The other day my son Weston and I (we call him Wes, or Wessie) were having a conversation and he asked, “what would happen if our toilet overflowed?” I went on to explain the large YUCKY mess it would make along with the potential damage it could cause to our home. I began thinking how emotions can be quite comparable to an overflowing toilet.
Our feelings and emotions can get overwhelming at times, making life messy, causing damage to our bodies and minds if left unchecked. Emotions come and go but often times we can hold onto some emotions longer than we’d like to. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed about the never ending to do lists and become frustrated. If you’re a parent like me, these are all feelings you have likely encountered often.
Of course some amount of stress is not a bad thing as it gives motivation while helping us stay focused. With a large focus on productivity in today’s world though, it’s easy for emotions to pull us in many directions. It’s an absolute necessity to set priorities, make time to recharge and enjoy what matters most to us.
I love the way essential oils have helped our family to slow things down a bit and pull us closer together, giving the feeling of connectedness. Nature offers so many powerful benefits to us, always reminding us of the need to slow down. A simple massage or foot rub with the use of oils after a long day eases tension, letting each other know you care, giving a sense of belonging.
Touch is so often neglected in our hurried lives, yet a very basic human need. Without it we can become very disconnected and out of sync with one another. Little ones especially need to be held and feel loved. But big people do too and if we don’t take the time for it, then we end up pouring from an empty cup!
Motherhood can present a fluctuation of emotions due to everyday demands of caring for children, taking care of a home, trying to squeeze time in for self-care and everything in between. The use of ssential oil’s have been an amazing way to support our emotions as family, both for my husband and myself along with our kiddos.
We don’t often understand the way children experience feelings, but little ones often times have big emotions. The way we express our emotions as adults has a strong impact on how children learn to express themselves and handle their problems and feelings. Teaching them to respond instead of react is so important. Of course, we’re all human and sometimes we stretch ourselves a little too thin. Carving out time for self care is a must if we want to give our best to our family and others. Try practicing one thing each day that you enjoy doing. Little by little it will become part of your daily rhythm, and you’ll find you’re able to give more of yourself with a more grateful spirit. Remember, a happier mama makes for happier kiddos.
The use of essential oils is an easy way to lift your mood, promote restful sleep, and overall sense of well-being. They can also help with balancing hormones, which more often than not gets disrupted through mothering. Since hormones are so closely related to emotions, using essential oils can offer many benefits in this regard by creating feelings of balance. Our family uses Young Living essential oils, which are safe and effective therapeutic grade oils. You can read more about their promise of purity at http://seedtoseal.com
I love keeping roller blends nearby either in my purse, near my bed, or anywhere i often go in the house. Below are blends i use for our kiddos, myself and a blend for my husband to take to work which he puts on his mustache.
hubby’s roller blend:
vetiver, frankincense, lavender, ylang ylang, patchouli (this blend gives a grounding effect, while easing anxiety and promoting focus)
calm mama blend:
patchouli, lavender, bergamot, frankincense, ylang ylang (i usually have patchouli and bergamot in my purse)
1/4 cup coconut oil, 8 drops wintergreen, 6 drops peppermint, 6 drops lavender, 5 drops copaiba (perfect for soothing sore muscles to promote deep relaxation, encouraging healing to happen)
nighttime diffuser blend:
lavender, cedarwood, orange
oils for calming little ones:
gentle baby, frankincense, lavender, orange, peace and calming
I also like using a lavender linen spray to promote restful sleep with lavender, water and a dash of salt (to keep the oil from floating to the top)
If youre interested in purchasing oils for your family, there’s a link under Natural & Well that will direct you to the Young Living website.
I hope you have found this to be helpful, and have lovely, restful weekend!