Who doesn't love the colors, crispness and celebrations of fall? It is a delightful time of pumpkins, jumping in leaves and focusing on gratitude and loved ones. Staying healthy to enjoy all the richness of fall is a priority for me. That's why I am extra generous at this time of the year with my favorite essential oils, immune boosting supplements and healthy foods that are ripe for the picking and fresh in autumn.
Essential oils that are on hand for me in this season are the immune boosing Thieves and Immupower oil blends (rub on soles of the feet or diffuse) and Thieves vitality (add a drop to warm water with peppermint and lemon vitality oils for a delightful "tea") I love the way Raven , RC and Breath Again oil blends feel when rubbed on the chest and under the nose. Delightful and soothing.
Recently, I read about Marie, a 59 year old woman, who was cleaning an area in her spare bedroom and her belongings collapsed on her, suffocating her. It took her husband, and the police several hours to locate her body.
While you may not have a hoarding problem like Marie, you may be suffering from stuffocation. According to the Macmillan dictionary, "stuffocation" is a buzzword that describes "a feeling of stress caused by having so many things that you do not know how to use or store them all".
Is stuffocation a problem? Consider these quick statistics.
This over accumulation of stuff causes us to feel guilty, frustrated, anxious, and depressed. We beat ourselves up because we have not used that item that we just had to have. We feel guilty about the amount of money we spend on new purchases.
Too much stuff also creates physical risks from dust, mold, animal dander, not to mention the danger from tripping or falling over items. Quite simply, all this stuff robs us of our joy, our time with loved ones, our ability to relax and and our comfort in offering hospitality to others.
The More of Less by Joshua Baker describes Johua's realization that he was missing time with his kids because of the hours he felt he needed to spend cleaning up the garage, organizing belongings, cleaning around possessions, picking up toys. How would you spend your time if you did not have to manage your stuff?
"You have to get rid of the old to make space for the new." These words from my older sister have been playing through my mind lately. Why do we hold on to so much "stuff". Does it give us a feeling of security or a sense of having or being "enough".
I have wrestled with discontentment, a fear of not being enough and feelings of deprivation, when in reality I have tremendous blessings all around me. Does the over abundance of belongings really make me happy? I am realizing that, for me, the answer is no. If anything, the excess stuff is robbing me of joy, peace and contentment.
I have been carrying around stacks of magazines because I believe the information in them could be a blessing to me, is valuable and I "should" read them because it was a paid subscription. Do any of you relate to this? Every time I see that stack of magazines I am flooded with feelings of inadequacy, guilt and discouragement, and I give myself a mental trashing for not having read them yet.
I decided today that the information in those magazines is not the only way for me to gain this information, receive wisdom, or develop myself as a business leader. As hard as it is for me to part with them, I know that having space in my office, giving myself mental and emotional freedom, will be even more valuable to me.
It's that time again! Time for me to clean out my plumbing and get all systems running more efficiently. I'm not talking about home repairs, but doing a cleanse for my body. I particularly like the Clean Gut cleanse, and so I'm doing this for the third time. It is a 21 day cleanse (see this previous post) that is designed to heal the gut, repairing any leaks, and getting the little colonies of bacteria and microbes functioning better in our intestinal environment.
We all understand that it is better to pay our bills on time then to pay late fees. We grasp the wisdom in planning our vacation ahead of time rather than showing up with kids and luggage to discover their are no hotel rooms available.
When it comes to our health and happiness, we have this same choice. We can spend our time, energy, and financial resources being proactive and building up our bodies and immune system, or we can spend hours in doctors offices, take drugs (that have harmful side-effects and only manage symptoms) and lose time at the office, school, or enjoying life.
Am I stating that if you live the wellness lifestyle you will never get sick? Of course not! However, my own experience, and that of others I've worked with, is that I am rarely sick. On the few occasions that I have been grabbed by a sinus issue or a seasonal intruder, I have been able to support my body through the challenge naturally. I help my body do what it does best, heal, by giving it ammunition it can use effectively. I am in and out of the battle in record time. Am I saying you will never need a prescription or medical procedure? Absolutely not, but most people would be excited to minimize them.
If this makes sense to you, then consider creating a wellness strategy this fall. Here are some simple steps to help you create your battle plan.
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Mother of three, grandmother of four, and mentor to many, I am passionate about sharing natural ways to help the body do what God designed it to do, mend, grow and thrive!