A List of Ways to Engage in Self Care

om symbol.jpgEveryone could use a little self care but actually engaging in it is the hard part. Most people either don’t know where to start, feel like they don’t have the time, or are too consumed with taking care of others. I wanted to create a list of my favorite ways to decompress after a long day of work. Now, you don’t have to have a stressful job to engage in a little self care. Many people don’t realize they are stressed until they are beyond the point of self care relieving the feeling.

Don’t get down on yourself for feeling stressed, no matter how big or small the matter is. Stress is a natural response of the body and is the result of our adrenal system aka adrenaline center (think fight, flight, or freeze) firing off adrenaline to cope with the stressor. When your adrenal glands become overworked or if you have high stress levels this triggers cortisol to be released into your body to control/cope with the stress. Now cortisol, although it is a stress hormone, is a vital part of our bodies. Our bodies need cortisol to regulate stress levels and it is normal for cortisol levels to fluctuate throughout the day as a response to stressors.

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All Natural Spirit Lifter

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It’s common to have a bad day or get a case of feeling down but what do you do to solve it? Let me introduce you to ROSEMARY OIL!

Rosemary oil has been shown to enhance your mood, assist with preventing and managing depression, and can lower cortisol (stress hormone in your blood). If you wanted to, you could even apply rosemary oil to your scalp (mixed with a carrier oil) to promote healthy hair growth.

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Last Minute Homemade Gifts for the Holidays

IMG_6239It can be so hard to find good gifts for your loved ones that are thoughtful and within your budget. I usually like to purchase something small and then make a homemade gift that is unique and useful. This year I decided to make essential oil rollers, sore muscle rub, and knitted washcloths.

For the essential oil rollers I found a basic recipe for diluting essential oils from this website, purchased some rollers from amazon, and then also came up with some of my own essential oil blends.

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Homemade Hummus

INGREDIENTS

    • 2 cups drained well-cooked or canned chickpeas, liquid reserved
    • 1/2 cup tahini (sesame paste), optional, with some of its oil
    • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus oil for drizzling
    • 2 cloves garlic, peeled, or to taste
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
    • 1 tablespoon ground cumin or paprika, or to taste, plus a sprinkling for garnish
    • Juice of 1 lemon, plus more as needed

You put everything in a food processor and blend and it is done! I chose to do 1 tbsp of Paprika. I felt like there was something missing from the hummus, could be that I’m used to the roasted pine nut hummus. Tyler thought it tasted good. I added a lot more garlic than it called for because we are garlic lovers. Made about 2 cups worth of hummus which is a decent amount! Can’t wait to try it again and add pine nuts and roasted red peppers.

The recipe is from here.