Topical skin soothing salve with essential oils, arnica, and other carrier oils
Aromatherapy

Topical Aromatherapy Blends: Balms, salves and oil-based lotions

Disclaimer: I am not an expert by any means. Not a therapist, medical or mental health professional. I do not diagnose, treat, or tell people what to do. The main purpose of this website and blog is education and support. If you are unsure how the suggestions and resources here may affect you, please discuss… Continue reading Topical Aromatherapy Blends: Balms, salves and oil-based lotions

Aromatherapy, Tools & Coping Strategies

Blending to Relax, Gardening for Inspiration

Blending to Relax – Sensory Grounding Coping Strategy I’ve been pretty quiet here the last few weeks. Part of it was stress from trying to build the e-commerce store while staying inspired as I learned the ins and outs of SEO writing and marketing. Part of it was stress from a few different posts about… Continue reading Blending to Relax, Gardening for Inspiration

Integration

Sensory Movement Challenge Day 1 – from the ground up

Ground UP – Feet First, then everything else

Why start from the bottom up? Well, that’s personal to my recovery journey. My physical health goal this year is to feel grounded and stable as I move. Not wobbly and worried about falling all the time.

If you decide to join me on this, you can start anywhere you like. I’ve included 2 specific exercises and 1 general exercise you can try here. Reflection is at the bottom of the post.

Exercise 1: Foot Joint exercise from Dynamic Aging by Kathy Bowman

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Tools & Coping Strategies

Movement Challenge – 6 days and counting

I woke up this morning feeling emotionally lighter than normal. In fact, I laughed at the circumstances since it was an “oh crap, I overslept. Thank (your word) I work from home” kind of start. But it got me moving. I couldn’t sit still to work, but I did experience improved concentration compared to yesterday.… Continue reading Movement Challenge – 6 days and counting

Integration, Tools & Coping Strategies

Sensory grounding Strategies taught me how to communicate with and listen to my body

The Sensory Grounding premise goes like this:

When engaged, a strong sensory experience (i.e. smell, taste, touch, sound, or visual stimulus) can bring a person in the middle of a distressing event or emotionally overwhelming state back to the present moment.

Example:

A common trope is: one person complaining about an aching foot. The companion offers to help with a distraction. When the first person agrees, the companion punches the first person in the shoulder. Now the first person is thinking about the shoulder instead of the foot.

My personal favorite way to use Sensory Grounding Strategies is to engage all 5 of my senses at the same time through an object meditation or breathing exercise. Chocolate, blueberries, grapes, coffee, tea, anything that engages your senses and is safe to smell, touch, taste, hear and look at will work.

The meditation goes like this: