If the holiday season has you feeling stressed, try using some of these essential oils for self-care. These simple self-care practices will help you create a more peaceful and joyful holiday.
Photo by Sandi Boudreau
How are you feeling going into the holidays?
This time of year is supposed to be full of joy, but it can be a season that brings up some stress, worry, anxiety or even sadness.
Maybe you’re stressed about getting your home ready for guests or finding last minute gifts, or worried about how certain family members will get along this year, or anxious about finances or sad that someone you care about isn’t here with you this year.
This time of year is truly my favorite. I love holiday music, all the cheesy holiday movies on Hallmark and Lifetime, driving around looking at Christmas lights, shopping for the perfect gifts for my loved ones, decorating the house. I love it all.
But, to be honest, this year hasn’t felt as joyful as years past. After Thanksgiving I started working a lot more at the Wellness Center where I teach Pilates reformer, yoga and group exercise classes. I took on a freelance writing project. I did over 20 health coaching sessions for the holidays. And I was putting in more hours each week working on my Young Living business. All that extra work, and I was still feeling like money was tight.
Going into the holidays working more and worried about finances felt really stressful, and it made it hard for me to really enjoy this time of year.
So I knew I needed to take some time for me. Self-care is something I talk about all the time with my health coaching clients, in yoga classes and here on this blog because it’s something I often struggle with. When I notice myself feeling overwhelmed and stressed, it’s usually because I’ve let go of some important self-care practices or I haven’t allowed myself to have time for me.
I love using essential oils in my self-care practices because they make even the simplest things feel really luxurious. High quality essential oils also have amazing therapeutic benefits that can impact body systems and emotions.
So when I found myself feeling stressed this holiday season, I used my essential oils to boost my mood, let go of stress, relax my body, get grounded and feel more confident.
Photo by Sandi Boudreau
If you’re not feeling super joyful and merry because you’re stressed, take some time for self-care. Here are a few simple ideas:
- Diffuse Frankincense Essential Oil and take some time for meditation and journaling. Write down how you want to feel this holiday season. Then write down three things you can do to cultivate that feeling.
- Diffuse Stress Away Essential Oil Blend or Peace & Calming Essential Oil Blend while you’re completing holiday tasks that are causing you stress.
- Make this Lavender Hot Chocolate and enjoy it while wrapping gifts or watching a holiday movie.
- Diffuse Christmas Spirit Essential Oil Blend to give your home a cozy holiday feel.
- To ease your anxiety about finances during the holidays, take some of the pressure off and make some homemade essential oil gifts. Check out these DIY Gift Ideas here and here.
- Take a relaxing bath and use a few drops of Lavender Essential Oil with epsom salts or use Young Living’s Lavender Bath Bombs.
- When family members are together, diffuse Gathering Essential Oil Blend to create a more peaceful and joyful environment.
- Combine Peppermint Essential Oil with a carrier oil and rub on the back of your neck to relieve tension or smell right out of the bottle before driving.
- Before attending a holiday party or family gathering, apply Valor Essential Oil to give yourself a boost of confidence.
I hope you’re able to create the holiday vibes that you desire!
Want to know more about essential oils and the oils that I recommend? Keep reading!
Essential oils are the most powerful part of a plant distilled from shrubs, flowers, bushes, roots, trees, fruit, herbs and more. They can provide support for our physical health as well as our emotional and spiritual health. Essential oils have been used to support the body systems for thousands of years.
I use Young Living because they’re 100% pure therapeutic grade oils made from organic plants that are distilled slowly and at low temperatures.
Young Living is also a pioneer in the essential oil industry, and invests in agricultural, distillation, and sustainability research at their farms.
Other oils that you purchase on Amazon or off the shelf can be food grade and may contain pesticides, fertilizers, synthetics or carrier oils, or perfume oils and can contain solvents, which are carcinogenic.
Because Young Living oils are high quality, you don’t need much for them to be effective. An application is just 1-3 drops, so a bottle lasts a long time.
Essential oils can be diffused in the air or applied topically (some require dilution). Young Living’s dietary oils can be ingested. I, personally, would only take essential oils internally if they were from Young Living.
Read the labels for instructions on how to use each oil.
The most cost effective way to get started with essential oils is to order an essential oil starter kit. You’ll receive 12 essential oils, a diffuser, samples and other goodies. The starter kit also gives you a lifetime membership of wholesale prices (24% off retail), which you can use to order additional oils and products.
In addition to your kit and wholesale membership, you’ll get access to a private membership group where you’ll receive tons of support and resources.
Essential oils included in your starter kit: Lemon, Valor, Peace & Calming, PanAway, Lavender, Peppermint, Stress Away, Frankincense, Thieves, Citrus Fresh, Raven, and Digize.
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The information contained in this post is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The information is meant for educational and informational purposes only. The information represents what I, an Independent Distributor of Young Living Essential Oils, do to create my own healthy and happy life.
Statements in this post have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using these products.
Always do your own research and collaborate with your health care provider when making decisions about your health.