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Spring reminds me of fresh starts, new beginnings, and growing things. Plants wake up and start blooming. The air changes. Earth smells fresh. Temperatures (hopefully) start to warm up. People open windows and doors to let fresh air in.
And many people feel the urge to start Spring Cleaning. Or may want to clean, but feel anxious about it. Perhaps use cleaning as a coping strategy for anxiety or anxious feelings. Still other people feel the opposite and do everything possible to avoid house cleaning.
No matter what emotions or thoughts the spring season brings for you, I hope the following information and recipe help you with your cleaning goals.
Anxiety and Cleaning
I don't know about you, but cleaning house does not always feel easy or safe to do. For me, cleaning can be a physical and energetic challenge. The physical actions and smells bring flashbacks and body memories from childhood and adolescence. My muscles lock up and stop working. Or send sharp, stabbing pains in unusual places that send panic attack signals to the rest of me.... Whether you use cleaning to manage your anxiety, avoid cleaning to manage anxiety or fall somewhere in the middle, there are ways to keep your space as clean as you deserve on your terms. Plant based cleaners and DIY recipes are two options.
This business is about aromatherapy and its benefits to help manifest goals. It's also about education and support from a trauma-informed perspective. This is why I started with coping strategies and sharing knowledge first. These posts (I hope) shared enough parts of me to earn your respect and trust in my knowledge and experience.
Aromatherapy is something I stumbled into from many different directions. My first experience came from extreme skin allergies and sensitivities to common household cleaners and laundry detergents. Aromatherapy came up again during my time in group therapy. And more often in my own research about living a more natural lifestyle - i.e. one that helped relieve some of the constant physical pain without use of medication or surgery - on a budget.
That said, today's post is about aromatherapy and diffusers.
Action: Smell essential oil blend in the aromatherapy inhaler when I felt triggered, overwhelmed, or distracted at work.
Intention: Use the essential oil blend to bring me back to the present moment when I feel triggered or stressed out.
Reflection: Some people call it a "power pause". Others call it "mindfulness". I personally call it a sensory grounding strategy that provides emotional support + cold/flu/allergy prevention by engaging my senses - smell and vision.