Aromatherapy, Herbs & Herbal Medicine

Diffusers, homemade chai, and sleep

This week was rather rough for me. Body memories kicked in, and I started feeling sick with a head cold or sinus infection without actually being sick. It used to happen more often, but not so much anymore. Part of why I go to Chinese Medicine is because acupuncture helps manage symptoms like this. Since I can't go there anymore, it's been interesting learning what I can do at home to cope instead. Read on for tea and diffuser recipes

Creating Change, Integration

Sensory Movement Challenge Day 3: Curve Balls, a restless nap, and cleaning

Exercise 1: Kitchen Fun/Guilty Pleasure Dinner What a day. 4 hours at work. Then I planned to do some house cleaning and laundry. Want to organize my kitchen so that I can try out the new combination convection oven/air fryer. It was going to be a guilty pleasure dinner night - oven baked or air… Continue reading Sensory Movement Challenge Day 3: Curve Balls, a restless nap, and cleaning

Tools & Coping Strategies

Self Care Challenge 1/25/2020 (Final day) – Sleep and/or Relax

Action: Sleep and/or rest as much as I want all day and in between food breaks, hydration, and restroom breaks :/

Intention: Celebrate the spirit if not the law of the Lunar New Year (aka Chinese New Year holiday) by not doing much on the first day of the new year. Also practice Self Care practices like giving myself rest periods, reducing my sleep debt, and giving all parts of my self a chance to heal from everything that happened over the last few weeks by sleeping and resting.

Reflection: I feel like this goal was a success in many ways and a learning experience in other ways. Today is the second day I got to sleep late and wake up when I felt like it instead of when someone or something woke me up. In spite of the dog living above me and being on the second floor, I spent my first two nights getting some of the best consistent sleep in a long time. As in, I slept through the night for more than 3 hours at a time and wasn't triggered by the noises coming from above, beside, below, or from the window of my apartment.