Stress. We all feel it. Usually too much of it.
And it causes us all kinds of health issues. It’s even possible that this constant “flight or fight” state we keep ourselves in could be the trigger for some of our autoimmune issues.
I wonder about that with my RA.
Back in 2010, I was under a ton of stress. There were some things going on in my life that had broken my heart and my spirit. Then I broke something else — my wrist. If that wasn’t bad enough, it didn’t heal properly and the docs I was dealing with were giving me the brush off. Talk about constant stress.
That’s when my toes started swelling. And unexplained pain in various joints - pain so bad I wasn’t sleeping. Coincidence? Possibly. Was a genetically predisposed to RA and this set it off? Could be. I’ll never know for sure, but my theory is that the stress, my less than healthy lifestyle, and genetics threw me into my own autoimmune nightmare.
God uses all things for His good, and I’d say I’m in a place now to see the good. I have things under control as well as a wonderful business that is centered around helping people. I’ve seen lives changed and reclaimed.
And now I’m on a mission to help people take better care of themselves. Currently I’ve been studying stress and the huge negative effects chronic stress has on our health. It's substantial. Time we take this mess seriously. I've spent too much time feeling stressed and I want to help others avoid falling into the dangerous stress cycle.
I’ve been taking yoga for a few weeks now and am looking forward to having more time to devote to it. It’s miraculous how relaxed and centered I feel after class.
Does Yoga Scare you?
Yoga intimidated me at first - with my injuries my wrists can be a bit difficult to work with…. But I sucked up my fear and went for it. And I’m so glad I did. If you think you’re too old, too out of shape, too whatever for yoga. STOP. There are ways to modify and adapt poses to what you can do. Just do it — you’ll be so glad you did. (here's a video of some basic Hatha. If you can't get to a class, check it out)
I’ve been taking Hatha yoga. It has three main components:
- Poses designed to increase strength and flexibility. Poses range from lying on the floor while completely relaxed to standing on your head —- but don’t worry you don’t jump to that right away! I can get up a little - with a lot of help from our instructor. I love the support and encouragement from class members too.
- Breathing. Yoga teaches that controlling your breathing can help you control your body and quiet your mind.
- Meditation or relaxation. I love the ending of our class when we have a few minutes of quiet breathing and focusing on relaxing on specific muscles. It’s incredibly centering and calming.
And, to enhance the stress relieving benefits, I’ve been using the three new doTERRA yoga blends, Arise in particular. It’s my favorite, so we are going to look at it today.
Arise has a powerfully uplifting effect. Not surprisingly the blend contains some citrus oils - Lemon, Grapefruit. It also has Siberian Fir, which opens airways, and releases stress. Osmanthus helps ease feelings of sadness, and emotional powerhouse Melissa balances emotions, helps us find the joy of living and eases feelings of overwhelm.
I use this blend on my wrists and back of neck before class. Running a diffuser with it would also be AHHH-mazing. The addition of Melissa makes it immensely powerful for emotional health.
So my challenge to you is this - be the boss of your stress. Do something proactive this week to get a handle on the things that stress you out. Oils are a simple way to help your body process and deal with stress. If you’ve never tried them before, I have an easy way for you to give them a try. Get my Make a Roller kit - FREE plus $7 shipping. You can try peppermint, lavender, and melaleuca (tea tree) and have everything you need to make a roller bottle for easy topical use of your sample.