Ooh this is not an easy one for me! Making sure I completely switch off is super-important and a steep learning curve for me. I believe the work ethic of someone with a physical background (dance for me) is very strong and not a million miles away from the agricultural labour ethic of my ancestors. Yep, that’s right folks, just step a few generations back and you will find that I hail from families of growers and sewers. I find this fascinating as I see the creativity in it refracted in me manifesting as dance and wellness approaches.
...the other week, when all things collided and my eldest on a zoom ballet class in the lounge, whilst I’m on a Zoom meeting in the kitchen, my youngest plays at my feet and I’m simultaneously baking a cake. And losing my mind.
Using essential oils continues to be a really helpful practice in helping me to slow down and connect, which actually helps me to move more discerningly and smartly once rebooted. All too often as a working parent we can feel as if there are ‘too many tabs open’ and I dread to think what this does to our brains with increased cortisol levels and split attention. Don’t you find that usually there’s some accident or injury at these peak moments? The pandemic has enforced a lot of us to slow down, and I have made it my mission to observe when I start getting into that space and re-organising. Take for instance the other week, when all things collided and my eldest on a zoom ballet class in the lounge, whilst I’m on a Zoom meeting in the kitchen, my youngest plays at my feet and I’m simultaneously baking a cake. And losing my mind.
So to recalibrate, what do I do?
So to recalibrate, what do I do? It is not always possible to ‘stop, drop and meditate’ (to quote my favourite Gabby Bernstein) in this scenario. Especially when taking something hot out of the oven. But it is possible to connect to your breath (which actually is a mini-meditation). How am I breathing? Is it shallow and quick? Is it long, deep and mindful? Is my brain getting enough oxygen it needs to carry out all these tasks? Do I need to do all these tasks?
Having oils on-hand can really lift you quickly out of the situation and help you raise your consciousness to recalibrate. Putting a few drops on the palms and then cupping your hands over your nose, deeply inhaling 2-3 times is quick and easy. Peppermint is great to sharpen your senses and relive a headache – this can help you think about drinking more water and making a healthy choice in the 3pm slump. Wild Orange supports the nervous system and can give you a moment of calm and think abundantly.
connect to your breath
As well as mid-domesticity, you can apply this technique transferring from ‘work mode’ to ‘parental mode’. This was particularly helpful when I used to commute and would be an approach I would apply in the car, fresh off a London train before pick-up. Now, that looks like me sitting at the desk, laptop closed before walking downstairs. I'm not travelling as far in physical distance but definitely as far in mindset – that part has not changed and one must give oneself 'permission to land'.
I invite you to experiment with pausing a throughout the day
August for a lot of us is really about holidaying for a longer period of time than a few seconds reprieve, and that I will be doing later in the month. But I invite you to experiment with pausing a throughout the day and see what a huge difference these little shifts can make.
Don’t forget you can get in touch with me directly to find out more about essential oils and how you can benefit from their multiple uses.