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How Do Essential Oils Work?

When it comes to holistic health and wellbeing, and taking care of our bodies from the inside out, it’s no secret that using gifts of the earth are generally the way to go.

Today, our cupboards and cabinets are full of synthetic chemicals and pills that not only often ineffective, but usually come with side effects. Why continue to rely exclusively on these substances when Mother Earth has provided us with plant-based essential oils that are even more powerful?

Just adding some of the most common essential oils like lavender, frankincense, lemon, peppermint and clove oil to your daily health regimen can:

> Support seasonal immunity> Relax your body and soothe sore muscles > Promote skin health> Support healthy inflammation response > Promote healthy hormones > Support healthy digestive function > Cleanse your lymphatic system> Clean your home> Be used in homemade personal care products

And these are just a few of the health benefits of using essential oils.

You might have heard of how good they are for cooking and overall wellness, but there’s much more! Essential Oils are a great resource to deal with emotions, too. We use them through the day for balancing mood, being energised, staying focused, calming, dealing with anxiety – there’s an oil for each!

It’s important to know how do they work in the body so that you have an understanding as to why they’re so effective in supporting our cells from the inside out so that we can sleep better, support our immune system, and promote good skin and organ health.

Our bodies are made up of millions and millions of cells.  A single cell has an outer membrane which is super intelligent in deciding what to let in and what to keep out of the cell.

Foreign bacteria and materials hang out on the outer membrane of the cell.

When you go to a doctor for the treatment of a bacterial infection / illness, sometimes they may give you antibiotics which are synthetic medications. These synthetic medications are seen by our cells as foreign materials, and so the outer membrane of the cell keeps these synthetics outside of the cells.

Virus’ are able to penetrate the cell membrane, & hijack the cell as they replicate the DNA and take over the body.

The reason that Virus’ are not prescribed any medications, are because synthetic meds are not able to penetrate the cell – so often a GP will tell you to go home, drink heaps of fluids and rest.

The good news is that you can use Essential Oils for Virus’ because they are plant based materials, and because the body see’s them as a natural substance, the outer membrane allows the Essential Oil to penetrate the cell membrane and take care of the virus from the inside out.  This means that you can catch a virus on the onset by using Essential Oils, and recover in a couple of day vs. a couple of wks.

This is incredible news for those that need to boost their immune system!

For those looking to use Essential Oils to enhance or change their mood, then you’ll be happy to know that Science quantifies the effect of essential oils on the human body using frequencies.  Given the technology we have today; we are now able to measure the effect essential oils have on the body using frequency.  Essential Oils create signals causing the brain to release neurotransmitters like serotonin, which link our nervous and other body systems to provide a feeling of relief.

Two of my favourite oils are:

  1. Lavender Essential Oil (which Vibrates at 118MHz)  the duvet of the aromatherapy kingdom – will wrap you up and comfort you like no other. She’s the one you turn to when you feel it’s all a ‘bit much’. Call her into your life to help guide the mind back to peace, tranquility and quiet…. aummmmm 🙏🏻 and
  2. Peppermint Essential Oil (which Vibrates at 78MHz), is used to promote healthy respiratory function and clear breathing; digestive health and Repels bugs naturally.

We have a profound emotional and intuitive relationship to scent.  It has always been imperative to human evolution and to our survival.  We can smell changes in the weather, changes in the seasons and when animals are nearby.  And because Science also tells us that everything is energy, and we know that there is a subtle bio-energy that flows through all of life, then it’s good to know that essential oils, with their high vibes and beautiful scents, can encourage our body’s to regenerate damaged cells, build a higher immune defence to virus’ and sustain energy vitality.

To learn more about these oils and the way that they can support you in your life, visit email arianna@ariannapienaar,com

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Maldives Madness

Hi friends. It’s been a little while since I got in touch that I’ve been holidaying in the Maldives for about 10 days now. And whilst I’ve been so unbelievably blessed to have beautiful weather, monsoon thunder showers, amazing food, salt and sun. I’m going to say it’s been challenging trying to stay off my social media and technology, but I’m all the better for it and I am 4 or 5 days away from coming home and I’m ready to rock and roll for an amazing end of July and August.

One of the things that I’ve been so unbelievably astounded by whilst being here is the complete servitude of the Maldivian people. I’ve never in my life met a group of people that believe in service as the Maldivian’s do. And then I’ve been lucky enough to almost befriend some of the amazing staff that work on this incredible island and last night we had some mocktails on the beach with them and we were talking about how we felt so special and how the services were so personal and how they know our names from almost the first day we got here and they were explaining to us how service to them is not a job, it’s a vocation, it comes from the heart. Everything that they do on this island and in life is about creating an experience for someone else, a positive experience, a beautiful experience, where people can walk away from being with them feeling loved and appreciated and special. And this just really got me thinking about how I want to live my life, you know, I want a bit of the Maldivian culture in my life and it’s not that I don’t already do this, it’s that I want more of it and I want to install more of it in my team, people that I work with because its warm and fuzzy and beautiful and if I could touch people’s lives the same way that these beautiful people have touched my husband and mine, then I’d be a really happy chickadee. So, I move forward from this experience with not just a beautiful tan and some really great tips at relaxation because I had to relearn most after not having a holiday for 2 years. But with a complete commitment to servitude to those around me and those that I work with, in a way that completely supersedes anything that I’ve been doing before which is going to be pretty difficult. I think it’s a challenge at first to get into the swing of things of being in total servitude but I’m going to give it a shot and I’m really excited about it and so I’d love it if, you know, if you’ve got any questions about how I’m going to do this or you want any advice on my thoughts. While I’m here, send them across via email or post them via social media and I’ll speak to the Maldivian people and see how they kind of think about this servitude and I’ll send the questions so that they can help us. Always together.

Love, Ari xo

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dōTERRA July monthly specials!

July brings the extension of the Youthful Elegance promotion,  doTERRA Shampoo and Conditioner pack 10% off and Marjoram 15mL essential oil is the Product of the Month!

Extended till 15th July – Salubelle

The Youthful Elegance promotion has been extended until the 15th of July! You now have 2 more weeks to receive a free Salubelle Beauty Blend with any single 200PV order please through the Australian Warehouse.

Salubelle Beauty blend is formulated to support and nourish the skin and can be used on the face and neck to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and aging skin. It works to help sustain smoother, more radiant, youthful looking skin. With a Retail Value of $129.33, you want to make the most of this opportunity before it’s too late!

ORDER HERE

doTERRA Shampoo & Conditioner Pack is 10% off in July! 

Looking to give your hair the smooth, healthy look it deserves? Want to reduce style damage whilst cleansing your hair and scalp? doTERRA Shampoo and Conditioner pack combines Lavender, Marjoram, Cedarwood, Rosemary & Eucalyptus essential oils to give you hair what it needs!

ORDER HERE

Marjoram 15mL essential oil is Product of the Month!

Used in culinary dishes for the unique flavour it adds to soups, stews, dressings and sauces, try replacing dried marjoram with Marjoram essential oil in your next recipe.
We love herby oils, particularly in the colder months so we are excited to give you a FREE Marjoram 15mL essential oil with any single 125PV LRP order placed through the Australian Warehouse before the 15th of July!

ORDER HERE

If you would like to find out more information, pop me a line happy to answer all your questions.

Ari xo

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Free Salubelle blend in June!

Every three months, dōTERRA offers fabulous freebies with orders over 200 points. This month, you will receive a free Salubelle essential oil blend valued at $129 when you order the Home Essentials kit, or with single orders over 200 points. 

Also known as Immortelle, this is a blend of powerfully renewing and rare essential oils which have been used throughout history for their beautifying benefits. Salubelle Anti-Aging Blend is formulated to protect and nourish skin while helping to reduce contributing factors to the appearance of aging skin. These powerful essential oils help sustain smoother, more radiant, and youthful-looking skin. Salubelle easily absorbs into the skin and can be used on the face, neck, and décolletage to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and aging skin.

So are you ready to get started? Then let’s go!
Click HERE and follow the steps below:

  1. Choose your relevant country, then click continue

  2. If you are in Australia, click on ‘Local (OTG) Order’, then continue

  3. Click on ‘Wholesale Prices’, then continue

  4. Complete all relevant information on the ‘About You’ page

  5. The enroller ID should populate as ‘3502307, Pienaar, Arianna.’ This makes sure you are placed in my dōTERRA team

  6. Accept the terms and conditions and click on continue

  7. You will then place your first order. You can either choose one of the kits at the top of the page if you want to join with a kit and have your enrolment fee waived. Or you can select the $35 enrolment fee and choose your own items from the full product list.

  8. Enter your credit card payment details

  9. You will be asked if you want to set up your Loyalty Rewards Points (LRP) order. You can either set up your next order at that time, or do it later

  10. Sit back and wait for your beautiful gifts from Mother Nature to arrive!

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Healthy Choc Bliss Slice Recipe

If you’ve come to one of my essential oil classes you might have tried this delicious treat! I’ve had a lot of students asks what is in the recipe, so here it is for you to enjoy at home.

Ingredients
·   4 medjool dates, pitted
·   8 tbsp coconut oil
·   4 tbsp hulled tahini
·   8 tbsp cacao powder
·   1/4 tsp of pink Himalayan salt
·  2tbsp black chia seeds
·  12 drops of doTERRA Peppermint Essential Oil

 Method
1.      Using a food processor or blender, add the dates, coconut oil, tahini, cacao powder and himalayan salt and process on high until well combined ( if coconut oil is solidified, add a splash of boiling water to try and melt it down or microwave, so all ingredients combine)
2.      Once well combined, add the black chia seeds and the doTERRA peppermint oil, and gently mix with a spoon.
3.       Place into rectangle cake tin lined with baking paper to make into a slice. Dust with the desiccated coconut (optional)
4.      Set in the fridge or freezer for faster results
5.      These can be stored at room temperature or in the fridge/freezer. It will keep in the freezer for about 4 weeks.

Enjoy!

Ari xo

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Q&A about my doTERRA journey…

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am a yogi and yoga teacher. I teach about 8 classes per week at two studios, but as my doTERRA biz grows, the number of classes are shrinking naturally. I am a trained holistic therapist, which includes therapies such as sound healing and chakra balancing, reiki and all the woo woo stuff that matters. So naturally Essential Oils have been a part of my life since i can remember.

How and why did your doterra journey start?

Having a mamma who is committed to finding natural solutions for health and wellbeing, I was lucky enough to experience Aromatherapy from a very young age. Essential Oils have always been a part of my life, from Lavender on burns when trying to make my first ever Creme Caramel, to Tea tree on my spots as a teenager. So Naturally when Alice Nicholls posted a link to an essential oils class at her home, I was keen to hear all about what she was up to. I had never heard of doTERRA before, and up until then had been purchasing all my oils from Perfect Potions. I attended the class, bought a HEK and 3 weeks later, decided to start the biz.

What made you want to take building a doterra business seriously?

So there are two aspects to this q that I want to touch on. The first part for me, was about sharing the product. The incredible philanthropic heart of the business, and the products made it super easy of me to share. Without a doubt. I think it’s so easy to stand behind and advocate for something that you truly believe in. That you’ve had an experience with and that the people in your life have benefited from. I think the message that we have for our global community is one of service, and that can be difficult to come by when you’re looking at the world at large. To be honest, I didn’t really know (and this is embarrassing) that I was selling anything, until two months in of sharing the products. Of course, my business was growing, but I didn’t see it for the incredible business opportunity that it was.

What have been your biggest successes?

Without a doubt, personal development. Hands down. This is where I feel I’ve grown the most and it’s my success story. I feel that through this process, I’ve had the incredible opportunity to tap into teachings that have helped me grow into a better and more conscious being. Let me make this clear, it’s from doing the inner work that I’ve experience the biggest and most successful changes in my biz. Knowing what my ULB’s are, and having the support to delve deeper into reasons why, and ways to navigate through those ULB, has been the biggest gift i think I could have ever gifted myself. It’s changed the way I live my life, and therefore run my business. Before doTERRA, I was running a holistic therapy business, but the energy was totally different. It was full of pushing and struggling, and even though now, there are moments of hustle, those moments have a conscious awareness about them. Like I know what my patterns are, and how to take care of any destructive patterns and or sabotaging patterns.

What about challenges? What have your biggest lessons been so far?

To have the courage to look at myself, and the way I react, the way I think, and know that there is a better way. I was raised by a single mum, who believed, and still does, that you have to work long and arduous hours to make ends meet. She runs her own business, and so naturally at the beginning of my doTERRA journey, and tbh, up until two months ago, I was grafting in ways that were quite unhealthy. It was almost like an obsession. The biggest challenge for me was learning to trust in the universe. To Trust that if I put the work in, the universe will co-create the life and the business that I want, but I have to let go and surrender, be unattached too the outcome. It’s interesting because the yoga teachings that I had been teaching and listening to for so long, those of detachment, surrender, trust, breath, the words that I had been using day in a day out to tech classes to my students, were finally starting to settle in and sink in to my life. I understood their meaning and even my Yoga Teaching started to change. It’s taken on a whole new way of BEING. Trusting that my connection to Source is ENOUGH.

As a Gold leader, what kind of daily activities do you do for your business?

Personal Development, which includes SPACE for myself to play. I have Leadtrain which gives me a great platform to work off when it comes to instigating who needs to be contacted. I contact those who prefer emails, via email, to respect their times, and also, with link information and resources that they can go back on to read at a later stage emails are are good, but I LOVE phone conversations, so I’m on the phone most of the time with clients, and my leaders. Daily commitment to connection – with is quite easy for me because of teaching yoga. Admittedly, i am working towards reducing my schedule but tbh, I love the connections I make at the studio. I LOVE One: on: Ones, and so I welcome those into my life.
I also send out samples to prospective.

Have more questions you’d like to ask? Drop me a line, I’d to hear from you.

Arianna xo

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6 Essential Oils for Sensuality

It’s no secret that our sense of smell can either turn us off someone or something, and that it can most certainly turn us on.

But did you know that essential oils can take on a whole new meaning when intended for sensuality.  Hubby and I are packing for a long awaited holiday to a tropical island, and we’re most certainly taking these bad boys with us … (nudge nudge wink wink)

1. Ylang Ylang
The health benefits of YlangYlang Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as an antidepressant, antiseborrhoeic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, hypotensive, nervine and sedative substance.    It’s known as the Oil of the Inner Child, which supports us in our quest  to play.   As adults, we can often forget to play.  Bills, Mouths to feed, Deadlines to meet (you know the drill right).  But with Ylang Ylang’s aromatic anchor, and it’s ability to take play into the bedroom, it’s no wonder it’s coming along with us. I love popping a few drops, along with a tot of Coconut oil, and Magnesium Salts, into a warm bath to soak in. Not only does the Magnesium Salts calm and relax the body, but the Ylang Ylang aroma that wafts off the heat of the water, is sure to put you both in the mood.

Ylang Ylang is also great for the heart chakra and encourages playfulness, freedom and joy. I use this oil on my heart chakra as a daily perfume and add it to my diffuser in my bedroom to create a sensual space.

2.  Geranium
Often called the “Woman’s Oil”, this rosy scented oil is renowned for its calming and balancing properties. Geranium has emotional healing properties to heal a broken heart Besides the obvious events that break our hearts, there are more subtle ways of chipping away at our hearts, like when we’re not compassionate with ourselves or our loved ones.  Using Geranium Essential Oil reminds us to be kind to ourselves and one another. It’s only from this gentle space of being open and compassionate for ourselves, can we truly love, and open ourselves up to others. It’s for this reason that Geranium is a part of my daily practise. Because she promotes healthy, glowing skin and hair, she is in my daily hydrating serum, (along with Frankincense and Fractionated Coconut Oil), and she often makes it all over my body after a nice hot bath or shower.

Geranium Oil is for the heart Chakra and is great for self-love, emotional healing and forgiveness. This oil also promotes connection and grounding in our body and is great to help boost body confidence.

3. Clary Sage
Clary Sage is the oil of Clarity and Vision. It supports us to see things as they are – the truth. It assists in opening creative channels and clearing blockages, which is necessary when being intimate.  It takes strength to be vulnerable. Strength to give in and allow someone to take care of you and to nurture you – which is where my dear friend Clary Sage comes in.

Imagine new possibilities when diffusing Miss C Sage.  She will help you to loose your inhibitions.  She is also powerful in regulating and balancing hormones in women and great to use during menstruation to ease cramping and mood imbalances.  I blend with Lavender oil and use daily as a calming perfume and or body rub just before bedtime.

4. White Fir
White Fir is a grounding oil that is known as the oil for generational healing. This oil frees us from limiting patterns and beliefs, and creates new pathways for spiritual connection with ourselves and those we love.  Sometimes we allow the beliefs that our parents or forefathers had/ still have to affect our lives. We take on others’ emotional baggage and see ourselves living out a life identical to those that we swore we would never become. This can affect our relationships in ways unimaginable.

Take control of this incessant need to self-sabotage your life by using White Fir. She has a beautiful fresh pine smell, and blends really well with Douglas Fir, Lemon and Lime.  Watch the energies shift as the scents travel through to your body and your soul.   You will feel open and receptive to the love that you have in your life, which will strengthen your relationships.

5.  Wild Orange
(Hi Wild Orange, oh how versatile you are my dear love.)  She is playful, spontaneous, fun, joyous and everything you may want in a lover and a friend. Wild Orange is fresh and uplifting and is known as the oil of Abundance. This oil is renowned for encouraging us  to let go of scarcity mindset all of it’s manifestations. Fear? Anxiety? Workaholism? Lack of Humour? The feeling of not being enough?  (Sound Familiar? ) Then you need some Wild Orange in your life stat.

This oil is perfect to enhance energy at the sacral chakra, which is the all important energy centre for creativity, generosity, spontaneity, and abundance.  (to attend a Chakra Session workshop I’m hosting in July, click here).  If you want to increase energy levels and get the  creative juices flowing I recommend adding a drop of this oil to your diffuser and noticing the subtle affect it has on the energy levels in the room.

6.  Lavender
When you’re in a deep and meaningful relationship, you’ll know that the old age saying that ‘communication is key’ really is key. It’s THE KEY to an open and expressive connection with another human being. So it’s no wonder that Lavender Essential is on my list of must-have’s on our trip. Not only does she reduce anxiety (Great for the plane ride) but she also promotes relaxation, perfect for turning the tempo down for some serious down-time whilst away.

Energetically. she is the of Communication, so using her will help increase ease around communication and expression of needs and desires. Lady Lavender is renowned for creating a calming and safe space to enjoy deep intimacy. She calms the insecurities that are perhaps felt when being vulnerable, and supports us to divulge our innermost thoughts and feelings.

Blend Lavender with Wild Orange to create a beautiful vibe of Joy, Openness, Honesty and true Connection.

If you want to start exploring using essential oils to awaken more of your sensuality reach out and I can help get you started with my personal recommendations.

Arianna xo

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Two Steps To Happiness…

“cynics do not contribute, sceptics do not create and doubters do not achieve” – Brian Hinckley

I haven’t written for a while. Maybe because I’ve been distracted building my doTERRA business, (which by the way, has seen some incredible growth over the past few weeks), but I’ve also found the courage to drop that which doesn’t serve me, in whatever shape it takes form in.  Aside from the expansive growth I have experienced in my incredible team, I’ve also (by no coincidence) experienced this growth in my life. The person who I am now, is most certainly NOT the gal who posted the previous blog post a whole 6 weeks ago. I know this because she would never have allowed a week to pass without working on her blog. Wouldn’t have allowed anything to ‘slip’ for fear that she would have been disappointing herself.

Crazy I know, because in the big scheme of things, who cares if I skip a couple of weeks of writing for my blog right?  The pressure of ensuring that it was posted every week or even every fortnight was suffocating me. It was ruining my ability to create, my ability to rest, surrender and therefore connect with the important people in my life.  No matter how hard I had worked that week, if I didn’t complete my to-do list, then I had failed.

Why is it that the negative sticks to our brains (like velcro) and the positive slides off like teflon?
We can accomplish all the goodness in the world, yet if we forget or fail at ONE THING, we crumble in disappointment.  I am all for positive thinking, mantras, affirmations, good vibes. But why is it that sometimes, we cling onto that which makes us unhappy, and then dwell on the unhappiness we feel, as if we expect to feel completely different after having taken the exact same steps that we’ve always taken.

For me this looks like pushing, striving, working late nights, early mornings, being VERY YANG (which isn’t attractive by the way) and of course, in my masculine a lot more than I’d care to admit. It seems that to be ‘happy’ and content, we’re willing to drop the things that make us happy and content, and rather work with and for things that make us unhappy and discontent.

Why is this?
Why do we hold onto destructive patterns which we know are’t good for us? and more than that, why do we have the ability to ‘cut-the-crap’ in some situations, & yet other times, we hold onto whatever it is that’s gnawing at us, and allow it to ruin our day, our week, month, year or even our life. Ridiculous really!

Well, It appears that a certain amount of it is biological. If you’re not hard-wired to do so through genetic pre-dispositioning, then the idea of trying to be positive and creative positive things in your life without strategies is nearby impossible. It turns out, that we need to teach ourselves ways to be positive, which then in turn emphasises growth, and in turn makes us happy.

If we have generational patterns of self-sabotage and victimhood, then of course, we will have these situations and circumstances appear in our lives ever-so frequently, because the truth is, that we attract who and what we are, AND what we think about.

So how do we turn things around?
How do we experience more positive emotions without feeling like we’re faking it?
How do we create a healthy environment for happy feelings?

Well we first and foremost start with G R A T I T U D E

This simple word is where everything starts and ultimately where it goes wrong. I bang on about gratitude so much I reckon my yoga students are bored with it’s teachings, but the thing is my friends, is that gratitude cascades down in ways unimaginable.  It has the ability to broaden your emotions, your thoughts, AND YOUR your awareness.  Showing gratitude and love to those around us uplifts our souls and our hearts.

By saying THANK YOU regularly, by being grateful, you increase your chances of some positive feedback in your life. This in turn reduces stress which in turn builds your self-confidence, & when we’re happy, we increase our resilience, which yet again increases our self confidence.

The next important thing to take notice of what is making you UNHAPPY? What is taking you away from your truth? What makes you feel stressed out? and then more importantly, why are you doing it?  

Understanding why it is that we hold on to certain situations, or destructive patterns gives us a real deep understanding of how we’re allowing those emotions to mould our lives.  We could habitually stick to a habit that we learnt from our parents, and yet we have no idea how and why we react the way we do.

The best part of this is, that once we know what these emotions are, and why they’re there, then clearing these emotions (by sitting with them and allowing them to pass through us, witnessing them as they pass), and making a conscious choice to change, allows the hurt to heal. That’s when we start living again. Once we’ve healed. The other really ace thing is that once we’ve healed, then (and only then) do we find the good in other people. When we let go of the hurt and let love come in; When we look for the joy and the positive, THE SILVER LINING we get to turn things around in a holy instant.

This is commonly known as EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE.

To practise the two steps I mentioned above, I use the following essential oils and self care practises:

Gratitude Blend: doTERRA Passion Blend, Frankincense, and Wild Orange. Pop this blend on my pulse points and meditate first thing in the morning. I then journal about all the things I am grateful for.

Self-Assessment: Determine what you’re feeling, and express that through talking to a friend, drawing, colouring, writing, and or exercising. Whilst and or during this cathartic experience, you’ll come to realise what it is that has triggered you to feel these emotions. Was it a certain situation? A person? Was it something that they said? and if so, what core belief is it that you believe that this feeling or emotion comes from.

If you feel that you would like some guidance as to how to release the root cause of your problems, then please email me to express interest in the Next Emotions Mentor Course which I am hosting in Melbourne.  You’ll be placed on my VIP list and you’ll get early bird ticket options before anyone else. It’s going to be epic.

With love,
Arianna.

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5 Tips to Bring Your Lady Bits Back to Balance

…and by Lady Bits, I mean Hormones.

Have you ever felt like you were following someone else’s schedule rather than your own natural rhythm?

You may be letting your kids, husband, partner, or even roommates influence the flow of your day; it could also be a broader “prescribed rhythm” that you’re going with instead of actually listening to your body.

Here’s the truth: One rhythm does not work for everyone. Following someone else’s schedule more often than not has a negative effect on female hormones. If you’re dealing with chronic fatigue, low sex drive, intense premenstrual syndrome (PMS), cystic acne, mild depression, or other “random” symptoms, going against your natural rhythm might be the issue. By working to balancing your hormones, you’ll naturally begin to live in harmony with your female body instead of dragging yourself along on someone else’s agenda.

The result? You’ll start feeling more energized and vibrant than ever.

EVALUATE YOUR MINDSET

A lot of women feel like they need to keep up with other people. If you don’t feel like partying four nights a week after a 14-hour workday or exercising for two hours every single day, you might think there’s something wrong with you. You might even beat yourself up or feel ashamed and lazy. Ignoring your body’s signals and writing them off as laziness is not productive or helpful – it actually drains your energy even more.

The mental weight you put on yourself (like shame and judgment) is often more draining than a long to-do list. The female body is naturally incredibly fine-tuned. It is designed for deep relaxation and self-care at certain times of the month and linear, productive work at other times of the month.

Here are some symptoms that commonly appear when you have been pushing your body rather than honoring your limits:

1| You’re exhausted.

2| Your sex drive is nowhere to be found.

3| Your PMS is more intense than usual.

4| You’re gaining weight around the middle of your body.

5| You feel guilty, ashamed, and/or depressed – sometimes for no particular reason.

6| Cystic acne is starting to appear, especially around the jawline and chin.

If this is you, and you feel like you need some help in this department; read on to learn how to heal the body through simple methods that bring your female body back into balance.

1. EMPOWER YOURSELF.

When symptoms pop up, it’s easy to fear there might be a bigger or more complex issue going on or to feel like you’re broken and you can’t heal. The first step to healing is acknowledging that nothing is inherently wrong with you. Even if your health is not perfect right now, there’s nothing wrong with you and you’re not broken. You are whole exactly as you are. From that place of confidence in your body’s ability to heal itself, you can get curious about what’s going on for you and tap into the endless toolbox, the universal library of information that is always within.  To do this, you may want to consider meditation, contemplation, journalling, or other beautiful practises that allow you to explore your feelings, and or be the witness to what is going on for you.  Embodying the mindset that you are healthy now and you can become even healthier takes a huge weight off your shoulders and allows your body to naturally reach health. Stop focussing on what you believe to be WRONG, and focus your energy on the good things in your life. Read more about my recent post on Gratitude to understand how this all works.

2. GET REAL ABOUT REST.

Are you chronically exhausted, trying to push through the day? Maybe you’re actually tired. Starting with weekends, let yourself sleep as long as you want. You might notice that you wake up naturally without an alarm clock during the week. Some people will be healed after one long deep sleep, while others might need to take some serious time off to come back into balance. Sleep is a requirement for good health. Listen to your body and sleep when you’re tired.  Even short power-naps are a juicy way to re-energise the body.  Pop a diffuser on with some calming Essential oils, like, Lavender, Pettitgrain or even LemonGrass and Cedarwood, and let the aromatic compounds calm the nervous system for some down time.

3. BALANCE YOUR NERVOUS SYSTEM.

Most modern people spend the majority of their lives in the sympathetic nervous system state, aka the fight or flight, stranger-danger zone: that feeling you get when someone creeps up behind you and surprises you – or, perhaps less likely, when you’re getting chased by a bear. Here’s the thing: Your body doesn’t know the difference between those literal stressors and chronic work-related stress, or stress that stems from difficult relationships. When your body is in this sympathetic state, it can’t repair. When you are relaxed and calm, your body is in the parasympathetic state – referred to as the “rest and digest” system. This state is brought on by sleep, laughing, meditation, qigong, reiki, and even intimacy like cuddling and sex. Your body has to be in the parasympathetic state to heal and evolve. The more you can activate your parasympathetic nervous system by relaxing and having more fun, the healthier you’ll be – physically and mentally.

4. EVALUATE EXERCISE.

It might surprise you, but sometimes the harder you work out, the more stress you actually put on your body. Depending on your constitution and condition, you may actually need gentle exercise, like yoga or tai chi. Certain forms of rigorous exercise trigger the stress response, so make sure you balance your hard-core workouts with practices that are more gentle on the body. Gentle practices might include yoga, meditation, or dance. You might even discover that you want to do only these more gentle practices. Experiment for a few weeks and see how your body responds.

5. EMBRACE THE POWER OF COMMUNITY.

Community has a powerful influence on personal health, and developing a community of people to support you is crucial to balancing your hormones. When you feel alone and isolated, you’re more likely to overeat, feel depressed, and lack love and connection in your life. Humans are meant to live in communities – it’s natural and necessary. Reach out to three people this week who you’d like to deepen your relationship with and notice how it impacts your energy and physical health over the next few months.

If you’re stoke that you read this post, and you want to delve into this subject a bit more, then please join me for a workshop on Sunday the 9th April at 11am in Port Melbourne.  Click here to reserve your spot. Tickets are FREE (I know, it’s ludicrous right?!) but seats are limited so get in quick if you can attend,  

If you’re not able to attend because of geographic limitations, then please pop your name on this list – The Healthy Humans List, and I’ll send you some information on when next I’m running a webinar on the subject, and you can join in on the fun then,

Please share this post with women who you feel would benefit from these 5 tips, After all, it’s all about sisterhood, love and sharing the message that it’s ok to beat the drum to your own rhythm. It’s ok to be your own person.  It’s ok, no, IT’S ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY for you to show up in the world EXACTLY as you are NOW. You have a divine gift and by not being true to yourself, but not expressing your hearts passion, by not accessing the gifts that you’ve been given, you’re doing (not only the world at large) but yourself a disservice.

Let’s create a movement in the world where we start to honour the body, and it’s limits. Who’s with me?

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The Science Of Happiness; and 4 Things You Can Start Doing Today!

Do you wish you were happier?

Wish that there was something that you could do to generate some true and everlasting happiness? Well look no further my friends, because I’, about to tell you  4 uber-cool ways to get turn your frown upside-down.

After having read ‘Thank and Grow Rich’, a book written by Pamela Grout, (more links to my fave books here) last year, I’ve experienced the benefits of practicing Gratitude first hand.

I’ve found that even when you think you don’t have it all, by simply focusing on what you have today, you’ll make space for a positive mindset, and you’ll actually be happier. Yes, you read right. It’ll MAKE YOU HAPPIER.

Watch this video to get the gist of what I’m saying:

Now that you’ve watched this really cool lab-guy in a white coat explain how the art of gratitude can make you happier, think about this:   The average person has an estimated 70,000 thoughts per day! (That’s crazy right?)

Now take a moment to think about the thoughts that run through your mind. Are they positive and uplifting? “Today is going to be an amazing day!” Or negative and self-defeating? “I don’t have the energy to get through today.”

Positive and grateful thoughts boost your mood, spirit, and tend to generate even more positivity and happiness in your life. Conversely, negative thoughts can create a domino effect of destructive energy. Falling into a spiral of negativity tremendously affects how you live your life and how others perceive you. Thankfully, you don’t have to accept the negative internal chatter. Choose to switch to a happier perception and reach for better thoughts. It takes a little practice, but soon enough, your mind will gravitate to the brighter side of life. Practice cultivating a positive, grateful mindset with these tips.

As Abraham Hicks say in their book – ask and it is given,’ We are often asked, Isn‘t love a better word than appreciation? Isn‘t love more descriptive of the Non- Physical Energy? And we say that love and appreciation are really the same vibration. Some use the word gratitude, or a feeling of thankfulness, but all of these words are descriptive of Well-Being. A desire to appreciate is a very good first step, and then as you find more things that you would like to say “Thank you” about, it quickly gains momentum. And as you want to feel appreciation, you attract something to appreciate. And as you appreciate it, then you attract something else to appreciate, until, in time, you are experiencing a Rampage of Appreciation.’

So what does it actually mean to MAKE SPACE FOR GRATITUDE? and what do I define as being grateful?  I think that the simple act of being aware and thankful of the good things that happen (and even the not-so-good things, as these are the ones that actually provide us with a silver lining of greatness to be grateful for) ; & taking time to express thanks.

Here are some ways I like to cultivate gratitude on a regular basis.

  1. I keep a gratitude journal and each day write down FIVE thoughts (and or more) that I’m grateful for.  I do this first thing in the morning, EVERY MORNING.  Whether i have 5 minutes or 15 minutes, expressing gratitude for me is a daily ritual.  I recently read that writing in a gratitude journal improves sleep, according to a 2011 study published in Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, simply spending just 15 minutes jotting down a few grateful sentiments before bed, and you may sleep better and longer. (i’m going to start this tonight). I received this Wedding Journal as a gift for our engagement, but because I’m not the sorta gal to plan everything to a tee, I didn’t really use it, so I’m modifying the content.  
  2. When you want to express your gratitude to a friend or family member, Write a thank-you note, or even just send a text. You can make yourself happier and nurture your relationship with another person by writing to them, expressing your enjoyment and appreciation of that person’s impact on your life. Send it, or better yet, deliver a hand-written letter and read it in person if possible. Make a habit of sending at least one gratitude letter/ text a month.
  3. Thank someone mentally.  It may help just to think about someone who has done something nice for you, and mentally thank the individual.  With every thought you think, every emotion you feel, you’re acting as an epigenetic engineer of your own cells. YOU control your destiny. If you continue to focus on the things that you’re most grateful for, those things will continue to appear in your life. You will begin to change the neurological circuitry of your brain, and begin to think from that new level of mind.  Pretty incredible right?!
  4. Meditate!  This is BIG ONE!! People who are disciplined to meditate daily can use meditation to cultivate gratitude.  You can also use a technique called mindfulness meditation, which involves focusing on the present moment without judgment. Although people often focus on a word or phrase (such as “peace”), it is also possible to focus on what you’re grateful for (the warmth of the sun, a pleasant sound, etc.).

Gratitude may be one of the most overlooked tools that we all have access to every day. Cultivating gratitude doesn’t cost any money and it certainly doesn’t take much time, but the benefits are enormous.

We all have the ability and opportunity to cultivate gratitude. Simply take a few moments to focus on all that you have – rather than complain about all the things you think you deserve. Developing an “attitude of gratitude” is one of the simplest ways to improve your satisfaction with life.

(ps . this is not the first post I’ve written about gratitude – see another by clicking here)