually a few drops is plenty! As an inhalation, inhale from the bottle by waving slowly  back and forth under your nose or place a drop on a tissue to inhale throughout the day.

Some other things I love about Winter are…

  • The time to slow down and reflect.
  • The feeling of lying in bed snuggled under warm heavy blankets.
  • Fresh vegetable juices with lots of ginger, turmeric and lemon.
  • A glass of red wine and raw chocolate.
  • The fashions – boots, coats, gloves, beanies and scarves! I love them all.

What do you love about Winter? Let me know in the comments below.

Let’s embrace all that Winter has to offer.

In health and happiness, Dee xxx

Why You Don’t Need A Social Media Detox

Why You Don’t Need A Social Media Detox

Ok, so here’s the thing…

I had this blog post almost ready to publish and then I started a new group coaching program and one of the first things my coach got us to do was a  24hr digital detox – exactly what this blog post says you don’t need!

Yep, resistance came up! But then I thought about my commitment to putting 100% into the coaching program and so I got curious. What if I did get off social media for 24hrs? What would it feel like? How would it impact me?

So I did it! And for over 24hrs. It actually wasn’t that hard. Maybe because I already go for long periods not checking social media. Maybe because it was just what I needed. It was my weekend and the temptation was there to share what I was up to but I resisted and just enjoyed the moment without telling my community about it.

The idea was to really tune into yourself without the influence of anyone or anything else so we could get clarity on the vision we have for our lives. It was a super helpful exercise and I’m glad I did it. It resulted in 4 pages of journaling about my vision, who I am, who I need to be and what I need to do to become the next level or version of myself.

So maybe you do need to get off social media every now and then.
Having said that, I still think my thoughts on not needing to get off social media are valid.

Here’s the article I had started…

No, I’m not going to suggest you get off social media for a day, a weekend, a whole week. I’m not going to tell you to get off social media if you’re on holidays or any other reason.

I’ve got another suggestion.

Let’s work towards creating a life where social media doesn’t feel icky or overwhelming, negative or nasty. Where it doesn’t cause procrastination. Where you’re not comparing yourself to everyone else and falling short!

Let’s work towards creating a life where social media builds a sense of community, uplifts us, inspires us, helps us, supports us to become the person we choose to be.

On a broader perspective let’s create a life where we don’t feel the need to ‘escape’ from our everyday life. Whether that’s using social media as an escape or feeling we need to escape from social media because it feels necessary yet toxic.

If social media is part of your life use it when it feels good and right and when it doesn’t don’t go there. Unfollow anything that doesn’t resonate with you.

Same with life in general. I know there will always be things you have to do that aren’t the height of joy but you can try to find a balance that works for you. This will be different for everyone. Do what makes you happy in the moment. Make decisions that are aligned with how you want your life to be. This will allow you to feel a sense of inner calm and clarity far more often than feeling anxious and overwhelmed.

Find the amount of social media that works for you.

Find the amount of ‘anything in your life’ that works for you. Work. Self Care. Food. Social Life. Personal Development. Creativity. The list goes on.

When you make decisions that are right for you and in alignment with the vision you have for your life you’re cultivating and growing what feels fantastic for you and  you’ll actually crowd out the anxiety and overwhelm.

I hope that makes sense. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

In health and happiness, Dee xxx

Why You Need Gratitude

Why You Need Gratitude

Gratitude is no doubt something you’ve heard about if you’ve been exploring the personal development world. You may have tried it for a while or maybe not. You may even think it seems too simple to work or you just don’t have time or possibly you just don’t know how practising gratitude could actually improve your life.

So what is gratitude?

The dictionary defines it as ‘the quality or feeling of being grateful or thankful’.
I think of gratitude as the practice of feeling deep appreciation for the good things in your life, big and small.

Your thoughts and your words create your reality. So when you have a regular practice of acknowledging what you’re grateful for you will feel and attract more of that into your life.

Gratitude focuses on, and therefore cultivates, positivity, joy, purpose, success, love and optimism.

Personally I find that tuning in to gratitude and really feeling it helps me let go of feelings of anxiety. The gratitude crowds out the anxiety I feel in my chest and stomach and replaces it with a sense of calm and peace. This allows more space and opportunity to focus on kindness, ease and self care.

It is simple and it does work. But here’s the thing, it’s like most things that are good for us, it requires consistency.

Consistency creates a cumulative effect that can be so powerful.

Start now. Keep doing it every day. When you’re thinking it isn’t really working, keep doing it. Because one day you’ll realise the difference it has made to your life over time. And it will continue to do so.

This in turn allows you to feel more grateful and so the effect and benefits grow.

My gratitude practise is super simple. Every night, as part of my journaling practise, I write down what I’m grateful for that day. Sometimes it’s just one thing – like my comfy warm bed or the glass of red I had with dinner. Other times it’s something bigger – like the unwavering support I have from my Andrew (my hubby) and friends. 

I find it helps me to focus on abundance over lack and to see the positive in people and situations. 

When I’m grateful I feel less anxious. When I’m grateful I feel more peace and contentment. When I’m grateful I attract more of that goodness into my life.

Do you have a gratitude practice? Let me know in the comments below how it has helped you.

In health and happiness, Dee xxx

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