Ignite your Sense of Smell

So we are on Day 4 of #LiveIntentionally and since the focus of January is Wellness, I’ve broken each week down for digestible chunks that set you up for success in completing!

This week is all about Mental Health and today we are talking about how igniting your sense of smell increases positive mental health. Did you know there are over 200 versus in the bible that speak on the use of oils and fragrant incense? And I say… if it’s healing and greatness in the bible… than it’s something of a necessity for you and I!

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Did you know smelling flowers before going to sleep can lead to more positive dreams?  How fascinating right?! It’s been stated that “research is increasingly showing, smells can impact on almost everything, from dreams and emotions, driving, stress and gambling, to pain, concentration, memory and romance.”

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Essential Oils are a must have for me! From needing relaxation to a morning pick me up, essential oils do the trick. Below is a list of some essential oils and benefits for your mental health.

“Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so.  And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. Genesis 1:11-12

Lavender relaxing, circulation, meditative.
Pine Strengthening, stabilizing.
Angelica anorexia, relieving hopelessness.
Basil fatigue, general nerve tonic, anti-depressant, soporific, confusion, melancholy, mental clarity and concentration, reduces anxiety. (careful use prevents over-stimulation).
Bay anti-hysteric, sedative, hypotensive
Bergamot sedative for anxiety and antidepressant, stimulates appetite.
Chamomile(Roman) calming, hyperactivity, good for use with children.
Clary Sage sedative and nervine for insomnia, paranoia, panic, and hysteria.
Cypress anxiety, confusion
Everlasting grounding increases dream activity.
Juniper apathy, paranoia, confusion, anxiety, nervous trembling and paralysis, diuretic
Marjoram grief, insomnia.
Spikenard grounding

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To be effective, it’s best to use these essential oils in it’s purest forms. Don’t settle for the synthetic or adulterated oils as they may be more cost friendly but will not have the same effects. If you suffer with nervous tension or anxiety attacking your mental health, try mixing these oils for a home remedy:

Nervous Tension
This blend will relax the nervous system, ease tension, and bring emotional equilibrium.
· 10 drops Lavender
· 10 drops Petitgrain
· 4 drops Roman Chamomile

Nervousness/Anxiety/Insomnia
This blend will profoundly relax the individual, induce sleep, and bring calm to an active mind that is preventing the correct emotional balance and total relaxation.
· 10 drops Lavender
· 10 drops Basil
· 3 drops Neroli

girl smellGet out there and ignite your sense of smell. Whether it’s with stopping to literally smell some flowers to stop anxiety, sniff some citrus to relax as it increases levels of the stress-related hormone norepinephrine, or take a wiff of coffee for a morning or mid-day pick me up (without the need to consume), smells can increase positive mental health and even heal the sick so take advantage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remember what the word says “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.” James 5:14(NKJV)

Share what scents awaken you, relax you, or just make you feel so damn happy in the comments below.

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Meditation Is Key

Hey All!

Focusing on #Wellness for the month of January as a way for us to live intentional!

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As stated in previous post, this week is all about Mental Health! Yesterday we focused on the importance of breathing… today is about meditation. And before you say, “ain’t no body got time for that” I will rebut saying “YES YOU DO!”

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Contrary to popular believe, you can have an effective meditation moment in as little as 60 seconds… that’s only 1 minute of your time!

The above video showcase how you can meditate in literally a minute. Meditation is a great tool to use throughout your entire day. While at work, before starting your day or even when you are ready to go to sleep are all great times to take a moment to mediate.

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As a personal testimony, mediation has helped me with creativity, to release stress and to be able to overcome some of my biggest obstacles. if it helped a workaholic, control freak like me, I know you can benefit from it as well!

 

Be sure to try it out today and share your experience below

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Live Intentional – Wellness

Happy January 4th everyone!!

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As stated in the previous post, each month for 2016 will have a specific focus in order to #LiveIntentionally ! This month is all about wellness.

For January week 1 – It’s all about Mental Wellness

Mental Wellness is defined as “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”

With this definition, I will share tips each day this week that will help reduce the stresses of life and will help you work productively.

Today is all about breathing

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Breathing is one of the quickest easiest ways to relax, release stress and gain clarity to become more productive.

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Slow, deep breaths can help lower blood pressure and heart rate . For the fancy noses out there, try pranayama breathing, a yogic method that involves breathing through one nostril at a time to relieve anxiety. The technique’s supposed to work the same way as acupuncture, balancing the mind and body (and possibly eliminating the need for a tissue).”

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Try this today and share your experience. Remember, every tip ties back to Living Intentionally. When we take the time to just breathe, we give ourselves to enjoy more things in the moment. We open ourselves up to give our best selves and because of this, we will do things with intent that will cause our lives to blossom!

Breathing opens yourself to God’s blessings.

Job 33:4“The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life.”

Recognize the breath God has given you and live intently, on purpose and on fire for what HE has for your life!

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Tuesday TEN

Ten ways to ENERGIZE yourself instantly!

With the many duties of our daily lives, we may at times feel energy escaping us. Below are my Top 10 ways to energize yourself instantly throughout the day!

1. Never skip the most important meal of the day… BREAKFAST! It is truly an energy booster and when you fuel your body with healthy options, you fill it with energy!

2. Get to moving! Exercise and feel energized! Either it’s a brisk walk, jumping rope, 30 mins on the elliptical or yoga… moving adds 2 hours of energy and happy endorphin’s after your workout is complete.

Jump rope is awesome cardio

3. S T R E T C H!!!! Stretching is needed. It gives you better posture, build confidence and give a boost of energy.

4. Sing out loud… per research from the University of Manchester in England, singing immediately reaches a pleasure zone. It doesn’t if you can “sing” and sound good… that doesn’t matter. Just sing and sing out loud! ” I want to see you be BRAVE!!”

5. Have a laugh break! Nothing feeds the soul positively like laughter:-) Watch something funny on YouTube like the dancing baby, call up someone to hear a funny reflecting moment or just be brave enough to laugh out loud at work behind or in front of doors!!

6. Take a power nap. Taking a 20-60 min power nap can revitalize you and even give you clarity for decision making.

7. Three minute meditation does the same thing as napping but also grants you relaxation. It releases stress, lower your blood pressure and improves blood circulation.

8. Go outdoors. Step away from the office by stepping outside. Sit under a tree, soak in the sun and breathe in the fresh air… it helps to restore energy.

9. Drink more water!!!! No explanation needed:-)

10. Surround yourself with positive people! Be the change you wish to see… Gandhi  Be sure to keep the negative nelly’s away. Create an environment of positive peeps… it’s contagious! Find that atmosphere or take a Que from Gandhi by creating it!

Enjoy and get energized!

~Kisha