How to support our wellbeing through transitions, challenges & uncertainties.
Life is filled with transitions, challenges and uncertainties.
The human being has an extraordinary attachment to what is called the “comfort zone” . Not necessarily because it is comfortable, but because it is known, it’s familiar.
So what would be a possible way to navigate a storm with serenity, enthusiasm and confidence?
How can we gain resilience?
If we take care of three important dimensions, we surely experience an improvement in our resilience.
👉The physical dimension
Exercise cares for the brain
It has been proved that when we exercise the possibilities of falling into depression or anxiety are drastically reduced. Working from home enlarges the possibilities of not finding ways to exercise. Be creative and find ways to keep your body moving.
Look after your nutrition
During transitions, we are all experiencing stress, because we are all “out of our comfort zone”. When stress is high we generate cortisol. Cortisol wants to fill the blood with the sugar and we therefore, crave sweets. Sugar generates inflammation in the guts, which triggers inflammation in the brain, and we are back into depression and anxiety. It is a vicious circle. We do not need that if we want to stay enthusiastic.
Our society is not completely grasping the importance of sleep. It is not a waste of time. Just one example: during sleep the brain actives nocturnal genes that prevents carcinogenic mutations. We shared more consequences of not getting enough sleep in our previous wellness Wednesday. In there you will find good options within aromatherapy to help you improve the quality of your sleep:https://www.clarisaayllon.com/why-do-we-need-sleep-ideas-tips-to-better-our-sleep-routine/
👉 The mental dimension:
Do not allow our mind to start regretting about the past, for what we have done or not. Or allowing it to project ourselves into the future and worry for what’s coming, thinking we might not be able to manage. It fills our body and mind with worries and guilt.
How can we stop a racing mind?
One way is to “Treat Our Mind Like a Muscle”. Training the mind to stay focus in the here and now.
Mindfulness and meditation are excellent practices, they are at hand and easy to follow. You can find guided exercises with different lengths in many free apps, to stay in “the here and now”. It allows us to stay focus on the task at hand. It has a very positive influence on our immune system, which is quite key in this transition season into winter. We feel more relaxed, confident and our performance improves. These techniques are also quite potent to induce sleep naturally. Especially the ones designed for this purpose, finishing quietly, so they do not wake us up if we are already drifting off.
👉The emotional dimension:
This dimension refers to the Love for ourselves, but it goes beyond us. It’s the care for others, it’s the love for nature, it’s embracing the diversity with a geocentric mindset. It’s the compassion, the empathy and the forgiveness. Even wearing facemasks we can show care towards others, with our eyes, with our tone of voice, with our body language. We can reinvent our ways of connections: if we have a “what” and a “why” we always find a “how”.
What oils can we use to support our wellbeing through transitions, uncertainties, challenges?
Cypress essential oil, distilled from this tall, thin tree with deep long roots, flexible, adaptable and grounding is a great ally. Cypress helps to restore calm, brings strength and a sense of harmony, dissolves remorse, instils optimism and comforts those in bereavement. Interestingly enough, the tree stays green during autumn and winter to support us. It’s like nature saying “I am here, I am green even in winter, I am supporting you” !
So even if the cypress aroma is not your cup of tea there’s plenty to blend it with and get all the benefits. Cypress brings balance and synergy into any blend.
Recommended blends for your diffuser with Cypress:
🌿 With Eucalyptus, Peppermint or Tea Tree for colds, flu, coughs, virus, bacteria, bronchitis.
🌿 With Grapefruit to stop the sweet cravings.
🌿 With Rosemary for concentration and be present in “the here and now”.
🌿 With Juniper Berry for detox.
🌿 With Clary Sage for women’s personal care. To alleviate symptoms associated with menopause consider blending Cypress with Rose, Geranium or Lavender.
🌿 With Cedarwood, Rosemary or Sandalwood for harmony and serenity.
🌿 With Lemon, Thyme, Cinnamon, Ginger, Clove or Palmarosa to boost immunity, bring warmth and enthusiasm into the atmosphere.
We can work together and discover the blend that works for you: https://www.clarisaayllon.com/working-together/
“It has recently being demonstrated in multiple scientific studies, that being grateful benefits our wellbeing. Every morning we should bring to our attention 4 to 5 things we are grateful for. Don’t take them for granted.
When we live in gratitude, we focus our mind on everything present in our life rather than what is missing. If we look for the “missing” we will find plenty. Practising it even in the worst moments when it does not come out intuitively is very important for our wellbeing. In that sense Rose oil is at the centre of love, for yourself, for others, restoring empathy and kindness.
… Lets keep ourselves flexible, so we come out at the other side stronger. ...💪💪
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