10 Ways To Stay Stress Free

10 Ways To Stay Stress Free

10 Ways To Stay Stress Free

2015 is well and truly upon us now.  You’ve had a little break. You de-stressed. You’re relaxed and ready to take on the year.

…or at least you thought you were.

You’re back at work and perhaps you’re realising just how much there is to do.

You might be wondering how on earth you’re going to stay stress free and create that balanced life you’re craving.

The good news is that it is possible.

Just remember that ‘balance’ is what you desire it to be and will be in a constant state of flow as things come and go and change in your life. What I’m saying here is that there is no set formula. We are all individuals, different things work for different people, so experiment to see what feels great for you .

In the meantime I’m going to share will you 10 of the things that help me stay stress free.

10 Ways to help you stay STRESS FREE

1. Eat well and eat regularly. Eating nourishing food that suits your body is a must to stay stress free, as is eating regularly – when your blood sugar drops it can be an instant downer on your mood.  I always start the day with a smoothie to energise my body. Lunch is usually pretty light for me – left overs from the night before or something easy to fit in around my work schedule. And dinner is usually full of veggies and some protein.  Tune in to your energy levels and your body’s needs.

2. Be organised. I don’t know about you, but for me organisation = a clear mind and waaaay less stress. Things always seem to go more smoothly when I’ve got things organised. Take some time at the beginning of each day to get organised. Or, as I like to do, each evening prepare for the next days events.

3. Get plenty of rest. This isn’t always an easy one but well worth the effort. Take regular breaks during the day to keep your energy up and avoid fatigue. Get enough sleep. Are you a morning person or a night owl? work around what suits you best and you’ll more easily be able to get the sleep you need.

4. Move your body. I’m going to be honest here and say I’ve been very slack on this front the last few months. I can make lots of excuses, some real, some not so real! But I’m committing to more regular movement. I love my evening walks to get out in nature and release the days stress. I’m also going to include mini some yoga sessions in my week. What’s your favourite way to move your body?

5. Love your work. I’m lucky that I have the best job in the world. I absolutely love what I do – my clients, the treatments, developing my wellbeing and lifestyle coaching and, yes, I even love the study I’m doing!  Loving what you do definitely reduces how much stress is in your life. If you feel like you’re stuck in a job you don’t like, concentrate on the positive things while you’re searching for your true purpose. This might be the great people you work with, the hours, the proximity to home, the money or the flexibility. When you concentrate on the positive your whole life can change and the stress just melts away.

6. Be around positive people. This one is super important for me. Choose to around those that lift you up, inspire you and encourage you to be your best and follow your dreams. Reduce (or eliminate if possible) your time with anyone who is negative about themselves and the world. It’s draining and remember, like attracts like. More positivity in your life means attracting even more of it into your life which has to mean less stress.

7. Do something fun every day. It can be absolutely anything. A hearty laugh. A phone call to a friend. A coffee at your favourite cafe. Reading. Cooking. Lunch with the girls. Your favourite tv show. A glass of bubbly. Whatever is fun for you, do it and do it everyday.

8. Meditate. My life is so much calmer with meditation. Sometimes it’s only 10 mins a day, sometimes more. For me meditation reduces stress and anxiety in my life so it’s a must do, a non-negotiable. It clears my mind, calms my nerves, helps me sleep better, grounds me and keeps me in the present moment.

9. Get Regular massage. Or your favourite treatment. Self care is a necessity to wellbeing and definitely a way of staying stress free. There are so many benefits of regular massage, I talked about some of them here.

10. Use Aromatherapy. I couldn’t leave this one out. Essential oils are part of my daily life. They have so many benefits, one of them of course is helping us deal with stress. There are so many essential oils to use reduce stress. At the moment I’m loving geranium and  sandalwood. Find out about some of the others I love here.

So that’s my 10 tips. I’d love to hear what you do to stay stress free. Head to the comments below and let me know.

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In health and happiness, Dee xxx

 

Soul Salt Scrub

Soul Salt Scrub

soul salt scrub ingredients

At this busy time of year it’s so important to look after yourself and what better way than to make your very own home made Soul Salt Scrub.

Soul Salt Scrub

Ingredients:

 

What to do:

  • Combine carrier oil and Soul 100% pure essential oil blend, stir gently.
  • Add himalayan salt and stir to combine.

 

How to use:

For smooth, moisturised skin:

  • Using small amounts at a time apply to damp skin in a gentle circular motion to exfoliate the skin.
  • Work your way from the feet up, applying to your entire body. I don’t recommend using on your face as the salt can be too harsh.
  • Rinse off under the shower.
  • Pat skin gently with a towel to dry.
 (note: be a little careful in the shower as sometimes the oil can make it a bit slippery)
 
How great does your skin feel?

The salt exfoliates dead skin cells and the oil soothes and moisturises your skin.

Plus the essential oils harmonise, refresh and centre your whole being.

You can get your Soul Blend here or use whatever oils you’re drawn to.

Have you made a salt scrub before? Try this one and let me know how you go in the comments below.

In Health and Happiness, Dee xxx

Aromatherapy For Stress

Aromatherapy For Stress

Stress Busting Essential Oils

What is stress?

The definition of stress from the Oxford Medical Dictionary is any factor that threatens the health of the body or has an adverse effect on it’s functioning such as injury, disease or worry.

When most of us refer to stress we are talking about the emotional strain or tension that we suffer during demanding or high pressure situations.  At these times we may feel worried, anxious, fearful, agitated and often unable to cope.

We all have a different stress threshold and some of us cope better with certain things than others.  Our response to stress depends on the state of our health, diet, previous experiences and the support network we have around us.

Stress affects us at all at different times in our lives

As long as it’s short term the body and mind returns to a balanced happy state.

However, if we suffer long term stress it can have a negative effect our health.  Insomnia, emotional and physical exhaustion, hormonal imbalances and depression are just some of today’s stress related dis-eases.

Aromatherapy can help you during stressful times

It can help alleviate feelings of stress and bring about positive feelings to help you cope with demanding situations.

Inhalation is a fantastic way to use essential oils in times of stress. Inhale essential oils directly from bottle, place a few drops on a tissue or on your pillow at night.  Add 6 – 12 drops to your oil burner. You can also use a face, body or room mist.

Essential oils can also be used in a relaxing bath or in a base oil for massage. Massage is particularly good as it deeply relaxes and improves your general well-being.

Aromatherapy for stress

Choose essential oils that calm and soothe your body, mind and soul. That uplift you and bring you joy.

These are my top ten stress-busting essential oils:

Bergamot: it’s sedative yet uplifting qualities balance the emotions in times of stress.  It soothes the soul and strengthens the spirit.  It is gentle, positive and joyful.

Chamomile (Roman): is deeply calming especially for those who are emotional and sensitive, over-think things and worry a lot.  It also reduces insomnia brought on by stress.

Cypress: strengthens the nervous system, cleanses the spirit and restores inner calm.   It soothes and balances the emotions.  It is great for stress brought about by change.

Geranium: is balancing on the nervous system and the hormones, helping to reduce stress and restore harmony.  It enhances mood and helps bring about a sense of contentment and comfort.

Lavender: it’s sedating effect helps to ease stress. It is also balancing and one of the most calming and relaxing oils for the nervous system as a whole, assisting on both a physical and emotional level.

Lemon: is a happy oil – sunshine in a bottle!  It is uplifting and strengthening for the spirit.  Very refreshing and clearing for the mind.  It brings about laughter, joy and optimism.

Rosemary: is an excellent tonic for the nervous system.  It is strengthening and stimulating for the mind, helping to bring about a sense of clarity.  It assists in times of nervous fatigue and apathy, enhancing positive energy and confidence.

Sandalwood: is one of the best grounding, soothing and calming oils making it perfect for treating stress.  It helps reduce tension, overcome feelings of isolation, bringing a sense of tranquillity, warmth, healing, hope and love.

Vanilla: is soothing and calming, bringing a sense of peace and positivity to ones soul. It’s relaxing properties ease restlessness and insomnia and help to elevate your mood.

Ylang Ylang: is sedating in times of severe tension bringing joy, serenity and comfort.  It enhances self-confidence, tenderness, care for oneself and encourages a passion for life.

You can use these essential oils alone or in a combination. You’ll probably find you like different ones at different times. There is no right or wrong choice, if it makes you feel good then that’s the oil for you!

I urge you to see your GP or natural health practitioner for advice and treatment if you are suffering from long term stress or feel that you aren’t coping with any situation you are in.

What is your favourite stress-busting essential oil? Head to the comments below and let me know.

In health and happiness, Dee

Information comes from my own experience with clients, my personal journey and from The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy by Salvatore Battaglia.

Introduction To Aromatherapy Video

Introduction To Aromatherapy Video

I created a new video for you.

Whether you’re new to aromatherapy or have been using it for a while, this Introduction To Aromatherapy video gets back to basics. I explain just what aromatherapy is and a few of the benefits of using it in your everyday life.

Watch my Introduction to Aromatherapy Video:

Do you use essential oils?

Head to the comments below and tell me what your favourite essential oil is.

And subscribe to my YouTube channel to keep up to date with my new videos as I publish them.

In Health and Happiness, Dee xxx

Welcome To maa organics Video

Welcome To maa organics Video

Last week I created my first ever video for you.

You may have already seen it on my facebook page but I wanted to share it with you here on the blog and tell you why I took the leap to connect with you in this way.

In this video I tell you a little bit about me and what I do at maa organics. At the end I ask about you. I really would love to know what you’re passionate about and one thing I could help you with. So please share with me in the comments or email me at info@maaorganics.com.au.

Watch my Welcome To maa organics Video:

So, why video?

Despite being nervous and scared to put myself out there – my face, my voice, to me that’s pretty damn scary!, I wanted to create a more ‘real’ connection with you. To show my passion and love for what I do that is sometimes hard to put into words on a page.

It is my hope that I can share lots of information in short, easy to digest videos that will help you on your wellbeing journey.

Is there something you would like me to create a short video about?

Head to the comments below and let me know.

In Health and Happiness, Dee xxx

5 Ways To Boost Your Vitality PLUS 3 Aromatherapy Blends

5 Ways To Boost Your Vitality PLUS 3 Aromatherapy Blends

Boost Your Vitality

It’s the end of the week and you feel exhausted.

Or maybe it’s the beginning of the week and you’re struggling to get started.

Do you often feel tired and low on energy?

You are not alone. The good news is that there are things you can do yourself to boost your vitality NOW.

Here’s 5 Ways To Boost Your Vitality

  1. REST your whole being. Rest is so important.  If you are feeling tired your body is probably telling you to rest, along with your mind. Listen to your body. Listen to that voice in your head. Take some time out to nurture yourself. Have a warm bath. Give yourself a face mask. Get to bed earlier.  When you allow your body and mind to regenerate you will feel more positive and energetic. Your vitality will return along with your love and enthusiasm for life.
  2. NOURISH body. Listen to your body. What do you feel like eating? Eat healthy fresh food. Lots of colourful fruits and vegetables. Cut down or eliminate, if possible, processed foods. Drink lots of water. And try some herbal teas like ginger, lemongrass or peppermint.
  3. MOVE your body. Be gentle and kind. You don’t have to go for a 5km run or sweat yourself silly if you don’t feel like it. Of course, if that is what you need then do it. But you might want to do a yoga class or a walk in the park. Any movement that feels good for you is perfect. It will get the energy flowing through your body, stimulate your lymphatic system and make you feel a whole lot brighter.
  4. BE PASSIONATE. Do one thing that lights you up everyday. Fully embrace and enjoy it. It can be as small or big as you like. When you do something you love your energy soars. Give it a go today!
  5. 100% PURE ESSENTIAL OILS, of course! There are so many to choose from to boost your vitality – basil, cypress, ginger, grapefruit, juniperberry, lemon, lemon myrtle, lemongrass, lime, orange, peppermint, to name some of my favourites. Choose whatever you are attracted to. There is no right or wrong here. Use one or make your own blend. I’ve included some suggestions below.

3 Aromatherapy Blends To Boost Your Vitality

These are just a few of my favourite combinations for vitality and positive energy. I love using these blends in a bath or as an inhalation.

  1. Lime + Basil: to strengthen, uplift your spirits and enhance positive energy and creativity.
  2. Grapefruit + Cypress + Juniperberry: to cleanse and clear mind, body and soul.
  3. Lemon + Peppermint: to clear your mind and add some sunshine to your day.

What is one thing you will do to boost your vitality today?

Head to the comments below and let me know. I’d love to hear from you.

In Health and Happiness, Dee xxx

How To Get The Most From Your Treatment

How To Get The Most From Your Treatment

Massage, face and body treatments have enormous health benefits so it’s important that you get the most from your treatment.

How To Get The Most From Your Treatment

I’ve put together some tips for you to ensure each and every experience is as beneficial as possible.

Choosing a therapist 

It’s  very important to find a therapist that is right for you.  A recommendation is always a good way to find a therapist.  If you don’t have a recommendation there are some things to consider when looking for a therapist:

Qualifications

What qualifications do they have?

Are they a member of a  professional society, for example ATMS – Australian Traditional Medicine Society?

Experience

What experience have they had?

This is something to take into account but doesn’t always make a difference. One therapist with 20 years experience may not suit your needs but one with less experience may be perfect for you.

Do you feel comfortable?

Choose someone you feel comfortable talking to and that you feel is listening to you.

Location

Is it convenient for you? Is it a peaceful environment?

Choosing your treatment

If you don’t know what treatment would be best for you don’t hesitate to ask your therapist when booking your appointment. Make sure you tell them what you would most like to gain from your treatment. It might be relaxation, vitality, harmony and balance, pain relief or something else. They will be able to help you choose the best option for you.

Your appointment

It is important not to be late to your appointment.  Most therapists will ask you to arrive 10 – 15 mins prior to your appointment so they can talk to you about your requirements.

Aim to arrive a few minutes early so you’re not feeling rushed or stressed. Being late may reduce your treatment time as other clients have booked in after you. Being early just means you get a few minutes extra to relax!

Don’t drink alcohol or eat a large meal before your appointment. Have a small meal/snack and allow some time for it to digest.

Before you begin your treatment

On your first visit your therapist will ask you to fill in a form detailing your medical history and any current health concerns, both physically & emotionally. It will also include your reason for booking a treatment, what you would most like to gain from your treatment and what areas you would like to focus on. If you have any questions or concerns about your treatment ask your therapist.

During your treatment

Relax!!!  It is a great idea to concentrate on your breathing.  This will help to  relax your mind & body.  As thoughts enter your mind, bring your focus back to your breath, letting your thoughts go.

Your comfort is your therapist’s number 1 priority so if you need anything let them know….temperature, music volume, massage pressure. If there is anything that doesn’t feel right let your therapist know.

After your treatment

When your treatment is over take some nice deep breathes and get up very slowly.

Usually your therapist will get you to sit and relax with a glass or water or herbal tea before you leave.

Drink lots of water after your treatment to rehydrate & flush out any toxins released.

Rebooking

Massage and spa treatments can have cumulative benefit. Regular treatments can be very beneficial to your overall wellbeing. Everyone is different, some of us need treatments more often than others. Your therapist will be able to advise you on a time frame for your next and subsequent appointments.

How do you get the most out of your treatments? And how often do you have massage, face or body treatments? Head to the comments below and let me know.

In Health and Happiness, Dee xxx

6 Essential Oils To Warm You Up This Winter

6 Essential Oils To Warm You Up This Winter

6 Essential Oils to Warm You Up

Sunday marks the beginning of winter here in Australia.

I have to admit winter isn’t my favourite season. I suffer in the cold, my body doesn’t like it. Even in the hinterland of the tropics it gets down to single figures and we have the fireplace warming our home.

And I’m moving to Canberra! No doubt a lot of time will be spent inside by the fire with warm drinks.  And when I do venture outside I will be enveloped in a wool coat, scarf, gloves, boots…you get the picture!

Of course warming essential oils are at the ready as soon as the cooler weather hits.

Essential oils to not only warm my body but my heart and soul too.  To lift the winter blues, energise, boost the immune system and stimulate the senses.

Here’s 6 Essential Oils to warm you up this winter:

Black Pepper: stimulates the mind, energises the body and supports the immune system. It is warming & comforting  on both a physical & emotional level. Excellent when you’re feeling stuck. Great for reducing fear and mental fatigue, increasing endurance and enhancing motivation and communication.

Cardamom: is anti-fatigue, very refreshing and invigorating, while at the same time grounding and soothing. It helps reduce stress, mental fatigue and nervous exhaustion. It enhances confidence, self-care and inner calm. It is great for improving motivation, clarity of thought, openness, joy and inspiration. It is also beneficial for the digestive and respiratory system.

Cedarwood: 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 also helps to improve confidence and is strengthening, bringing a sense of self-empowerment and self-love. It allows focus and openness which enhances caring, endurance, balance and positivity.

Cinnamon: is very rejuvenating. It reduces exhaustion, energises and increases vitality. It is very uplifting, enhances positivity, easing depression, tension and mental fatigue. It is very stabilising and healing, enhancing spirituality and awareness. Also antiseptic and antispasmodic. It aids digestion. It is warming, helping to relieve aches & pains.

Clove:  has a positive effect on the mind and emotions.  Good in times of stress & anxiety. It relieves lethargy and improves endurance. It eases mental fatigue, increasing memory and aiding decision making. It helps create calm and balance, gives emotional strength and confidence. It is warming for the body and soul. It aids digestion. It is also great for cleaning and preventing mould.

Ginger: is grounding, soothing and calming. It is a physical & spiritual cleanser. It is emotionally lifting. It promotes self-confidence, courage and clarity. It warms the body and promotes circulation. It soothes tired sore muscles. It fights fatigue, increases vitality and endurance. It helps reduce symptoms of colds, coughs & sore throats. It is also great for travel sickness, nausea and mental fatigue.

All of these lovely oils can be used alone or in a blend.

Here are some of my favourite winter warmer blends.

  • Black pepper, geranium and cardamom
  • Ginger and lavender
  • Clove, orange and cinnamon
  • Ginger, geranium and lavender
  • Lemon Myrtle and Cardamom
  • Ginger and Lime
  • Cedarwood, ginger and grapefruit

 

Use these essential oils as an inhalation from the bottle whenever needed, in an oil burner or in the bath. Read how here.

What’s your favourite essential oil to warm you up in winter?  Let me know in the comments below.

In Health and Happiness, Dee xxx

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