Written By: Sandi MacCalla ~
Peace is in short supply right now - the remedy is not simple nor imminent. However, there are proactive steps that help.
When we are walking on an edge, one small gust of life can send us rocketing out of control. It shows up as:
- forgetting an appointment
- getting over-extended with
- food, or more
Then the internal chatter begins! While we are past self-flagellating practices, we have taken it inside. We have been living in insecurity a lot longer than most of us realize and emotional erosion is ever present.
Damage control is a new health regimen. Making time to do personal care has risen to the top along with exercise, sleep and satisfying social contact. These are a reminder: in the words of L’Oreal, “You are worth it.” YOU are the only YOU we have! Take care, be safe and stay calm.
- Me-Time Spa Treatment – Schedule a minimum hour soak in the tub once a week, ideally before bedtime for a deep sleep.
- Unless the house is on fire, no interruptions allowed. Keep a robe handy.
- If you like to ‘cook’ in a hot bath, keep drinking water nearby to rehydrate.
- Drop in 1-2 cups of Epsom Salts – detoxifies and eases muscle pains.
- Read a book you have been promising yourself.
- Candles, aromatherapy, music are nice touches.
- Before drying off, apply lotion or body oil while still wet. You will be baby-smooth.
- If practical, sleep in the nude. https://www.healthline.com/health/benefits-of-sleeping-naked
- Essential Oils
- Inhaling fresh lavender reduces anxiety and creates a mellow relaxation. Lavender fields are harvested in the Pacific Northwest during July – Take a day trip to Sequim to renew your supply. https://www.simplyquinoa.com/5-ways-to-use-lavender-essential-oil-for-relaxation/
- Eucalyptus or peppermint oil are energizers and mood changers. Eucalyptus takes you out to the woods where it is calm, peaceful, and life-giving. Peppermint revs my engine and wakes me up! Put that stress to good use!
- Drinking tea brings balance, with less caffeine than our myriad coffees. I am a habitual coffee drinker. When my nerves and mind are treading water, tea is my “go-to” choice to stay alert with a quiet strength.
- Chamomile is a heightened relaxant, so do not drink and drive. Save for a pre-sleep treat.
- Decaffeinated and herbal teas have highly reduced stimulants. Black teas have higher caffeine, but not as strong as coffee.
- Test out teas for your best choice and purpose. Mostly practice the art of ‘savoring’ to calm the mental whirlwinds.
We all need to find our balance now and not exhaust ourselves. We have had a long history of peace in our culture – comparatively. Now is the time to stand strong. It’s in our DNA.
In the words of Eleanor Roosevelt: “With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”