The beginning of a year feels bright with the hope of the good things we will start doing for ourselves. But after a few weeks, self-care can fall by the wayside. The running shoes sit by the front door, unworn. The kale in the crisper is wilted. The vitamin bottle got buried at the back of the cupboard. But don’t despair. The year still has a long way to go, and so do you. Here are a week’s worth of easy and healthy ideas, including Aromatherapy.
#1 – One of the things I shout from the rooftops is to drink enough water. Doing reflexology on a client’s feet gives me insight on those who do not get plenty of water throughout the day. How much is plenty? The rule of thumb is for daily consumption to be half an ounce for each pound of weight, with some considerations taken. “For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, that would be 75 to 150 ounces of water a day. If you’re living in a hot climate and exercising a lot, you’d be on the higher end of that range; if you’re in a cooler climate and mostly sedentary, you’d need less.”
#2 – Diffusing Aromatherapy can offer a mood boost. “If you’ve ever had the experience of interacting with sweet orange oil, you know it’s difficult to be around that particular aroma without smiling. Known as a ‘happy oil,’ sweet orange and other citrus oils have a tendency to contribute to the happy effect. Essential oils can help remind us of the more pleasurable aspects of life … A few other oils associated with this effect include lemon, lime, grapefruit, bergamot and tangerine.” Especially during winter, when we see the sun less often, citrus oils can brighten our day.
#3 – I admit that I am guilty of sitting too many hours at my computer, but a break from desk work can do wonders for physical and emotional health. “Get up from your desk and give yourself a good, full-body stretch. Just five minutes can prevent injury, energize your brain, reduce stress and lower blood sugar.” Maybe you can talk to your boss about instituting a morning and afternoon Stretch Break to make everyone more productive.
#4 – “Call a pal. Take just a few minutes while heading to work to chat with a friend. Research shows that quality friendships can help you live longer and healthier.” While I don’t recommend talking while you drive, you can chat while you are walking your dog, curling up with a cup of tea, or standing in a long line at the post office.
#5 – Get up and dance for a wellness moment. When my brain is dull and I am feeling uninspired, I put on some fun tunes and dance around the house. The only ones watching are my cats so I have nothing to lose. If you are feeling bold, get a buddy and head to a club. Get lost in the beat of the music and boogie your cares away.
#6 – Use essential oils when you clean the house. housework may not seem entertaining, but if you have to do it then give it pizzazz. Spring cleaning can be brought to the next level when you add your favorite scent to your cleaning products. Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is antiseptic and can boost your immune system, Grapefruit (Citrus paradisi) is antibacterial and revitalizing, Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is antifungal and relaxing, while Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is antimicrobial and energizing.
#7 – My last tip can be the most important. Remember to recharge. Whether you’d prefer to nap, meditate, read a book, or gaze out the window, go ahead and do it. A little downtime can give you the chance to enter a new week with more energy and a positive outlook. Have a wonderful seven days and a great year.