Master Your Mood With These 5 Things

Do you remember how carefree and happy you were as a child?  With the stresses of our busy modern lifestyles, these feelings don’t come as easily for us as adults, so we need to work at them a bit more.  

I used to let my mood run the show, but now I refuse to let a dull mood ruin my day.

We are in total charge of how we show up in life.  

You are the CEO of your body and mind and I want to help you take charge it. To shift how you’re feeling you need to adopt new habits and practices, but they need to be simple otherwise you most likely won’t do them.  Don’t worry, I’ll make this as simple as possible… 

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HERE’S MY 5 FAVOURITE ‘MOOD CHANGERS’:

1. Move your body
How many times have you heard this?  I used to always ignore this advice.. ‘seriously, the way I’m feeling right now, the last thing I want to do is put on my running shoes’.  But it really works, those endorphins get a serious shake up.  Go for a run or for a power walk.  It might be hard to get started but you’ll feel great for it afterwards, and for the rest of the day!

(I also highly recommend this when you’re confronted with a block – I guarantee you’ll come back unblocked or feeling a whole lot clearer.)

2. Play some tunes
Who doesn’t love music?  Put on your favourite tune – crank it up, sing and dance away on your own or with your kids in the kitchen while you cook dinner – a good mood is contagious so why not pass it on.

3. Nourish your body with good food
You’ve heard it before and I’ll tell you again.. You Are What You Eat.  Look at everything you eat as an opportunity to nourish and feed your body in the best possible way.  Nourishing your body and cells with good nutrition is one of the most loving things you can do for your body, and we always feel better when we treat ourselves more lovingly.

4. Essential oils
Now I couldn’t leave this post without adding my favourite mood changer.  When I was introduced to pure essential oils 2 years ago I never expected them to rock my world in the way that they have.  If you need to shift your mood or need help in shifting your mind-set even, make essential oils your go-to tool.  It really is so simple, add them to a diffuser or apply them to your body.

Funnily enough the ‘Mood Management Kit’ from doTERRA was the very first kit I started with and I can highly recommend this kit.  I mention it here in my guidebook in case you don’t already have it.

5. Meditation
My reaction to this used to be much the same as ‘move your body’, like ‘argh, really?’  But seriously, this is one habit you want to add to your daily routine.  It’s really very simple, just sit in a quiet and comfortable space for 10 minutes (longer if you can) each morning – get up before your kids if you have to – but commit to this daily practice and watch those subtle but powerful shifts take place.  Quietening our mind is a powerful thing.

So those are just a few of my favourites but I’d love to hear what you love to do to shift your mood?

If you still need some inspiration to shake things up then watch this video with Tony Robbins, this man is epic when it comes to any form of transformation, so hear what he has to say about shifting your mood.

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How much is your menstrual cycle dictating your emotions?

You would think that since I linked my depressive mood to my menstrual cycle back in 2015 that tracking my cycle would be high on my priority list – nope, those dark thoughts and feelings still creep up on me!

But that is about to change.

Until now I’ve neglected paying attention to it, however, I believe that tracking our cycle needs to be high on our self-care agenda.

When we monitor our cycle we know where we’re at.  For example, if you find yourself yelling at your husband or your children in a rage, you know that you’re not going mad or falling apart, but that your hormones are playing havoc with your emotions.

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So let me paint you a picture of when my hormones play havoc with my emotions.  That inner critic rears its ugly head and says things like: you’re not good enough, you can’t achieve that, you’re a rubbish mum, you can’t do anything right, everyone is better than you. 

Nice huh?

When I feel like this I want to hide away from the world.  My reactions are short & fiery and internally I’m screaming ‘get me out of this sh*t hole’.

Because it’s sh*t.

Research shows that the three key hormones that rise and fall throughout our monthly cycle are estrogen, testosterone and progesterone.  These three hormones, depending on where they’re at in our cycle, can affect our mood, energy, confidence, memory, romantic life, social life, shopping habits, food cravings and virtually every other part of our day.

So here is a snapshot of how we can feel at different times of the month based on our cycle:

WEEK 1: Day 1 (first day of period) to Day 7 – this is my FAVOURITE week!
Estrogen rises
During this week, estrogen starts out at rock-bottom and begins a steady climb.  Once you get past the achy, fatiguing part of your period, this rise in estrogen will be boosting your energy, mood, optimism and brain skills.  It also makes us chattier and pushes us to connect with others both socially & romantically.  We feel more fun and playful!

WEEK 2: Day 8 to Day 14 (around ovulation time)
Estrogen and testosterone rise till they peak
Estrogen continues to rise throughout your Week 2, amping up all the positive affects you experienced during your Week 1.  So, you’re likely to be more upbeat, optimistic, chattier and confident, self-assured, have a sharper memory, and perhaps even thinking more romantic thoughts!  In the latter part of this week testosterone is on the rise making you more impulsive, daring and competitive.

WEEK 3: Begins the day after ovulation and lasts for 8 days (Day 15 to Day 22 in a 28-day cycle)
Progesterone rises; estrogen and testosterone drop for half the week, then estrogen rises again.
The first half of your Week 3 is your “pre-PMS” phase.  By ‘pre’ I mean it’s the less intense version of PMS.  You might experience irritability, fatigue and a down mood.  Like PMS, pre-PMS, is also caused by plunging estrogen (there are two dips of estrogen in each cycle).  By the second half of Week 3, estrogen rises again, putting a stop to any annoying pre-PMS symptoms, which help level out our mood – yes!!!

Throughout Week 3 progesterone rises, which can make you sleepy, quiet, less interested in socialising and more cautious.  It’s also dampening your libido and triggering cravings.  If you’re particularly sensitive to progesterone then this hormone can make you a bit blue.  Progesterone may trigger a bit of forgetfulness and fogginess while also making it more difficult to speak eloquently.

WEEK 4: Final 6 days
Estrogen and progesterone plunge
As estrogen plunges during this premenstrual week, it can trigger moodiness, the blues, muscle aches, insomnia, headaches, fatigue, and a wide variety of other PMS-related symptoms.  Not every woman suffers from premenstrual syndrome and symptoms can be milder or more severe from month to month, often due to diet, stress, medications, exercise habits or your body’s personal sensitivity to hormones.

This is the ideal week to treat yourself to your favourite indulgences.  Why?  Because the plunge of estrogen depletes your brain of mood-boosting chemicals, leading to irritability and negativity.  But, when you relax in a bath, watch a much-loved movie, go for a walk or do anything else you enjoy, it gives you a temporary boost to our happy brain chemicals, making us calmer and more upbeat.

So I hope that you’ll now join me in tracking your cycle so that you are prepared for those tricky moments.  See paragraph 2 on this blog post for my favourite essential oil blend to help balance our hormones – I could not live without this blend.

I’d love to hear from you and what you struggle with most during the different stages of your cycle, so please comment below, I love to hear from you.

Much love,
Bridget

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Delicious & Healthy Gluten Free Wraps

One of the best things about going gluten free is how great you feel off it, but one of the hardest things is finding what to substitute it with.  I love wraps and although shop bought wraps are thin, they still contain gluten.

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This is my favourite go to recipe for making wraps at home.  It’s super easy and delicious too.  They’re made with gram flour which is made from chick peas so it’s really nourishing and full of good protein.

What you need…

  • 1 cup gram flour (some places call it garbanzo flour)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast (optional but adds a nice flavour)
  • 1/2 tsp himalayan pink salt
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley (optional)

What to do….

  1. Heat a non-stick pan on medium-high heat.
  2. Add flour, nutritional yeast and salt to a bowl and stir to combine. Slowly add water – mix well to avoid lumps.
  3. Spray pan lightly with oil and add enough of the mix to make a thin layer around the pan.
  4. Cook until golden on both sides.

Then fill with your favourite filling and roll!  I like to butter on some tahini sauce then add some falafels and salad – delicious. Enjoy!

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4 Easy Steps to Making Your Own Delicious & Nutritious Smoothie

When it comes to our energy and vitality, smoothies are one of the best things you can do for your body, plus they’re the best way to pack in those nutrients that feed our cells in the best possible way.

I literally couldn’t live without them, and that is why I love sharing my favourite recipes with you.

However, this time I want to empower you to create your own delicious recipes, because that’s when it gets really fun!

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Don’t worry, it’s really easy, so here we go…

Choose your base – add 2 cups of one of the following bases to your blender:

  • Water
  • Coconut water
  • Coconut milk
  • Kefir
  • Almond milk
  • Cashew milk
  • Hemp milk

Choose your greens – choose 2 cups (tightly packed) of the following greens and add to your blender:

  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Swiss chard
  • Collard greens
  • Beet greens
  • Sweet potato greens
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Spring mix

Choose your fruit – choose 3 cups of the following fruit to add to your blender:

  • Banana
  • Cherries
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Strawberries
  • Mango
  • Pineapple
  • Papaya
  • Avocado
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Apples

Supercharge it – choose 1 tablespoon of the following superfoods to add to your blender:

  • Coconut oil
  • Cacao
  • Chia seeds
  • Cinnamon (if you have food grade essential oils you can use 1 drop of Cinnamon Bark here as an alternative)
  • Vanilla
  • Maca
  • Spirulina
  • Chlorella

Now all you need to do is blend it up in a high-speed blender until smooth (will yield roughly 32 ounces.)

Now I’d love to see and hear about your creation – so please share a pic on Instagram with the hashtag #EmpoweredBySmoothies or come and share it on my Facebook page here.

Health + Happiness,

 

 



Chilled Chocolate Milk for Kids

This drink is a delicious and nutritious way to cool down the kiddies. It’s a regular favourite of ours on hot summer days.
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What you need:
:: 2 Brazil nuts or a small handful of cashews
:: 1 cup almond milk
:: 1/4 cup medjool dates (don’t forget to take the stones out!)
:: 2 tbsp cacao powder
:: 2 tbsp cacao nibs
:: 1 tsp maca powder (optional)
:: Blend in a high-speed blender until liquified
:: Then add a handful of ice
(Makes two small drinks for children)



10 Most Popular Oils for a Healthy Home

It’s no secret that I absolutely LOVE essential oils. I use them every day in our home for all our health and wellbeing needs.

Essential oils are nature’s medicine. They are incredibly powerful without all the side effects associated with pharmaceuticals. The uses and benefits of essential oils are endless.

I want to share with you some of the oils from the very first kit I started with, the Home Essentials kit, and my favourite ways to use them.

The Home Essentials kit includes 15ml bottles of Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Melaleuca, Oregano, Breathe, DigestZen, On Guard, and a 5ml bottle of Deep Blue. Each 15ml bottle holds approximately 250 drops.

With the purity of doTERRA’s essential oils a little goes a long way. For example, 1 drop of peppermint can be used to relieve a headache (1 drop of peppermint makes 28 cups of tea, amazing!) 1 drop of Deep Blue can be used to relieve back pain and 1 drop of Lavender can be used to help with sleep.

But you know what I really love about these oils? Each oil is sourced from it’s natural habitat which not only enhances the quality of the oil but often these habitats are in developing countries so every drop of oil helps towards changing the lives of the growers and harvesters.

Lavender: for calming and stress reduction

  • This oil is sourced from the Lavender harvests in France.
  • It relieves stress, anxiety and insomnia.
  • You can use it aromatically (diffuse or inhale), or massage it onto the skin.
  • It takes the pain out of a bee sting by applying it on the location.
  • You can use it to soothe skin irritations and burns by applying it on the location.
  • It can be used with Lemon and Peppermint to relieve allergies.

Lemon: for cleansing and mood elevation

  • The Lemon is sourced from Italy.
  • It is a natural antioxidant and detoxifies.
  • You can add 1-2 drops to a glass of water for a cleansing effect and to flush out toxins (I highly recommend this instead of lemon juice in your water because it’s gentle on the teeth, unlike the acidity in juice that can chip away at the enamel).
  • It is a natural cleansing agent and stain remover.
  • It can be used to remove the smells from laundry.
  • It elevates your mood.

Peppermint: for indigestion and cooling

  • This oil is sourced from Washington, USA.
  • Helps relieve headaches – apply on temples, forehead, or back of neck.
  • Calming to an upset stomach – take in a capsule or apply to the stomach with a carrier oil like coconut oil.
  • Helps increase energy – diffuse and inhale.
  • Cooling – place a couple of drops in your hand, rub both hands together and place hands on the back of your neck, and wait for the cooling effect.
  • Helps with concentration and is helpful taken before an exam or stressful situation.

Melaleuca: for soothing, cleansing and healing skin

  • This oil is sourced from Australia.
  • It can be used as a first aid ointment – apply on location.
  • For sore throats one drop on the tip of your tongue or gargled with water.
  • Use for skin irritations – apply on location.
  • Beneficial for hair and scalp – add to shampoo or conditioner.
  • It’s a natural cleansing agent and stain remover.
  • It can be used to remove smells from laundry.

Oregano: for immune support (warning: this is a hot oil so it’s not to be applied directly to the skin)

  • Oregano is sourced from Turkey
  • Naturally supports the immune system – take several drops in a capsule for periodic immune system boosts.
  • Works as a natural defence against cold, flu, throat infection and yeast infection – apply to the bottom of feet with a carrier oil like coconut or almond oil.
  • Used for wart and skin tag removal.
  • Excellent for cooking – add 1 drop to your pizza base!

Frankincense: for inflammation, depression, and much more

  • This oil is sourced from both Oman and Somalia.
  • Frankincense enhances the benefits of all other oils.
  • Helps reduce inflammation – apply on location or take internally.
  • For anxiety or depression apply one drop on the tip of the tongue, and a drop behind the ears and at the back of the neck.
  • Diffuse or place on hands and inhale.
  • Helps relieve headaches and migraines – apply with peppermint and lavender.
  • Supports immune function – massage on feet or take internally.
  • Perfect accompaniment for meditation or spiritual practice.
  • Frankincense is also known as the oil ‘if in doubt, use franki!’

Deep Blue: for muscle and joint health

  • Helps relieve muscle and joint pain – apply on location.
  • Contains Blue Tansy and Helichrysum, which can help support long-term muscle joint and bone healing.
  • Apply to muscles and joints before and after working out.
  • Sinus pressure and congestion – rub on back of neck.
  • Also good for migraines along with Lavender and Frankincense on temples and back of the neck.

Breathe: for respiratory support

  • This oil is a blend of: Eucalyptus, Laurel Leaf, Lemon, Melaleuca, Peppermint, and Ravensara.
  • Relaxes the body and mind – diffuse at bedtime along with Lavender for a more restful sleep.
  • Use during allergy season – apply to the chest area to help clear the lungs and sinuses of congestion.
  • Ideal for those with asthma – diffuse and inhale, apply to the chest and sinuses.
  • For anxiety apply to chest area to enable deep and calmer breathing.

Digestzen: for natural digestive support

  • Digestzen is a blend of: Anise, Caraway, Coriander, Fennel, Ginger, Peppermint, and Tarragon.
  • Relieves digestive discomforts such as food poisoning, acid reflux, vomiting bug, nausea, constipation or diarrhea – apply to the stomach area (or bottoms of the feet for children) or take internally.
  • Whether it’s diarrhea or constipation, this clever oil will figure it out and help the body restore its balance.

On Guard: for natural immune defence

  • On Guard is a blend of: Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, and Wild Orange.
  • Stops the growth of viruses and bacteria – diffuse and/or apply on location or bottoms of feet.
  • Contains oils shown to inhibit MRSA (antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria).
  • Helps kill airborne pathogens.
  • Helps knock out colds, sore throats, and fevers – swallow one drop in a glass of water or take in a capsule.
  • Diffuse in house or office to stop spread of germs.
  • Apply to bottoms of the feet every night to boost immunity.

If you’re ready to take control and empower you and your family with pure essential oils, then the Home Essentials kit is the best value kit. You not only get all the oils listed above but you also receive the pretty Petal diffuser too.

To purchase your Home Essentials kit and become a wholesale member today (which gives you 25% off all future orders) then just Click Here to get started.  Or, if you’d like me to help set it up for you, simply email me at bridget.thiswholesomelife@gmail.com and I’d be happy to help.

Don’t worry, you won’t be left with your kit wondering ‘what do I do now?’  I will provide you with all the information you need with your Welcome Pack plus your 30 minute 1-1 Wellness Consult, and you’ll also have the opportunity to join our Private Facebook Community for our members where you’ll get all the support you need moving forward.

Much love,
bridget

 



4 Ways to Manage Your Mood Naturally

My ‘mood’ was what led me to do what I do so I think it’s safe to say that after 3 years, I know a fair bit about improving our mood naturally.

My mood issues mostly related to a hormonal imbalance but I didn’t know this at the time. I felt depressed, moody, frumpy round my middle, craved sugar like no tomorrow and had very little motivation for anything.

I couldn’t go on like that, so I embraced self care & healthy eating with all that I had.

I’m not alone though. We all experience moments when we feel overwhelmed, stressed, angry, sad or anxious.

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So here are 4 ways to improve your mood:

1. Eat Real Food

When it comes to food it’s really quite simple, when we eat cr*p we feel cr*p.

Eat real food that feeds and nourishes your body in the best possible way. We run into trouble when we start eating packaged and processed foods with too many ingredients. So keep it real.

Side note: if you struggle to break free from that crazy cycle of carbs, sugar cravings and quick fixes, then my program The Harmony Project is perfect for you.

No d-i-e-t is going to break this pattern because it’s so much more than the food we eat. The focus in The Harmony Project is on both the mind & body and in just 28 days you receive a toolkit that guides you to a place where you’ll never need to d-i-e-t again, yes really.

2. TLC for your Gut

The condition of our gut and our digestive tract is a direct reflection of how we’re feeling, so you want to be mindful of what you put in it.

You also want to be mindful during eating. Chew your food and really enjoy it, take your time to let it digest.

Listen to your body, it might be trying to tell you something.

We’re so busy rushing from one thing to the next that we rarely appreciate and enjoy our food, but instead end up scarfing it down like no tomorrow.

The more you chew your food and break it down the more your digestive system and gut can assimilate and process it better.

3. Essential oils to get us out of that funk

I turn to essential oils to manage those pesky feelings and to feel more level and balanced so I can get on with my day. Only a few months ago I had NO IDEA they could shake up our mood the way that they do.

One of my favourite blends is Balance because that’s exactly what it does, makes us feel more Balanced. I turn to this blend when I feel anxious or overwhelmed.

I use just a couple of drops on the bottoms of my feet (from our feet it’s the fastest route to our bloodstream) including my big toe (the pathway to the brain). I also love to use it on my pulse points as a toxic free pure-fume as the smell is b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l.

I turn to a blend called Serenity when I struggle to relax or sleep after a stressful and exhausting day. I also like to use this on my feet or simply diffuse into the air while I lie back and take deep breaths. I breathe out the bad of the day and breathe in all the good.

For a serious mood pick-me-up I turn to a blend called Elevation – it smells like sunshine in a bottle! When you are feeling sad or down then this oil is your best friend, it brings that much-needed boost to your mood and energy. I use it on my pulse points as it makes a lovely pure-fume and on the back of my neck up towards the back of my head.

Another one of my favourites is Bergamot, the oil of self love and self acceptance. This is a powerful oil for our emotional struggles, especially for those who struggle with depression.

Bergamot relieves feelings of despair, self-judgement and low self-esteem. It has a cleansing effect on stagnant feelings and limiting belief systems. So many of us become stagnant in our lives due to our core belief systems like being ‘bad’, ‘unlovable’ and ‘not good enough’, and Bergamots powerful cleansing properties generate movement in the energy system, which in turn brings hope.

Don’t you just love plant magic?

4. Exercise

There’s no question exercise improves our mood. Countless scientific studies have proven this. When I exercise I definitely feel better! The trouble is though so many of us don’t like to exercise or we just haven’t found an exercise that suits us. There are so many different forms of exercise so I recommend trying a few out until you find what works for you.

How many unused gym memberships have you had in your life? Seriously, gyms make a fortune out of people who sign up then lose motivation.

Choose something you’re going to enjoy doing, then you’ll feel motivated!

I believe that finding the right exercise for you and your unique self is SO important. In fact we cover this in the fourth week of The Harmony Project.

What are your favourite ways for improving your mood? Let me know in the comments below, I love to hear from you!

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P.s. If you are interested in purchasing any of the products I mention above, you can purchase them from my online shop here, or if you’d like to find out how you can save 25% then please don’t hesitate to get in touch here with the subject ‘I want to save’.

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Make your own natural + effective hand sanitiser

Contrary to popular belief, most shop bought sanitisers don’t protect you against germs. For them to become even remotely effective, they need to be applied over and over again.

Almost all anti-bacterial soaps and sanitisers contain a number of toxic chemicals, including an active ingredient called Triclosan. Triclosan has been linked to a number of health concerns including hormone disruptions and cancer.
handsThese sanitisers cause the skin to absorb 100 times more of the hormone-disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA). This chemical gets into our endocrine system, which is where our precious hormones talk to each other, so we want to protect this as much as possible.

Fortunately there are many natural alternatives (such as essential oils) that are not only very effective antiseptic cleansers, but they are kind on the body and skin. Essential oils contain organisms that are very effective at fighting bacteria. These oils act as anti-fungal and natural antibiotics.

Cinnamon essential oil is one of the most powerful oils when it comes to killing bacteria.

Tea tree (or melaleuca as the tree is actually known) essential oil is also a great choice as it has a much wider range of uses than conventional hand sanitisers. Tea tree is a powerful immune support as well as it being a natural antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal.

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A Safe + Natural Homemade Sanitiser for the Whole Family
Ingredients:
¼ cup Aloe Vera Gel
¼ tsp fractionated coconut
2 tbsp water
6 drops of Tea Tree / Melaleuca essential oil
6 drops of Lavender essential oil (Lavender is also antibacterial and antiviral)
4 drops Cinnamon essential oil
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Instructions:
1. Mix all ingredient together
2. Pour into a glass pump bottle
3. Shake before applying

I love that I can use this delicious smelling sanitiser on my family’s hands knowing that it’s not only protecting them from nasty germs but it’s kind and nourishing to their skin and body.

Please bear in mind that many essential oils on the market are not 100% pure or therapeutic grade, despite what the label might tell you.  (If you’d like to book your FREE 30 Minute Oils and Wellness Consult via skype/phone CLICK HERE.) 

This hand sanitiser smells and feels so soft on the hands – enjoy!

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Perfectionism: A High Price To Pay

Do any of these ring true for you?

“I need to be in control of everything”
“It’s ok for me to hold everything together”
“I’m such a ‘people pleaser,’ I find it hard to say ‘no’ then I end up resenting it”
“I’m always keeping others happy, my needs can wait”

We try to do it all.

But you don’t have to do it all, it doesn’t have to be ‘just right’, and you are NOT the only one who has to do it all, you are NOT superwoman.

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When we take on the ‘superwoman’ role, life doesn’t just become harder for ourselves, but also for our family – we become grumpy, bad tempered, stressed, then throw hormonal imbalance into the mix and you’ve got a hot house of feisty tension.

When we had our twin boys I strived to ‘do it all’. I would work through my never-ending to-do-list like a beaver, and it had to be done perfectly – exhausting huh.

I thought ‘what’s the worst that can happen besides feeling a bit tired at the end of the day?’

What was I trying to prove, and to who?

It wasn’t sustainable and my body eventually said ‘no more’ and gave me way more than I bargained for – it came in the form of adrenal fatigue – with all the stress and pressure I’d put on myself I’d literally fried my adrenals.

I experienced tiredness like I’d never felt before, getting out of bed and getting through the afternoon stretch were my biggest challenges. My one and only burst of energy came at bedtime and my head was buzzing with a ‘wired’ feeling.

I had terrible PMS, I couldn’t handle anything remotely stressful, I had a very short fuse and the smallest thing would send me into a rage. I also gained a lot of weight around my middle and all I craved and wanted to eat was sugary foods.

The idea of looking after myself didn’t even enter my radar. I had two small babies to take care for and a house to run.

Because our adrenals produce our hormones, my hormones started going haywire. To say I had a hormone imbalance would be an understatement, hormonal hell would be more accurate.

I felt so desperate to find a solution, I was prepared to try anything, so I pretty much did. I even accepted the prescription for Prozac my doctor gave me. But there was a loud voice within me shouting ‘your body is deficient in something, but it’s not prozac’.

It’s been a journey and it certainly didn’t happen over night, but I’ve learnt the best possible lesson: SELF-CARE. This is why there’s such a strong emphasis on self-care in The Harmony Project, because self-care is such an essential ingredient to our wellbeing.

Taking care of myself in the best possible way and aiming for ‘pretty good’ over perfection, has been hugely liberating. Letting go of those feelings that drove me to perfectionism weren’t easy but I knew it was essential for my wellbeing.

I knew that self-care had to be a priority in order to get my health back. My biggest lesson was that if I don’t take care of me, then I’m no good to anyone.

Perfectionism… it’s overrated & it’s exhausting. Strive for pretty good, then you’ll feel like you’re winning!

My biggest sources of comfort for health and healing are real food, my daily smoothie kick, and my pure essential oils – so much so that I’ve wrapped it up in a nice little package called The Harmony Project to save you the bother of searching and searching for answers like I did.

What are your favourite ways to take care of YOU?  Comment below, I love to hear from you!

bridget

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Cassia & Lime Bliss Balls

I just love how these incredibly nourishing ingredients marry so perfectly with these two oils.  I love to get essential oils (I only use therapeutic grade) into raw food any way I can simply because they nourish our cells on so many levels.

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Just a couple of facts on these oils:
Lime the Oil of Zest for Life.  Lime cleanses and revitalises the heart space, giving room for light and joy.
Cassia the Oil of Self-Assurance.  Cassia brings gladness and courage to the heart & soul.  Cassis dispels fear and replaces it with self-assurance.  It helps those who hold back and try to hide.

90g apricots
90g sultanas
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
3/4 pecans
1/4 desiccated coconut
1/2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp softened coconut oil
1 drop Cassis doTERRA essential oil
7 drops Lime doTERRA essential oil
Place all ingredients in a food processor and whizz until it comes together enough to form balls.  Extra desiccated coconut for rolling (optional).
(Recipe adapted from Food Alchemy)

Enjoy!

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