How To De-Stress During the Holidays

How To De-Stress During the Holidays
The holidays can bring up a wide variety of emotions for some. It is such a happy and festive time of year, but there can also be sad emotions attached to it as well - and there is nothing wrong with that. If you struggle during the holiday season, please know that it is totally normal and nothing is wrong with you.

The holiday season this year has brought up a few emotional moments for me. It’s another year where I have been reminded that I am childless. My grandpa made the comment that Christmas is the child’s holiday and a rush of sadness washed over me. I don’t know if I will ever experience my own child happily arising Christmas morning and jumping for joy to open their gifts or to see the Christmas tree decorated for the first time.

I’ve learned that it is okay to feel all the feels during the holidays; to just embrace them all. A few self-care tips have really been beneficial to me as well.

Meditation and Mindful Breathing 

I use to think meditation was this big, scary thing that Christians should stay away from. That is so not even true. Meditation can look very different for many people. For me, it is taking time to sit peacefully in silence, to pray, or to speak my affirmations over myself while calming music plays in the background.

I encourage you to find a cozy spot in your home and start with 5-10 minutes of just relaxing quietly. If your mind begins to drift then say a little prayer that your body would relax and that God would fill you with his peace and calmness. Be very aware of your breathing while sitting calmly. Inhale through your nose and slowly exhale through your mouth. Visualize yourself releasing all the negativity or tension that your body is holding onto. Those negative thoughts or tensions no longer serve you.

End your session with speaking an affirmation over yourself. My favorites recently have been, ‘My faith is bigger than my fears’ or ‘I am strong, able and calm.’ If you need more affirmations you can find my favorites here.

Play Encouraging Music 

Music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. One thing you may not know about me is that I am a trained classical pianist. High school and college I studied classical music from wonderful musicians and instructors. I didn’t end my college career with a music degree, but I was so thankful I continued my musical studies.

Classical music - especially the Romantic time period and oddly enough film scores - are where I find music that is calming to me and allows me to de-stress. What is a style or genre of music that you can listen to that would help your mind, body and soul feel more calm?

Self-Care Sundays 

This is a new concept for me and I fell instantly in LOVE with this routine. Self-Care has always been important to me and my well-being, but it was always a here and there type routine. Now I dedicate at least one day a week to some extra pampering. Self-Care is going to look differently for everyone. I enjoy pampering my skin a little extra on Sundays by exfoliating, using a facial mask and also a gemstone facial roller.

Taking at least 30-60 minutes to read (whether it be a fun read or a personal development book) is another great way I love to de-stress on my Self-Care Sundays. In the summer I love to lay out outside on my deck and read or even just listening to the birds sing their sweet tunes is so relaxing. In the fall and winter when it is way too cold to read outside, I sit on my comfy couch with a big, fluffy blanket and a hot cup of tea on my little table.

Epsom Salt baths are another great way to de-stress. The epsom salt helps your body to detox and removes dry skin too. Adding in a couple drops of essential oils is an amazing way to add extra benefits to your bath. My favorites are Lavender, Stress Away and White Angelica.

Just to be clear, Self-Care doesn’t have to happen just on Sundays. You can easily incorporate self-care on any or every day even if all you have is 5 minutes. If you are a busy woman who may need extra self-care tips then I highly recommend checking this e-book out. Lots of great tips and DIY recipes!

Self-Care can also look like waking up a few minutes early to enjoy your cup of coffee or tea before anyone else wakes up. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant. Make it your own moment and make it something you enjoy so much!

Have you found other ways to help you de-stress? Feel free to share them in the comments. I’d love to learn from you too. 

Winter Nights Wonderland Collection

Winter Nights Wonderland Collection

Using Essential Oils in our home has become such a blessing to us. I remember when I use to burn so many harmful candles in my home; and I honestly had no idea how toxic they were to my health (and to my families health). 

Most candles are made with paraffin wax, which is a petroleum byproduct. To create paraffin, petroleum waste is chemically bleached, deodorized and made into wax. When burned, paraffin wax can release toxic volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the air including acetone, benzene and toluene, which are known carcinogens. 

Scary, right? These are the same chemicals found in diesel fuel emissions and are known to cause allergies, asthma attacks and skin problems. This is one of the many reasons why we ditched the candles and upgraded to using essential oils and a diffuser. 

When I switched to using essential oils it was probably right around the holiday season I would start to miss my candles. I missed the warm aromas of cinnamon and christmas-y blends. I knew I would never go back to using candles though because of what I had learned and wanting to go more natural in our home; and thankfully I found SO many better holiday recipes to use with my essential oils.

One of Young Living’s holiday blends that only comes out once a year is Winter Nights. It smells heavenly! You can diffuse it alone or pair it with Vanilla, Orange or Peppermint essential oils. 

Winter Nights aroma is so invigorating when diffused in your home. It reminds me of a cozy evening at home, curled up with a book and a cozy blanket, while the snow is softly falling outside. 

You can complete the collection by getting the Winter Nights Lotion and the Foaming Hand Soap. I am a huge fan of all three, but especially the lotion. It is so hydrating to my skin - it will be a perfect lotion to use all winter long here in Minnesota. 

All three items are for a limited time, they’ve become fast favorites for a lot of people so I highly recommend grabbing the collection or just one or two of the items. 

You can grab the complete collection HERE or feel free to purchase individually. 

As a thank you for being a part of my blog journey, please enjoy these wonderful diffuser recipes! 

This graphic will give you a wide variety of lovely diffuser recipes to use during the holiday season. If there’s ever a time where you wonder if there is an essential oil diffuser recipe to replace your favorite candle, just contact me and I’ll help you find a recipe! 

Christmas Gift Guide for Men & Women

Christmas Gift Guide for Men & Women
December is here and I can already tell it is going to zoom by! This is the season where we tend to hustle and bustle, bake all the cookies, decorate our homes and shop for those special Christmas gifts for our loved ones.

I’ve really been focusing on being more mindful this Christmas season. I know 2020 has put us all in a funk, but this is the first Christmas in forever since I didn’t really desire to decorate my home for the holidays. I have my tree up and a string of beautiful lights - but that is it. I’m choosing to give myself grace, to enjoy the twinkling lights, being cozy wrapped up in my favorite blanket and reading Christmas books. I’m sure I’ll bake some yummy Christmas cookies yet!

If you are feeling a little frazzled this year and needing a few extra gift giving ideas, then you are in the right place. I’ve come up with two Christmas Gift Idea guides for you that’ll spark some ideas on what to get your dear ones this year.

Gift Ideas for Women:
1. Makeup Pouch - super cute to hold your cosmetics, sanitizer, and other accessories.
2. Gemstone Glass Roller - Love these for making my own essential oil blends. Perfect for on the go!
3. Cici Earrings - These are so simple and classy. Beautiful to wear at work, home or date night.
4. Cute Coffee or Tea Mug - Who doesn't love receiving a cute mug? They are so cheerful. Gift on its own or pair with some tea or coffee samples or a gift card to their favorite store.
5. Gemstone Facial Roller - The Rose or Jade are my two favorites. Facial rolling is an important part of your morning skincare routine. Wakes you up and leaves your skin feeling rejuvenated.
6. Bee's Wraps - These make great gifts! Perfect for wrapping up school, work or picnic lunches. You can also cover leftovers or bring on your road trips. They are reusable, easy to care for and friendly to our environment.
7. Tranquil Essential Oil Roller - Perfect for inviting calm into your life. This is a great roller for taking on the go with you. I have found it to help be relax and grounded during stressful times. It's also great to use before bedtime.

Gift Ideas for Men:
1. Yeti Mug - We love our yeti mugs and water bottles. They keep the cool drinks cold and the warm drinks hot.
2. Fishing Lures - You can find these at any outdoor store and any guy who enjoys fishing will love them. Clinton has so many but he's always so happy to receive more as Christmas or birthday gifts.
3. Deep Relief Roller - An essential oil on the go, which makes it great for guys. Roll on any achy spots and the best part is there is a roller on top so he doesn't have to worry about getting oils on his hands.
4. Survival Gear Kit - Great for the guy who enjoys camping, hiking or hunting. Clinton and my dad both have one and they both said it was one of the best gifts they received last year for Christmas.
5. Zyng - A hydrating splash of essential-oil amazingness! This is different than your typical store-bought energy drinks. Zyng is made up of only natural ingredients that won't give you a nasty sugar/energy crash. It'll leaving you feeling great and give you a consistent boost to help your guy accomplish those honey-do tasks!
6. Slim RFID Wallet - Great wallet for everyday use, as well as when traveling. Keeps cards and bills safe.
7. Unlimited Music from Amazon - For the guy who loves music! Great app for ad-free music to listen to when in your car, working out, hitting the trails or just spending time at home. Currently, you can get the first 3 months for free.

If you are looking for more Holiday Cheer and encouragement feel free to join my free group Authentic & Radiant Women Living Their Best Life. We've been chatting on how to create a healthy and peaceful home for the holiday season. We'd love to have you hop in and see if it's a good fit for you. And if not, no worries! Have a blessed Christmas!