Sleep, Stress and Sadness. Are these things interfering with your life?

Living in a constant state of stress can disrupt many of our body’s processes and create an increased risk for many health problems including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Digestive problems
  • Headaches
  • Heart disease
  • Sleep problems
  • Weight gain
  • Memory and concentration impairment

It is so important to find ways that we can cope with the stressors of life, and this post will be a great place to start!



My story…

I started having sleep, stress and sadness issues when I was a kid. It started with night terrors and eventually led to panic attacks and depression. I am not saying that what I recommend in this post will prevent, cure or treat any of these issues, but it just might help out a little.

Anyway, as a kid my parents didn’t want to start me on prescription medications so my pediatrian recommended implementing some habits and natural therapies to try and support the issues I was having. This included yoga, sleep hygiene and things like lavender and chamomile before bed. Guess what guys? It really helped and to this day I still use the same things when I am struggling.

Let’s get started by taking a look at some statistics:

  • 40% of Americans get less than the recommended amount of sleep
  • 8 out of 10 Americans say they are frequently or sometimes stressed in their daily lives
  • Only 4% of people say they never felt stressed (must be nice!)

While I can’t claim to know their secrets, I do have some tips, tricks, and oils that can help you to stay more calm, relaxed, and grounded during your daily grind that in turn will also support better sleep habits at night allowing you to feel rested and happy in the morning.

Disclaimer

*I am not a doctor. I am not here to diagnose, treat, or cure any of your illnesses. The content I cover is for informational purposes only.

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Links to statistics:

https://news.gallup.com/poll/166553/less-recommended-amount-sleep.aspx?fbclid=IwAR24FGTR_KVlZjr1CqvLBjgfs4SNZTXdYUT6BvCuXW2qdWzBIefHIci2uf0

https://news.gallup.com/poll/224336/eight-americans-afflicted-stress.aspx?fbclid=IwAR3JNSw4j8sIlVZ9XF5JKs8rcV8XRVTF21tgTZvIBJ4JPFHt0BzuYz4tCbE


Quality Matters

It is vital to know what goes in to the products that you are using on a regular basis. Young Living monitors the process in their plant-based products from seed all the way to seal.

The company abides by very strict guidelines to fulfill this seed to seal promise to us.

This seed to seal promise is very important because it ensures the top-notch quality and effectiveness of each product.

By YL owning their own farms or requiring their sister/partner farms to abide by their strict guidelines of…

  • starting with the best seeds
  • using no harmful chemicals
  • hand weeding
  • harvesting at peak times
  • distilling on site
  • and testing minimally three times before sending products off to us

…they are giving us products of the highest quality, making them more effective when we use them.


Safety and Usage 

Throughout this post, I will make suggestions for oils and products you can use every day to support your wellness and create good habits. Before we dive into specifics, let’s talk about usage and safety.

SAFETY FIRST

  1. When using pure essential oils, be sure to dilute with a carrier oil.
  2. Do not put them in your eyes or ears.
  3. Follow the directions on labels.

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There are three ways to use Essential Oils.

The solid-colored labels have aromatic and topical directions on them. The labels that are white are from the vitality line and have dietary instructions on the labels.

  1. Topically – Dilute with a carrier oil like V6 from Young Living, coconut oil, or grapeseed oil. Apply to your skin. They are quickly absorbed and effective.
  2. Aromatically – Use in the diffuser, inhale from diffuser jewelry, or put it on your hands and inhale.
  3. Internally  -Young Living oils in the vitality line are safe to ingest. Follow instructions on the packaging.

The Morning Sets the Mood

How you start your mornings has a huge impact on the remainder of your day. It can even be a very good indication of how you will end your day. If you wake up with your mind already racing, frantically rushing around trying to get things done for yourself and everyone else with your nerves on edge, you are setting yourself up for a day that will be much the same.  

D. Gary Young developed something he called the Great Day Protocol.  It uses four specific oils to support our emotions, promote feelings of harmony and joy, and guard against negative energies that disturb our thoughts and send our emotions into a tailspin. You can also use these oils to combat occasional sadness. Let’s take a closer look at what each of these oils can do.  Use all four early in the morning, following the application instructions given, to have a Great Day!

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Valor – Promotes a feeling of courage and self-esteem and helps to balance the body’s energies. Use this oil each morning on your wrists and cupped over your nose and inhaled as you set your intentions for the day, visualizing what you want to accomplish and seeing yourself completing it.

Harmony – Helps to create a positive attitude, reduce stress, and repel feelings of discord and chaos. Apply this oil over your solar plexus, the area just below your sternum and above your belly button while setting specific intentions to harmonize with those around you.

Joy – A calming, uplifting aroma that is used to bring joy to the heart and mind. Place a couple of drops in your hand, inhale through your nose, then rub over your chest (heart).

White Angelica – Creates deeper feelings of security and protection by offsetting the negative energies that work to bring you down and invade your personal space. This oil will be your ‘shield’ as you navigate your day striving to stay stress-free, balanced and relaxed. Place a drop in your hands, rub your palms together, breath in deep, then rub your hands over the crown of your head, down your neck, shoulders, and midsection, all the way to your toes as if you are putting up an imaginary shield.

You are now ready to tackle anything the day throws at you!

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Do you have a morning routine that sets you up for success?


Mid-Afternoon Slump

Despite your best efforts, you may still have days where you find yourself slipping into the abyss of negative reactions, occasional anxious moments, and stress-filled interactions with others by mid-day.  Have no fear . . . Stress Away Roll-On is here! This is the perfect oil to have on hand for those moments that sneak up on you and create chaos. 

One swipe on the wrists or back of the neck and 30 seconds to stop what you’re doing and breath in the sweet scent of Lavender, Lime, and Vanilla will have you relaxing on the beach with your feet in the sand! When you snap back to reality, you will find yourself feeling calmer, more relaxed, and ready to tackle the rest of your day with ease.

When we breathe in the scent of a pure essential oil, it has a direct effect on our emotions. Our sense of smell is the only one of the five senses directly connected to the emotional center of our brains. This gives us the power to retrain our brains, focus our thoughts on the positive, and release the negative emotions that have been stored there that hold us back from reaching our full potential.

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Stress Away is not the only oil that can help you get over that mid-afternoon slump.  Here are some others to try:

Peace & Calming – A great oil not only for you, but also to help your kiddos work through and lessen their feelings of occasional stress and being overwhelmed

Bergamot – Used to elevate your mood and found in other amazing blends like Acceptance, Believe, Gratitude and Harmony

Vetiver – Grounding and calming, helps to overcome stress from past emotional trauma

Lavender – Relaxing and balancing, helps to improve concentration

Use these oils as needed throughout the day by diffusing in the office, putting a drop in your hands or breathing in from the bottle, or adding to your favorite piece of diffuser jewelry.


Early Evening Downtime

Finally . . . supper is finished, homework is done, sports practices are over, the kids have been bathed and are tucked snugly into their beds . . . you sit down on the couch, let out a big sigh, and you . . .

  1. Let your mind wander back to everything you didn’t get accomplished that day
  2. Continue to stress over that argument or phone call that didn’t go your way
  3. Already find yourself being anxious about everything you have to do tomorrow

If that’s you, it’s pretty safe to say you aren’t going to find much peaceful rest waiting for you on the other side of those eyelids.

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What if your downtime went something like this instead . . . you sit down on the couch, let out a big sigh, and you . . .

  1. Celebrate everything that you crossed off your to-do list
  2. Feel at peace with the way you handled every situation you faced because you were able to stay calm and relaxed
  3. Find yourself looking forward to tomorrow with anticipation of all the blessings that await you 

Sound too good to be true? 

It doesn’t have to be! If you get into a routine of using your calming oils throughout the day, and set your intentions and your mindset to focus on the positive, you will set yourself up for one of the best night’s sleep you have had in a long time!

Here are a few tips to help you chill out during your evening downtime:

  • Turn off your phone 
  • Sip on some hot tea – add even more benefit with a drop of Lemon Vitality
  • Take a relaxing bath – add one cup of Epsom salt with 10 drops of Lavender
  • Aromatherapy – get your diffuser going with some of the calming oils we talked about in the last post
  • Light stretches – nothing over the top, just some light stretches or Yoga poses to help ease the tension in your tired muscles and add in some Frankincense and PanAway to your feet for a more relaxing feel

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Do you have any routines in place that help you wind down after a long day?


Hey Mr. Sandman

If you have followed all the tips and used all the oils we have talked about, you should be calm, relaxed, and ready to sail right into Dreamland!

But maybe you’re not. It can be difficult for some to completely turn their minds off and get into a state of full relaxation, and if that is you, we have something for you, too!

I will get to the oils in a minute, but first I want to share with you all about SleepEssence.  This supplement is your bad dream’s worst nightmare! This one little capsule combines four powerful essential oils known for their sleep-enhancing properties along with naturally-occurring melatonin to help you enjoy a restful night’s sleep. Just take 1-2 softgel capsules about 30-60 minutes before heading off to bed, and you will be sawing logs in no time!

Rutavala and Tranquil are two roll-on blends that also help to calm the mind and body, ease the tension of the day, and usher in a peaceful night’s sleep.

Rutavala is a blend of Lavender, Valerian, and Ruta.

Tranquil is a blend of Lavender, Cedarwood, and Roman Chamomile.

Speaking of Roman Chamomile, this oil deserves to be singled out and talked about all on its own. I am sure you have heard of or maybe even tried Chamomile tea before, right?  What effect did it have on you? If it made you feel calm and relaxed, imagine that times 100?!! 

Roman Chamomile has the power to calm the crankiest babies, relax the most restless adults, minimize the biggest feelings of fear and worry, stabilize the most out of whack emotions, and foster the ability to release your most negative emotions.  Y’all, this one is worth stocking up on!

Another member fav is Dream Catcher. This blend protects against negative thinking. Use this oil to inspire creativity as you chase your dreams. Some people prefer using it in the evening, others prefer using it during the day. Play around with what works for you.

I just tried this oil out for the first time a couple of nights ago before bed, and I was shocked at how quickly I fell asleep, how I was able to stay asleep, and how well rested I felt when I woke up.

Once you oil up, if you find you are still having a hard time relaxing your mind and your thoughts are still racing, here are a few other things you can try:

  • Journaling – Ok, so you aren’t gonna document your life story here at 1 am, but getting your thoughts on paper helps to get them out of your head. Keep a journal on your nightstand and put the brakes on those racing thoughts by jotting them down.
  • Gratitude – Instead of laying in bed thinking of all the things that could go wrong, force yourself to focus on all the things that have gone right. Need some help? Apply your Gratitude oil to your wrists and inhale
  • Get Up – I know, this sounds counterintuitive, right? Why would you ‘get up’ if you are trying to get to sleep?  If you find yourself tossing and turning and becoming more and more restless, getting up and finding a simple mundane task to accomplish, applying an essential oil, or even grabbing an adult coloring book can be just the thing to calm your mind enough to be ready for sleep.

How To Order

There are two ways to order your products. One option is to order as a retail customer. You will spend a lot more money ordering this way, so I do not recommend it.

The BEST way to order your products is to become a member so you can get all of your products at 24% off and have access to many other membership perks like Essential Rewards.

Here are your options for getting started as a member.  

OPTION 1

You can start with a basic membership for $45 and then add on the supplements or oils you think will be most beneficial to your body right now.  

The Basic kit includes your membership, a bottle of Stress Away, a sample of Thieves cleaner and a few other awesome goodies to help you get started.   

OPTION 2

The other option (and my recommendation) is to start with one of the Premium Starter Kits (PSK). The perk to doing this is that you get even more products at an even better deal than just 24% off.

I recommend The Essential Oils Premium Starter Kit. It is valued at over $400 dollars. You can get this for only $165. It comes with 12 different oils (including Stress Away, Lavender, Valor, and Peace & Calming) and a diffuser (which you need to create that calm, relaxing atmosphere before bed, remember??). This is our most commonly chosen kit!

I want to make sure you get the best deal on everything so make sure you read the content below.

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Essential Rewards VS Quick Order

Your starter kit is just the first step to supporting your healthy sleep habits. It is an ongoing journey to provide your body with all that it needs (and eliminate all that it doesn’t) to function optimally.

I want you to know about Essential Rewards (ER) right away because it is the most cost-effective way to order AND you can now use your Premium Starter Kit as your very first ER order!!

YAY!

That is beneficial because you will get a FREE gift and $10 back in ER points right away just by putting your PSK on ER.

Requirements to order on ER:

Place a minimum 50 PV* order each month.

YUP THAT’S IT!

*I recommend a 100 PV order for two reasons.

One, you will be able to support your health better and faster by committing to ordering 100 PV to swap out harmful products you are already using and trying new, safer products from Young Living. 

Two, when you have members under you and they are ordering products, you will make commissions off their orders if and only if you order 100 PV.

Perks to ordering through ER

  1. You will earn ER points for every ER order placed. You cash your points in for free products via Quick Order.
  2. Free gifts every three months and each year following.
  3. Free bonus products starting at  100 PV orders. Monthly promotions for 100, 190, 250, & 300 PV orders announced on the 1st of every month.
  4. Cheaper shipping and access to FREE shipping subscriptions (YL GO/YL GO+)
  5. You can change the products in your cart every month.
  6. You can change your shipping date every month.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You only get ONE ER order a month so make sure you are planning ahead and putting everything you want in one order to maximize the points you receive back and get the gifts at qualifying levels.

The other way to order is through a Quick Order: 

No monthly minimums

Unlimited amount of orders a month

No points, gifts, or shipping perks.


Thank You/Sweet Dreams

If you are someone that suffers from occasional stress, sadness, and low sleep, I hope that you have found this information valuable. Don’t feel like you need to run out, order all the oils and do #allthethings. If you already have one of the oils I talked about, use it; pick just one or two of the tips I shared and start implementing them. The experience with oils varies from person to person. It is important to use an oil for at least five days to see if it will work for you. It may work instantly for you or take a little time. Your body may need to clear out some things before it’s ready. Be consistent yet open to experimenting with other oils to find your magic combo!

When you are ready to get your oils and diffuser, use this link to get started.

Place your order using the link above and I’ll have a special gift for you!

Let me know if you have any questions or want to talk more about what you feel your supplement and oil needs will be! 

Here’s to a more relaxed and happy life!! Goodnight and Sweet Dreams!


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