As you may know, Chris and I and my family faced a trying time last week. To recap, my father went from having no symptoms to two lifesaving surgeries in the course of 48 hours (abdominal aortic aneurysm, heart blockage). He has been released from the hospital and is now home and doing well. But, the situation was dire on two occasions, and that kind of stress takes a toll on our body’s systems. So, I thought it would be a good idea to cover some of the things that we did for both physical and emotional support.
The best defense is a good offense
The college football season has not yet commenced, but Chris is already talking up the teams to me; so this phrase came to mind first. I think it applies here because if we are already caring for our bodies and wellness regularly, then we will be in a better position to face times of stress that are a necessary part of life. We don’t want to be living on the edge of exhaustion, fatigue, emotional strain or our body’s limits; because when that stressor does enter the picture, then it is a quick fall off the edge. Instead, we want to be regularly living, as best we can, far away from that edge on sound footing. By exercising regularly, being intentional with our diet and supporting ourselves emotionally and spiritually; we can distance ourselves from the edge. That is our offense.
It does not have to be extreme measures, just more intentional choices. This is one of the main reasons I cling to my morning routine. I do a few things beneficial for my body, spend time in prayer and reading the Bible, diffuse an emotionally supportive essential oil, eat a good breakfast, workout; and I am good to go. Over the past week, our morning routine was disrupted, but I still had a decent breakfast (even when I didn’t feel like eating) and read my Bible or at least spent some time in prayer. The continuity of parts of my routine helped me to just feel a little more normal and put things in to perspective.
Our diet was completely off the rails for a few days. We did a lot of eating out near the hospital. Eating out always means that I am having more sugar than my body is accustomed to. I just tried to do my best and not worry about it. Now that my dad is home, and we are getting back on track; I am facing the effects of that sugar increase. It is really amazing, just a little bit of sugar will make you miss it! I am having some sugar cravings from just those few days of increased intake, but they are getting better.
We all know that we should get good sleep, but it can be so elusive when we need it most! Especially during times of added stress, it can be hard to get the necessary shut eye that we all want. Trying to relax in the evening, reading a little and diffusing oils were ways we sought relief. I love Lavender and Bergamot in a diffuser at nighttime to soothe me. They were getting a lot of use over the past week as we faced little sleep. My Dad wanted that blend as soon as he returned from the hospital. As the week progressed, I actually took two afternoon naps, which is rare for me; but the body has a way of getting what it needs.
I had my sole every morning, but I definitely did not drink enough water throughout the day. The goal is stay hydrated so that you can keep a clear mind and not feel tired from lack of water, but I fell very short on this one.
Essential Oils for Physical and Emotional Support
Why essential oils? It is simple. They are a natural, safe way to support our wellness. I already mentioned how we used them at nighttime, but I want to share with you the other ways that we leaned on essential oils for support.
Chris bought me a cute little essential oil carry bag (photo at top), and it worked perfectly for me last week as I carried some of my favorites back and forth to the hospital. Here are the oils that saw a lot of use by me and my family members…
DiGize – We all had upset stomachs pretty much the whole week. Digize is an essential oil blend that contains Ginger, Peppermint, Fennel, Anise and more to support healthy digestion. At mealtime, Digize was a big help for us. My Mother hadn’t eaten much in two days, and Digize made the difference. Eating is so important to maintaining your strength and energy during times of stress, but it is also one of the first things to go due to stomach unease or upset.
AromaEase – Another blend that contains Ginger, Peppermint, Fennel and more. It is another good settler that we applied to our bellies or inhaled. Some people have an aversion to Anise which is in Digize, so this is a good option sans Anise.
Thieves – This may be my favorite blend of all time. When my immune system needs a boost, I apply to the bottoms of my feet or have Chris apply to my spine. Stress may lower the immune system, so I try to take extra precautions with my immune system during trying times. Thieves is a blend of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus and Rosemary essential oils. Thieves is a proprietary blend that Gary Young created for Young Living – all others are a knock off, so their oils will not be the same powerhouse. Young Living’s entire cleaning line is based on Thieves, so that tells you a little bit about how it works. I don’t use hand sanitizers typically, but I was glad I had a Thieves Hand Purifier at the hospital for me and my family.
Endoflex – I apply this one over my thyroid.
EnRGee – Self-explanatory.
Stress Away – Self-explanatory.
Lavender – Lavender is my “why not?” oil. I use it on my skin for pretty much anything, and a few inhalations are very calming.
Now that my dad is recovering, we are all recovering too, and some of the steps that we took during last week have made that recovery easier.