My recipe for a spiritual life is pretty simple:
get lots of sleep
take care of your body
I’m slowly letting go of anxiety, depression and a stressed out schedule – these small gifts (listed above) to myself and my family are one way I am taking my life back. All of these practices connect us to the Divine. BUT, if you’re looking for specific ideas to help to relieve stress and support a healthy lifestyle, keep reading…
I have become a HUGE fan of essential oils. I use Young Living Products because their essential oils have the “Seed to Seal” standard. So (unlike most brands) they are not diluted nor do they have any chemical additives. That’s a big one for me. I’m a member so I receive my oils at 24% off. I also have access to their line of household cleaning products that are healthy for my family (and smell good too!).
Some of my favorites:
Stress Relief oil blend – I diffuse this one ALL THE TIME. It’s amazing the difference this makes in my sleep and overall peace in my space.
Frankincense oil – this has quickly become a favorite of mine. It is said to promote deeper spirituality. I use it while meditating and while journaling. I notice a huge difference; this is a really powerful oil.
CBD oil – I cannot tell you enough how much CBD has helped my anxiety, digestion issues and overall mental health. It’s a staple in our house! For a topical use, Copaiba oil is also great. It contains beta-caryophyllene which is a common and often abundant terpene found in cannabis.
How do I start?
If you want to dip your toe in the water, go to the website here and instead of signing up to be a member, just click “no thank you” and start browsing the oils! If you have questions, reach out to me and I’ll do my best to point you in the right direction.
If you’re ready to dive in and start like I did, sign up as a member + buy the premium starter kit. (This gets you the discount. AND, there is no commitment of any kind if you purchase. Getting the kit for more than 50% off is totally worth it! I even recorded a video of me unboxing the kit because I was so excited!) Once a member, you receive access to an exclusive community where you can learn how to better your health (and lots of other things like sleep, hormones, emotions, cleaning, etc).
I get asked a lot about what I use to meditate. I follow Boho Beautiful and use their youtube videos for meditation, yoga and pilates. Their story is inspirational, so I not only love their yoga and meditation practices, but I respect their ethics and convictions as well.
Where do I start?
Their guided mediations are all amazing. These have become a part of my daily practice.
Some of my favorites for meditation:
Meditation video for beginners (how I started)
Meditation video for gratitude
Meditation video for acceptance in the present moment
Some of my favorites for yoga:
Yoga video for beginners – it is a great way to start and a video I still use.
Yoga/Pilates 21 Day Challenge – I’ve been doing this for almost year. It’s one of my favorites and one I keep coming back to. It works EVERYTHING.
5 Minute Miracle arm tone and definition. This one is a staple for me. I noticed a difference in just a week!
What I eat
Thanks to years of stress I developed IBS, digestion issues, acid reflux and all kinds of food allergies. I had to simplify my eating and my body thanked me. BUT, I’m not strict about it. I learned that if you don’t eat food you love, you will become pretty grumpy (at least that was the case for me trying to live without chocolate!). As with everything, there’s always flexibility.
Basic foods I try to avoid:
What I try to fill my day with:
Natural sugars (like fruits, agave, stevia, honey)
Gluten free items
Loads of protein (fish, beans, cheese and some meat)
Lots of greens (I have a green “shake” every day and eat raw veggies)
Limit the carbs (they only turn into sugar. Those darn things)
A note from me…
I wish you every bit of success in taking YOUR life back. These are a few of the tools I have used (along with a good therapist, eating well, sleeping and medications as needed). I hope that you can embrace the journey, wherever you are on it. Learn to love it and nurture it. YOU are worthy of good things.