Body, Brain

Slide Some Oil To Me!

“Slide Some Oil To Me”

Slide some oil to me Let it trickle down my spine If you don’t have S.T.P. Crisco will do just fine Slide some to my elbows And to my fingers if you would Slide some oil to me, girl Whoo! Don’t that feel good! Slide some oil to my feet, look I got toes again Come on and slide some oil to my knees And let me see if I can bend Slide some oil to me I’m beginning to feel just fine Slide some oil down my throat And let me lubricate my mind Slide some oil to me Go ahead, hit my shoulder blades Those who don’t have to lubricate Sure got it made Slide some oil to me Let it slip down my side Laying there in one position Sure does make me tired Now watch me dance! And let me lubricate my mind

 

From The Movie “The Wiz” as taken from the website http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/dianaross/slidesomeoiltome.html

 

Shhhhhhhhh! I have a confession to make. I am relatively new to how amazing and vast the uses of essential oils are. Don’t get me wrong there are a few I’ve been using for years with great success but I just never thought of how many there are or how many other things they could be used for.  A lot of the wellness coaches and alternative health professionals I work with have been using them for a long time for therapeutic uses. Many have found them to be very effective with little or no side effects in their own practices. I’m not sure why I wasn’t on this bandwagon sooner. I can’t recall anyone ever telling me just how beneficial they could be for health and wellness applications. Maybe everyone assumed I already knew. But I’ll admit it. I didn’t know the extent of the wonders of oils. But now I know and I want to share what I’ve learned.

There are quite a few big and complicated definitions of essential oils with big multi-syllabic words that are all accurate but…well…big and complicated. So let’s go with this more user-friendly one:

Essential oils are the natural compounds that come from the bark, roots, seeds, stems or flowers of plants that give them their distinctive aromas. These oils just happen to have some remarkable properties other than their smells. You are probably already familiar with a few of the basic citrus based ones if you have ever squeezed a lemon to make lemonade or peeled an orange before eating it. That clear shiny liquid on your hands was the essential oil of those fruits. They are called oils but they are in fact not oily like the animal fats or like the cooking oils most of us are more familiar with.

Essential oils have been in use for millennia and two of the most famous are frankincense and myrrh. Christian tradition tells us that these oils were brought to the bedside of Jesus when he was a babe and given to him as a sign of deep respect. They were a precious gift even then, expensive and rare. We know that the Egyptians used them for their antimicrobial properties during mummification to preserve the bodies of the honored dead as well as for their healing and curative properties. Alabaster jars containing trace amounts of many of the oils used have been found in tombs largely unchanged from when they were originally stored thousands of years ago. The uses of these oils were passed on to later civilizations such as the Greeks and Romans in turn. Ancient Asian cultures in China and India and in many ancient cultures in Africa used essential oils widely and have continued to do so.

It has long been established that scent is a powerful force in our mood and on our sense of well-being. In our modern world we are bombarded with artificial fragrances in every aspect of our lives from our cleaning products to our personal care products. These substances are synthetic hormones meant to make us “feel” good so we’ll choose one product over another but there are consequences to allowing ourselves and our hormone receptors to be manipulated by these synthetic products and those consequences are NOT better health or more wellness.

Now that we are faced with a world where so much of what touches us daily is toxic, many wellness professionals and Integrative medical doctors are turning to these natural products to solve many of our issues in ways that won’t add to our toxic load. That’s the part that matters most to me since one of the key ways I assist my own clients is in dealing with all the aspects of their wellness. After all it makes very little sense to me “Eat well” and “Move Well” in an attempt to “Be Well” if we don’t address the damage being done by subjecting ourselves to toxins.

Now that I’ve told you why essential oils excite me I would like to extend an invitation for you to join me over the next couple of weeks for a discussion of what essential oils can do for you and your family and some ways of bringing more of these amazing benefits into your home and your life. Maybe once this series is complete you’ll want someone to “slide some oil” to you too.

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Brain, Lioness Lessons Series, Uncategorized

Ah To Sleep…Perchance to Dream

You’ve heard the saying “a cluttered desk equals a cluttered mind” right? Well you know what else equals a cluttered mind?… A cluttered mind does. Seriously… there are days when there are so many thoughts, ideas and plans running through my head that I can barely form a coherent thought. So I started really using the task app on my iPad in order to break things down into more manageable steps. It was a great idea until it got… well…cluttered. The problem is that I just want to do everything!

I feel like I found my passion late in life and I have so much ground to cover. I have about a hundred years worth of things I want to do and only about 50 left to get it done in. I worry that I won’t get it all done unless I create some more time. So I sleep a little less. I skip a few exercise sessions. I’m not as careful with nutrition; sometimes eating the same thing for lunch every day rather than wasting time thinking up something fresh and engaging.

These are all incredibly bad strategies however because when I miss my sleep I risk becoming ill, my thinking becomes foggy and I get clumsy. Like the time I decided to turn around on a moving treadmill, fell and broke my coccyx (that’s my tailbone for those who prefer). One year and I’m still paying for that dumb move. If I had gotten a good night sleep, I might not have thought that was a good idea just because the woman on YouTube did it.

I think better on a good night sleep. My meals are better planned out and more enjoyable. My workouts are more productive and not only do I tend to be more creative; what I create makes more sense to me and everyone else.

I’m getting more sleep these days and sometimes I miss a late night email or text message and I try not to schedule clients after 9pm so I can prioritize the next day’s activities, work out and meditate before bed. On Friday nights I turn in as early as possible. I want to be energized for the twins’ ballet classes on Saturday mornings and the seminars I conduct on Saturday afternoons.

I have accepted that I won’t accomplish everything on my list every day and that many of the things I dream of doing with the rest of my life may not get done at all but I have more energy for the most important ones. I don’t fall down as much as I do when I overtax myself and I pass on dancing backwards on treadmills…while they’re moving at least.

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Brain

All Stressed Up and Nowhere to Go

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We live in an incredibly fast-paced and complicated world where more and more of our lives require clear thinking and sharp minds. Lucky for me my brain works pretty well. But I noticed some time ago that sometimes my brain abandons me for parts unknown…and at the most inconvenient times, even more so recently. I tried many techniques to “clear” my mind with little or no improvement that I could see or feel. Don’t get me wrong. I wasn’t coming apart at the seams but the incidences of not remembering why I walked upstairs and what exactly I was looking for were becoming more frequent. Was it just age? Maybe. But growing evidence tells us that it’s not necessarily about that. Maybe my recent lapses were more about my mental juggling while on a high wire act.

 

You see, I have a job as an employee benefits professional. I own a business as well. I have family responsibilities including the raising of my 5 year old twin nieces and caring for my retired dad. I have four adult children whose lives I keep an eye on in spite of their insistence that they are grown ups and don’t need me to. (Yeah. Right. Motherhood is a lifetime sentence…uh I mean commitment.) I have my own health and fitness goals. Friends. Continuing education and business building activities…and a partridge in a pear tree!

 

Not all that long ago the world was encouraged to MULTITASK. That is to do several things at the same time. And practically everyone jumped on that band wagon including me. This was supposed to allow us to cram as much into our already busy days as possible. Guess what? Turns out we may get more done but it’s probably not nearly as efficient as we thought and more importantly to me. It increases stress in our lives and in our bodies.  In fact many researchers now believe the human brain doesn’t actually multitask very well.

According to ABOUT.COM PSYCHOLOGY:

“Multitasking can reduce productivity by approximately 40-percent according to some researchers.”

 

“Switching from one task to another makes it difficult to tune out distractions and can cause mental blocks that can slow down your progress.”

http://psychology.about.com/od/cognitivepsychology/a/costs-of-multitasking.htm

I don’t know about you, but missing deadlines or rather the fear of missing a deadline causes me a great deal of stress. Now while I accept that I can’t avoid all stress or stressful situations there are some things you and I can do to lessen it:

 

  • Focus. Concentrate. Multi-tasking may seem more productive but dividing your attention can be very stressful. Limit Distractions and interruptions when possible.

 

  • Don’t procrastinate. Use a paper planner or electronic one to plan your tasks each week. Seeing scheduled tasks on paper can keep you focused on what needs to be done. Break a large project into small steps, and set a deadline for each one. Meeting deadlines can eliminate stress.

 

  • Schedule your “Me” Time. Self care like a mani/pedi, a massage,  a facial, journaling or just being alone with your own thoughts shouldn’t be negotiable or pushed aside. Make an appointment with yourself…and keep it! You’re worth it!

 

  • Just say “no”. Simple. Don’t commit to something that will overload or overwhelm you.

 

  • Pray. Meditate. Breathe. Spend time daily centering your thoughts and your heart on God or your personal belief system. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth, slowly.

 

  • Schedule time to have fun. Put it down on your schedule. Make it a priority.  

 

  • Move your Tail regularly. Physical activity can be the best stress relief. Find something you enjoy doing – run, walk, jog, practice yoga, Pilates, dance, cycling, hiking, climbing, etc.

 

  • Talk it out. Sometimes the best stress-reducer is simply sharing your stress with someone close to you. Make sure you have a support system of trusted people. If you don’t have one look form an organized support group or start one.

 

  • Stay positive. Remember that everyone has good and bad days. Think positively. Develop your own PRIDE Positivity Protocol.

 

  • Reward Yourself. When you make progress toward or complete a project, celebrate. Enjoy a healthy snack. But the best rewards are non-food related. Schedule some more “Me” time. Give yourself that spa treatment you always wanted to try. Call a member of your PRIDE and take in a movie or a show or shoe shop.

 

 

Source: http://www.webmd.com

 

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