Dear Guests, I hope you all are doing well and staying safe with the coronavirus scare. In times like this, it's not easy to stay healthy, be positive, and find moments of laughter or joy to balance the fear, frustration, or other negative sensations that may rise. For people who enjoy being active outside and/or interacting with others face-to-face, this is an especially challenging time. Being confined alone or with others for extended periods of time can bring out the best and the worst in relationships or highlight things we've all tried to ignore or deny about ourselves and each other. Tempers get roused easily. People react and act to stuff they normally wouldn't. Maybe out of fear. Maybe out of frustration. Maybe the stressful times are their version of an excuse for behaving in such ways? Please remember that we still have choices. We can choose react from a position of fear-based choices. We can to argue and fight and lose our tempers. Be angry at the world and socialize and continue with our routines like nothing is going on (denial). We can ignore government mandates and health authority warnings. We can let prejudice rule our opinions and influence our interactions with others. We can choose to feel and express anger in ways that hurt ourselves and the people around us. Or we can choose to to react from a position of love-based choices. We can use effective communication and compromise strategies. Use Active Listening skills to to ourselves and each other. Check in from a position of love and acceptance. Be kind to ourselves and each other no matter how scared or stressed out we feel. And most important, express our fear, anger, shame, or other negative emotions in healthy ways that support us and the others around us instead of hurting ourselves and those other people. Sometimes we might not have choices in how we act or react. Instinct and learned behavior (i.e. survival skills) override everything else when we feel overwhelmed or pushed too far. In situations like that, when "the damage is done" we till have choices to make. We can pretend nothing happened. We can continue to escalate the negativity and cause more damage to an existing relationship until nothing is left. We can acknowledge the situation and try to make reparation and/or amends or listen with compassion to the other party and work out a solution. We can acknowledge our part in what happened, reflect on the situation, and work out ways to prepare for future ones. Maybe preventative actions or a coping strategy? But no matter what, we humans are a resilient species. And we can survive this. We will survive and learn to thrive in the changed and changing world. I believe in you. Please believe in yourselves too.
Boundaries: what are they? Boundaries are rules and limits people use to keep themselves and the people around them safe in many different ways. They can be physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, or verbal. Most important, though, boundaries show and tell other people how far they can push themselves and others before they cross lines. When… Continue reading Aromatherapy Can Help People Set and Maintain Healthy Boundaries
It probably doesn't seem like the type of topic to write about here, but racism is a valid topic because it causes stress, tension, emotional distress, and challenging work/life environments that can negatively impact an individual or group of people's lives. Racism these days is not always obvious or clear these days, but it exists and impacts people all the time.
Essential Oil Safety & Myth Busting - some links to blog posts and podcasts about essential oil safety - including one about Essential Oils and COVID-19
Dear Guests, This weekend is Memorial Day weekend in the US – first official weekend of summer and a holiday to honor/remember the people who died serving in the military. It’s also a 3 day weekend for me so I’m taking my first “break” here since January 2020. Yup, it’s been that long since I […]ADMIN:… Continue reading ADMIN: Holiday Break; see you next week — Untangled Connections
What is a custom aromatherapy blend? A specific blend of essential oils (not more than 5) combined together to create an amazing scent and support a specific goal. How is the blend used/applied? That depends on the individual using the blend. In the photo above, I have a sleep inhaler with a DIY tag to… Continue reading Custom Aromatherapy Blends – A Scent Tailored to Suit your needs