Sanity Through Christmas

Christmas and New Year are often one of the most difficult times in our year to get through. I know from all the people I see and speak to in my work, this year seems to be heading for a bit of a doozie……..What with all the energy changes, the state of the planet and her people, all running or concerned, in grief or strife about something on their journey, and not one of us are exempt from that.. Therefore, I thought I would pop a few words down with information I have gained over the years, that just may help us to handle some or all of the  issues on our quest to stay Sane and stress free through this period…

When our emotions and senses are on high alert……. The number ONE cause to look at is Stress this leads to – confusion – worry – imbalance – lack of sleep etc..

So, what is STRESS  I hear you ask. 

It is the response of the body to any demand made upon it.  Our body reacts with hormones and chemicals into Fight or Flight Syndrome…  

Our internal reaction is: increased Blood pressure – Increased Breathing – Increased Pulse Rate – Increased Sweating – Increased Muscular Tension. 

I have found that Christmas – can have high family input – or we try to cram too much in and to please everyone, which  often is responsible for leading us to Dis-stress! Which can deflates us, to the point where we can be overcome by it, and we can even feel insecure, inadequate, or sometimes helpless.   Ever had that feeling? I know over the year I certainly have. 

So some of the signs to look for…. Anxiety from past experiences of this time of year. Especially. Or around thingsrelating to present day i.e. loans, traffic, kids… Anger… When things don’t go your way…. Worry… All the time when worry won’t help. Concentration… Difficulties… if the above remain constant our bodies will give Alarm reactions i.e. the body mobilises necessary reserves to deal with perceived threat or attack. The adrenal glands come under heavy pressure.                                                                         

Of course, our bodies are brilliant…. They can come to terms with the extra negative stimulus (stress) & its glands will produce enough hormones to recover & stabilise and keep going…. 

We must remember though. If the body does not return to its ‘base line’ i.e. how it was before the onset of the stress and is continually asked to maintain and work at the new stress level, it will tell you, first subtly i.e. stiff necks etc., if you still don’t listen and rest – then the immune system starts to break down – so the body forces you to rest……

Stress is the most common factor in case histories of people and is now accepted as having a great deal to do with a wide variety of physical & emotional problems….

We need to remember any change to our normal sequence of life can and will bring change into our stress levels – so what can we do about it – how can we minimise any unwanted results from stress or confusion – how can we deal with life and people when we are under pressure to perform – achieve – produce – the Christmas dinner… etc. 

So, I always seek a little help from my Young Living Essential oils and meditation helping me to see myself along the way and bring positive changes allowing me a stress free and joyous Christmas and New Year period….

Perception is the answer:

How we see ourselves, our situation, 

Remember – our thoughts and attitudes affect our health.                                                     

We need to learn to relax… for it will help to lower our blood pressure/heart rate, helps our energy rate, improves concentration, and helps release the physical symptoms that caused the problem in the first place. 

No 1 for me is to Meditate… 20-30 mins a day if you can use one of your favourite essential oils and a good, guided meditation CD…

Remember to have a massage every couple or so weeks. Or at least when you are aware it is very much required.

Use the oils that work with the specific symptom you may be experiencing… ie.

Need Stress release – use

Stress away – Helps to combats stresses that pop up in our day. Contains copaiba, lime, cedarwood, vanilla, Ocotea & lavender.

Transformation –An empowering essential – helps release negative thought and beliefs, changing your overall attitude, emotions and behaviour into positive results. Contains: lemon, sacred frankincense, sandalwood, peppermint, cardamom, clary sage, Idaho blue spruce, Palo Santo & Ocotea.

Need Grounding – use 

Grounding – Relaxing blend, helps clear and balance your being, enhance spirituality, and provides a stabilizing influence. Contains: white fir, pine, angelica, spruce, cedarwood, juniper & ylang ylang.

Sacred Mountain – Evokes a sense of sanctity found in nature. Promotes feelings of strength, empowerment, grounding & protection. Contains: spruce, Idaho balsam fir, ylang ylang & cedarwood.

Need Balancing – use  

Dragon Time – helps to calm & sooth, tapping into those balancing properties. It doesn’t matter which age group you ladies happen to be in – it works for all… Contains: Clary sage, lavender, blue yarrow, fennel, marjoram & jasmine.

Harmony – Helps to bring one into harmonic balance, aligning all centre so all flow together efficiently… Contains: geranium, angelica, bergamot, lavender, spruce, ylang ylang, sandalwood, hyssop, palmarosa, Spanish sage, rose, frankincense, jasmine, lemon, orange, roman chamomile & coriander.

Release – Helps us let go of anger & frustration to bring forward harmony and balance. Contains: ylang ylang, geranium, blue tansy, lavender & sandalwood.

Need Clarity – use

Brain Power – helps to clarify thoughts and develop greater focus. Contains: sandalwood, Melissa, helichrysum, cedarwood, blue cypress, frankincense & lavender.

Clarity – Enhances clarity in all areas requiring clear thinking…. Contains: Basil, Roman chamomile, cardamom, geranium, bergamot, Rosemary, lemon, ylang ylang, peppermint, jasmine, palmarosa, & coriander.

Need help in Decision Making – use

Common sense – Enhances an individual’s reasonable and rational decision-making abilities. Contains: frankincense, ylang ylang, Ocotea, ruta, dorado azul, lime & goldenrod.

Gathering – Helps to overcome the chaotic energy of everyday life and keep you on the path to higher achievement. Contains: lavender, frankincense, spruce, geranium, sandalwood, rose, galbanum, ylang ylang & cinnamon bark.

Magnify your purpose – Stimulates creativity, desire, focus & motivation, encourages one to seize initiative & overcome procrastination. Contains: sandalwood, nutmeg, ginger, patchouli, sage, cinnamon bark, coriander, bergamot, ylang ylang & geranium.

Motivation – Helps overcome procrastination while promoting feelings of action & accomplishment, this helps one to move forward. Contains: roman chamomile, spruce, ylang ylang & lavender.

Need Joy in your life – use

Joy – Creates magnetic energy and brings happiness to the heart, helping to create togetherness. Contains: bergamot, lemon, palmarosa, ylang ylang, mandarin, rose, geranium, jasmine, roman chamomile & tangerine.

Abundance – Enhances the frequency of the harmonic magnetic energy field that surrounds us. Helps draw to us all things abundant – be positive…. Joy, happiness, peace, money etc.… Contains: orange, clove, cinnamon bark, frankincense, ginger, patchouli, & myrrh

Transformation – Empowers you to replace negative beliefs with uplifting thoughts, therefore changing your overall attitude, emotions and behaviour into a positive action. Contains: lemon, sacred frankincense, sandalwood, peppermint, cardamom, clary sage, Idaho blue spruce, Palo Santo & Ocotea.

Need Strength – use

Valor – Empowering blend that promotes feelings of strength, courage, & protection. Also supports energy alignment in one’s body. Contains: spruce, blue tansy, frankincense & rosewood.

Need restful Sleep – use

Peace & Calming – Encourages deep relaxation and may help with sleep patterns. Contains: tangerine, ylang ylang, blue tansy, patchouli & orange 

Remember all these oils can be used not only on yourselves wherever you feel is required – hands wrists on your feet etc. – but – in your diffuser as well therefore helping every member of your household/office…….

Now as you will recognise these are all blends that we have spoken of here but of course there are single oils that will help also and that information I can share with you on another occasion.

So, I hope a few of these ideas shared resonate for you and that you find them helpful…. Wishing you a very happy – stress free – abundant and peaceful Christmas for you and yours….

Mandy C.  

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