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Self-Care 101!

Sick and tired no more. . . .

This topic is one that I am very passionate about. I have felt this expression more times than I am proud to admit. "Sick and tired" of what? Does this expression mean you're literally "sick and tired?" Or, is it the more dogmatic expression of being "fed up?" Or, just so tired . . . Being tired, having fatigue over a long period of time can lead to chronic illness! Here is a link to some serious illnesses that are linked to chronic fatigue - this is no joke! https://www.prevention.com/health/g20474233/8-diseases-that-have-fatigue-as-the-main-symptom/

There are many causes of being "tired." Sometimes, we just can't seem to get good sleep. Not getting enough sleep or good sleep is crucial to our self-care, but sometimes life gets in the way. Maybe we are new parents, or maybe we are grandparents! BTW - squirrel moment - whether you are a new or old mommy doesn't matter. When you become a mommy, you will never stop losing sleep over your loved ones! ;)

BTW - As I write this, I am coming to you tired, exhausted, run down, and well, just in need of self-care! We need to be very diligent with our sleep hygiene. It is entirely up to us to make sure that happens. Sleep is our body's reset button and without it, we can become cranky, angry, sick and tired, sad, restless, hopeless, and even depressed! Good sleep hygiene comes by way of choices - getting to bed by 10 and sleeping 7-8 hours minimum every night is optimal. Do what you need to do to make sure this happens for you. You owe it to yourself and your family because a sleepy, grumpy, and tired parent/grandparent/friend/sister/brother (you get the idea here) is not a joy for anyone! So, make sure you are getting good rest. Remember, it is okay to remove activities from your life that are causing you to lose sleep, stressing you out, and sometimes we have to say "no" to things that are not serving our better selves.

There are so many things that we can do to help ourselves with better sleep! Did you know that exercise can help us enjoy better sleep? It's true! This tidbit of advice is coming from someone who has only begun to exercise in the past 10 years. I am NOT a fan of exercise! In fact, I am not a fan of the pain left over after exercise. I have also NEVER experienced the "endorphin release" after exercise! I don't believe there is such a thing LOL! However, I will tell you that my sleep has improved tremendously after I began to understand the importance of exercise on the body. I challenge you to find something that makes you happy and is considered exercise. It took me a long time to find yoga and Jazzercise - my exercises of choice. Find something that you'll actually want to go do (yes, that's part of the challenge - actually going and doing it), and get to it. Your body, sleep, hormones, weight, diet, mood - all of you - will thank you!

Another one of my suggestions for good sleep hygiene is the use of essential oils! I know, I know! You knew I'd eventually go there . . #sorrynotsorry My use of essential oils only began 5-1/2 years ago, but was the best thing that ever happened to me! Prior to my doTERRA Lavender essential oil experience, I had fitful, restless sleep at best. I would fall asleep quickly, but wake up between the hours of 2-4 and be wide awake, tossing and turning, and replaying crazy videos in my mind of all of my life! I could not get back to sleep, so most nights I would just get up and go into my home office and work! I put in long days of work as well as being a mom and a wife for so many years that it became my norm to only sleep 4-5 hours a night. I wore that like the Badge of Honor, bragged about it, and had convinced myself that I didn't need 7-8 hours of sleep! WRONG!! After I found doTERRA and tried Lavender essential oil for my stressed out hot mess, sleepless self - I became a new woman! I have added a link to a sleep blog from doTERRA with some fantastic information in it - please read it! You'll thank me later!

My plea to you all is that you would make it a point to make these things a priority in your personal life for self-care. Eat well, exercise regularly, manage your stress and rest well, remove as many toxins from your home as possible, and make self-care your #1 priority! Without a healthy and rested YOU, you will serve no one. Do what you need to do and take care of you!

- Blessings and much love, Char <3

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